Nashville Fashion Week Presents Fashion Forward Awards at The Third Annual Fashion Forward Gala

Nashville Fashion Week ended year six with their third annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala and presentation of Fashion Forward Awards at Oz Arts Nashville on Saturday, April 9. The 2016 Gala, co-chaired by Alizah Greenberg and Gen Sohr, was created to celebrate and support the resolute, entrepreneurial spirit of the Nashville fashion community. AmosEvents created a dreamy black and white environment with the painting of local artist Alic Daniel at center stage.

Mayor Megan Barry and inaugural Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient, and NFW featured designer, Julianna Bass served as keynote speakers of the gala with Holly Williams and husband Chris Coleman performing three musical selections for the fashionable crowd. The Nashville Fashion Week Co-Founders, 2015 NFFF recipient Eric Adler and award sponsors The Mall at Green Hills, Margaret Ellis Jewelry and Tito's Handmade Vodka presented the awards in front of a sold out crowd.

Recipients of the 2016 Nashville Fashion Forward Awards are:

Nashville Style Icon: Holly Williams, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur

Fashion Forward Award: Dean Wegner, Omega Apparel

Legacy: Manuel Cuevas, Manuel Couture

Face of Fashion | Sponsored by Margaret Ellis JewelryDylan Stephens, AMAX Talent and Next Model Management

Rising Star | Sponsored by The Mall at Green HillsMaria Silver, Black by Maria Silver

Point of View | Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade VodkaMary Seng, Happily Grey

Nashville Fashion Week featured 23 collections from local and international designers and a series of three educational panels at six unique venues throughout the city over five days. Forty-one retail events contributed to the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee through donations and proceeds from event sales. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, 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. Application details for the 2016 Fund award will be announced this fall.

Nashville Fashion Week, founded in 2010, is a city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent. Featuring local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the week encourages both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops. NFW is founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, retail and media professionals who have combined their passion and resources to create a completely 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.