Nashville Fashion Week and AMAX Talent Announce Model Search 2018

Nashville Fashion Week and AMAX Talent Announce Model Search 2018

AMAX Talent is searching for aspiring models through December 1 to debut at Nashville Fashion Week 2018. Eligible male and female applicants ages 13-30 will have the opportunity to meet with AMAX Talent model scouts for a chance at the grand prize. 

The finalists will be announced early 2018 with the winner announced during Nashville Fashion Week. The winner will receive a prize package that includes:

  • $1,000 modeling contract and development with AMAX Talent
  • The opportunity to meet one-on-one with top national modeling agents including IMG, Next, Elite and Ford and to walk the Nashville Fashion Week runway
  • A professional photo shoot with fashion photographer Brett Warren.

    No experience is required, but applicants must meet all of the physical and age requirements and guidelines specified on nashvillefashionweek.com. Only models NOT represented by other agencies are eligible to participate. All Model Search applicants will also be considered for Nashville Fashion Week model casting.

    The AMAX + NFW Model Search has been a launchpad for many successful modeling careers since 2012. 2017 Model Search winner Ella Miller is in development and has worked with photographers Brett Warren, Mark DeLong, Jess Williams and Mario Pena. Only two weeks after being named the 2016 Model Search winner, Molly Rothe was selected to walk for Carolina Herrera. She has since received multiple contract offers from top agencies around the world and worked with renowned photographer Emma Summerton. 2015 Model Search winner, Briggs Rudder, spent the summer modeling in Japan, and is signed with Wilhelmina in New York where she has worked for Maybelline and walked for Valentino. 2014 winner, Sydney Chiyoko, is signed with Next Model Management in Los Angeles and Miami and with DNA Models in New York. She has walked in Nashville Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week and starred in campaigns for Uta and Bad Habit Beauty.  2013 winner, Olivia Brunner, has been featured in Justine Magazine and worked for TJ Maxx. Caleigh Darraugh, the 2012 Model Search winner, has worked in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Asia. Her clients include Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Gilt Group, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire France and L’Officiel and she has appeared on the cover of WWD and L’Officiel Morocco. 

    AMAX Talent is a full service agency representing fashion, commercial and lifestyle models as well as actors, hair and make-up artists, and wardrobe stylists. Cherylann Stephens, former director of Next and Wilhelmina in Los Angeles, opened AMAX's parent company, Maximum Artist Creative Services, in 2005 to fill the need for an artists agency in the Nashville market. In 2009 MACS acquired AMAX, a well known Nashville modeling agency founded in 1989. In 2012, AMAX was joined by Ginny Edwards Maxwell, a well-known model scout and mother agent. Through a strong emphasis on both local and direct booking, as well as scouting and developing local models for international placement, AMAX has quickly risen to become one of the premier agencies in the Southeast. AMAX models have been featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Celine, Jill Stuart, American Eagle, Ralph Lauren, Levi's, Tommy Hilfiger as well as walked the runways of Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Versace and Louis Vuitton. For more information on the agency, please visit AmaxTalent.com.


    APPLY NOW: The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund and Emerging Designer Application Deadlines are only three weeks away!

    Applications for both The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award and Nashville Fashion Week’s 2018 Emerging Designer Showcase are now being accepted through November 13, 2017. Detailed information can be found at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

    Nashville Fashion Week Announces 2018 Plans

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    NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK ANNOUNCES 2018 DATES AND NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH OZ ARTS NASHVILLE

    Applications now open for 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award and 2018 Emerging Designer Showcase

    Nashville Fashion Week will take place April 3-7, 2018, with all runway shows taking place at OZ Arts Nashville – the first time Nashville Fashion Week shows will be held in a single location.

    “We are so excited to have OZ Arts Nashville as a strategic partner and our home for all runway shows in 2018,” said Nashville Fashion Week co-founders/managing partners Connie Cathcart-Richardson and Marcia Masulla. “OZ Arts has been a long time friend and supporter of NFW having hosted the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Gala twice before. We held our first fashion show there last year and realized the potential of a collaboration between our two non-profit organizations. Together we plan to take Nashville Fashion Week and our creative community to the next level.”

    Nashville Fashion Week has historically changed locations throughout the city each night. The 2018 event will take advantage of OZ Arts’ diverse facilities and resources to produce the unique events that Nashville Fashion Week attendees have come to expect. 

    “The OZ Arts team brings great creativity and enthusiasm to every performance we host,” said OZ Arts President and CEO Tim Ozgener. “We know that Nashville Fashion Week considered many venues and are honored they chose to partner with OZ Arts.” 

    The dates for the 2018 city-wide celebration of Nashville's thriving fashion and retail community were announced before a sold out crowd during the 2018 Launch Party at Nicky's Coal Fired restaurant in the Nations near OZ Arts. Nashville Fashion Week also announced the opening of applications and nominations for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award and the Nashville Fashion Week’s 2018 Emerging Designer Showcase.  

    Nashville Fashion Week features local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the week to encourage both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces through promotions, partnerships and educational workshops. 

