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Nashville Fashion Week Presents The 2017 Fashion Forward Awards at The Fourth Annual Fashion Forward Gala

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK PRESENTS THE 2017 FASHION FORWARD AWARDS AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL FASHION FORWARD GALA

Nashville Fashion Week ended year seven with the fourth annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala and presentation of the Fashion Forward Awards at Track One on Saturday, April 8. The 2017 Gala, co-chaired by Kimberly Lewis and Gen Sohr, was created to celebrate and support the resolute, entrepreneurial spirit of the Nashville fashion community following the week-long festivities and that it did!

AmosEvents created a dreamy indoor garden party with 2016 NFF recipient Brett Warren’s larger than life fashion photographs centerstage. Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corp, Natalie Chanin, founder of Alabama Chanin and fashion photographer Brett Warren served as keynote speakers of the gala with Shelly Colvin performing two musical selections for the fashionable sold out crowd. The Nashville Fashion Week co-founders, Connie Cathcart-Richardson, Marcia Masulla and Mike Smith presented the awards with sponsors Margaret Ellis Jewelry, PictureBooth.co and Tito's Handmade Vodka. 

Recipients of the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Awards are:


Barrett Ward

FASHION FORWARD AWARD | Barrett Ward, FASHIONABLE

Barrett Ward is the founder and CEO of FASHIONABLE, a fashion company with a mission of creating sustainable business opportunities for women. Their products, which include handmade jewelry, premium leather, apparel, and woven goods, are created by women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances, ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity due to poverty. Currently, over 300 women are employed globally because of FASHIONABLE, in areas including Nashville, Ethiopia, Peru, and Mexico.


Sandra Lipman

NASHVILLE STYLE ICON | Sandra Lipman

Native Nashvillian Sandra Lipman is well known across the community as a tireless advocate for community organizations and non-profits. She has strategized and chaired some of Nashville’s most important charitable events over the years, including the Junior League’s Showhouse, Iroquois Steeplechase, Symphony Fashion Show, the first Power of the Purse luncheon for the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation, the first Frist Gala for the Frist Center, Symphony Ball, Ballet Ball, Cheekwood’s 50th Swan Ball and many more.


David & Ellen Levy

LEGACY AWARD | David & Ellen Levy, Levy’s Clothier

David Levy is fifth generation owner of Levy's, founded in 1855 by his great-great grandfather.  He joined the company in 1977 after the passing of his father, Ralph Z Levy, Sr.  Having grown up in the business, it was only natural that he would lead the company into the 21st century. Levy's has been named continuously to the Gold Standard list of outstanding men's specialty stores since 2001 and been a presenting sponsor of NFW since 2011.


Renae Currey

RISING STAR | Renae Currey | Lucy Pop Salon

Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Renae is a Nashville native and a professional hair and makeup artistwith a special emphasis on translating fashion and runway beauty trends into wearable hair and make up looks for clients in the salon. She started Lucy Pop Salon in 2010, where she continues to work with clients and lead a staff of 18. Her freelance work has been featured in publications like Porter Magazine, Nylon Magazine, and Teen Vogue, and she is an educator for the fashion focused, luxury hair care brand, Kevin Murphy.


Cassie Kelly

POINT OF VIEW AWARD | Cassie Kelley

Sponsored by PictureBooth.co

Cassie founded her personal blog Womanista.com in 2012 as a way to connect with and empower women while on the road touring with her husband Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. Womanista expanded as a media lifestyle brand in 2015 with contributing writers and bloggers and now has over 7 million unique registered users.


Renee Peters

FACE OF FASHION | Renee Peters 

Sponsored by Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Renee Peters grew up in Nashville, but is now living and working in New York City as a Wilhelmina model and an advocate of sustainable living. She strives to be a role model in all that she does, using her platform for positive change. Her blog Model4GreenLiving seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and to show that it’s cool to care. She uses her social media to send a message of self-love and body-positivity and to encourage mindful, sustainable living. Renee volunteers, is an environmental activist, as well as a budding philanthropist in her free time.


View photographs from the Gala as well as runway shots, back of house sneek peeks and party pics from throughout the week at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

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.