2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Awards
The Nashville Fashion Forward Gala is designed to celebrate and support the resolute, entrepreneurial spirit of the Nashville fashion community each year. The Nashville Fashion Forward Awards were added in 2015 to recognize industry leaders that make a significant impact within our local fashion community each year.
The Fashion Forward Award
These are our success stories. These industry changers are at the forefront of driving Nashville fashion forward.
Barrett Ward | 2017
Barrett Ward is the founder and CEO of FASHIONABLE, a fashion company with a mission of creating sustainable business opportunities for women. Their products, which include handmade jewelry, premium leather, apparel, and woven goods, are created by women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances, ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity due to poverty. Currently, over 300 women are employed globally because of FASHIONABLE, in areas including Nashville, Ethiopia, Peru, and Mexico.
The Style Icon Award
We all know them when we see them. These strong individuals have a unique and timeless style and they own it. Their influence is evident in all that they do and they are held in high regard by all for their contributions throughout our community.
Sandra Lipman | 2017
Nashville Philanthropist | Fashion Maven
Native Nashvillian Sandra Lipman is well known across the community as a tireless advocate for community organizations and non-profits. She has strategized and chaired some of Nashville’s most important charitable events over the years, including the Junior League’s Showhouse, Iroquois Steeplechase, Symphony Fashion Show, the first Power of the Purse luncheon for the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation, the first Frist Gala for the Frist Center, Symphony Ball, Ballet Ball, Cheekwood’s 50th Swan Ball and many more.
The Legacy Award
Think of people that have put Nashville fashion on the map. These talented and dedicated industry leaders set the standard for Nashville fashion and everyone knows their name.
David & Ellen Levy | 2017
David Levy is fifth generation owner of Levy's, founded in 1855 by his great-great grandfather. He joined the company in 1977 after the passing of his father, Ralph Z Levy, Sr. Having grown up in the business, it was only natural that he would lead the company into the 21st century. Levy's has been named continuously to the Gold Standard list of outstanding men's specialty stores since 2001 and been a presenting sponsor of NFW since 2011.
The Rising Star Award
These are the people to watch. They have hit their stride and are making a name for themselves along the way.
Renae is a Nashville native and a professional hair and makeup artistwith a special emphasis on translating fashion and runway beauty trends into wearable hair and make up looks for clients in the salon. She started Lucy Pop Salon in 2010, where she continues to work with clients and lead a staff of 18. Her freelance work has been featured in publications like Porter Magazine, Nylon Magazine, and Teen Vogue, and she is an educator for the fashion focused, luxury hair care brand, Kevin Murphy.
The Point of View Award
These people know who they are and articulate it boldly through their fashion-related work. Standards are raised because of their influence within the industry.
Cassie founded her personal blog Womanista.com in 2012 as a way to connect with and empower women while on the road touring with her husband Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. Womanista expanded as a media lifestyle brand in 2015 with contributing writers and bloggers and now has over 7 million unique registered users.
The Face of Fashion Award
These beautiful people seem to be everywhere. We love to say that we knew them when.
Renee Peters grew up in Nashville, but is living and working in New York City now as a model and an advocate of sustainable living. She strives to be a role model in all that she does, using her platform for positive change. Her blog, Model4GreenLiving, seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and to show that it’s cool to care. She uses her social media to send a message of self-love and body-positivity and to encourage mindful, sustainable living. Renee volunteers, is an environmental activist, as well as a budding philanthropist in her free time.
All videos filmed and edited by Shelby Goldsmith