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Join Us For a Fashion Show Brunch at Dream Nashville

 JOIN NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK FOR A 
FASHION SHOW BRUNCH AT DREAM NASHVILLE ON NOVEMBER 16

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Feast on fashion by supporting the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and three of our most recent Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipients on Saturday, November 16 at Dream Nashville Hotel! Make your reservation now for the Fashion Show Brunch at Stateside Kitchen featuring presentations with Fund recipients Eric Adler, Black by Maria Silver and Van Hoang. There will be one seating at noon where you may order lively libations and tasty offerings from Stateside's sumptuous brunch menu. The participating designers will also have items available to purchase at their pop-up shops in the Back Bar during the event. Your $10 ticket reserves your seat at brunch and one complimentary Absolut Juice signature cocktail. Seating is limited to 60 spots. All ticket proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


DO YOU HAVE YOUR LAUNCH PARTY TICKETS YET?

THE FIRST 100 TO PURCHASE TICKETS WILL RECEIVE A
COMPLIMENTARY NFW 10TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT!

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Please join us for the Nashville Fashion Week 2020 Launch Party on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Analog at Hutton Hotel, at 1808 West End Avenue. Be among the first to hear announcements about the tenth annual Nashville Fashion Week and celebrate all that is to come. Guests will enjoy one complimentary signature cocktail provided by Absolut Juice with delicious small bites from Mane & Rye Dinerant. 

Tickets to the NFW Launch Party are $30. A limited number of tickets are on sale now at NashvilleFashionWeek.comThe first 100 to purchase tickets will receive a 10 year anniversary t-shirt compliments of 85 Supply!

The 2019 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient and dates for the 2020 event will be announced with additional details about the AMAX Model Search 2020 application process. All proceeds from the Launch Party benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Don't miss out!

NFW 2020 LAUNCH PARTY NOVEMBER 13 AT ANALOG AT HUTTON HOTEL

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NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2020 LAUNCH PARTY 

NOVEMBER 13 AT ANALOG AT HUTTON HOTEL

Join us for the Nashville Fashion Week 2020 Launch Party on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Analog at Hutton Hotel at 1808 West End Avenue. Be among the first to hear announcements about the tenth annual Nashville Fashion Week and celebrate all that is to come. Guests will enjoy one complimentary signature cocktail provided by Absolut Juice with delicious small bites from Mane & Rye Dinerant. Live entertainment presented by Analog will top off the festivities celebrating the ten year anniversary of both Hutton Hotel and Nashville Fashion Week.

“Now celebrating its tenth year as the go-to boutique hotel for Music City’s creative community, Hutton Hotel is excited to partner with Nashville Fashion Week in their tenth year to support talented artists and designers and their craft.” - Jessica Seasholtz, Regional Director of Marketing of Hutton Hotel

Dates for the 10th Anniversary events will be announced with presentation of the 2019 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient and details about the 2020 AMAX + NFW Model Search application process. All proceeds from the Launch Party will benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

"We are thrilled to be working with NFW on their 10th anniversary!" - Brian Barry, Publisher of Nashville Lifestyles

The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities to assist in career advancement within the fashion industry with proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week each year. Previous recipients include Van Hoang, Maria Silver, Brett Warren, Eric Adler, Ceri Hoover, Elise Joseph, Lauren Leonard and Julianna Bass.

Tickets to the NFW 2020 Launch Party are $30. A limited number of tickets are on sale now at NashvilleFashionWeek.com. The first 100 to purchase tickets will receive a 10 year anniversary t-shirt compliments of 85 Supply!

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.

You Make A Difference

Please Support The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund!

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s The Big Payback kicks off at midnight tonight! The Big Payback is a community-wide giving day that celebrates Middle Tennessee's spirit of generosity and supports the life-changing work of area nonprofits, of which the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is proud to be a part. Eight talented fashion professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee have received financial awards for unique experiential professional development opportunities from this fund since 2011. You could be next! Every dollar contributed will make a difference within our fashion community for years to come. Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated. Gifts made on May 2nd are amplified by incentives and awards that could qualify us for special prizes and bonuses throughout the day. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. It's hard to believe that we're heading into year 10!

