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Knoxville Fashion Week Photos - Brigid Oesterling Runway & The Belleza 8
Knoxville Fashion Week Photos - Brigid Oesterling Runway & The Belleza 8

Belleza 8 Models Melanie Howe and Diana Lowrie sport the repurposed rubber designs from Brigid Oesterling (center) at Knoxville Fashion Week Friday, August 17.

You can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

Knoxville Fashion Week Photos - Brigid Oesterling Runway & The Belleza 8

Following up the incredible behind-the-scenes experience I was able to capture during the Emerging Designers Runway the previous night is quite a difficult task. If you’ve seen my post on it, you’ll know that I was able to tell so many different stories going on out of the public view.

I couldn’t completely abandon my passion for telling stories visually, but I didn’t want to retell the same story with different characters either.  Friday night at Knoxville Fashion Week is the first major runway event after two days of momentum-building, but smaller shows. I wanted to do something visually that did justice to the change in magnitude of the event but in was still special in its own right.

Enter stage right: Longtime friend and Belleza Fab 8 model Melanie Howe. Melanie is a beautiful and very talented individual, and her activities reflect her positive and eclectic interests. Not only is she a model, she is also a student at UT and is a local celebrity known as “The Djembabe” (deriving from her precious instrument, the djembe), appearing as a core member of the Knoxville-based country and Southern-rock group, “Southern Drawl Band“. Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Emerging Designers Runway

Knoxville Fashion Week - Emerging Designers RunwayYou can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

The second day of Knoxville Fashion Week highlighted the creativity of relative newcomers to the fashion scene. The “Emerging Designers Runway” displayed some wonderful new fashions from the following:

Knoxville Fashion Week - Emerging Designers RunwayThe event was held at Lighthouse Knoxville, a beautiful and homey event venue tucked away from distractions near Bearden Hill. Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes
Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

Knoxville Fashion Week model Amber Borzotra smiles down at the camera below while her stylist has her lean forward on her knees as he works magic on her hair to prepare her for the runway.

You can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

Serene Amber

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

Silly Amber

Whether I’m creating a single image, capturing many images and writing about them, or composing a film, I absolutely love to tell a story.

During Knoxville Fashion Week (Fall 2012), I was able to do just that by documenting the process of putting on a runway event! In fact, when I arrived at Knoxville Lighthouse, rockstar model Amber Borzotra pulled in right after me, so I followed much of her preparation process.

 

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

A few local teenage models watch as Amber’s hair is styled while they wait for the rehearsal to begin.

The event was the “Emerging Designers Runway,” which featured many up-and-coming area designers of clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. The featured designers included:

In the gallery slideshow above, you can see behind-the-scenes as normal girls are transformed to gorgeous runway models through hair, makeup, and wardrobe changes. Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Hair Runway
Knoxville Fashion Week - Hair Runway

Unique hair styles met unique lighting at the Fall 2012 Knoxville Fashion Week Hair Runway Show.

You can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

Knoxville Fashion Week - Rick Terry Jewelry Design

Knoxville Fashion Week – Rick Terry Jewelry Design

Knoxville Fashion Week started off with a bang through the “Rock the Runway” Hair Show by Belleza!

Before the show began, though, many of the most important sponsors and contributors to KFW were setup on the patio at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at Volunteer Landing (the Landing is one of my favorite places in Knoxville) displaying their fashions for the attendees.

Knoxville Fashion Week - Charles Ottolini

Knoxville Fashion Week – Charles Ottolini

I was able to meet a few very nice folks including Mayor Madeline Rogero, Rick Terry of Rick Terry Jewelry Designs, Leah Fritts Dailey of Southern Grace fashion and accessories, Amanda Kilday of Reeds of Gray Jewelry, Charles Ottolini and his fashion and accessory line, accessory designer Alicia Marie, and many, many more. All of these sponsors really do have some great offerings, so if you are into fashion, accessories, or anything in between, give them a look! You won’t be disappointed.

On to the main event! The hair styles presented were off-the-wall, fun, unique, and very creative. The slideshow above really shows off the lengths many hair stylists went to wow the audience. An interesting fact about the show: To emphasize the hair over the clothes, most of the models were only allowed to wear fashions made from recycled materials! How’s that for fun? Read more