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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 - 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

Last night was the first event for the Fall 2012 iteration of Knoxville Fashion Week, and I had the distinct privilege of photographing it! It was such a fun evening for me being that I have limited fashion experience. I felt very much like a fish out of water, but I adapted quickly to some difficulties and was able to get some terrific images amid the challenges.

The event last night was presented by Belleza and was dubbed the “Rock the Runway” Hair Show, showcasing young hair design talent and the professional services that Belleza offers. Many of the models had wild and wonderful hair creations that reminded me of the style you could expect in The Capitol from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. Read more

The final heat of the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. began with more drama than any men’s heat in the last 31 years. Denison had to finish within two spots of Kenyon to retain its lead and unseat the only overall champion the sport had seen in 31 years.

The full slideshow of photos from the event is located at the end of the story.

I remember showing up at my first UT football game as a photographer. Not a fan, student or band member, but with my mind focused on my goals for the next few hours and working to learn and accomplish those goals.  I was impressed with how nice the facilities were, but it didn’t come as a surprise to me–this is Tennessee, an FBS (Division I) SEC program with a top-10 all-time winning percentage.

Neyland Stadium is known for being one of the largest stadiums in America–over 100,000 in capacity, but after the multimillion dollar renovations to its interior and exterior, it is one of the nation’s most beautiful as well.

Money goes to what people care about most, and Volunteer football is a big-revenue operation. Neyland Stadium is one of the oldest, finest and largest stadiums in the country for a reason–people are fanatical about the cleated brethren that don the orange and white jerseys and hit the wooden sign that says “I will give my all for Tennessee today,” as they leave the locker room.

The Tennessee football locker room has been compared to the quality of NFL locker rooms.

That locker room, by the way, was recently renovated and named for Peyton Manning after he made a $1 million contribution to the Neyland Stadium renovation project. According to UT’s website, Phase II of this plan alone was an estimated $27.4 million.

The media rooms that I’ve worked in on field level and in the press box are beautiful and spacious areas. They serve a pre-game meal, halftime meal, and snacks and pizza after the game to working members of the press. A similar routine occurs at men’s and women’s basketball games in Thompson Boling Arena. In addition, all media get parking passes near the venue, a storage area for gear, work space for writing/editing/uploading and dedicated athletic department personnel to help them solve problems and accomplish (most of ) their needs.

None of that exists at the Division III (DIII) level. Read more