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2019 ENDED WITH A BANG!

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK 2019 ENDED WITH A BANG!

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We did it! Everything about Nashville Fashion Week 2019 was BOLD. We presented four nights of diverse runway shows featuring twenty local and regional designers with our partner OZ Arts Nashville; five Learning Labs, including the live broadcast of our first Sustainable Summit moderated by Fern Mallis; fifty interactive Shop Nashville events all across town; the party of all after parties at Dream Nashville. We had hundreds of models and volunteers, with more supportive and engaged sponsors than ever along with thousands of attendees. We could go on and on about all of the goodness, but we invite you to view the gorgeous images captured by our talented visuals team at NashvilleFashionWeek.com and follow the hashtag #whynfw on social media to see for yourself. Thank you for our biggest, brightest and boldest year yet!


We ended year nine with a very special evening at OZ Arts Nashville that put the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund front and center. Our fifth annual Nashville Fashion Forward Gala and presentation of the Fashion Forward Awards was the perfect punctuation to celebrate and support the resolute, entrepreneurial spirit of our Nashville fashion community following the week-long festivities.

Amos Events and Bright Events designed a BOLD and colorful environment with the perfect touches from Please Be Seated and Oshi Floral Design. Colorful cocktails curated by Titos Handmade Vodka and immersive experiences from CraftCourse and Hi-Fi Media engaged the guests while they mingled. Local artist Tess Ernlenborn was center stage creating live art that utilized the colors pre-selected by our guests. Two of her beautiful paintings were then auctioned off to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner by G Catering, wine from Love and Exile and spirits from Titos Handmade Vodka, Beefeater London Pink Gin and Jameson Black Barrel.

Nashville Fashion Week co-founders, Connie Cathcart-Richardson and Marcia Masulla welcomed the guests and thanked sponsors and volunteers before turning it over to Amy Fair from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to share the mission of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. Eric Adler (2015), Maria Silver (2017) and Van Hoang (2018), previous Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipients each shared in their own words what their award has meant to them to the fashionable crowd.

Guest host Nikki Burdine, anchor of Good Morning Nashville, WKRN, took the mic to emcee the evening and announce the Fashion Forward Awards to this year's recipients. Congratulations to Andrew Clancey (Rising Star), Margaret Ellis (Humanitarian), Claudia Fowler (Fashion Forward), Margo Price (Style Icon), Linda Roberts (Legacy), Sofie Rovenstine (Face of Fashion) and Olia Zavozina (Point of View)! Click HERE to watch each of their gorgeous videos and the Gala photo above for their bios.

2019 is a year that Nashville Fashion Week will not soon forget, however, who's ready for our 10th Anniversary? Planning begins in weeks and we want you to be a part!


One More Way To Support the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund...

SAVE THE DATE! The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s The Big Payback is May 2! The goal of this 24-hour, online giving event is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations. This is a great way to show all of Nashville just how much the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund means to you and our fashion community.

The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund established in 2011 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. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Fund.

Fashion designer Van Hoang is our 2018 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient. A selection committee from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee selected Hoang from a diverse group of experienced fashion industry applicants.

"I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of this years Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. This award will enable me to attend the Copenhagen Fashion Summit which is a global conference about sustainability in fashion and this opportunity will allow me to learn from top leaders in the field. I hope to bring this knowledge back to Nashville and turn ideas into action.” - Van Hoang, 2018 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Recipient

Previous Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipients include apparel designers Maria Silver, Eric Bornhop, Julianna Bass and Lauren Leonard Phelps; fashion photographer Brett Warren; accessory designer Ceri Hoover, and Elise Joseph, founder of Goodwin.