Fall has officially arrived, and it is bringing with it cooler temperatures, changing leaves and plenty of fun October events! We’ve picked out three fabulous happenings around Memphis this month, and we enlisted Memphis-based wardrobe stylist, image consultant and fashion expert extraordinaire Lauren Draffin of Styled by LD to determine what to wear. While the hair experts at Pavo Salon Spa, Matt Gossett of About Face Artistry and Emily Epperson worked their magic to make our models shine, Lauren chose each of these looks from Oak Hall and Kittie Kyle, topped off with some gorgeous jewels from Mednikow Jewelers.

This edition of What to Wear is special, as each one of the models is a representative from the top six charities in our $5,000 charitable giveaway, graciously sponsored by Mednikow Jewelers. Today’s models are Lauren Coles, a volunteer at Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue; Betty Dupont, Executive Director of Hope House; Jennifer Taylor, President of The Junior League of Memphis; Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO of Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis; Lynn Dittman, a volunteer at Belly Rubs Basset Rescue; and Terrian Bass, an original AngelStreet member. These women contribute so much to the Memphis community, and we were grateful for the opportunity to pamper them and have some extra-girly fun!

This week, Mednikow presented the $5,000 prize to Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue, a no-kill, all-volunteer organization whose members are passionate about finding homes for homeless, lost, neglected or abandoned German Shepherd dogs. Congratulations to all six organizations for progressing to the final rounds! We so appreciate everything you do to lift up our city.

Now, clear your schedules and make room for these three stellar Memphis events!

Our fabulous models! From left to right: Lauren Beville, Volunteer at Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue; Betty Dupont, Executive Director of Hope House; Jennifer Taylor, President of The Junior League of Memphis; Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO of Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis; Lynn Dittman, Volunteer at Belly Rubs Basset Rescue; Terrian Bass, Original AngelStreet Member.

Our fabulous models! From left to right: Lauren Coles, volunteer at Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue; Betty Dupont, Executive Director of Hope House; Jennifer Taylor, President of The Junior League of Memphis; Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO of Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis; Lynn Dittman, volunteer at Belly Rubs Basset Rescue; Terrian Bass, original AngelStreet member

The Event: La Traviata presented by Opera Memphis at GPAC

  • Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Shows start at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $38.
  • For more information, visit operamemphis.org.

Enjoy an evening with Opera Memphis for their performance of La Traviata. Lavish parties, forbidden love, betrayal and death — sounds like the theater, alright! It is sure to be a fabulous production, so don’t miss it.

What to Wear? Wear something dramatic to complement the occasion — statement pieces and striking garments are in order. Stylist Lauren Draffin shows us how to bring elegance and glamour to your look with jaw-dropping jewelry to boot!

Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO of Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

“We had all the feels of ‘elegant glam’ with this fancy number from Kittie Kyle,” says Lauren. “Navy shimmer, lace-and-floral appliqué, bell sleeves and draping jewels perfectly accommodate these velvet, mustard heels from Oak Hall.”

On Ruby: Dress from Kittie Kyle, $450; Loeffler Randal Velvet Heel from Oak Hall, $395; 24kt gold necklace with sapphire, aquamarine, tanzanite, and quartz beads from Mednikow, $5,800.

On Ruby: Dress from Kittie Kyle, $450; Loeffler Randall velvet heel from Oak Hall, $395; 24-karat gold necklace with sapphire, aquamarine, tanzanite and quartz beads from Mednikow, $5,800

On Ruby: Diamond and sapphire "Etruscan" heavy gold bangle bracelet from Mednikow, $12,400.

On Ruby: Diamond and sapphire “Etruscan” heavy gold bangle bracelet from Mednikow, $12,400

Terrian Bass, Original AngelStreet Member

“‘Structure’ became the overall goal for this elegant look,” says Lauren. “Our hair experts at Pavo styled beautiful braids into a geometrical up-do, and this velvet, structured blush silhouette from Oak Hall was the perfect dress to accompany this rocker-chic glam ensemble. And the final touch — pearls from Mednikow.”

On Terrian: Cinq a Sept Marceau Dress from Oak Hall, $545; jewelry from Mednikow.

On Terrian: Cinq a Sept Marceau dress from Oak Hall, $545; jewelry from Mednikow

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On Ruby, from Mednikow: Diamond "flower" dangling earrings, $6,300; Opera length multi-size South Sea Pearl necklace, $13,650; Classic cultured pearl necklace, $3,750; Classic cultured pearl necklace, $3,000.

On Terrian, from Mednikow: Diamond “flower” dangling earrings, $6,300; opera-length multi-size South Sea pearl necklace, $13,650; classic cultured pearl necklaces, starting at $3,000 each

The Event: Memphis Food & Wine Festival

The second year of Memphis Food & Wine is sure to be an unparalleled evening of wining and dining. Taste bites from exceptional local chefs, as well as from acclaimed national and even international chefs. Then, sample sips of wine from vintners, certified sommeliers and enlightening wine enthusiasts while you dance to the music of a live band.

What to Wear? This event features the best of the culinary world, so why not wear the best of the fashion world? From subdued, classic looks to colorful, fashion-forward looks, Lauren shows us how to elevate your look through texture and color.

