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©2015 Cedric Smith, Sep-Oct 1766 Like a true 25-year-old, your city magazine is celebrating its birthday in style.  For the Best of Savannah fashion, we took our brightest, shiniest local looks for a nostalgic spin around town—and we didn’t come home until six in the morning. Photography by Cedric Smith ¦ Hair by Nick Gorlesky, B Street Salon ¦ Makeup by Jordan Sprinkle, B Street Salon ¦ Styled by Reilly Mesco ¦ Stylist’s assistant: Caroline Braun Models: Savanna Stephens and Blair Wagner, Halo Models and Talent Group Bartender: Tart Johnson Rebuilt vintage 1975 Alfa Romeo Spider: Omar Portigliatti Shot on location at The Florence Savannah, The Jinx, The Grey and the late, great Hangfire. Many thanks to The Florence manager Alli Crumpton, chef Kyle Jacovino and their welcoming team.   [caption id="attachment_15499" align="aligncenter" width="394"]©2015 Cedric Smith, Sep-Oct 1888 Savanna (left): Tank, $32, and fringe skirt, $58 at Fabrik; wood and crystal statement necklace, $498, and Labradorite and garnet chandelier earrings, $249 at Zia Boutique. Blair: Raoul white beaded blouse, $495, and high waist pants, $530 at Kathi Rich; vertical bars faceted mirror cuff, $265, and deco mirror prism cuff, $249 at Zia Boutique (models’ own shoes unless otherwise noted)[/caption]  
7:16 Pre-Party Cocktails Easy Southern staples get a lighthearted lift from beaded details.
[caption id="attachment_15500" align="aligncenter" width="394"]©2015 Cedric Smith, Sep-Oct 1734 Savanna: Beaded tank top, $25, and vintage purse, $25 at Civvies; Ditto ‘Misty’ denim shorts, $78 at Fabrik; Labradorite wreath earrings, $198, and flat faceted mirror ring, $95 at Zia Boutique (stylist’s own coat). Blair: Scoop neck tee, $28, and tassel necklace, $38 at Fabrik; Lilla P trousers, $162 at James Gunn; sequin jacket, $38 at Civvies; faceted mirror lariat necklace, $198; and XL clear quartz ring, $175 at Zia Boutique[/caption]  
8:02 BIRTHDAY WISHES Kick off the festivities with sharp, metallic statement pieces.
  [caption id="attachment_15501" align="aligncenter" width="585"]©2015 Cedric Smith, Sep-Oct 1773edit Savanna: Rehab dress, $60 at Civvies; pearl and moonstone spike earrings, $175, and rectangular citrine ring, $175 at Zia Boutique. Blair (above and opposite, left): BB Dakota cape sweater, $88 at James Gunn, suede pencil skirt, $264 at Kathi Rich, gold shoulder spike necklace, $799 at Zia Boutique.[/caption]  
10:17 SHUT UP AND DANCE For a playful night that’s rich in contrasts, dress up and down at once.
  [caption id="attachment_15502" align="aligncenter" width="394"]Savanna: Cori square neck printed top, $130, and Cori “Delia” shorts, $174 at James Gunn; gold spike ball earrings, $149, and hammered brass cuffs, $89 each at Zia Boutique. Blair: Essex tunic dress (worn as a shirt), $110 at Custard Boutique; Rehab sequin joggers, $80 at Civvies; quartz statement necklace, $2,250 at Zia Boutique Savanna: Cori square neck printed top, $130, and Cori “Delia” shorts, $174 at James Gunn; gold spike ball earrings, $149, and hammered brass cuffs, $89 each at Zia Boutique. Blair: Essex tunic dress (worn as a shirt), $110 at Custard Boutique; Rehab sequin joggers, $80 at Civvies; quartz statement necklace, $2,250 at Zia Boutique[/caption]
11:43 WE CAN'T STOP When you’re out on this town, there’s no such thing as overdressed.
  [caption id="attachment_15503" align="aligncenter" width="385"]Savanna: Asher slip dress (worn as shirt), $72 at Fabrik; gold and black skirt, $17 at Civvies; gold and clear quartz necklace, $220, and purple Indian ceremonial purple bell earrings, $198 at Zia Boutique. Blair: Sequin gown, $48 at Civvies, sliced solar druzy and cluster earring, $198, and blue pointed crystal cuff, $220 at Zia Boutique Savanna: Asher slip dress (worn as shirt), $72 at Fabrik; gold and black skirt, $17 at Civvies; gold and clear quartz necklace, $220, and purple Indian ceremonial purple bell earrings, $198 at Zia Boutique. Blair: Sequin gown, $48 at Civvies, sliced solar druzy and cluster earring, $198, and blue pointed crystal cuff, $220 at Zia Boutique[/caption]  
1:46 closing time Diner, beach or porch party? Savannah never sleeps.
  [caption id="attachment_15504" align="aligncenter" width="394"]Aidan Mattox black fringe dress, $265 at Bleubelle Boutique; gold 3-tier single pearl earring, $75 at Zia Boutique; star fringe necklace, $38 at Fabrik.  Aidan Mattox black fringe dress, $265 at Bleubelle Boutique; gold 3-tier single pearl earring, $75 at Zia Boutique; star fringe necklace, $38 at Fabrik.[/caption]  
6:37 ESPRESSO SUNRISE The morning—and the memories—make the party.
  [caption id="attachment_15505" align="aligncenter" width="453"]Adrianna Papell champagne beaded tank dress, $288 at Bleubelle Boutique; vintage estate earrings, necklace and cocktail ring, call for price at  International Diamond Center (stylist’s own sweater). ABOVE: YRU “Joi” holographic Velcro sandals, $118 at Shoe Be Do Adrianna Papell champagne beaded tank dress, $288 at Bleubelle Boutique; vintage estate earrings, necklace and cocktail ring, call for price at
International Diamond Center (stylist’s own sweater). ABOVE: YRU “Joi” holographic Velcro sandals, $118 at Shoe Be Do[/caption]    
SHOP LOCAL
Bleubelle Boutique, 5500 Abercorn St., 355-3554, bleubelle.com Custard Boutique, 422 Whitaker St., 232-4733, custardboutique.com Civvies, 14 E. Broughton St., 236-1551, civviesclothes.com Fabrik, 318 W. Broughton St., 234-8470, fabrikstyle.com International Diamond Center, 349 Mall Blvd., 720-3277, shopidc.com James Gunn, 8413 Ferguson Ave., 335-1887, jamesgunnonline.com Kathi Rich, 2515 Abercorn St., 236-7424, kathirich.com Shoe Be Do, 7 W. York St., 495-5076, shoebedousa.com Zia Boutique, 325 W. Broughton St., 233-3237, ziaboutique.com  

