I never realized until recently that fashion weeks are held all over the world in many different shapes and sizes. Milan, Paris, New York and London aren’t the only ones doing it. I find that really refreshing. Supporting local designers in a community while also brining in international designers is enriching for both local culture and economy.
According to EconomicDevelopment.org, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once stated that Fashion Week brings in over $800 million dollars annually. This number is not based purely on the apparel and accessories being marketed, displayed and sold during the course of events, but also accounts for the food, accommodations, services and money spent by those visiting. Now imagine that on a smaller scale in your own city, like St. Louis or Nashville. The opportunities are endless!
St. Louis Fashion Week has really sort of blown up the past year. The people at ALIVE Magazine have done a great job getting talented designers and planning meaningful, memorable events. This past STLFW season I met St. Louis native and Co-Founder of Nashville Fashion Week Marcia Masulla. After speaking with Masulla, I found out that Nashville Fashion Week is actually a thing and she invited some St. Louis fashion aficionados/bloggers down to experience it for ourselves. I jumped all over that opportunity!
Now the time has come and I cannot wait! NFW events officially kick off today, though I won’t actually be there until Thursday. Robby Baker of The Subtle Savant and Marisa Lather of Vogue Rhythm will be joining me on my adventure to
Fashion Music City.
NFW is a lot like STLFW in a sense that it’s 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 with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops.
Here’s a rundown of NFW events:
April 7 – 11 Nashville Shops
Special events at 40 boutiques and retailers city-wide. See participating businesses here.
April 7 Nigel Barker Book Signing
4pm, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Nashville Fashion Week, along with Parnassus Books, will hold a free book signing and presentation with Nigel Barker. Find out more and RSVP here.
April 7 Nashville Designer Showcase
7pm, Acme Feed & Seed
Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce its Nashville Designer Showcase, sponsored by YP Nashville. Returning NFW designers Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine, Eric Adler of Eric Adler Clothing, Maria Silver of Black by Maria Silver, Truly Alvarenga of Pink Elephant designs will be joined by emerging designers Ashley Balding of Ona Rex, Leslie Stephens of Ola Mai and Van Hoang of Van Hoang Designs. SOLD OUT, sorry.
April 7 Nashville Fashion Week Opening Night Party
9pm, Acme Feed & Seed
The official NFW Opening Night Party, sponsored by William Edge-Nashville, will take place on the Acme rooftop following the showcase. Again, SOLD OUT, sorry.
April 8 Accessories as Art
7pm, The Cordelle
The Accessories as Art Installation will feature local accessory designers and makers in an artistic exhibit by Amos Gott of Amos Events at The Cordelle. Brands include Bone Feather, Seraphine Design, Fanny & June, Margaret Ellis Jewelry, Peter Nappi, RINjuel and Shutter & Shuttles. Find out more and RSVP here.
April 9 Design + Fashion
6pm, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Celebrate where design meets interiors, art and fashion. Hosted by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, this artistic event will feature select works from Herb Williams’s Call of Couture crayon sculpture series and handbag designer Ceri Hoover, recipient of the 2014 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund award. Find out more and RSVP here.
April 10 Ready To Wear Runway Show
7pm, Bicentennial Mall State Park Amphitheater
The Ready-to-Wear Designer Showcase will showcase five designers on Friday, April 10 at the Bicentennial Mall Amphitheater. Michael Magnone of Circle of Gentlemen, Lagi Nadeau of Lagi Nadeau, Megan Huntz, Alfredo Bove of Religion and Vanderbilt graduate, Timo Weiland of Timo Weiland will present their fall 2015 collections. Find out more and RSVP here.
April 11 Industry Panels
10am, City Winery Nashville
Each panel will feature a moderated discussion and presentation followed by an audience-driven Q&A session. Panelists and moderators scheduled to appear include Fern Mallis, Karen Elson and Timo Weiland. Fashion trucks, The Trunk and Sisters of Nature Mobile Boutique will be on location and will showcase merchandise from several local NFW designers. Find out more and RSVP here.
April 11 Fashion Forward Gala
7pm, The Rosewall
Celebrate Nashville fashion at the second annual Fashion Forward Gala will feature the inaugural Fashion Forward Awards honoring Clare Armistead with the Nashville Style Icon Award. Find out more and RSVP here.
April 11 Closing Night Party
10pm, Citizen at Virago
The official NFW Closing Night Party will take place at Citizen following The Fashion Forward Gala. Find out more and RSVP here.
I’m ecstatic I have the opportunity to attend the bulk of these events as well as tour Nashville for the first time and visit with some old friends now located there.
Follow the three amigos on social media with hashtags #WhyNFW and #STLatNFW for updates on the shenanigans that will ensue.