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NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK IS JUST FIVE WEEKS AWAY! DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS YET?

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Tickets are selling fast! The Influencer Brunch, scheduled for March 16 at Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill at the Fairlane Hotel, and the Men's Style Event at the Dream Nashville Hotel  on March 27 will set the stage for Nashville Fashion Week, April 2-6. Year nine of Nashville Fashion Week will feature four nights of runway shows featuring twenty local and regional designers in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville. The week will end with a big celebration on April 6 at the 5th Annual Fashion Forward Gala. You don't want to miss a thing!

Tickets to all of these events are now on sale at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

  • Influencer Brunch $30

  • Men's Style Event $30

  • Individual Runway Tickets - $50 General Admission (Standing Room Only) | $75 Seated

  • Runway Passes - $200 General Admission (Standing Room Only) and VIP access | $300 Premium Seating for four nights of Runway and VIP access

  • Fashion Forward Gala - $250 per person/$2500 for Table for 10

  • All Access Pass - $500 Premium Seating with front row priority for four nights of Runway, VIP access, and a Fashion Forward Gala ticket

NFW Learning Labs and the Shop Nashville schedule will be released soon.

Nashville Fashion Forward recipients Eric Adler Bornhop 2015, Maria Silver 2017 and Van Hoang 2018 with their model muses. Photographed by  Daniel Meigs . Models: Ashley Fisher, Bentley Caldwell and Clare Baldridge,  AMAX Talent . Beauty: Joselyn Maness and Janelle Wood,  AMAX Creative . Location:  Wilburn Street Studio .

Nashville Fashion Forward recipients Eric Adler Bornhop 2015, Maria Silver 2017 and Van Hoang 2018 with their model muses. Photographed by Daniel Meigs. Models: Ashley Fisher, Bentley Caldwell and Clare Baldridge, AMAX Talent. Beauty: Joselyn Maness and Janelle Wood, AMAX Creative. Location: Wilburn Street Studio.

YOU'RE INVITED TO THE 5TH FASHION FORWARD GALA ON APRIL 6

The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee invites you to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial spirit of Nashville’s creative arts and fashion community with Nashville Fashion Week and our partner OZ Arts Nashville at the Fifth Annual Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Gala on Saturday, April 6 at OZ Arts Nashville. This is the fourth year that Nashville Fashion Week will present its Nashville Fashion Forward Awards at the Fashion Forward Gala to recognize community leaders that have made an impact on the Nashville fashion industry. Join us in honoring Andrew Clancey, Margaret Ellis, Claudia Fowler, Margo Price, Linda Roberts, Sofie Rovenstine and Olia Zavozina.

Enjoy a delicious dinner from G Catering, wine from Love and Exile Wines and spirits from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Beefeater London Pink Gin and Jameson Black Barrel  in vivid space designed by Amos Events with BOLD touches by Bright Events, Please Be Seated and Oshi Floral Design to create the perfect ambiance for this immersive evening. CraftCourse and Hi-Fi Media have planned innovative experiences for our guests that will be a BOLD punctuation to the Nashville Fashion Week experience. Artist Tess Erlenborn will live paint two pieces to be auctioned at the end of the night to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. Dress boldly and colorfully. This is going to be a night to remember! 

Reserve your seat/table with ticket purchase by March 27 at NashvilleFashionWeek.com. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

SHOP NASHVILLE WEEK 2018

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK PRESENTS SHOP NASHVILLE WEEK 2018

Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce a full week of special shopping events beginning Tuesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 8 at a wide variety of Nashville-area retailers and businesses across the city. Shop Nashville Week is a city-wide celebration designed to encourage and support the local retail and maker community through promotions, in-store appearances and events that activate creative and interactive ways to drive consumers to Nashville businesses. In addition to our participating retailers, we've also added a curated selection of NFW designer Pop Up Shops at Union Station Hotel and Third Man Records as well as a special online shopping opportunity through StyleBlueprint Nashville this year.

