Anna Sui | New York, NY
Internationally recognized and beloved by the world’s most influential people, the career of Sui is a classic American success story. With over 50 boutiques in eight countries and her collection is sold in 300 stores in over 30 countries, Sui opened her first flagship store on Greene Street in Soho in 1992. The boutique’s vibrant mix of black Victorian furniture, purple walls, papier-mache doll heads and rock n’ roll posters closely reflects Anna Sui’s decorating style and has been the model for all of her shops. The late 1990s was a time of significant growth for Sui; she embarked upon a hugely successful expansion in the Far East, where she quickly established a huge cult following. She also launched cosmetics, fragrance, shoe and accessory licenses. Her devotion to detail is apparent in every one of her products, which are all intimately connected to her world. Her iconic make-up packaging and fragrance bottle design have even become collectors’ items.
I’ve been wanting to visit Nashville for a quite some time…legendary home of Country Western Music, the Grand Ole Opry, Hot Chicken, and Manuel: Tailor to the Stars! In recent years, I’ve been hearing so much about exciting things happening in Nashville. Many people I know have moved there to take part in the evolving super cool Music Scene. I’m totally excited to discover it all for myself first-hand…and to present my Spring 2018 runway collection! #WHYNFW
Amanda Casarez | Washington, DC
Amanda Casarez, California native, BS from University of Hawaii. Alum of inaugural 2015 class for DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, established her DC based brand as designer-in-residence. Casarez, finalist for Lexus CFW and PHXFW emerging designer of the year. A design philosophy based on duality of hard lines and delicate details; a bold-minimalistic and masculine approach to clothing. Casarez’ design aesthetic is linear, with bold color palettes, and affinity for natural fabrics. Classic cool... With a tomboyish flare.
I am thrilled and honored to be part of Nashville Fashion Week. #WHYNFW
Andrew Gallivan | Nashville, Tennessee & Brooklyn, New York
Andrew Gallivan is a clothing brand based in Nashville and Brooklyn, and provides women’s ready-to-wear and custom garments for men and women. Andrew Gallivan produces American made clothing of quality materials, including recycled and deadstock fabrics to reduce carbon footprint. The ready to wear line offers women versatile and fashion forward garments that last multiple seasons.
I’m so excited to participate in my second NFW and be a part of the fashion movement happening in Nashville. #WHYNFW
Andrew Clancey | Nashville, Tennessee
Any Old Iron is a mens a women’s label created to bring out that inner Rock star. Tailoring with a twist with a hell of a lot of sequins. Clients have included Beyonce, Fergie, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, Cheap Trick and Shania Twain to name but a few.
Looking forward to presenting my next collection at NFW. Oz was the perfect location last year and can’t wait to showcase something different for y’all there this year. #WHYNFW
Ariel Smith | Atlanta, Georgia
Ariel INC has been featured in countless fashion shows such as: Walk Fashion Show (NYFW ’17), Miss-Sis Magazine, The Birmingham Times, Magic City Fashion Week (Birmingham, AL), and CBS46/WGCL-TV Atlanta. She has also worked with rappers: Young Scooter, Waka Flocka Flame, and Future. Ariel INC has done programs for the youth such as charity fashion shows, free fashion design classes for young girls, prom dress giveaways, and mentoring programs to develop their talents and overall goals.
Super excited to be part of a wonderful line up of designers from Nashville! #WHYNFW
Barbara Bultman | Saint Louis, Missouri
Barbara Bultman, Saint Louis native, earned her BFA at Lindenwood University in 2015, also Couture Designer of the Year 2016 at PHXFW. Barbara Bultman Designs, established in 2015, is an independent fashion brand that is made in house. Her designs are structural, detail-oriented, edgy, a modern day bohemian twist of style. She uses a mixed media of fabrics and unconventional materials to create one of a kind textures and prints. It’s a revolutionary crossroad of style for the fearless woman. Dare II Wear.
As a designer who is inspired by music, I am extremely excited to be apart of Nashville Fashion Week; to be apart of such an amazing and talented group of designers is a true honor! #WHYNFW
Maria Silver | Nashville, Tennessee
Designer Maria Silver graduated from F.I.T. (NYC) in women's contemporary clothing and costume design. After working on Broadway, also in NYC and LA as a design assistant, and touring the world drumming for cult rock band The Ettes, she founded her fashion line, Black By Maria Silver, in 2011. BBMS has been featured in Nylon, Bust, Refinery 29, StyleBlueprint, Elle, and others. More recently, Silver designed for the critically acclaimed Nashville Ballet production 7 Deadly Sins, and in 2017, opened her first BBMS storefront in East Nashville.