    “Nashville Fashion Week initiated Nashville’s fashion storyline way back in 2011. This effort has allowed many other voices to be introduced and included in this ever-expanding creative narrative for our city. Despite all of the changes, Nashville Fashion Week has never wavered from its commitment to celebrate the people and businesses that drive Nashville fashion forward,” said Amy Fair, Vice President of The Community Foundation.

    Nashville Fashion Week is founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, retail and media professionals who have combined their passion and resources to create an all-volunteer led and run event spotlighting Nashville’s growing fashion community with a sustainable focus for philanthropic support of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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    APPLY FOR THE NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND

    The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is now seeking applicants and nominations for the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award. Professionals working in all aspects of the fashion industry from designers and photographers to stylists, models, hair and makeup artists, boutique owners and bloggers are encouraged to apply. Detailed instructions for submission can be found at NashvilleFashionWeek.com

    Originally established in 2011, this endowed fund supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee and provides financial awards and resources for experiential professional development opportunities. Previous recipients include fashion photographer Brett Warren, clothing designers Eric Bornhop, Julianna Bass and Lauren Leonard, accessory designer Ceri Hoover, and Elise Joseph, creative brand consultant, art director and founder of Pennyweight. 

    Applications must arrive at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s office at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue by 4:30 p.m. CST on November 13, 2017. The award recipient is selected by a committee of the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and will be notified in January 2018.

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    EMERGING DESIGNER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

    Nashville Fashion Week seeks emerging designers to spotlight during the 2018 event. Applicants must demonstrate creativity, quality and a broad appeal to a wide range of consumers. If chosen, the emerging designer will have the opportunity to showcase their collection during Nashville Fashion Week 2018. All emerging designers interested in showing their collections are encouraged to submit their application for review.

    The deadline to submit emerging designer applications is 11:59 p.m. CST on November 13, 2017. Nominations are being accepted through October 30. Emerging Designers will be notified in December and announced to the public in February at an official Nashville Fashion Week event. You can apply online at NashvilleFashionWeek.com

    Emerging Designer Criteria:

    • All emerging designers are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those that live in or have connections to Nashville and/or Middle Tennessee
    • Each collection must be original designs, debuting at Nashville Fashion Week
    • Must be available to show between April 3-7, 2018.

    PLEASE NOTE: Nashville Fashion Week does not charge a submission fee to apply or participate. Designers selected are responsible for their own travel and related expenses, and for transporting their collection to Nashville — as well as all costs associated with designing/creating their looks, including shoes, accessories and music for their runway show. No age restrictions or specific experience is required. However, those under 18 will need parent/guardian permission to apply.


    ABOUT THE NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND

    The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is an endowed fund that receives proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week each year. The establishment of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund was inspired by the professional development provided by the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) through programs such as the CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week is not just a signature high-profile event to celebrate creativity, but also an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support.

    The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit CFMT.org.

    ABOUT OZ ARTS NASHVILLE

    Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts Nashville performances are supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission.

    For more information, please visit OZArtsNashville.org.

    NFW 2018 Launch Party

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    NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2018 LAUNCH PARTY

    Join us for the Nashville Fashion Week 2018 Launch Party on Wednesday, September 27 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Nicky’s Coal Fired, 5026 Centennial Boulevard in The Nations. Be among the first to hear announcements about the eighth annual Nashville Fashion Week. Guests will enjoy two signature cocktails provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and delicious small bites from Nicky's.

    Dates for the 2018 event will be announced with details on the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund and Emerging Designer application process plus a few other surprises.  All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

    The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities to assist in career advancement within the fashion industry from proceeds of Nashville Fashion Week each year. Past recipients include Brett Warren, Eric Adler, Ceri Hoover, Elise Joseph, Lauren Leonard and Julianna Bass.

    Tickets to the Nashville Fashion Week Launch Party are $30. A limited number of tickets are on sale now at NashvilleFashionWeek.com

    Nashville Fashion Week Presents The 2017 Fashion Forward Awards at The Fourth Annual Fashion Forward Gala

    NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK PRESENTS THE 2017 FASHION FORWARD AWARDS AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL FASHION FORWARD GALA

    Nashville Fashion Week ended year seven with the fourth annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala and presentation of the Fashion Forward Awards at Track One on Saturday, April 8. The 2017 Gala, co-chaired by Kimberly Lewis and Gen Sohr, was created to celebrate and support the resolute, entrepreneurial spirit of the Nashville fashion community following the week-long festivities and that it did!

    AmosEvents created a dreamy indoor garden party with 2016 NFF recipient Brett Warren’s larger than life fashion photographs centerstage. Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corp, Natalie Chanin, founder of Alabama Chanin and fashion photographer Brett Warren served as keynote speakers of the gala with Shelly Colvin performing two musical selections for the fashionable sold out crowd. The Nashville Fashion Week co-founders, Connie Cathcart-Richardson, Marcia Masulla and Mike Smith presented the awards with sponsors Margaret Ellis Jewelry, PictureBooth.co and Tito's Handmade Vodka. 