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[caption id="attachment_15290" align="aligncenter" width="394"]©2015 Cedric Smith, SAV MAG 11 Well Suited:  Swimwear in Savannah is all about the accessories ... easy elegant layers we can pile on or peel off to suit the occasion. Pineapple sweater, $176 at James Gunn; statement necklace, $42 at Bleubelle Boutique[/caption]   In this coastal city, swim fashion is less about sex appeal and more about strategic style. Beach bodies are a dime a dozen, but comfy, chic cover-ups are a must for every day in the sun. Styled by Reilly Mesco Photography by Cedric Smith Model: Rashaun Rawls for Halo Models and Talent   [caption id="attachment_15291" align="aligncenter" width="576"]©2015 Cedric Smith, SAV MAG 17 Eclectic Youth:  Cosmopolitan and cool, tunics show savoir-faire, not skin.  Wristband Blues tunic, $97, and Octopus cuff, $264 at Custard Boutique.  Calypso St. Barth silk “Tepin” pant, $308 at James Gunn.  (stylist’s own earrings)[/caption]
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Easy, breezy, dramatic and bright, kimono scarves are a sheer delight. [caption id="attachment_15292" align="aligncenter" width="576"]©2015 Cedric Smith, SAV MAG 13 Sheer Elegance:  NikiBiki bandeau, $6, and Telescope necklace, $33 at Custard Boutique.  Printed kimono, $58 at Fabrik.  (stylist’s own bikini and earrings)[/caption]
Skirt the Issue
A full, soft silhouette flatters “food babies” and forgives sandy sprawls. [caption id="attachment_15293" align="aligncenter" width="394"]Skirt Around:  Gold bar earrings, $22, and Modern Bronze mini star necklace, $46 at Custard Boutique.  Arrowhead necklace, $58 at Fabrik.  App “Mandy” skirt, $192 at James Gunn.  (stylist’s own cardigan and bikini) Skirt Around: Gold bar earrings, $22, and Modern Bronze mini star necklace, $46 at Custard Boutique.  Arrowhead necklace, $58 at Fabrik.  App “Mandy” skirt, $192 at James Gunn.  (stylist’s own cardigan and bikini)[/caption]
Sweet Prints
Go from AJ’s Dockside to the Top Deck in light, graphic layers. [caption id="attachment_15295" align="aligncenter" width="394"]My Prints:  “Slynight” earrings, $42, and Coral Amour Vert T-shirt (around waist), $83 at Custard Boutique.  Beaded necklace, $24, and blue palm print maxi dress, $82 at Fabrik.  Bailey44 blazer, $384 at Bleubelle Boutique.  (stylist’s own sandals and shell necklace) My Prints: “Slynight” earrings, $42, and Coral Amour Vert T-shirt (around waist), $83 at Custard Boutique.  Beaded necklace, $24, and blue palm print maxi dress, $82 at Fabrik.  Bailey44 blazer, $384 at Bleubelle Boutique.  (stylist’s own sandals and shell necklace)[/caption]  

