Nashville Fashion Week 2015

imageAs Music City forges into spring with a full schedule of festivals on the calendar in the upcoming months, there seems to be no better way than to kick things off with another successful Nashville Fashion Week. 2015 finds this much anticipated event, in its 5th year, hosting some of the south’s most notable designers.

Tuesday, April 7th, Acme Feed & Seed was transformed for the Nashville Designers Showcase featuring an eclectic blend of local designers that included Ona Rex, Van Hoang, Ola Mai, Eric Adler, Pink Elephants Designs, Black by Maria Silver and Amanda Valentine.  The intensity of this standing room only event, combined with the direction of co-founder and managing partner Marcia Masulla, proves that attendees were hungry to view a show full of unexpected colors and textures worthy on any high fashion runway around the globe. Amongst the array of high profile onlookers, world-renouned photographer and television personality Nigel Barker graced opening night with his presence after his book signing held prior to the show at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.
Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker

Wednesday, April 8th festivities continued at the Accessories as Art Installation held at The Cordelle. Local accessory designers and makers were showcased in this artistic exhibit by Amos Gott of Amos Events and brands included Bone Feather, Seraphine Design, Fanny & June, Margaret Ellis Jewelry, Peter Nappi, RINjuel and Shutter and Shuttles.

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams hosted an amazing collection of interiors, art and fashion Thursday, April 9th. This artistic event featured works from the Herb Williams Call of Couture crayon sculpture series and handbag designer Ceri Hoover, recipient of the 2014 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund award.  There was also a silent auction to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund that included an MG & BW shopping spree and Herb Williams art.

We could not have asked for a more beautiful night to watch the Ready-to-Wear Designer Showcase runway show on Friday, April 10th. This outdoor event held at the Bicentennial Mall Amphitheater showcased fall 2015 collections from Michael Magnone of Circle of Gentlemen, Lagi Nadeau of Lagi Nadeau, Megan Huntz, Alfredo Bove of Religion and Timo Weiland of Timo Weiland.

imageWith industry panels being held throughout the day at City Winery on Saturday, April 11th, NFW was proud to announce “Fashion Meets Technology: The Future of the Industry, Manufacturing and Retail,” presented by MTSU Textiles, Merchandising and Design.  The 2015 Panels discussed how technology is changing the way fashion is produced and consumed, giving an inside look into brands and business.

Although we were unable to attend the closing Fashion Forward Gala held at The Rosewall Saturday night, Nashville celebrated the inaugural Fashion Forward Awards honoring Claire Armistead with the Nashville Style Icon Award.  Additional awards included the Fashion Forward Award, Legacy Award, Rising Star Award, Face of Fashion Award, Point of View Award and Fashion Retailer of the Year Award.  The official NFW closing party took place at Citizen.

We congratulate the NFW organizers and sponsors, designers, AMAX Models, photographers, venues, and most of all the people that purchased tickets in support of Nashville Fashion Week 2015.  Our city is growing and making an incredible presence because of our forward thinking fashion, art, music and tech communities. We did fail to mention one thing….THE MUSIC!!  Fashion and music go hand in hand, and we applaud the djs for helping create the vibe of every NFW event. We are looking forward to an even sexier NFW 2016!

Amanda Valentine/Nashville Project Runway

Amanda Valentine/Nashville Project Runway

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