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Fern Mallis & The 2019 Learning Labs


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Nashville Fashion Week is thrilled to have our friend and mentor Fern Mallis back with us for the fifth year. Fern will join us on April 1 and 2 to moderate Nashville's first fashion focused Sustainable Summit, meet with our local designers and attend opening night of Nashville Fashion Week 2019 at OZ Arts Nashville. Detailed information about the Sustainable Summit will be announced next week.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to NFW…there is so much talent in this amazing city, and the NFW team is so organized and professional and on top of everything!” - Fern Mallis

Fern Mallis, hailed as the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week, has been called an industry titan, doyenne, and The Godmother of Fashion. As the creator and host of premiere conversation series Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, Mallis assembled an incredible roster of guests for her now signature in-depth interviews, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Diane von Fürstenberg, Polly Mellen, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, André Leon Talley, Bruce Weber, Bill Cunningham, Valentino, Leonard A. Lauder, Tim Gunn, Victoria Beckham, Rosita and Angela Missoni, Alexander Wang, and Christian Louboutin. 

Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce our Learning Labs schedule for 2019! Nashville Fashion Week was designed to showcase the local fashion community by providing a platform to engage, learn and connect and each of these unique educational experiences do just that. This year you can discuss the ins and outs of digital marketing at Emma; create your own silver stack rings at Margaret Ellis Jewelry; learn the latest makeup techniques at The Cosmetic Market; and get the inside scoop on agency representation for models, actors, hair, makeup and wardrobe stylists from the experts at AMAX Talent over lunch at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Please make your plans early to attend one or more of these special events. Space is limited so register to secure your spot now at


MARKETING: Digital Marketing Without Losing Your Mind 
Led by Kaitlin Wernet, Content Specialist & Co-Author of The Book of Comforts

Saturday, April 6 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

Location: The Bistro at Emma | 11 Lea Avenue, 37210 (follow signs to The Bistro)

Admission: FREE, Individual ticket, includes coffee, donuts and fruit

Whether you’re a seasoned marketer or just getting started, it’s easy to feel like no matter how hard you work, it’s not enough. In this presentation, Kaitlin Wernet, Emma Content Expert, Co-Author of The Book of Comforts, and all-around awesome human, will discuss how to stop staring at a blank screen and start creating your best work, all without losing your mind.

This athleisure approved session will kick off with caffeine and snacks and leave time at the end to brainstorm challenges in small groups to help you impact change on your own terms. 

“For almost a decade Nashville Fashion Week has been a moment that has brought luminaries from across the city together, and since the beginning Emma has been proud to support this event and power connections between NFW and its attendees.” - Akerho Oghoghomeh, VP of Marketing, Small to Medium Enterprise


CREATE: Margaret Ellis Jewelry Intro to Metalsmithing - Make Your Own Set of Silver Stack Rings

Wednesday, April 3 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: ME Studio | 2809 Bransford Avenue, 37204

Admission: $250 Individual Ticket, includes instruction, materials and your own personal set of three Silver Stack Rings (retail value $300). 

Learn to make your very own set of classic ME Silver Stack Rings 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 owner/designer Mclaine Richardson and 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 Set of Three Stack Rings with your choice of textures at the ME Studio in Berry Hill. Limited class size for one-on-one instruction.

"Margaret Ellis Jewelry is excited to host our third Intro to Metalsmithing Learning Lab to support the Nashvile Fashion Forward Fund with a new project this year. NFW Learning Labs are a great way to meet interesting people and learn something new while supporting our local fashion community."  - Mclaine Richardson, Owner/Designer


BEAUTY: Makeup - Behind The Runway

Saturday, April 6 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location: The Cosmetic Market | 4015 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 107, 37215

Admission: $45 Individual Ticket, includes light bites and refreshments.

Be runway ready every day,  two-hour season, learn how to achieve the makeup looks, you would love to wear but are not sure how to achieve. Expert makeup artists from The Cosmetic Market, will work one on one with you and teach how to perfect our tried and true runway techniques to help make you runway ready every day. Learn how to perfect your complexion, contour, highlight, and more…Light bites, coffee and other refreshments will be provided.

"The Cosmetic Market has been involved backstage with Nashville Fashion Week since day one. We love working together with local designers to complete their vision from day one.  Being a local business as well, participating in a week that showcases the growing Nashville fashion industry so much talent. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our creative skills and give everyone an inside look behind the scenes."  - Mary Kathryn Hudson, Regional Sales Manager


BUSINESS: Feast on Fashion with AMAX Talent presented by Fleming's 
How to Land An Agent: Get Signed as a Model, Talent, Wardrobe Stylist, Hair or Makeup Artist

Saturday, April 6 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Flemings Prime Steakhouse, 2525 West End Avenue, 37203

Admission: $30 Individual ticket, includes a 3-course lunch

Lunch and learn with all five AMAX Talent agents, the Nashville agency representing fashion commercial and lifestyle models, as well as actors, hair and make up artists and wardrobe stylists. Learn from these agents’ combined 60+ years of experience in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York. Topics will include what agents look for in new talent, how they strategize, put together portfolios and match their talents with the right clients. 

AMAX owner and director Cherylann Stephens has been in the business since 1984. After positions as director at Next and Wilhelmina in Los Angeles, she 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 and has built the company to the industry leader that it is today. 

Ginny Edwards Maxwell joined AMAX in 2012 and has been a scout and mother agent for over 20 years. Ginny is in charge of scouting and developing models, placement with international agencies, and overall career management of the high fashion talent who have gone on to front the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated and star in campaigns for Chanel,  Levi’s, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Gap and countless others. 

Kayla Borg, the primary booker for models and talent; Bria Stone, the booker for the artist/creative division, which includes hair, makeup, styling, props, and manicurists; and Becca Chaney, the junior booker for models and talent will also share their industry pointers.

You'll have many delicious lunch options to choose from at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Starters: Tuna Tartare, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio or Vegan Heirloom Tomato Tart. Main course: Miso Glazed Seabass, Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs or California Power Lunch as the vegan option. Dessert: Tenneseee Orchard Roll or a Sparkling Berry Bowl.

Fleming’s is located on West End Avenue, across from Centennial Park and in front of Vanderbilt Stadium. Whether you’re celebrating, dining with business clients or want a night out with friends, they have created the perfect ambiance with a menu filled with your favorites and a local chef’s table that changes with the season, or whenever they feel inspired by the ingredients.

Tickets for each Learning Lab can be purchased at Space is limited and reservations are required, even for free events. 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 2-6 in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville. Tickets to individual events are available in a wide range of prices at