StyleBlueprint Nashville, one of the fastest-growing online lifestyle brands in the U.S., anchored by daily articles that support independent businesses that connects women to all facets of our community, will feature select designs from Nashville Fashion Week designers at SB Shop, their curated marketplace, from now through April 16Any Old Iron, Ona Rex, Lily Guilder, Truly Alvarenga, Julianna Bass, Lagi Nadeau, Splashed DKG will be introduced to over 100,000 StyleBlueprint readers through this unique shopping platform. 25% of all sales will benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. Be sure to sign up for their daily emails.

SHOP NASHVILLE WEEK PARTNERS

Twenty-five participating retail partners will host fifty of their own unique events, trunk shows and promotions during Nashville Fashion Week that benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee through donations and proceeds from event sales. Shop Nashville Week 2018 is sponsored by WhoWhatWayne. 

WhoWhatWayne.com is the exploration of Creative Catalyst and Brand Hunter, Wayne A. Headley. As a fashion pioneer who has directed fashion ventures for over 40 years, Wayne carries extensive experience in international imports, brand management, marketing, retail sales and event production. Wayne's latest endeavor involves deciphering the code of introducing international brands from Japan, Spain, Holland and several other countries into the North American market. Follow Wayne as he travels the globe exploring WHO and WHAT brands will be the 'Next Great American Story in Fashion.'

NFW 2018 Shop Nashville Retail Partners:

ABLE
Alton Lane
Any Old Iron
Ceri Hoover
The Dress Theory
Emerson Grace
FLIP
H. Audrey

HatWRKS
Jamie Nashville
Keep Shop
Lemon Laine
Levy's
Lily Guilder
Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Nordstrom
Oak Hall
Posh
The Private Label
Stacey Rhodes Boutique
Tribe Kelley
UAL

NFW DESIGNER POP-UP SHOPS

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Union Station Hotel will host Nashville Fashion Week Designer Pop-Up Shops on Thursday, April 5 and Saturday, April 7 from 12-4 p.m. in their lobby at 1001 Broadway. Meet and shop Nashville Fashion Week designers Any Old Iron, Black by Maria Silver, Lily Guilder and Ola Mai on Thursday, April 5. Nashville designer Truly Alvarenga and emerging designers Amanda Casarez, Barbara Bultman, Splashed by DKG and Yellowcake Shop will pop-up on Saturday, April 7.

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Nashville Fashion Week special guest and Saturday night Finale Runway Show designer Anna Sui has also partnered with Third Man Records for the Anna Sui x Third Man Records Pop Up on Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 623 7th Avenue South. 

Step inside Jack White's Third Man Records to peruse a collaborative pop-up shop featuring the fashion and beauty creations of iconic New York fashion designer Anna Sui, alongside Third Man's usual lush vinyl selection. Meet and greet with Anna at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

"I’ve always been a gigantic fan of everything Jack White does - not only is he a musical genius, but he also has quite the flair for interior decoration!  I love the yellow and black interiors of his offices, warehouses and boutiques (where I’m proud to say, I design the sales staff uniforms!).  Third Man Records graciously invited me to host a pop-up shop in their store during Nashville Fashion Week (where I’m presenting my Spring 2018 Summer of Love inspired runway collection)!  There will be selected items straight from the catwalk…capes embroidered with peacocks and roses, shimmering celestial print caftans, London Souvenir dresses, daisy jacquard hot pants, Peruvian blanket shawls, bleach-patterned sun and moon t-shirts, flower-power pin sets, calico journals, my popular Fantasia perfume (with its unicorn topped flask), plus a selection of my colorful cosmetics, and my latest book - commemorating my traveling World of Anna Sui museum retrospective.  I’m also designing a custom Anna Sui + Third Man collaboration Nashville T-shirt!" - Anna Sui

