Nashville Fashion Week's fifth year kicks off this Tuesday! I was looking through photos the other day and came across the photo below from the second year. I worked back of house and by the last night I was so brain dead the only way I could remember what looks my models were wearing was to write the numbers on my arm. Who had time to look at a piece of paper? Not this girl.
This year's NFW has all kinds of fun things in store, so let's preview the week (April 7-11) so you can mark your calendars now. You can purchase tickets to the individual shows that you want to attend or you can purchase an All Access pass and go to everything, including after parties, all week.
Tuesday, April 7
The week kicks off Tuesday afternoon with a book signing and presentation at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel from 4-6pm with noted fashion photographer and America's Next Top Model judge, Nigel Barker. Yes...that dreamy Nigel Barker. This is the only free event of the week, so get yourself to Loews' Tuesday afternoon. Nigel will be signing copies of his New York Times bestselling book Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion. RSVP in advance and receive a complimentary cocktail.
Tuesday evening head over to Acme Feed & Seed for the Nashville Designer Showcase. The local designer nights are my favorites nights. It's fantastic to see some of Nashville's most creative designers all in one place. Collections from Valentine Valentine, Black by Maria Silver, Eric Adler Clothing, Pink Elephant Designs, Ona Rex, Ola Mai and Van Hoang Designs will all hit the runway Tuesday. Valentine Valentine and Black by Maria Silver are no strangers to this blog or my closet and I can't wait to see their latest collections. I always love Truly Alvarenga of Pink Elephant's collections and I'm looking forward to seeing what the other designers bring to the show. I'm hoping to add a few new favorites to my ever growing list of Nashville designers.
Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday night's Accessoreis as Art Installation is overflowing with amazingly talented local accessory designers and makers. Featured brands include Bone Feather, Seraphine Design, Fanny & June, Margaret Ellis Jewelry, Peter Nappi, RINjuel and Shutter & Shuttles. I can not wait to see all of their goods displayed at The Cordelle. I have a feeling there will be some definite drool-worthy moments. And I'm prepared to covet most of the jewelry I see. How can I not with Margaret Ellis Jewelry and Seraphine Design in the room?
Thursday, April 9
I was super bummed this pesky cold kept me from going to the Rymer Gallery Saturday night to see Herb Williams' full Call of Couture series. Three words....That. Prada. Dog. I've been a fan of Herb's crayon sculptures for years and this collection is going to be amazing. At Thursday night's Design + Fashion event at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, you'll get to see select pieces from the collection. I'd like to move in to MG+BW, so I can't wait to see some of these sculptures there too. Also featured that night is the 2014 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award Recipient Ceri Hoover. Ceri's handbags are simply gorgeous and I know I'm going to fall in love with no less than...well, all of them.
Thursday is also Shop Nashville day. I'll have a separate post dedicated to all the awesome deals and events that are planned. Just about every boutique is participating and a portion of their proceeds from the day will go to the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund.
Friday, April 10
From the Arcade, to the Trolley Barns, to 5th Avenue of the Arts, Nashville Fashion Week always picks unique outdoor locations for their runway shows. This year the Ready-to-Wear Show will be at the Bicentennial Mall Amphitheatre which will make for a very fashionable use of that space. This year's featured designers include Dutch brand Circle of Gentlemen, three-time NFW alum Lagi Nadeau, Atlanta-based Megan Huntz and UK-based Religion and the Timo Weiland Collection. The Timo Weiland Collection is made up of Vanderbilt alum, Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein and Donna King. The designers won the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund award in January 2014 (which is like winning an Oscar) and they took part in the 2012 and 2013 CFDA Incubator program. Friday is going to be a great night of fashion.
Saturday, April 11
If you're even remotely interested in fashion, I recommend attending the Industry Panel discussions on Saturday morning from 10am-4pm at City Winery. This year's 2015 Fashion Meets Technology industry panel topics include The Future of Manufacturing and Retail, The Future of Manufacturing: From 3D printing to Made-to-Order Production and The Future of Retail: Mobile Commerce – Connecting the Digital with the Physical presented by a cast of industry experts.
The week closes with the second annual Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Gala. This year's gala, held at The Rosewall, will honor Clare Armistead with the Nashville Style Icon Award. Six other awards will also be presented this year. After the Gala, the party starts at Citizen.
It's going to be a full week of fashion. Are you ready? I'll be posting on Instagram and Twitter throughout the week. I'll live stream what I can through Meerkat. Download the app and follow me at @stellashops.
Happy NFW! See you at the shows!