I'm so excited to be showing and looking forward to working with the Nashville Fashion Week family who have always been incredibly supportive. #WHYNFW
Reuben Reuel | Saint Louis, Missouri
Presented by the St. Louis Fashion Incubator
DEMESTIK by Reuben Reuel is a womenswear brand offering made-to-order dresses and separates. Pairing traditional fabric with classic yet modern designs, Demestik creates bold statement pieces and styles that easily transition from casual everyday wear to special occasion and evening attire. The designs are made using Holland-wax printed cotton also known as Ankara mostly seen in mainstream standard African fashion. Demestik by Reuben Reuel continues to create new classics, luxury and focuses on being a new success in the fashion landscape.
To be part of NFW is such a honor. I’m ready to show Nashville my point of view of art through color and design. #WHYNFW
Eileen Kelly Nieser | Nashville, Tennessee
Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee, Eileen Kelly is dedicated to crafting custom clothing for musicians as well as men and women with bold fashion taste. With a specialized background in western and stage wear from working alongside legendary local designer, Manuel, attention to detail is brought to every garment that is cut and sewn by the designer, Kelly Eileen Nieser. With whimsy, embellishments, and elements of surprise throughout her designs, Kelly strives to elevate the status quo for how musicians dress.
Launching Eileen Kelly at Nashville Fashion Week has been a tremendous dream of mine. I feel so incredibly honored to be recognized as one of Nashville’s Emerging Designers, and cannot wait to finally bring my voice and sparkle to the runway!! #WHYNFW
Mike & Alex Faherty | New York, New York
Presented by Oak Hall Nashville
Growing up surfing in a beach town, we couldn't find high quality clothing that reflected our casual lifestyle. We paid our dues working necessary jobs (Mike in design at Ralph Lauren's RRL/Alex in finance/business strategy in Private Equity) to gain the valuable experience needed to create the clothing company we always wanted: clothes made from premium materials with a focus on unwavering craftsmanship, made for life's greatest moments at the beach and all the times you wish you were there.
Chrissy Fogerty | St. Louis, Missouri & Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Emerson Grace
At Fauxgerty, we create your favorite silhouettes in a sustainable way, using cruelty-free, vintage and natural fabrics like organic cotton and hemp. All of our pieces are made in ethical factories supporting fair wages in Saint Louis and Los Angeles.
We are so eager and excited to be back in Nashville for Fashion Week after being involved last year and our Pop Up Shop this past October. This year, we will be showing new styles and more of our signature outerwear, and we cannot wait for you to see! #WHYNFW
New York, NY
Presented by Levy's
Hickey Freeman Tailors Gold: Luxury is nothing without the details. Our Tailors Gold label, made in New York, represents our highest standard of craftsmanship. Using the finest fabrics, hand-sewn details and expert construction informed by 118 years of experience, we create a new benchmark for preeminent tailoring.
h American Tailor, clothing for a new generation of men. Crafted in upstate New York where fine American tailoring has been practiced by skilled artisans since 1899. Made for the man who decides for himself: what works, what’s cool, what’s true, what’s him. The man who has no category. The New Establishment.
Julianna Bass | New York, NY & Berlin, Germany
Presented by Jamie's
Julianna Bass is an American Fashion Designer who debuted her eponymous womenswear collection during New York Fashion with a AW15 runway presentation. Since the collection’s debut, Julianna Bass has received accolades from prominent U.S. and International publications including Vogue (Germany and U.S.), Women’s Wear Daily, and New York Magazine. Bass is a Tennessee native who moved to New York to study fashion and costume design at the Fashion Institute of Technology after completing her design studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
I'm really proud to see how progressive, creative, and alive Nashville is and has been for some time! And, fashion forward too....let's not forget the fashion people! It's not just cowboy boots and fringe around here these days. Nashville is basically Brooklyn and I'm pretty into it! Very happy to be here debuting AW18 with Nashville and Jamie's! Feels good to be home! #WHYNFW
Justin Mark Richards | Nashville, Tennessee
Touring full time in rock and country for the past 13 years, Justin Mark Richards decided to bring stage wardrobe to his everyday life. Making unique, one of a kind, pieces influenced by life, art, and rock n’ roll. JMR has been seen on artists and actors such as Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town), Devin Dawson, Lucy Hale, and more. Wearing something only you have can truly express who you are inside and out. Life doesn’t have to be so serious all the time.
I can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve got and finally be a part of the Nashville fashion community. What an amazing opportunity! A dream! #WHYNFW
Lagilelei Nadeau | Chicago, Illinois
Hosted by Stacey Rhodes Boutique
The LAGI NADEAU collection blends high-end sophistication with feminine styling. This distinct style is emphasized by the designer's use of luxurious fabrications mixed with interesting detailing. Nadeau creates high quality, authentic pieces made in the USA, for women who have a strong sense of self and style.
