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NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK ANNOUNCES THE 2018 NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND RECIPIENT AND 2019 PARTNERSHIP WITH OZ ARTS NASHVILLE

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Thank you to all that joined us for our 2019 Nashville Fashion Week Launch Party last night at OZ Arts Nashville! We were excited to announce our 2018 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient with plans for our 2019 city-wide celebration of Nashville's thriving fashion and retail community to an enthusiastic and sold-out crowd.

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MEET THE EIGHTH ANNUAL NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND RECIPIENT

We are proud to announce fashion designer Van Hoang as our 2018 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient. A selection committee from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee selected Hoang from a diverse group of experienced fashion industry applicants.

The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennesseee is an endowed fund that supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing an annual financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field based on pre-established criteria.

“I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of this years Nashville Fashion Forward Fund," said Hoang. "This award will enable me to attend the Copenhagen Fashion Summit which is a global conference about sustainability in fashion and this opportunity will allow me to learn from top leaders in the field. I hope to bring this knowledge back to Nashville and turn ideas into action.”

Van Hoang is a designer based in Nashville, TN. She has a B.F.A. in Fashion Design & Merchandising from O’More College of Design as well as an M.A. in Design for Sustainability from Savannah College of Art & Design. Her aesthetic is modern yet timeless, versatile, and functional. She is interested in the intersection of sustainability, fashion, and technology and how those fields can work together to innovate solutions and break down barriers to create a more sustainable fashion system. Hoang's mission is to offer an alternative to fast fashion that many have become accustomed to. In the past she created one-of-a-kind gowns with intricate craftsmanship and couture techniques. However, she recently launched her namesake high-end ready-to-wear line that is handmade in Nashville and hopes to build a company with sustainability, quality, and community as it’s core values. Hoang showed on the Nashville Fashion Week runway in 2015.

“Talent and commitment was seen in every one of the 18 applications this year and our committee was thrilled to read the record number of applications and be introduced to so many creative voices in our community" said Amy Fair, Vice President, Donor Services at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "In the end, it was Van’s incredible presentation and vision for how the experience of traveling to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit would enhance her commitment to sustainable fashion and allow her to begin to build an international network of like-minded individuals interested in the intersection of fashion, sustainability, and technology.”

The establishment of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund in 2010 by the co-founders of Nashville Fashion Week 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 is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee that is funded with charitable donations and proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week. 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 of our community.

Previous Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipients include apparel designers Maria Silver, Eric Bornhop, Julianna Bass and Lauren Leonard Phelps; fashion photographer Brett Warren; accessory designer Ceri Hoover, and Elise Joseph, founder of Goodwin.

SAVE THESE DATES!

Nashville Fashion Week will take place April 2-6, 2019 in collaboration with our strategic partner OZ Arts Nashville. The fifth annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala will also take place at OZ Arts on January 19

“We are so thrilled to have OZ Arts Nashville as our strategic partner and our home for all of our runway shows again this year,” 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 and together we will continue to take Nashville Fashion Week and our creative community to the next level.” 

“OZ Arts is proud of its ongoing partnership with Nashville Fashion Week,” said OZ Arts President and CEO Tim Ozgener. “I believe fashion is one of Nashville’s most dynamic creative industries. Helping showcase this industry and its designers while supporting the growth of Nashville’s creative class just makes sense for us at OZ Arts Nashville.”

Cathcart-Richardson and Masulla are excited to showcase the accompishments of Nashville's established designers as well as new emerging designers found through the NFW application process on the runway at OZ.

“Our mission from day one has been to educate local and national audiences about Nashville’s thriving fashion industry. Nashville Fashion Week and the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund have helped raise awareness of Nashville’s vast creative talent by showcasing over 130 designers and hundreds of local businesses with an investment of over $1 million in the local fashion community over the past eight years," Cathcart-Richardson and Masulla said. "We look forward to fostering Nashville’s fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent for many years to come with this volunteer led and run event.”

Nashville Fashion Week was founded in 2010 as an all-volunteer led and run event spotlighting Nashville’s growing fashion community with a sustainable focus of philanthropic support of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 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.

Tickets to the Nashville Fashion Forward Gala will go on sale November 26 at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

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Nashville Fashion Week Announces 2016 Education Panels

Nashville Fashion Week Announces 2016 Education Panels

Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce the 2016 Education Panels, The Business Of Fashion: The Process, Progress & Pivot. Three panels will take place on Saturday, April 9 at City Winery and are sponsored by Mouton Noir Wines. Panels will focus on the business of fashion covering the process of how a label launches or establishes a new concept; the progress a brand has to make to keep proper communication flowing based on changes in technology, and the pivots a company makes to stay relevant in an ever-changing consumer market.

Each panel will feature a moderated discussion and presentation followed by an audience-driven Q&A session. Panelists and moderators scheduled to appear include local and national designers, fashion executives, journalists, and bloggers. City Winery will be serving their brunch menu throughout the event.

Education Panels:

Process
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How to launch, grow and/or establish a fashion concept
Moderator: Amy Fair, director of donor services, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Panelists: Julianna Bass, inaugural Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient and ready-to-wear runway designer; André Hueston Mack, founder, Mouton Noir Wines; Lagi Nadeau, four-time Nashville Fashion Week alum and ready-to-wear runway designer; Adrien Saporiti, founder and owner, DCXV

Progress
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. How to evolve in a tech-forward world of communication, while still maintaining your brand identity
Moderator: Tarasina Schneller, regional director of marketing, Opry Mills, Simon Malls
Panelists: Emily Howard, founder and creative director of Consider the Wldflwrs; Gavin Ivester, founding partner of FLO | THINKERY; Kristen Johns, counsel, Waller Law; Larissa May, creative consultant, blogger and Vanderbilt University student

Pivot
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.  How to re-structure or re-brand after being well established
Moderator: Kimberly Lewis, owner, Emerson Grace
Panelists: Manuel Cuevas, founder/principle, Manuel Couture; Michele Probst, celebrity makeup artist, entrepreneur, beauty editor and spokesperson; Dawn Robertson, CEO, Stein Mart; Lisa Robertson, designer, fashion authority and TV personality; Joe Wiese, manager, Lucchese Nashville

Tickets for the 2016 Education Panels can be purchased in advance at nashvillefashionweek.com or at the door for $25 or $20 with student ID. Discounted group tickets are also available for parties of 20 or more by contacting Amy Fair at (615) 321-4939. 

Proceeds from the Education Panels and all other Nashville Fashion Week events will benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

 

ABOUT NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK
Nashville Fashion Week 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.

ABOUT MOUTON MOIR WINES
Mouton Noir Wines, founded by iconoclastic sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, which incorporate his trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture.The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines (micro-négociant), sourcing the best fruit possible in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon to produce wines that show the individuality of their respective sites and terroirs. Mouton Noir Wines can be found in the best restaurants and retail stores in 45 states and 11 countries. A self-taught graphic designer, Mack designs all of the labels as well as a t-shirt line for Mouton Noir; other clients include Joel Gott and Palm Bay Imports. Most recently, Mack authored and designed Small Thyme Cooks, the world’s first culinary coloring and activity book.