Style South brings Fashion Week to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

With two solid days of fashion shows and fashion parties, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta may have just created Fashion Week in Atlanta. The open-to-public event featured the Fall 2016 collections from many of their top retailers - talk about staying on trend with the "show now shop now" fashion movement. 

On Saturday, September 17, Style South hosted the finale runway show at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Hundreds of guests and VIPs sipped on champagne at the luxury shopping destination while taking their seats and eagerly awaiting the runway show which showcased the latest looks from Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Canali, Les Copains and Etro.

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet opened the show with their signature edgy glam for the modern woman. Canali followed with a classic collection of menswear. They featured a black and white houndstooth trench that stole the show. The third collection, by Les Copains, was an ethereal show-stopper with it's lace, layering and proportion. Closing out the annual Style South with a collection of menswear and womenswear was Etro. No one mixes color and pattern more successfully and elegantly than Etro.

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta have a winner on their hands and I bet they're already planning for next year!


Fittings Day 1: Doggies on the Catwalk

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Yesterday started what will be a very long week for me of fittings for Doggies on the Catwalk. Of course, I'm on the beautiful Shops Buckhead Atlanta property so that makes the day feel a little  more luxurious. The first fitting was with director of development for Canine Assistants, Grace Murphy. We went to COS where we style her in a very chic, layered dress. At 1PM I met up with Faven Ressom at Planet Blue - OMG - Faven was "built" for the brand. Everything she wore fit like a glove. Gorgeous.

After being stopped by security for filming - we got it all sorted out - I had prior approval, we went into Les Copains to wait for Monica Pearson (and cool off!) Monica entered the room and Les Copains lit up with her amazing energy. She loved the brand and loved her looks. We caught all of fit on video for a documentary I am producing about Doggies on the Catwalk.

The last fitting of the day took me back to Planet Blue, this time with my friend Holly Firfer. We determined her personal style leans towards the Boho chic. We played in the dressing room. A lot.

Today I'll spend all afternoon between Alice + Olivia, Akris, Theory and Les Copains. Yay fashion!

Hurry and get your tickets to the show! Your $50 ticket includes signature cocktails, lite bites, a silent auction, DJ and fashion show. BUT most importantly, it helps children and adults with disabilities by providing them service dogs.


French Chic from Les Copains Fall 2016 RTW

Les Copains, the Italian label with a  French name is deep-rooted in its history of luxurious knitwear. This collection serves as evidence. Rich and luxurious textures from the finest textiles came in the form of oversized and asymmetrical "outerwear." Beautifully designed, exquisitely created. Synonymous with knitwear is  the Les Copains elevated level of chic. There is a 1940's elegance present here. It's so very sophisticated and epitomizes femininity. [I love] when designers reference the past but keep the look and feel modern. The wind-blown hair and the layers of sheer work seamlessly with the retro-elegance of Les Copains.


Italian Heritage Brand LES COPAINS Opens its first American Atelier in Atlanta & Celebrates with Contemporary Artist ZACHARY CRANE

The Les Copains brand has maintained a decades-long dedication to the support of the arts. For this reason the company commissioned not only a private work by Zachary Crane, but also committed to a direct donation to The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as well as offering a percentage of its first week’s sales as an enthusiastic commitment to the brand’s support of its new Atlanta home.

The new store opening is indicative of a renewed and focused decision to expand the presence of the Les Copains brand in the US market. The Buckhead Atlanta atelier will be the Italian heritage brand's single outpost in America, and the first in a secession of stores to be rolled out over the following 3 years. Said Francesco Leone, US President of Les Copains, “We felt strongly that the Atlanta marked was best poised to embrace the brand heritage and its modern take on Italian luxury.”

Zachary Crane’s installation, titled “Fabricator” is an artistic interpretation of the design process. A thousand unorganized thoughts amount in an empty corner, as the designer embattles a search for taste and purpose. A dormant room suddenly morphs into an idea consortium as fashion unfolds.

*The installation will be on display in the Les Copains atelier at Buckhead Atlanta through mid-September.