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http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6856412?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000 LML: OPENING SEGMENT JOINING AMY IS ABBY PHILLIPS... FOUNDER OF MEMPHIS FASHION WEEK http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6856412?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WATN provided by u.s. captioning company >> this is local memphis live. here is your host, amy speropoulos. >>amy: with me today is abby phillips. she is the founder of memphis fashion week officially starts today. >> thank you for having me the three i can't believe she was able to join us because things are just kicking off now. >> right. >>amy: this is something you work with your route. >> yes. it has become a year-round object with memphis fashion week and the nonprofit arm of it. it has become this amazing project. >>amy: huge project i'm glad you said the nonprofit because that part just started in august, right? tell us about that. >> we opened a co-working lab space called memphis fashion design network so we have a co-working space where designers can come in and rent studio space and have a number cutting room and so it has been amazing for designers and memphis to come and collaborate. >>amy: that is the lab of it. it is much like a math lab or lab.nce lab. >> exactly the three if you are memphis fashion week, i have heard many designers who come here say that it is the equivalent to new york fashion week which a, is huge so great kudos to you. it also dumps a lot of money back into our timidity. >> we work on so many different levels working with boutiques to turn around and help them working with local designers and selling off of their e-commerce and local models. we are working all facets of the fashion industry. >>amy: oh, good. and allowing youngsters and our community with an opportunity they wouldn't have. >> we started a team division. >> oh, wow! >> we had teens as young as 14 years old creating garments the runway. >>amy: and not have kids leave here to get what they want and then come back or maybe risk not even coming back. >> it is keeping the talent and memphis and roaming that fashion industry in memphis and creating jobs. >>amy: was her heart. she is also a mom to two boys and we were talking before she came out amount i can't even dress them up. >> no girls. >>amy: you can come to my house and dress of the models like you do. we are thrilled you are here. we are going to be hearing from two of the designers a little bit later. one of our featured designers who will show on friday and one of the emerging designers. we have a special guest on friday that is involved with memphis fashion week. she is phenomenal. her first name is nicole but that is all i'm going to tell you. that was really a little more than a teeth, but it's okay. >> it's okay. >>amy: abby, it is such a thrill to have you with us. >> we have a great show today and our memphis fashion week continues. look at these beautiful models we have in this morning. we are going to take a look at some of the designs from sheila j and casey that. they will be on the runway we cannot wait. we take you live to evangelical christian school for a sneak peek at the production of does your husband work in the fashion industry? he sure does not. >>amy: you are, like you might know, ma'am. these two that work together, i can't even imagine when i talk to us they were, like, we work so mostly with each other and decided to go into business. >> good for them. >>amy: exactly. this is a great story. so many students doing great things. this is another example of one. he is an eighth grade student at barrett's chapel and you can overcome anything. it he overcame cancer and was homeschooled until six grade and then started his first year. anthony laurents learned the importance of breathing and posture and timing as he started at barrett's's chapel after being homeschooled from six grade. he started in the six grade and he is now part of their band is a clarinet player and is preparing for the west tennessee solo and ensemble festival. he is able to be a star player in their band and press forward despite the fact he was diagnosed with a serious form of brain cancer. >> kudos to him. >>amy: we are so proud of him. it is just amazing to me being homeschooled that many years and then going into the school system and joining such a great organization like a band. >> that is wonderful b3 isn't that cool? he says he has been feeling at home ever sent. this is really cool. i can't hardly believe and people are already gearing up for memphis and may, like your organization, this is something they work on your round and the students from memphis just returned from a trip to columbia and now, colombian students are here in memphis to join all of our great events and festivals and the things we have going on and getting to know our community better. they are here as part of the memphis in may international festival or next week as a salute to control columbia salute to columbia. there are 100 students and they will spend the next week here in memphis as our students spent a week there in columbia. >> house fun. >>amy: learning about our culture and our new church and our music. we are so thrilled that you're here with us today. tell me a little bit about how, if you can, there is a big story of how this got started, but why did you want to bring memphis fashion week this fashion week to memphis? >> i had worked in the industry with models and actresses. a lot of our models had to go out of town to do runway shows and photo shoot. i knew we had a strong class of models and photographers and our boutiques are so amazing. it started with that and after the first year we started getting phone calls from local designers saying we want to be a part of this. so the second year we started the emerging memphis designer project. >>amy: the emerging memphis designer. how does that work? >> the emerging designers submit sketches and september. they go through a juried panel and we have 18 emerging designers showing. we work with them kind of project runway style with fabrics and fittings until the final product. they show on the runway with professional models with hair and makeup. we have kind of a handful of hobbyists and a handful of those who want to go on and create a line so we hope those people to be able to use the >>amy: so if somebody at home is listening and they are a youngster and wants to get involved in fashion, what should they do? >> definitely, come to the show is see what it is about. that is so huge to see what the designers have created. get into some of our classes at the memphis college of art. we have an amazing teen summer project which is going to be really cool. and reach out with sketches and work towards that goal of creating an actual garment. >>amy: i love it. look mike guys do it to. >> we have men and we have 18 section is a team section but some of our designers are in their mid-50s. >>amy: abby, thank you so much for being here. we so appreciate it we always support rate organizations and certain site memphis fashion week. >> coming up, sheila day and casey back standing by. these two fashion models are ready to show us some of the designs. tell us how this week is going back to help our community and local

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