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Savannah's fashion season finishes on a high note with the SCAD Fashion Show.

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As the May 1 fashion show approaches, DeAnn Goins gets an advance look at the Forsyth Park runways.

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The runway look: “We love that luxe, sophisticated beading is making a strong presence on the runways,” says Bleubelle owner Heather Burge.  “A touch of delicate sparkle can take a simple silhouette and make it perfect for a fun Savannah night out.” The local muse: Graphic designer Emily McCarthy The must-have piece: “I love these handmade Reece Blaire stackable bauble bracelets.” » $28-$34 each at Bleubelle Boutique, 5500 Abercorn St, 355-3554   
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The runway look: Fascinated with movement in nature, Tara Kirkland says the word “togetherness” describes her runway look this year.  Onlookers can expect to see custom-made jewelry (available for purchase after the runway event in Friday’s pop-up shop), leather and a bold attitude. The must-have piece: “Dresses from our fall collection (like this one) will be available for preorder.” The local muses: “I would love to see Molly Rowe in this dress,” says Kirkland “or Lindsay Thompson!” » Custard Boutique, 422 Whitaker St., 232-4733   
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Runway look: Focused mainly on chic rompers, jumpsuits and fashion for the modern woman, Jennifer Miller Cole has curated a look that’s full of bright colors and bold patterns.  It’s fresh, chic and designed to stand out. The local muse: Staci Cannon The must-have piece: This Bella Dahl button-down pocket top. » $102 at J Paige, 107 C Charlotte Rd, 897-1525  
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The runway look: Owner Stephanie Lindley took inspiration from Audrey Hepburn to design this year’s runway show for James Gunn.  Think “tailored neutral solids for an easy sophisticated woman,” she explains, “and our swim looks for this season are comfortable and sporty California chic.” The must-have piece: “This full-coverage, black two-piece swimsuit.” The local muses: “The Whelan family!” » James Gunn, 8413 Ferguson Ave. in Sandfly, 335-1887   
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The runway look: Inspired by nautical trends in adult fashion, Sarah Jane Strickland is decking out her adorable little models in chambray, seersucker and linen. The must-have piece: “These leggings are a great transition piece for girls—perfect for shorter dresses and to wear with tunic tops,” Strickland says. » $22 at Sara Jane Children’s Boutique, 202 E. 37th St., 234-5266   
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The runway look: “Simple designs, luxurious materials” is the motto at Satchel—and it’s also the inspiration behind designer/owner Elizabeth Seeger’s runway collection. Seeger promises light, airy, neutrals mixed with metallics, monochromatic textures, white-on-white animal prints and pops of metallic in lilac, cobalt and tomato to light up the night of May 1 in Forsyth Park. The local muse: Elizabeth’s sister, Alison Seeger The must-have piece: “Our metallic leather cuff bracelets go with everything,” says Seeger “and make great hostess gifts.” » $30 - $50 at Satchel, 311 W. Broughton St., 233-1008   
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The runway look: Pop art and 1940 silhouettes captured Lindsay LeMaster’s imagination this season, so look out for artsy prints, floral patterns and reinvented classics straight from the Trunk. The local muse:  Erin Wessling. “She’s fearless when it comes to fashion—and life in general,” LeMaster says. The must-have piece:  “A crisp white collar shirt (like this one from BCBG) can be worn a million different ways.” » $58 at Trunk 13, 414 Whitaker St., 349-4129  
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The runway look:  Zia Sachedina’s Fashion Week looks are always show-stoppers, but this year he took inspiration from the birds of paradise in African jungles.  We’re sure to be wowed by his exotic jewelry and accessories. The local muses: Miriam Urizar or Stephanie Lindley The must-have piece: “(I love this) obsidian arrowhead and rock crystal necklace set in sterling silver,” Sachedina says. » $2,249 at Zia Boutique, 325 W. Broughton St, 233-3237   

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Join Savannah magazine staffers and stylists on our whirlwind tour of the 5th Annual Savannah Fashion Week, April 28-May 3.