Lynn Dittman, Volunteer for Belly Rubs Basset Rescue

“This ensemble was crafted for an elegant woman. Pair a textured, high-waisted pencil skirt with a classic, neutral turtleneck, and ‘classy’ is the look you will achieve,” says Lauren. “These separates from Oak Hall lend structure and femininity for a formal approach to fall fashion.”

On Lynn, from Oak Hall: Pointelle Turtleneck, $295; Milly corded lace skirt, $345; Karolina wrap belt, $295; Loeffler Randall sydnee pumps, $325; jewelry by Mednikow.

On Lynn, from Oak Hall: Pointelle Turtleneck, $295; Milly corded lace skirt, $345; Karolina wrap belt, $295; Loeffler Randall Sydnee pumps, $325; jewelry by Mednikow

On Lynn, from Mednikow: Black diamond and cultured pearl necklaces from $3,100 to $11,000.

On Lynn, from Mednikow: Black diamond and cultured pearl necklaces from $3,100 to $11,000.

Lauren Coles, Volunteer for Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue

“Playing within similar, yet different prints is right on trend this season, as our model so gracefully models for us,” says Lauren. “The delicate floral sleeves and bold pops of color make this coordinating outfit the perfect transition from day to night, as well as seasonal as we step into fall.”

On Lauren: Floral pant from Kittie Kyle, $325; Floral blouse from Kittie Kyle, $195; Joie aislin heel from Oak Hall, $348; Rose gold and rock crystal ring from Mednikow, $6,600; Rose gold and natural pink diamond cuff bracelet from Mednikow, $21,600.

On Lauren: Floral pant from Kittie Kyle, $325; floral blouse from Kittie Kyle, $195; Joie aislin heel from Oak Hall, $348; rose gold and rock crystal ring from Mednikow, $6,600; rose gold and natural pink diamond cuff bracelet from Mednikow, $21,600

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On Lauren: Rose gold and natural pink diamond earrings from Mednikow, $13,000.

On Lauren: Rose gold and natural pink diamond earrings from Mednikow, $13,000

The Event: Art on Fire at The Dixon

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets are $60 for Dixon members and $75 for non-members.
  • For more information, visit dixon.org.

Head to the Dixon for a festive fall party under the stars. Grab your friends and gather around a roaring bonfire, snack on fabulous food and listen to live music, then peruse the art sale and silent auction.

What to Wear? It’s an art party, so don’t be afraid to be bold! Lauren gives us two looks that will sparkle before the bonfire and dazzle in the art gallery!

Dr. Jennifer Taylor, President of Junior League of Memphis

“Red nails, bold makeup and lashes added the perfect ‘pop’ to this coordinating black pant suit and sequin jacket,” says Lauren. “And look at those diamonds!”

On Jennifer: Sleeveless tunic from Kittie Kyle, $130; Essential pant from Kittie Kyle, $135; Nuit silver jacket from Kittie Kyle, $315; Joie airlia sandal from Oak Hall, $298; Diamond and emerald jewelry from Mednikow.

On Jennifer: Sleeveless tunic from Kittie Kyle, $130; Essential pant from Kittie Kyle, $135; Nuit silver jacket from Kittie Kyle, $315; Joie airlia sandal from Oak Hall, $298; diamond and emerald jewelry from Mednikow

On Jennifer: Prasiolite ring by David Yurman from Mednikow, $1,250.

On Jennifer: Prasiolite ring by David Yurman from Mednikow, $1,250

Betty Dupont, Executive Director of Hope House

“This sleek, camel leather jacket adds a little edge to a more streamlined style, which fit perfectly into our ‘elegant glam’ theme,” says Lauren. “Navy ankle slacks paired with a neutral, sparkled sweater keeps this outfit chic and streamlined, while elongating any body style. Add a little sass to any outfit like this with a ruffled, suede mule, and you’re right on trend for the season.”

On Betty: Leather jacket from Oak Hall, $995; Stanton pant from Oak Hall, $348; St. John sweater from Oak Hall, $696; Loeffler Randall langley mule from Oak Hall, $395; Jewelry from Mednikow.

On Betty, from Oak Hall: Leather jacket, $995; Stanton pant, $348; St. John sweater, $696; Loeffler Randall langley mule, $395; jewelry from Mednikow

On Betty: Elizabeth Locke 19kt gold earrings from Mednikow, $3,175; Elizabeth Locke lapis pendant, $3,650, on azurite necklace, $4,150, from Mednikow.

On Betty, from Mednikow: Elizabeth Locke 19-karat gold earrings, $3,175; Elizabeth Locke lapis pendant, $3,650, on azurite necklace, $4,150

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to our amazing glam squad — Pavo Salon Spa, for styling our models’ hair, and Matt Gossett of About Face Artistry and Emily Epperson for doing their makeup. Didn’t the women look absolutely stunning?!

Thanks to Lauren Draffin of Styled by LD for coordinating the shoot and for your invaluable style guidance.

Thanks are also due to Kim Thomas of KP Fusion for the fabulous images of our models.

And our bellies thank John Matthews of LeJardin for catering a delicious lunch for our models and crew.

And finally, thanks to Mednikow for sponsoring the charitable giveaway, for providing jewelry for the looks and for serving as the backdrop of this shoot.

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