    Recipients of the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Awards are:


    Barrett Ward

    FASHION FORWARD AWARD | Barrett Ward, FASHIONABLE

    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.


    Sandra Lipman

    NASHVILLE STYLE ICON | Sandra Lipman

    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.


    David & Ellen Levy

    LEGACY AWARD | David & Ellen Levy, Levy’s Clothier

    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.


    Renae Currey

    RISING STAR | Renae Currey | Lucy Pop Salon

    Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

    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.


    Cassie Kelly

    POINT OF VIEW AWARD | Cassie Kelley

    Sponsored by PictureBooth.co

    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.


    Renee Peters

    FACE OF FASHION | Renee Peters 

    Sponsored by Margaret Ellis Jewelry

    Renee Peters grew up in Nashville, but is now living and working in New York City as a Wilhelmina 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.


    View photographs from the Gala as well as runway shots, back of house sneek peeks and party pics from throughout the week at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

    Nashville Fashion Week Presents Shop Nashville Week 2017

    Nashville Fashion Week Presents Shop Nashville Week 2017

    Shop Nashville Week

    Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce a week full of special shopping events April 3-8 at a variety of Nashville-area retailers city-wide. Shop Nashville is a city-wide celebration designed to encourage and support the local retail community that makes us uniquely Nashville. Thirty participating retail partners will host seventy-nine of their own events, trunk shows and unique promotions during Nashville Fashion Week to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee through donations and proceeds from event sales.

    NFW Sponsor Legacy Ink has donated a limited quantity of official "Shop Nashville" tote bags for each participating retailer to gift to their customers during the week.

    Present your receipt for at least $25 from any participating NFW “Shop Nashville” retail partner for free admission to our Nashville Fashion Week “Evening of Photography + Fashion” event at Fifth Avenue of the Arts on Thursday, April 6 from 6:30-9:30.

    NFW Retail Partners:

    American Threads
    Any Old Iron
    AshBlue
    Barton Perreira
    Ceri Hoover
    David Yurman
    Dillard's Green Hills
    Emerson Grace
    FashionAble
    Flip

    Gus Mayer
    H. Audrey
    Judith Bright
    Levy's
    Lily Guilder Design Showroom
    Madewell
    Margaret Ellis Jewelry
    OBag
    Oak Hall
    Posh

    Private Edition
    Rachel's Boutique
    Scout & Molly's
    SOCA Clothing
    Stacey Rhodes Boutique
    Steluta
    True Religion
    Two Old Hippies
    UAL
    Vineyard Vines

    Featured Shop Nashville Week events include:

    • Any Old Iron, Levy’s, Lily Guilder Design Showroom, Posh and Stacey Rhodes Boutique will each host NFW runway designer trunk shows. Stop by to shop the looks from the runway and meet the designers.

    • Alabama Chanin designer and Nashville Fashion Forward Gala guest speaker Natalie Chanin will showcase her collection at Steluta all week long with a meet and greet on Friday.

    • Kick off NFW shopping at UAL, a seven year NFW sponsor, with 20% off any single item purchased at any of their three Nashville locations on Monday, April 3.

    • Blogger styling event at Madewell with Chloe Wen on Tuesday

    • Shop 2014 NFF Fund recipient Ceri Hoover’s new SS17 collection launch on Wednesday

      • Lash and brow beauty event at Barton Perreira on Wednesday

      • Shop and meet the owner of Eleventy at their Pop Up Shop at Oak Hall on Thursday

      • American Threads will donate 10% of sales to the Fund on Friday

      • Saturday afternoon Fashion Shows at the new Dillard’s Green Hills

      • Trunk Shows at Emerson Grace, H. Audrey, Levy’s, Oak Hall, Private Edition and Two Old Hippies throughout the week. Margaret Ellis Jewelry is hosting an out-of-studio trunk show at Nina Kuzina Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

      • Refreshments and food trucks at David Yurman, Flip, Vineyard Vines and many more

      • Register for drawings and giveaways at Ash Blue, Gus Mayer and Scout & Molly’s

      • Exclusive discounts will be offered throughout the week at American Threads, FashionAble, Judith Bright, Margaret Ellis Jewelry, OBag, Rachel’s Boutique, SOCA, True Religion, Two Old Hippies and UAL

      • Please shop our other loyal NFW sponsors too - The Mall at Green Hills, Opry Mills, William Edge, Green Pea Salon and The Cosmetic Market

      Visit NashvilleFashionWeek.com to view the full Nashville Fashion Week 2017 schedule including detailed event descriptions for each of Shop Nashville's participating retailers and to purchase tickets to all of the official NFW events planned throughout the week.

      LAST CALL TO SAVE - TICKET PRICES INCREASE TOMORROW!

      Individual runway show ticket prices will increase $25 each and tickets for Thursday's "An Evening of Photography + Fashion" ticket will increase $15 on Tuesday, March 28 so get your tickets now! It's only one more week until show time!