Seeing Spots

This past week we have been obsessing over Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, featuring her iconic polka dots. We’ve got some great spotted and dotted pieces in the shop right now…come and put together your own Kusama-inspired ensemble!


Lela Rose Blouse- size S $160


Small Blue & White Scarf- $4


Red Strapless IXIA Dress- Size S/M $24


Yellow Satin Halter Susana Monaco Dress- size S $24

ImageRed & White Wrap Scarf- $12


Nine West Satin Wedge- size 7.5 $24

P.S. Be sure to check out the iPhone App for Louis Vuitton x Kusama…so much fun!

Cover up!

Today while standing in the lovely AC at the shop, we were thinking about how crazy hot it is outside (we’re in for a brutal summer,for sure!), but noticed that there are several occasions where we still find ourselves needing a light cardigan or jacket. Summer maxi dresses and tank tops are perfect on their own when we’re out in the sun, but I always find myself wanting something to cover up with when I go into a chilly restaurant or movie theater. We’ve rounded up a few great and stylish options for you, below!



Ruffle Cardigan- Pins & Needles, sz S $12

Cotton Maxi Dress- Hazel sz S $40



ImageCropped Sparkle Shrug- Arden B sz S $12

Dress- City DKNY sz 4 $32


ImageChambray Blouse (worn tied at the waist)- Bella Dahl sz S $48

Dress- City DKNY sz 4 $32



White Lace Open Cardigan- Solitaire sz M $32

Dress- City DKNY sz 4 $32




Gray Open Cardigan- Splendid sz S/M $24

Dress-Hazel sz S $32


Come cool off in our air conditioning and find your perfect little cover up 🙂

Layaway, what’s that?

Did you know that at Designer Renaissance we offer layaway? Not many local or small businesses have layaway as an option, but it’s a great way to buy an item without having to pay for it entirely up front. We know what it’s like to walk away from a great piece because of the price and return a few days later only to find it has been purchased by someone else- how awful! Layaway is the perfect solution to that dreaded situation.

So how does it work? Well, it’s quite simple. If you find an item that you would like to put on layaway, you pay half of the selling price today, and in 30 days you pay the rest and it’s yours! It’s an especially great option if you are looking at an investment item like a designer bag (we have some amazing Louis Vuitton’s in store right now…).

We’ve found some great examples of pieces that you might put on layaway:

ImageCynthia Vincent leather and canvas sandals, size 10.5 $120


LAMB leather logo messenger bag $160


Tory Burch Silk Aztec Print Dress, size 6 $180

Fabulous Summer Shoe Ideas

It’s finally feeling like summer in Nashville (don’t worry- we’ve got the AC cranked up at the store 🙂 )! Looking for some fabulous sandals to wear to the beach? How about a great pair of wedges to rock with that sundress? We’ve got some great styles for you to try in store, but here are a few of our favorites this week:

ImageGold Leather Open Work Heel by Faryl Robin size 8 $40

ImageCanvas Lace Up Wedge by Phillip Simon, size 7 $52

ImageGold Leather Sandal w/ Crystal Roses by Rene Caovilla size 10 $100 (These are New in the Box!)

ImageStudded Leather Slide by Marc by Marc Jacobs, size 7 $60

ImageJeweled Sandals by Bamboo, size 9 $20

Remember, we put new items out daily, so you never know what you will find. Come get out of the heat for a bit and shop with us!

Looks for Less, Part 2!

Over at Designer Renaissance putting together new outfits for the mannequins is one of our favorite things to do! We’ve gotten in TONS of great pieces over the past week and couldn’t wait to style a few new ones. Here are our favorites:

ImageBeaded Top- Lulumari sz S $36

Cardigan- Lidia sz S $16

Leopard Print Scarf- $10

Linen Shorts- Covet sz 6 $32

Chain Belt- $16


This is a great transitional outfit. Wear it during the day with a little cardigan and flats or gladiator sandals, and pair it with some funky earrings and heels for night!




Paisley Blouse- J Crew sz s $20

Cream Blouse (worn underneath)- Built by Wendy sz 6 $48

Skirt- Billy Reid sz 2, $90

Purse- Gianni Bernini $20


This outfit is a great example of how you can mix prints and patterns. The neutral colors in the blouses work perfectly with the louder polka dot skirt. Speaking of the skirt, it is made by local designer Billy Reid. Last night he was awarded Menswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA awards, one of the biggest honors in fashion! And did I mention that the skirt is on sale for $90?!


Dress- Robin K $24

Blue Tee (worn underneath)- Theory sz S/M $24

Beaded Vest- Star CCC sz S/M $12

Chunky Necklace- $28

Button Necklace- $16

Straw Hat- $16


Feeling a bit funky? Why not try a bright print paired with some out of the ordinary jewelry? We’ve gotten some amazing bright and printed dresses this week (including the one above!) that are perfect to put with that fun statement necklace you can’t figure out how to wear!


ImageLong Sleeve Top- Tiny sz S $32

Open Vest- Free People (One Size) $48

Teal Shorts- American Eagle sz 4 $16

Braided Belt- $4

Necklace- $16

Sun Hat- $28


Another great example of the different ways you can layer pieces in your wardrobe, we’ve put a fabulous open vest over an everyday long sleeve top to give it some flair! Keep it from looking frumpy by belting it, and pair it with a bright pair of shorts or cropped skinny jeans!


ImageSilk Tank- Notice sz XS $20

Cream Jacket- Nanette Lepore sz 2 $68

Braided Leather Belt- $12

Skirt- Madhouse sz XS $4

Glass Drop Necklaces- $20 each


This little Nanette Lepore jacket is a favorite of ours! It’s a great neutral shade of cream that pairs well with almost any other color, and it’s the perfect little thing to throw on to dress up any outfit just a bit.