Understated Elegance That Transitions From Day to Night

Oklahomans, as a rule, are led by a fashion sense that’s unique to this state. Clothes, shoes and accessories can be stylish and chic, but are generally purposely understated.

Shelly Cox, owner of Cayman’s Clothiers, has a keen eye for what today’s fashion-conscious woman is looking for. In December 2016, when Cleveland County Lifestyle was still shy of its first anniversary, we looked to Cox to dress our models for a massive fashion shoot at the Montford Inn. Reader response was overwhelmingly positive.

So, when publisher Jimmy Darden decided to schedule another fashion shoot for August, we of course again turned to Cox to supply our model’s clothing and accessories, including footwear and hand bags, with an eye to what’s fashionable this fall. Again, her selections were right on target; we think you’ll agree.

In 2016, Huntington Fine Jewelry supplied the jewelry for our male and female models. We were gratified when they again agreed to supply a selection of stunning rings, earrings and necklaces for our August photo shoot. And again, we were wowed by the beauty and craftsmanship of each piece.

For this photo shoot, we selected a newly constructed brownstone, located in Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce district, as our venue. The beautiful, contemporary three-story structure overlooking OKC’s downtown was a design collaboration between Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA, principal at TAP Architecture, who resides in the house with his wife, Brenda, and custom home builder Alan Cheshier, owner of Muirfield Homes.

The xxx-square-foot, upscale brownstone features a nicely appointed guest apartment on the first floor, as well as a two-car garage. The other floors each have their own bedroom, kitchen and living space. A third-floor terrace off the third floor offers a spectacular view of the downtown area, including Devon Tower.

Our model, Taylor Concialdi Witte, also modeled for our 2016 photo shoot, though (surprisingly), that has been the extent of her modeling career thus far. When not modeling for Cleveland County Lifestyle, Witte is a pre-K teacher at McKinley Elementary in Norman. Originally from Houston, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 with a degree in early childhood education and says she “fell in love with this town and the community.” She was married in March to Nick Witte.

Shane Adam Webb at Salon AUDACE styled our model’s hair. The look is elegant, and stood up to the heat and moisture while shooting the outside terrace shots! A huge thank you to owner Nathan Andrew for providing the services of one of his talented stylists without charge.

Credit also goes to our uber-talented photographer, Teresa Byrd of TinyMite’s Photography and one of Cleveland County Lifestyle’s regular contributors. Learn more about her at TinyMitesPhotography.com.