I'm so excited to show my new collection at Nashville Fashion Week and to be presented by Stacey Rhodes Boutique! It's my favorite event and I have so much love for Nashville and the friends I've made there. I'm grateful to be invited back and can't wait for April! #WHYNFW
Laura Citron | Nashville, Tennessee
Laura Citron is a fashion label celebrating maximalist glamour, and based in Nashville, TN since 2016. Laura combines her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC) in Apparel Merchandising with years of working with New York’s top luxury vintage apparel retailers. In 2014, she moved to Nashville and opened her own edited vintage clothing boutique, OPIUMvintage. Connecting the past and the present, Laura has now created a label that evokes the fun and eclectic whimsy of decades past with a reimagined vision for a modern world!
I am over the moon to show my premier runway collection at Nashville Fashion Week 2018! The unique and supportive community in this city is what inspired me to create this collection. I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did creating it! #WHYNFW
Caitlin Stolley | Nashville, Tennessee
Lily Guilder Design is for anyone who wishes to channel their inner Rockstar/ Glamour Queen/ Superhero/ Dapper Dude/ Iconoclastic self. The collection is comprised of limited edition ready to wear and one of a kind/ custom designed garments all created in Nashville. Designer Caitlin Stolley believes in the transformative power of clothing and uses fabric texture, layering and a variety of embellishment techniques to create garments with enhanced dimension, vibration, and danceability, each piece sprinkled with magic.
Nashville is a juicy place to be creative, ripe with opportunities to collaborate with artists from all disciplines. I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to show my Festival 2018 collection on Nashville Fashion Week’s runway and excited for the collaborations to come. #WHYNFW
Leslie Stephens | Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville based and produced clothing line Ola Mai is designed by Leslie Stephens, a Nashville native who strives to support a positive body image for women with quality garments known for their unique elegance. Stephens’ designs are driven by the desire to allow every woman to express herself. The line takes its name from Stephens’ great-grandmother, Ola Mai.
The fashion community in Nashville continues to grow with Nashville Fashion Week leading the way. It warms my heart to see the support and hard work of everyone involved. I'm thrilled to share my collection on the runway this year. #WHYNFW
Ashley Balding | Nashville, Tennessee
Ona Rex was established in 2014 and seeks to provide unique, luxurious garments to the bold, independent woman. Saturated colors, rich textures, and careful silhouettes invoke a sense of whimsy and strength amidst the chaos of the modern world. Ona Rex is designed and produced in-house in Nashville, Tennessee.
Showing at NFW has become favorite time of year! I look forward to exhibiting my new collections each spring in my hometown and being able to represent an ever-growing and ever-modernizing fashion industry. I can't wait to show everyone what I've been working on so far this year! #WHYNFW
Shea Steele | Brooklyn, New York
A Tennessee native currently based in New York, Steele is a textile designer and fiber artist whose collections fuse striking prints, intricate embellishments, and bold color combinations into an exciting juxtaposition of punk and polish.
I'm thrilled and honored to be invited back to showcase in 2018. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the sharp and supportive team at Nashville Fashion Week. I can't wait! #WHYNFW
Daniel Grier & Derek Matthews | Birmingham, Alabama
Splashed by DKG is a fashion brand that exists to make everyday look and feel like a runway. We firmly believe that when you look your best, you feel and can perform at your best. Based in Birmingham, AL and born from the minds of a denim-designing duo, Splashed by DKG is a luxury streetwear brand that combines handmade denim staples with provocative textiles to make a Splash.
We are honored to be invited back to one of the BEST Fashion Weeks in the South! NFW is family and we hope you're ready to be Splashed....again! #WHYNFW
Truly Alvarenga | Nashville, Tennessee
Truly Alvarenga is known primarily for her one-of-a-kind Couture Garments, wielding an aesthetic that is unique, uncluttered and refined in its shaping. Her collections attract admirers through meticulous attention to craftsmanship and the florid stories behind their creation and presentation.
I am thrilled to be showing my 2019 Collection at NFW. Being a part of Nashville's fashion week for my seventh year means so much to me. My collection explores the beauties of Nyctophilia (a love of the night) and tells a story of a walk in the field and woods by moonlight. #WHYNFW
Valerie Mayen | Cleveland, Ohio
Yellowcake is the signature line of women’s outerwear and
accessories designed & crafted by artist and Project Runway alumna Valerie Mayen. Her garments are handmade in the United States with a keen attention to detail, superior construction, and timeless design.
The Yellowcake team and I (Valerie Mayen) are thrilled and honored to accept the invitation to participate in Nashville fashion week in April of 2018. #WHYNFW