There’s a fleeting, glorious window of time in Arkansas, after what Farmers’ Almanac devotees call the “blackberry winter” but just before the face-melting blaze of 10,000 suns begins its summertime tyranny. That time is now. We toasted the mild climes of spring by asking some of our favorite Little Rock fashionistas to don their beloved springtime duds and soundtrack their personal style with a theme song.
Brian Chilson Sarah Stricklin General manager, Arkansas Repertory Theatre Wardrobe: Navy knit top from Crying Weasel Vintage, hair by Southern Blonde & Co., earrings from Midtown Vintage Market (a cherished source that Stricklin hesitated to disclose), square button-frame rings from a dress Stricklin’s mother made in high school, black Levi’s and Clarks shoes. Style soundtrack: Dolly Parton’s album “Heartbreaker.” (“Not because of the title, but because of the sound.”)
Brian Chilson Melissa Valenzuela Stylist Wardrobe: Skirt from White House Black Market, shoes by Nike Vandal 2K LXX, vintage thrift store bag and top. Style soundtrack: Janelle Monáe, “I Like That.”
Brian Chilson Joe Lampo and Terry Jefferson Fundraiser (Joe) and physician (Terry) Wardrobe: (Joe) Shoes by Ralph Lauren, slacks and checkered pink shirt by J. Crew, green print tie by Tommy Hilfiger. (Terry) Shoes by Cole Haan, shirt and slacks by J. Crew. Style soundtracks: (Terry) Rodgers & Hammerstein, “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin.’ ” (Joe) Cole Porter, “Anything Goes.”
Brian Chilson Derek Brooks Validation engineer Wardrobe: Hyperion shirt in mustard by Glitch Gear, jeans by Calvin Klein, custom-fit “Gazelle” shoes by Adidas, Uruguay soccer track jacket by Puma. Style soundtrack: A Tribe Called Quest, “Electric Relaxation.”
Brian Chilson Dazzmin Murry Musician, producer Wardrobe: Hair and makeup by Yosh Howard, faux gold lions ring from T.J. Maxx (“because I’m a Leo,” Murry says), faux Cartier bracelet from a street vendor in Chinatown, watch by Michael Kors, “custom Goodwill” sequin jacket borrowed from bandmate Kabrelyn “Brie” Boyce, leather pants by Zara, shoes by Forever 21. Style soundtrack: Dazz and Brie, “Paranoia” (as it’s “kinda sporadic. There’s a little bit of everything in there”).
Brian Chilson Bela Rodgers Student, eStem Downtown Elementary School Wardrobe: Jacket and skirt from vendor at Midtown Vintage Market, button-up shirt from H&M, socks from Grandma, kazoo by Blue, checkered kicks by Vans in a blurry pattern (“I don’t even see it anymore. Is that a bad thing?”) Style soundtrack: Current Joys, “Fear.”
Brian Chilson Alan “Disaster” Wilkins Cook, rock ’n’ roller Wardrobe: “Red Dwarf” T-shirt, Swiss paratrooper bag from Bennett’s Military Supplies (RIP), Onitsuka Tiger shoes from Rock City Kicks, Iron Maiden belt buckle. Style soundtrack: Weird Al, “White and Nerdy.”