Monday, April 28
Meet us at 11 a.m. at the corner of Broughton and Barnard streets, where we’ll be cheering on Mayor Edna Jackson as she receives the first-ever Savannah Fashion Advocate Award. Next, we’ll cruise by ZIA at noon for an early peek at Zia Sachedina’s latest jewelry label from Spain. We’ll grab salads at Butterhead Greens on our way south to Twelve Oaks for Heather Burge’s Diane von Furstenberg trunk show at BleuBelle.  Like the iconic DVF herself, Heather and her staff always know how to make us look our best. We’ll end the day at Satchel, where the talented Elizabeth Seeger will help us design our own custom leather accessories—from cuffs to koozies. D60_6538 cate steps
Tuesday, April 29
Today is the day to get ready for fun in the sun, thanks to the L*Space swim collection trunk show at James Gunn in Sandfly and Trunk 13’s Beach Bash, complete with resort wear, beach bags and other summer essentials. After an afternoon with the American Girls at Sara Jane Children’s Boutique, we’ll swing by the Mamie Ruth Studio for a trunk show and accessory bar with boho-chic designer Emily Bargeron.  Then we’re off to the Modern Bronze jewelry trunk show at Custard Boutique, where edgy owner Tara Kirkland’s parties are as singular as her store’s selection. [caption id="attachment_12849" align="aligncenter" width="432"]Sarah Jessica Parker, Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld from "Mademoiselle C" Sarah Jessica Parker, Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld from "Mademoiselle C"[/caption]
Wednesday, April 30
In the eye of the sartorial storm, we’ll prop our feet up and watch the feature film Mademoiselle C, a documentary about French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld—one of fashion’s most influential movers. Time Out New York said, “For fashion junkies, Mademoiselle C is like five September issues of Vogue all rolled into one.”  All for just $10 at the door of the Jepson Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. D60_7517 sav april
Thursday, May 1
For the first time ever, Savannah’s independent fashion designers are joining Fashion Week retailers for a runway extravaganza in Forsyth Park at 7 p.m.  Get the highlights in the March/April issue of Savannah magazine, and get your tickets now before they sell out. D60_5673 navy stairs
Friday, May 2
This year, we’ll be able to shop last night’s runway looks at the Savannah Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop, presented by The B Street District from noon to 7 p.m. at the corner of Broughton and Barnard.  A $5 donation at the door will support the Savannah Style Fund, providing scholarships to talented young designers. D60_7501 ivory close
Saturday, May 3
Trunk-show hop with us from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as we visit with two local designers at beloved Midtown boutiques.  Bridal whiz kid Faith Thornburg will display her collection at the whimsical new wedding design mecca, Ivory and Beau, and Kathryn Grotheer Hayes of Mix Julep will share her spring and summer collections at BleuBelle Boutique.  

Slider Credit: Photography by Beau Kester

Article Credit: Photography by Tim Willoughby

Image 1: Mix Julep red shift dress, $198 at BleuBelle Boutique.  Gold herringbone bracelet, $198 at Zia.

Image 2: Cate Lyon batik tunic, black pants and bubble necklace, call for price at Cate Lyon Studio, 238-9410.  Stingray and gold cuff, $149, and cloissone Indian wedding earrings, $49 at Zia.

Image 4: Brooke Atwood leather cage sleeve top, $480 at Brookeatwood.com. Modern earrings, $198 at Zia.  Ethel K. Schwabacher; The Rock, 1961; Telfair Museum of Art; Gift of Christopher C. Schwabacher and Brenda S. Webster, 2007.31.

Image 5: Alice & Olivia navy gown, $495 at BleuBelle Boutique.  Gold chain with raw ruby and black onyx, $149, and hand-knotted tribal ring, $50 at Zia.  Headpiece, Ikeda Feingold.

Image 6: Faith Thornburg "Scarlet" dress, $2,145 at Ivory and Beau.  Wishbone gold earrings with champagne pearl, $65, and clear quartz with beaded gold chain necklace, $149 at Zia.

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With Savannah Fashion Week approaching, Lily Fort sat down with the stylist behind our March/April cover look.

