Ethnic trends abound for 2012, and earlier this year, we showed African-inspired looks. For July, we chose to shoot at C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, Memphis’ own Native-American treasure, an archaeological site dating back to pre-Columbian times. The very name Chucalissa translates to “abandoned dwelling” and it is the perfect setting for showcasing fashion inspired by our ancient forefathers. Think of bright colors, a mix of authentic patterns, jewelry, and accessories that are colorful yet sophisticated. This vibe is perfect for our heat-drenched summer.
Make your tribal accessories stand out with beautiful neutrals. “Athena” tank by Wolford, $245; prairie skirt by What Goes Around Comes Around, $335; Brave “Medicine” necklace worn doubled, $325; Brave “Dream Catcher,” $295; Brave bracelet, $125; all from James Davis. Shoes by Dolce Vita, $80, from Southern Couture. Bag made of repurposed Native- American textiles by Will, $395; Tribal necklace by Brave, $250; both from Oak Hall.
This majestic sycamore tree serves as a backdrop for the saffron-colored off-the-shoulder dress by Basically Me, $90; cowboy boots by Ben Stu, $250; both from Juve. Double-strand green agates with blue sliced agates, $244, available at Spruce.
This patterned blouse looks modern with a maxi skirt. Top by Kathleen Sommers, $148, from Coming Attractions. Skirt by cut 25, $480, from Oak Hall. Leather belt, $245, from James Davis. Basket-weave wedges by Jeffrey Campbell, $115, from Southern Couture. Darrell Roach Collection necklace from Augusta Campbell Stylist.
Balance the ethnic patterns of the pants and shoes with a high-end classic item — in this case the jacket provides the right touch. Jacket by Donna Karan, $1,295, from Oak Hall. “Santiago” top by Wolford in blue, $125, from James Davis. Patterned pants by Georgie, $250; basket-weave wedges by Jeffrey Campbell, $115; both from Southern Couture. Cuff and ivory elastic bracelets, each $40, both from Coming Attractions. Choker, $100, by Windsong Levitch of the Ojibway Chippena tribe in Minnesota, available at Chucalissa. Authentic baskets provided by Chucalissa.
Bright neon pink poncho by Drew, $210; white denim jeans by AG, $180; both from Lavish in Collierville. White turquoise and silver bracelet, $70; sterling feathers bracelet, $100; both available at Chucalissa. Jasper pendant by Becca Belz, $115, from Oak Hall. Fringe bag by House of Harlow, $245; silver cuff by Brave, $98; both from James Davis.
Rachael South Bogema, administrative associate,
C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa
Aviana Monasterio, model
Kendrick Simpson, makeup artist
Alyx Ray, hairstylist
Ziggy Tucker, photography assistant