NFW 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

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, and Tito's Handmade Vodka. 

Recipients of the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Awards are:

Barrett Ward


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


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


Sponsored by

Cassie founded her personal blog 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

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
Barton Perreira
Ceri Hoover
David Yurman
Dillard's Green Hills
Emerson Grace

Gus Mayer
H. Audrey
Judith Bright
Lily Guilder Design Showroom
Margaret Ellis Jewelry
Oak Hall

Private Edition
Rachel's Boutique
Scout & Molly's
SOCA Clothing
Stacey Rhodes Boutique
True Religion
Two Old Hippies
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 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.


    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!

    Nashville Fashion Week Announces Five Interactive "Learning Labs"

    Nashville Fashion Week Announces Five Interactive "Learning Labs"


    Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce a new focus for our 2017 educational experiences. Five separate and distinct fashion-focused “Learning Labs” will take place throughout the week of April 4-8. Nashville Fashion Week is designed to showcase the local fashion community by providing a platform to engage, learn and connect and these unique experiences were developed to do just that.

    Mclaine Richardson of Margaret Ellis Jewelry
    Edward of Margaret Ellis Jewelry

    Margaret Ellis Jewelry Intro to Metalsmithing: Make Your Own Pearl Bangles

    Tuesday, April 4 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Location: 209 10th Avenue South, Suite 309, 37203

    Admission: $250 Individual Ticket includes instruction, materials and your own personal set of ME Pearl Bangles (retail value $445). 

    Learn to make your very own set of classic ME bronze pearl bangles with the assistance from one of Nashville's most respected local businesses. Margaret Ellis Jewelry utilizes strong shapes and textures to bring new relevance to classic handcrafted designs. Precious metals, individually select pearls and stones form modern and timeless works of art designed to be worn for years to come. ME designer/owner Mclaine Richardson and ME master metalsmiths will help you find your inner creativity and inspiration through the art of jewelry design. Ticket price includes admission and all materials needed to create your choice of a Set of 6 with 2 Pearl Bangles or a Set of 3 with 5 Pearl Bangles during the time of this event at the Margaret Ellis studio.

    Waller Law Your Brand, Your Way and How to Protect It

    Wednesday, April 5 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

    Location: Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Nashville City Center, 511 Union Street, Suite 2700, Nashville 37219

    Admission: $25 Individual ticket includes lunch

    Protecting your brand is a personal and important development for any business, small or large. Waller is proud to host a Learning Lab panel with Mila Griggs (MODA Image & Brand Consulting), Christopher Lester, Lucas Leverett (Jive! - A Printworks Studio)and Kristen Johns (Attorney, Waller) to discuss this important focal point of any marketing plan for a business. Topics to be discussed will include the necessity of a personal brand story, e-mail extension of a brand, how printed materials can effectively communicate your business, and what steps can be taken to protect a brand’s integrity. Lunch provided by Waller.

    Elizabeth Suzann Living Room
    Elizabeth Suzann Pape
    Elizabeth Suzann Workroom

    Elizabeth Suzann Tour A Designer's Studio

    Thursday, April 6 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    Location: Elizabeth Suzann | 441 Atlas Drive, 37211

    Admission: $30 Individual Ticket. 

    Peek inside the world of a local designer. Elizabeth Suzann is a young design company producing elegant, utilitarian women's clothing from its hybrid production facility and design studio. Designer and founder Liz Pape challenges traditional fashion norms and aims to return to the days of cottage industry-style manufacturing and capsule wardrobes with intentional, well-designed, and seasonless pieces.

    Elizabeth Suzann's entire line is desined and produced completely in-house - from original sketches to fulfillment. Tour the entire studio with the designers herself and get an in-depth look at one of the local fashion community's most successful companies. One lucky ticket holder will win a $250 gift card.

    Chloe Wen How To Make Money Blogging

    Saturday, April 8 | 10:00 - 11 a.m.

    Location: The Westin Hotel | 807 Clark Place, 37203

    Admission: $40 Individual Ticket. 

    Have you ever wanted to make money blogging? Local Nashville blogger Chloe Wen left college to become a successful lifestyle blogger and she's hosting a 4-tier educational event for those who wish to learn her craft. She'll walk attendees through the steps of finding your brand, perfecting your pitch, knowing your worth, and working with brands/getting paid. Inspired by passion and love for the city of Nashville, Chloe transitioned her photography business into a successful brand. Learn how you can become a successful blogger. Lite bites provided by Maneet Chauhan.

