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Applications for the 2019 NFFF & NFW 2020 Designers Are Now Accepted

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND & 

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2020 DESIGNERS ARE NOW ACCEPTED

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YOU COULD BE NEXT!

Nashville Fashion Week invites you to submit your application for the 2019 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund award to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee now through October 15. Professionals working in all aspects of the fashion industry from designers and photographers to stylists, models, hair and makeup artists, retail owners and content creatorsare encouraged to apply for this experiential professional development opportunity provided each year through proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week. Detailed instructions for application submission can be found at NashvilleFashionWeek.com with bios on our previous recipients. The 2019 recipient will be announced at the 10th Annual Nashville Fashion Week Launch Party in November. #whyNFW

Applications must arrive at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's office at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue by 4:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, October 15, 2019. The award recipient is selected by a committee of the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


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ARE YOU READY FOR THE RUNWAY?

Nashville Fashion Week is on the search for designers to spotlight during our 10th Anniversary events. Applicants must demonstrate creativity, quality and a broad appeal to a wide range of consumers. Select designers will have the opportunity to showcase their collection during Nashville Fashion Week 2020. All designers interested in showing their collections are encouraged to submit their application for review.

The deadline to submit designer applications is 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, October 15. All applicants will be notified in December and the lineup announced at an official Nashville Fashion Week event early next year. 

Designer Criteria:

  • All designers, whether you have previously shown at NFW or not, are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those that live in or have connections to Nashville and/or Middle Tennessee

  • Each collection must be original designs, debuting at Nashville Fashion Week


PLEASE NOTE:
 Nashville Fashion Week does not charge a submission fee to apply or participate. Designers selected are responsible for their own travel and related expenses, and for transporting their collection to Nashville — as well as all costs associated with designing/creating their looks, including shoes, accessories and music for their runway show. No age restrictions or specific experience is required. However, those under 18 will need parent/guardian permission to apply.

The Emerging Designer Application Is Now LIVE!

APPLICATIONS FOR NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2019 EMERGING DESIGNERS AND THE 2018 NASHVILLE FASHION FOWARD FUND AWARD ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE RUNWAY?


Nashville Fashion Week is on the search for emerging designers to spotlight during our April 2019 event. Applicants must demonstrate creativity, quality and a broad appeal to a wide range of consumers. Select designers will have the opportunity to showcase their collection during Nashville Fashion Week 2019. All designers interested in showing their collections are encouraged to submit their application for review.

The deadline to submit emerging designer applications is 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 25. Emerging Designers will be notified in December and announced at an official Nashville Fashion Week event early next year. 

Emerging Designer Criteria:

  • All emerging designers are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those that live in or have connections to Nashville and/or Middle Tennessee

  • Each collection must be original designs, debuting at Nashville Fashion Week

PLEASE NOTE: Nashville Fashion Week does not charge a submission fee to apply or participate. Designers selected are responsible for their own travel and related expenses, and for transporting their collection to Nashville — as well as all costs associated with designing/creating their looks, including shoes, accessories and music for their runway show. No age restrictions or specific experience is required. However, those under 18 will need parent/guardian permission to apply. 

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HAVE YOU APPLIED FOR THE NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND?

October 19 Application Deadline

Less than three weeks to go... Professionals working in all aspects of the fashion industry from designers and photographers to stylists, models, hair and makeup artists, retail owners and bloggers are encouraged to apply for this experiential professional development opportunity provided each year through proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week. Nashville Fashion Forward Fund applications must arrive at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's office at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue by 4:30 p.m. CST on Monday, October 19. Click below for application details. #whynfw

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DON'T FORGET! Join Us for the Fauxgerty Hat Launch This Thursday, October 4 at The Shay

You've seen them on the Nashville Fashion Week runway, now Fauxgerty is launching handmade hats in the city where they're crafted. Come view their newest collection, chat with founder, Chrissy Fogerty and the Fauxgerty team and meet Nashville hatmaker Fanny & June, collaborator of their new hats. 10% percentage of all sales will benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle TennesseeWhile you mix, mingle and shop, enjoy bites from Pastaria with sips from Sump CoffeeTito's Handmade Vodka, wine and more. Please confirm your attendance at rsvp@fauxgerty.com by Wednesday, October 3. We hope to see you there!

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. 

Nashville Fashion Week Makes Lots Of Announcements at Kickoff Party

We had a great time and made a lot of big announcements at the Nashville Fashion Week 2017 Kickoff Party at The Hermitage Hotel Ballroom last night. The event sold out quickly, but don’t worry if you missed it, here’s all of the inside scoop.

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

Fashion photographer Brett Warren has been named the sixth annual Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT). A committee of the Board of CFMT selected Warren amongst a group of experienced fashion industry applicants with ties to Middle Tennessee. Warren is the first photographer to be selected as a recipient of the fund. 

