There was a real buzz about Riverbend Country Club's dining room on Wednesday as Shelbyville Woman's Club conducted its annual spring fashion show. This members only meeting was the first time a program has been conducted by SWC since the pandemic. "It's so timely, for one thing, said member Lila Beasley. "I think we all need something."...
There was a real buzz about Riverbend Country Club's dining room on Wednesday as Shelbyville Woman's Club conducted its annual spring fashion show. This members only meeting was the first time a program has been conducted by SWC since the pandemic.
"It's so timely, for one thing, said member Lila Beasley. "I think we all need something."
Woman's Club members all wore masks for this monthly meeting. Next month's meeting with feature a Nashville T.V. news personality and all in attendance were told masks would be required for that program.
The spring show and lunch Wednesday featured new styles from J Jordan Boutique on the public square. Accompanying J Jordan owner and stylist Jennifer Jordan Thompson was her business neighbor Linda Brown, owner of Heritage Jewelers.
Brown brought a showcase of jewels and gems for the members to view. The estimated cost of the entire showcase, Brown said, was valued at at nearly $175,000. SWC members took time to peek, with some saying they'd likely put some of the collections on their Mother's Day and birthday wish lists.
Beasley said before introducing Jordan, "The part of her job she loves the most, is making sure you have the outfit you want . . . for a certain event. So she [Jordan] calls that her dream job. We like the special attention we get when we go in there."
Because sneak peeks at the spring styles just weren't enough, J Jordan models brought a full fashion look into the dining room, ushering in bold colors and casual comfort.
Rachel Arnold modeled a soft pink top with small ruffles on the sleeve of lace and braids. Her top was paired with white pants and shoes. For her accessories, her necklace was reminiscent of family with birthstones of child or grandchild.
"She also has stackable mother's rings . . . the stackable rings are really popular-a stone for each child, that way can add children," said Brown. "She also has stackable bracelets-same thing meant for mothers or grandmothers-and a beautiful oval diamond baguette ring."
The audience then oohed over the ring.
Nancy June Brandon, the next model, wore a jazzed up outfit consisting of simple jogger pants with a gray and white color block camouflage top. She wore tennis shoes styled with a star, which Thompson said completes a casual look for spring.
The retired dance instructor's necklace and bracelet were handmade designer pieces in Israel-all leather.
Ushering in lots of color block in various shades of green and pink was Frances Baucom. Her pants by Zach and Rachel peach pants.
"These pants are timeless and we will be getting in more spring colors in the next few weeks," said Thompson. "Color block is really popular this spring.You're going to see it . . . also with mixed prints."
Brown accessorized Baucom's outfit with a rose-gold collection from Magnificent. The jeweler explained this piece resembles a magnifying glass, which makes the diamond appear larger. She also wore a rose-gold diamond ring.
"Rose gold is really big and of course matches that peach color, perfectly," said Brown.
Shelley Jones brought out the teal print and florals, which the J Jordan team paired with a black lacey camisole. "The skinny white jeans-that frayed bottom-is what's so popular with jeans and just a cute little pair of snack print black and white shoes."
She wore a black diamond ring with a white halo, a black diamond necklace, with the same white halo. Her earrings were sterling silver, but diamond cut, so they had a great sparkle and dangle, Brown advised.
Jones wore a blue diamond engagement ring, which the jeweler said matched her outfit well. "I love seeing this jewelry with our everyday outfits," said Thompson.
Rylei Hale was a show stopper when she modeled a pink shimmering top with a stand-up collar and a back bow. This stunning top was paired with white flare pants. She carried a purse highlighted with metallic sparkle, which Thompson said paired great with the pink top.
"You're going to see the flare bottom pants really strong this spring," said Thompson.
Brown said darker purple amethyst will pull out the lavender color of this top. Hale also wore an engagement ring with a champagne-colored diamond.
"Everything is in yellow-gold she's wearing with it," said the jeweler.
Model Lindsay Williams caught many eyes with J Jordan's blue linen blue dress. "I love the simplicity of it," said Thompson, "with the round neck and the little tie side bow with the dress."
Brown brought out the blue and white dyed pearls for this outfit. Williams modeled also a diamond and sapphire ring and diamond twist bangle and pearl bangle bracelets.
"One of the things we wanted to show today, on her arm where all those bracelets are stacked, is that's actually costume jewelry. We're trying to make a statement today . . . doesn't have to be, just all diamonds, or just all costume. You can mix jewelry this way.
Abi Rippy received a rave review when she entered in a lace romper and some of Brown's favorite jewelry, which was rose-gold morganite. On her left hand was a rose-gold ring, which accompanied her stacked Bella Cava bracelets.
"It's a sterling silver line we have, so they're really inexpensive, but they're rose-gold," said Brown, who has over 30 years jewelry experience and is certified with the Gem Institute of America (GIA.)
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