"Anna Sui is an American icon, and the similarities between the world she has created through fashion and the world Jack White and Third Man Records have created through music are impossible to ignore. We both aim to take you on a journey, expose you to the unexpectedly beautiful and the beautifully unexpected, foster a love affair with tangibility, and inspire you to let your mind live in a state of constant exploration, reorganization, and reformation. Both brands challenge the idea that one's outward identity and tastes should be an unmovable object to hang your hat on: Third Man is vehemently genreless — we'd just as soon put out early 20th century demotika field recordings as a White Stripes record; Anna Sui's clothes are spectacularly idiosyncratic, each speaking for itself and telling its own story regardless of the wearer's context. The fact that the creative forces behind both companies were born and raised in Detroit is truly just the tip of the iceberg. All this is to say, we couldn't be more thrilled to host Anna and her incredible wares at our Nashville space, and our women's uniforms are thrilled to meet their maker in person." - Katie Studley, Marketing, Third Man Records

Nashville designer Amanda Valentine and St. Louis designer Chrissy Fogerty of Fauxgerty will also host Pop-Up Shops  during their NFW Learning Labs at ONEC1TY. Amanda Valentine & Ayana Ife will present Culture: Life Off The Runway on Monday, April 2 from 5-7 p.m.. Chrissy will moderate the Happily Grey + Clique Media Influence: Navigage the Influencer Space on Saturday, April 7 from 1-3 p.m. Tickets for both events, as well as the four other Learning Labs are available at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

Featured Shop Nashville Week events include:

• Any Old Iron, Emerson Grace, Jamie Nashville, Lemon Laine, Levy’s, Lily Guilder Designer Showroom, Oak Hall and Stacey Rhodes Boutique will each host NFW runway designer trunk shows. Stop by to meet the designers and shop their looks from the runway.

• Emerson Grace will donate a portion of Thursday sales to the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund.

    • Support NFW alumni designers at Ceri Hoover, The Keep Shop (Jamie & The Jones) and Posh (MadnessIs) throughout the week. Margaret Ellis Jewelry is hosting an out-of-studio trunk show at Nina Kuzina Gallery Thursday through Saturday.

    • Shop more Pop Ups and designer Trunk Shows at The Dress Theory, H. Audrey, Levy's and Posh.

    • Menswear special events at Alton Lane, Levy's and Oak Hall.

    • Full service professional styling opportunities at Nordstrom and The Private Label.

    • Fun beauty-focused events at ABLE and Lemon Laine.

    • Take advantage of special discounts at UAL, an eight year NFW supporter, at all three Nashville locations Tuesday through Friday. HatWRKS will offer a discount on all of their women and men's hats simply for mentioning NFW all week!

    • Register to win a new pair of sunglasses at Ceri Hoover. Sunnies will be given away to the first 25 customers at Posh in both locations on Friday. 

    • Feast on fashion with refreshments served at ABLE, Ceri Hoover, Emerson Grace, Nina Kuzina Gallery, Oak Hall, Tribe Kelley, UAL and many more. A food truck will also be at FLIP!

    • And please continue to shop and support our loyal NFW retails sponsors William Edge and The Cosmetic Market.

    Visit NashvilleFashionWeek.com to view the full Nashville Fashion Week 2018 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.

    2ND ANNUAL NFW BLOGGER BRUNCH

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    Brunch and network with your favorite local influencers at the second Nashville Fashion Week Blogger Brunch on February 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. while enjoying an incredible view of downtown Nashville from L.A. Jackson at the Thompson Nashville. It's the perfect spot to make new friends, nibble brunch bites and plot your plans for Nashville Fashion Week.

    Meet and shop the sneak peek Pop Up of designer | 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient Black by Maria Silver's new collection before it hits the NFW runway in April.

    Enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar from Tito's Handmade Vodka, a Braid and Beard Bar from Scouts Barbershop, the Nashville Smile Bar photo booth and a live feed from i106.7. Walk away with a bag full of goodies and a chance to win a prize from Regions Bank

    A limited number of tickets are now on sale for $30. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

    Hosts:
    Alicia Searcy | Spashionista
    Ashley McClellan Houston | Nashville Wifestyles  
    Brooke Webb | KB Styled 
    Cara Valentine | In the Red
    Emmanuel LeGrair | EJLeGrair 
    Emily Bache & Abigail Breslin | The Wanderlust Girls
    Jami-Lyn Fehr | Jamilyn.co 
    Jasmine Sweet | Jasmine Sweet 
    Melissa Watkins | Fabglance 
    Polly Patel | FLIKISS 
    Senni Alina and Olivia Rose | Alina & Rose

    The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Recipient Is...