Brett Warren lives in a world where anything is possible. While studying design and photography at MTSU, Brett became passionately inspired to present the world as it could be through images that would appeal to the mind and imagination. What started with a dream and a Nikon Cool Pix has turned into a means to convey emotion, and to share untold stories and convictions. Along the way he found encouragement through a personal encounter with Wayne White, a more-than-serendipitous internship with Annie Leibovitz, and invitations to shoot at New York Fashion Week.

Since 2011 he has produced multiple events, spoken at Universities, worked behind the scenes on sets for Vogue, art directed major label music videos, and had his work featured in local and national publications. In addition, Brett has been highly active in the local community by serving on the Nashville Fashion Week Advisory Council, and is an avid supporter of the Nashville fashion community. He has been recognized among his peers, for his “Point of View,” and built long-lasting relationships with those in and out of the fashion world.

While he has worked with easily recognized brands such as, Billy Reid, Surface Magazine, and GQ, he is just as passionate about working with some that may not be as familiar…yet.

Established in 2011, the objective of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is to provide an award that recognizes the individual achievements of a fashion industry professional. The financial resources that accompany the award are intended to provide an experiential professional development opportunity for the recipient to further advance their career in the fashion industry. 

2017 DESIGNERS ANNOUNCED

Nashville Fashion Week 2017 will include three nights of runway shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights. For the first time, NFW will offer a Runway Pass that includes entry to all three events plus the option to upgrade to guaranteed seating.

We're excited to announce sixteen designers that will be featured at unique runway locations throughout the city during year seven of the five-day event. 

NFW will open with the Nashville Designer Showcase on Tuesday April 4. NFW alumni Amanda Valentine, Any Old Iron, Ona Rex and Truly Alvarenga will join Cavanagh Baker and Minxx on the runway.

Andrew Gallivan, Lily Guilder, Madness Is, Nasheli Juliana and Splashed by DKG were selected from hundreds of designer applications to show collections on Wednesday night at the Emerging Designer Runway Show.

Fauxgerty, Lagi Nadeau, Michael Drummond, Patrick Assaraf and Shea Steele will present their collections at the 2017 Ready-to-Wear Runway Show on Friday night. 

Bios and photos of all designers are available at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

SANDRA LIPMAN TO RECEIVE THE 2017 STYLE ICON AWARD AT THE NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD GALA

Nashville Fashion Week 2017 will close with the fourth annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala. Last year’s Gala Co-Chair Gen Sohr, co-founder of Paper and Pencil, is back this year and will be joined by Emerson Grace boutique owner, Kimberly Lewis to chair this year's celebratory event featuring the Nashville Fashion Forward Awards presentation. The 2017 Style Icon Award will be presented to Nashville philanthropist and fashion maven Sandra Lipman. The Fashion Forward, Legacy, Face of Fashion, Rising Star and Point of View Awards will be announced at the Gala.

Nashville Fashion Week will also host a Photography + Fashion event on Thursday. City-wide shopping events and educational experiences will fill the official schedule. More specific event details will be announced in the next few weeks.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Nashville Fashion Week 2017 will be held April 4-8. All Access Passes, Runway Passes and tickets for all events are on sale now at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

All NFW ticket holders get FREE admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from April 3-16 featuring the exhibit of iconic fashion photographer Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty with proof of purchase. 

All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities.  

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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 theweek 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 NashvilleFashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2016 ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF RUNWAY DESIGNERS

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2016 ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF RUNWAY DESIGNERS

Tickets on sale now for Nashville's signature fashion event

Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce the first thirteen designers to be featured at unique runway locations throughout the city during year six of the five-day event.

Six Nashville-based designers will present their collections on Wednesday, April 6. Returning NFW favorites Truly Alvarenga, Ashley Balding, Denise Roxen and Amanda Valentine will be joined by new designers Andrew Clancey and Kimberly Parker. Michael Drummond, Danielle Kallmeyer, Francesca Marotta and Afriyie Poku will join Nashville Fashion Week veterans Brooke Atwood, Megan Huntz and Lagi Nadeau from cities coast to coast throughout the rest of the week.

Nashville Fashion Week 2016 will include runway shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights; city-wide shopping events and an artistic accessory installation on Thursday; and end with educational panels and the third annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala on Saturday. More specific event details will be announced soon.

All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities.  

Nashville Fashion Wek 2016 will be held April 5-9. All Access Passes and tickets for individual events are on sale now at nashvillefashionweek.com.

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TRULY ALVARENGA
Truly Alvarenga Is known best for her beautiful handmade one-of-a-kind garments that are minimalist, uncluttered and refined in their shaping. Truly pays meticulous attention to detail and has attracted an impressive numbers of admirers, who appreciate the craftsmanship as well as the inspired stories behind the one-of-a-kind collections. trulyalvarenga.com

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BROOKE ATWOOD
Brooke Atwood received her degree in business at the University of Mississippi and her design degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She grew up sewing with her grandmother and riding horses with her rodeo cowboy father. Although Brooke was raised in the south, she would never call herself a “proper southern girl,” choosing instead to be influenced by abstract art and independent music.