What kind of look belongs on the cover of a magazine?
Ikeda Feingold: It needs to be original and it needs to look like something you can’t just go out to the shop and buy.  If we shoot things that come from the shops in town, changing the look through accessories and the way its shot is really important to make the look more dynamic and original.  A cover has to really catch people’s attention.
How did you and designer Cate Lyon collaborate to create this piece?
We both came to the table with different designs.  I think Cate was right (that) mine were (too) simple.  She thought the dress needed to be a strong image for the cover.  She wanted the fabric to be hand-dyed with the flower pattern; it needed to be a special dress.  I definitely wanted one shoulder to be netted, and she came up with the all the draping.
It’s definitely a unique piece.  Are the flowers tie-dyed?
Yes.  Cate did it herself.  It’s kind of amazing because she did it on yards of fabric and she got the flowers in exactly the right place.  It’s a really complicated and structured dress.  I’m really surprised how well it turned out.
What was the inspiration behind the tie dye?
Cate felt strongly that it couldn't just be a solid color.  We also had time limitations. Cate made the dress in a weekend, which is amazing.  She knows how to work with silk and how to tie-dye it, so she took the fabric she had and worked with that.
So where do you think someone would wear this dress?
It’s definitely a cocktail dress, but it’s also pretty elegant.  The fabric and construction are beautiful so I think it could be worn to an event (gala, dinner party, wedding), easily.
How would you accessorize this look?
For the cover we just did a simple bracelet.  In life, definitely earrings and a bracelet, but nothing around the neck.  You don’t need a necklace because the sleeve is really beautiful.
We all know Cate for her intricate ball gowns and her work with Victoria’s Secret, but why did you choose to work with her for this Fashion Week cover?
She’s incredible; she’s designed such a variety of different types of clothing.  I think anyone who can actually make lingerie knows a woman’s body really well.  She can just look at someone and fit clothing exactly right.  She really is a master seamstress.  No one in town has her credentials and experience.  

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Get to know the local fashionista behind one of the biggest developments in the history of the Historic District.  Annabelle Carr and Autumn Van Gunten take notes.  »  Photography by Cedric Smith

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  Real estate dynamo Lori Judge had just finished performing a feng shui remodel on the bathroom at her Abercorn Street office when she got the call from Atlanta mall maven Ben Carter. “Tell her about your rocks,” the jovial developer interrupts when Lori begins the story of how the two met.  “She had these rocks on top of the toilet and I lifted them, thinking it would flush.” It didn’t, but there is a purpose behind every item in the tiny red water closet, which Lori reconfigured according to the ancient Chinese philosophy of harmonizing human life with the surrounding environment.
"Since July, the partners have placed more than 20 Broughton Street buildings under contract and met with everyone from Sephora and Louis Vuitton to J Crew and H&M."
“When I realized that our prosperity center was in the restroom, I knew I had some work to do,” laughs the tireless Savannah ambassador.  She brought in “sparkly light fixtures,” local art, strategically placed mirrors and transitional Chinese symbols of wealth. “My staff thought I was nuts,” she laughs, “but I didn’t like the idea of abundance and energy getting flushed down the drain.”   LJSM03   Within hours of the feng shui project’s completion, Lori was collaborating with Ben on Broughton Street’s $75 million fashion-forward redevelopment project—one that promises to change our sleepy “main street” forever. That was eight months ago.  Since July, the partners have placed more than 20 Broughton Street buildings under contract and met with everyone from Sephora and Louis Vuitton to J Crew and H&M. “This is the first project that I didn’t have to build from the ground up,” says Mall of Georgia developer Ben, who also is hard at work on the Pooler outlet mall due out in Spring of 2015.  “Savannah had everything we needed and the signs of growth were undeniable.” Lori credits Ben’s relationships with high-end retailers, while Ben lauds Lori’s fashion-forward mindset and deep Savannah connections.  In-tune locals know Lori’s hard work for the past five years is finally paying off. high res ben lori   “When I brought my contacts to Savannah for the Pooler project,” Ben recalls, “they all had one question: Why isn’t Broughton Street as prosperous as King Street in Charleston?  Lori and I want to make it that way.” The planned development will add national retailers, green space and art space to our rehabilitated central thoroughfare by this fall, but Lori emphasizes that local business will always be a part of the revitalized shopping district. An avid boutique shopper and celebrated Savannah style icon in her own right, Lori’s love of all things local is self-evident.  Here’s hoping we can keep it alive on the brand new “B. Street.”

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A look at spring's fashion forecast reveals bright and bold patterns ahead.

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The city's "hardest gigging band" throws the Bible at Revival Fest.  

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Meet some of SCAD's shining stars of fashion before the annual SCAD Fashion Show.

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