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    Thanks to all that joined us for our 2018 Nashville Fashion Week Kickoff Party last night at Noelle! We were excited to announce the first details of our 2018 programming and our 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient to a sold-out crowd. 

    “Our mission has always been to educate local and national audiences about Nashville’s thriving fashion industry,” said Nashville Fashion Week managing partners/co-founders Connie Cathcart-Richardson and Marcia Masulla. “For over eight years, Nashville Fashion Week and the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund have helped raise awareness of Nashville’s vast creative talent by showcasing over 109 designers and hundreds of local businesses with an investment of over $750,000 in the local fashion community. We look forward to fostering Nashville’s fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent for many years to come with this volunteer led and run event.”

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    SEVENTH ANNUAL NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND RECIPIENT NAMED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE

    Designer Maria Silver has been named the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient. A committee from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee selected Silver from a group of experienced fashion industry applicants with ties to Middle Tennessee. Silver is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a bachelor of fine arts in women's contemporary clothing and costume design. Before founding her fashion line Black by Maria Silver in 2011, Silver worked in various costume design positions on Broadway, then moved to Los Angeles as a design assistant, as well as toured with the cult rock band The Ettes. Black by Maria Silver has been featured in Nylon, Bust, Refinery 29, Elle, and others. More recently, Silver designed for the critically acclaimed Nashville Ballet production 7 Deadly Sins, and in 2017, opened her first storefront in East Nashville. This will be her fifth year showing at Nashville Fashion Week.

    "I couldn't be more honored to receive the Fashion Forward Fund award from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Nashville Fashion Week,” said Sliver. “The continued support from the Nashville community has been key to my growth. With this award, I hope to explore new ways to improve both my e-commerce presence and brick and mortar storefront, with the end-goal to integrate both in an innovative manner. I believe is the future of our craft and art.”

    The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund 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. Established in 2011 by the co-founders of Nashville Fashion Week, the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. 

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    2018 LOCAL & EMERGING DESIGNERS ANNOUNCED

    Nashville Fashion Week announced local and emerging designers with additional announcements to follow for two additional nights of runway. Six established local designers will have the opportunity to showcase their most recent collections again at the Nashville Designer Showcase on Tuesday, April 3 at opening night of Nashville Fashion Week:

    • Any Old Iron 
    • Black by Maria Silver
    • Lily Guilder
    • Ola Mai
    • Ona Rex
    • Truly Avarenga

    The Emerging Designer Showcase on Friday, April 6 will include ten designers from across the country. These designers were selected from hundreds of applications submitted through the emerging designer application process this year.

    • Amanda Casarez (Stafford, VA) 
    • Andrew Gallivan (Brooklyn, NY) 
    • Ariel, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
    • Barbara Bultman Designs (St. Louis, MO)
    • Eileen Kelly (Nashville, TN)
    • Justin Mark Richards (Nashville, TN)
    • Laura Citron (Nashville, TN)
    • Shea Steele (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Splashed by DKG (Birmingham, AL)
    • Yellowcake Shop (Cleveland, OH)

    “We are delighted to showcase Nashville’s leading designers with new designers discovered through our emerging designer application process,” said Richardson and Masulla. “The quality and number of emerging designer applications we receive continues to grow each year as does the community support for our local designers. It’s so rewarding to watch these designers grow from year to year.”