    Chloe Wen Hall

    Alabama Chanin
    Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin
    Alabama Chanin

    ALABAMA CHANIN Intro To Hand Sewing Workshop

    Saturday, April 8 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Location: Aurora Nashville | 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 108, 37201

    Admission: $225 Individual Ticket includes materials, instruction stories & laughter. 

    Introduction to Hand Sewing Workshop includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse applique, and an overview of garment construction and other Alabama Chanin techniques. This workshop is suited to beginners and experienced sewers alike. Work with the Alabama Chanin Team to create a custom DIY item. Lite bites provided by The Southern Steak & Oyster.

    NFW Learning Labs are underwritten in part by Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP and Middle Tennessee State University Textiles, Merchandising and Design.

    Tickets for each “Learning Lab” can be purchased at Reservations are required. Proceeds from all Nashville Fashion Week events benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities. 

    Nashville Fashion Week will be held April 4-8 at unique locations throughout the city. Runway and All Access Passes as well as tickets to individual events are now available in a wide range of prices. 

    Nashville Fashion Week to Host an Evening of Photography + Fashion

    Nashville Fashion Week to Host an Evening of Photography + Fashion

    Nashville Fashion Week will celebrate art and photography at “An Evening of Photography + Fashion” on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at two Fifth Avenue of the Arts galleries and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Explore and celebrate how fashion and style have inspired and influenced the art in each of these beautiful exhibits.

    The evening will begin at Tinney Contemporary Gallery and Rymer Gallery and guests will be transported to and from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts every 20 minutes by between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Shuttles are provided in partnership with the Nashville Downtown Partnership.

    Adam Shulman

    Tinney Contemporary will feature Adam Shulman’s “Gold of Africa” photography exhibit. Adam Shulman has a strong connection to the continent of Africa. Married to a Senegalese model, and living between the Middle East, West Africa, and NYC, Shulman has immersed himself in West African, Middle Eastern, and NYC culture and fashion. As a self-taught photographer, he has pursued both digital and film media, and has shot everything from Arizona landscapes to NYC fashion photography. But Shulman is a dynamic individual, and has spent the past year living and working in Ghana, West Africa, where he trained local medical professionals on modern cancer treatment techniques. The artist will be in attendance at this solo exhibit that runs at Tinney through May 6.

    "Tinney Contemporary is so excited to introduce the beautiful new work by photographer Adam Shulman to Nashville Fashion Week, a week that exemplifies the creativity within this community. This body of work is a perfect compliment to the innovative style and spirit that Nashville Fashion Week brings every year to Nashville and we couldn't be more  proud to be a part of it," says Susan Tinney, founder of Tinney Contemporary Gallery.

    Rymer Gallery will present the art of Elise Wehle and Adam Thomas. 

    Elise Wehle’s mixed-media art was originally inspired by patterns that cover Andalucía in Spain, but it was the Alhambra, a Moorish palace covered in intricate, hand carved patterns, that influenced her the most.

    Adam Thomas is a self taught oil painter. His pieces are collected by Nordstrom and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Thomas now lives in Nashville.

    Elise Wehle
    Adam Thomas

    Guests will end this special evening at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty exhibit. Irving Penn (b. 1917, Plainfield, NJ; d. 2009, New York, NY) was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous. His pictures, a unique blend of classical elegance and formal innovation, were widely seen in print during his long career at Vogue magazine. His achievement, however, extends beyond conventional notions of depicting beauty or fame to include a radical reconsideration of how we understand fashion, photography, and art, separately and in relation to each other. The Beyond Beauty exhibit runs through May 29 at the Frist.

    The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

    Tickets to this event are $25 and include two drink tickets provided by Tito's Handmade VodkaNashville Ice Lab and Mouton Noir Wines with lite bites from MStreet at the Fifth Avenue galleries and transportation to and from the Frist Center. Admission to this event is included with the NFW All Access Pass and complimentary with the presentation of a receipt for at least $25 from any participating NFW “Shop Nashville” retail partner. Visit for a list of all Shop Nashville Week participating retail events.

    An After Party will be hosted at Bar Sovereign from 9:30-11:00 p.m. The Bar Sovereign After Party tickets are $20 and will only be sold at the door. Admission includes one drink ticket.

    Tickets for “An Evening of Photography + Fashion” as well as all other Nashville Fashion Week events are available at Proceeds from all Nashville Fashion Week ticket sales benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

    Fashion photographer Brett Warren was the recipient of the 2016 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund award. He was the first photographer to ever receive this award. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities.

    Official Nashville Fashion Week events will be held April 4-8 at unique locations throughout the city.