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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:

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

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

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 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.


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.

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.