    All four Nashville Fashion Week runway shows will take place in one location for the first time ever in collaboration with OZ Arts Nashville on Tuesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 7

    AMAX TALENT + NFW 2018 MODEL SEARCH FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    The 2018 AMAX Talent + Nashville Fashion Week Model Search finalists selected from thousands of applicants were also announced. They include:

    • Francesca Désir
    • Aubrey Hill
    • Lily Merhoff
    • Vienna Rovenstine
    • Alyssa Taylor 

    The winner will be awarded a $1,000 modeling contract with AMAX Talent, the opportunity to meet one-on-one with top national modeling agents including IMG, Next, Elite and Ford, a professional photo shoot with fashion photographer/2016 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient Brett Warren, and the opportunity to walk the Nashville Fashion Week runway. The AMAX Talent + Nashville Fashion Week Model Search has been a launch pad for many successful modeling careers since 2012. 

    "We had a remarkable group of applicants this year and are excited to have the opportunity to work with Nashville Fashion Week to find and develop unique and diverse models with high fashion potential from the Nashville area for the global marketplace," said Ginny Maxwell, Director of Scouting & Development at AMAX Talent.

    TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

    Tickets for Tuesday, Friday and the Elevated Access Pass are now available to purchase on the Nashville Fashion Week website. Prices range from $50/$75 for standing tickets, $75/$100 seated tickets, and $350 for the ELEVATED Access Pass. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 

    Two New Ways to Support Nashville Fashion Week

    INTRODUCING THE FIRST NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK BLOGGER BRUNCH

    Brunch with your favorite local influencers at the first Nashville Fashion Week Blogger Brunch on April 1 from 11 - 1 p.m. at City Winery (609 Lafayette Street). Twenty-four bloggers and influencers from Nashville's fashion and lifestyle communities will kick off NFW in style.

    Nashville Fashion Week invites you to join event chair Caroline Acree of Caroline Margaret Studio and Nashville Wardrobe Project and the Blogger Brunch hosting committee at this new event. The host committee includes Alicia Boswell, Alex Ciaramitaro, Kathleen Clipper, Chloe Hall, Abby Demmer, D'Anelle Desire, Phillip Fryman, Jacob Matthews, Ashley McClellan Houston, Tiffany Mitchell, Moriah Murrell, Hunter Claire Rogers, Alicia Searcy, Hunter Schleicher, Anna Schowe, Alexis Teichmillen, Chad Vance, Melissa Watkins, Brooke Webb, Liz Whalen, Olivia Whalen, Kay Elle White and Morgan Wisted. The NFW Blogger Brunch is sponsored by O Bag Nashville.

    "As a new locally-owned, small business, we're excited to have the opportunity to be a part of NFW and support the Fashion Forward Fund by sponsoring the Blogger Brunch.  We're proud of our little city evolving more and more each day towards one known for its arts and fashion.  In fact, we believe in our fashion forward city so much that we knew it was the perfect spot for our unique business where every customer has the opportunity to design and build their own handbag!" - Karen Malmquist, O Bag Nashville

    The $20 ticket price includes event admission and a complimentary “NFW Survival Kit” gift bag. Survival kit sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cosmetic Market, Cardio Barre and more. A limited number of tickets are available. The ticket price does not include food or drink from City Winery, but the full brunch menu will be available for purchase.

    "City Winery is thrilled to be a part of Nashville Fashion Week for another year in a row! This year's Blogger Brunch is the first of its kind for NFW, and we're proud to host this exciting networking event for some of Nashville's top entrepreneurs." - City Winery Nashville

    All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 


    NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK LIMITED EDITION DESIGNER T-SHIRTS

    Don’t miss out on these limited edition tees designed especially for you by three of our NFW designer alumni - Amanda ValentineOna Rex and Black by Maria Silver. Legacy Ink has generously agreed to donate proceeds from the sale of each t-shirt to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund gives an annual award to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week will impact the Nashville fashion community for many years to come. Quantities are limited so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Purchase your t-shirt now for only $28 from Legacy Ink

    “Legacy Ink chose to team up with NFW to give supporters of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund a cool and unique way of showing support with featured designers while giving back. We also opted to work with the organization because we sincerely believe in giving talented individuals a platform to excel while helping the community and local fashion industry as a whole, said Troy Cheairs of Legacy Ink.

    PURCHASE TICKETS

    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 all events are now available in a wide range of prices at NashvilleFashionWeek.com. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week 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.