After receiving her degree she opened her own boutique in Mississippi. In 2012 – after selling her acclaimed boutique to pursue her design dream – Brooke launched her namesake brand with a collection of leather tees. brookeatwood.com

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ASHLEY BALDING
Ona Rex is the creative endeavor of designer Ashley Balding. It was formed in 2014 with an aim to bring women’s wear to Nashville that is unique, bold, and luxurious. Each piece of the collection is crafted in house with extreme care and attention to detail – whether it’s using custom hand woven textiles, or artfully sculpted accessories. Ona Rex holds its tradition of uniqueness to the highest regard. onarex.com

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ANDREW CLANCEY
Any Old Iron was born six years ago in New York as the U.S.'s first ever multi-brand British Mens boutique.

Since its move to Nashville two years ago, owner and designer Andrew Clancey has been working toward his first collection for the brand. Focusing on tailoring with a twist, Clancey and co-owner, Christopher Melton, aim to establish themselves with musicians and fashionista's alike. shopaoi.com

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MICHAEL DRUMMOND
Project Runway veteran (season eight) whose client list includes actress Tika Sumpter, New York Fashion Week founder Fern Malis, and supermodel/TV host Heidi Klum. His work has been showcased alongside Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela, and Iris van Herpen in the highly recognized "A Queen Within" at the World Chess Hall of Fame.  

Drummond has also worked as a costume designer for countless operas, dances, and theatrical productions in the USA and Europe. michaeldrummond.net

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MEGAN HUNTZ
Megan Huntz is an American fashion designer based in Atlanta. She founded her slow-fashion collection, Megan Huntz Dresses, in 2010, after spending nearly a decade in Italy and Spain, designing for companies such as Spazio Lazzari of Treviso and the MaxMara group.

Huntz graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Design and studied fashion at Domus Academy in Milan. meganhuntz.com

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DANIELLA KALLMEYER
KALLMEYER New York is a womens wear and accessories brand made in the United States with careful intention and purpose, combining European luxury techniques with contemporary accessibility

KALLMEYER is dedicated to empowering and enabling women to be who she aspires to become; today. Daniella Kallmeyer applies this philosophy to every design and uniquely updated wardrobe staple- a crisp white shirt, a perfectly cut trouser, a sleek bag- with special attention to fabrics and fit. daniellakallmeyer.com

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FRANCESCA MAROTTA
Francesca Marotta's designs and creations have won her numerous awards in UK, France Turkey and Italy.

Francesca Marotta has had shows in London, New York, Philadelphia, Istanbul, Syracusa, Los Angeles, Paris, Brussels and Osaka. Her designs have been featured in Harpers, Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, The Financial Times, and many others. Celebrities such as Karrueche Tran, Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Dormer, Jessie J, Ana Matronic, Skin from Skunk Anansie, Kelly Brook, Irina Lazareanu, Jodie Kidd have worn the label. francescamarotta.com

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LAGI NADEAU
The LAGI NADEAU collection blends high-end sophistication with feminine styling. This distinct style is emphasized by the designer's use of luxurious fabrications mixed with interesting detailing. Nadeau creates high quality, authentic pieces made in the USA, for women who have a strong sense of self and style. laginadeau.com

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KIMBERLY PARKER
Sisters of Nature is a lifestyle brand for dreamers, adventurers and free spirits. Inspired by the wild beauty of nature with a new bohemian folk aesthetic, each piece embodies the woman who loves to travel the world, soak in life and celebrate her unique individuality.

Designed by Kimberly Parker, the private label is proudly made in the rolling green hills of Nashville, TN. sistersofnatureboutique.com

AFRIYIE POKU
Oberima Afriyie seeks to inspire and provide clothing for Individuals to use to create themselves, while promoting the acceptance of Differences.

OA's first collection, "Kabukimono" derives from the Edo Period of Japan. These individuals were ronin warriors from the Edo period of Japan who strayed away from cultural norms of their time; representing their sense of individuality through various mediums - attire being one of them. oberimaafriyie.com

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DENISE ROXEN
It all started with Rock music when Denise Roxen saw the coolest image of a young Keith Richards. Everything he wore clashed so incredibly. When her band went separate ways, Denise knew fashion was her next calling and that she had to transfer her rock vision into clothing.

Roxenstone inspires confidence that goes against the mainstream. Roxenstone is for men that have a little bit of Rock N Roll in their soul. roxenstone.com

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AMANDA VALENTINE
Amanda Valentine is a women's ready-to-wear collection created by designer and stylist Amanda Valentine. Amanda competed on Project Runway (Seasons 11 and 13) and has been voted "Nashville's Best Fashion Designer" by readers of the Nashville Scene for the last four years.

While creating collections, Amanda styles wardrobe for numerous rock bands including Twenty One Pilots and infuses her women’s line with edge - and always ease. Bold prints, dramatic color blocking and exaggerated silhouettes make an appearance each collection. amandavalentine.com

 

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.