Why Nashville Fashion Week Matters.
Have you noticed all the hubbub about Lexus Nashville Fashion Week? Slated for March 29 – April 2, it’s a huge undertaking coordinated by a group of dedicated professionals committed to bringing the creativity and panache of Nashville’s fashion world to the forefront.
“The thing we’ve heard again and again about this week is ‘it’s about time,'” says Cindy Wall, one of Nashville Fashion Week’s organizers and communications point person. “Fashion and style really are about creativity, and Nashville’s got that in spades.”
I’ve said before that if Nashville didn’t have the music business and Vanderbilt to call its own, then this would be one sleepy old boring Southern town. Now, I’m amending that statement to include the fashion industry. So much of it is behind the scenes and underground, you may not know what’s brewing in our fair city. After next week, however, that will all change.
In a nutshell, here’s what it’s all about:
Nashville Fashion Week is essentially five nights of runway shows that will take place in some of the city’s most historic and unique venues. Selected to showcase the city’s diverse and distinctive range of event space, Nashville Fashion Week organizers are re-purposing familiar venues in creative, new ways to enhance the runway show experience for their fashion-forward audience. Look for intriguing set designs and backdrops to transform the War Memorial Auditorium, The Arcade, Crystal Fountain Church and the Pinnacle Building from business-as-usual into something unexpected.
Nashville Fashion Week celebrates the city’s thriving fashion and retail community and its array of creative talent. Proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week will benefit the newly established Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This annual award will help advance the career of select, local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field.
In addition to the runway shows, there will be numerous lectures and receptions celebrating all aspects of the fashion industry, plus scores of special events, trunk shows and deals at shops all over the city. If you want to see and do it all, you can buy an all-inclusive event pass. If you want to pick a choose a few events, you can buy tickets for the ones that appeal to your palate most. For complete details about the week’s events or to purchase tickets, go to www.nashvillefashionweek.com.
Bottom line, though, pick at least one event and go. From the visual delight of the shows, to the great food and socializing, to the insider information about the fashion industry, there a little something (or a lot) for everyone to enjoy. It’s bound to be great fun, and a great way to support some of the creative talent that keeps our city energized and alive.
Runway Show Headliner: Christian Siriano at Chrystal Fountain Church
If you haven’t heard, Project Runway’s Christian Siriano will headline Lexus Nashville Fashion Week. He is bright, adventurous and completely confident when it comes to his ability to design a knock-out outfit using Rhino leather and bits of chiffon. At 25, he is the youngest person in the show’s tenure to win the big prize, and his current collection was shown at New York Fashion Week in February. Among the celebrities he’s dressed are Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Rihanna. You’ll never see another fashion show like it. Thursday, 3/31 at the Chrystal Fountain Church in historic East Nashville. Tickets are $50.
Must-go party: Homegrown Nashville Party at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Friday April 1st.
We have affectionately written about the Farmers’ Market Night Market events. How groovy is it, now, that you can go to the market and experience fashion at its best. Many of our favorite vendors will be on location there selling their wares with food and drink in abundance. The party begins at 10PM after the War Memorial runway show, there will be a DJ and live music ( + playlist from Imogene + Willie). If you attend Friday night’s runway show ($75), you’re in. Otherwise, $10 online or at the door.
Must-hear speaker: Kelly Cutrone
This is the woman everyone is talking about. She is an avante garde publicist, a TV personality and the bestselling author of If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. The best description of Kelly is… well, I’m not sure there is one. She’s a take-no-prisoners kind of gal and talks tough on why hard work wins out while excuses and tears get you nowhere. If you watch The Hills or The City, you know her famous cameos. She now appears regularly on Dr. Phil. Put your big girl panties on (does this mean a thong?) and go see her on Friday, April 1st at The Belcourt at noon. You’d be a fool to miss this one.
My favorite Nashville Designer: Melissa Tabor
There are six local designers featured this year. How cool is that? I could hardly select my favorite, but Melissa Tabor endeared herself to me because she was an early adopter of StyleBlueprint. She studied design at AIU/Atlanta and launched her collection in 2008.
StyleBlueprint will celebrate Lexus Nashville Fashion Week with great giveaways and more interviews. Be watching for our $1000 giveaway being emailed to our subscribers this Sunday!