Welcome back y'all! I'm happy you are here. So last week, I got to attend Nashville Fashion Week as an official Blogger+Influener. Pretty cool, huh?
About Nashville Fashion Week
Nashville Fashion Week was conceived in 2010 to foster Nashville’s heralded community spirit and concentration of creative, fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent, to create a one-of-a-kind five day event that is uniquely Nashville.
Nashville Fashion Week kicked off in April 2011 with a city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent and continues to gain momentum year after year. Featuring local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the city encourages both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops.
Nashville Fashion Week is co-founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, media and marketing professionals who have partnered to combine their passion and resources to create a completely volunteer-led and run event that spotlights Nashville’s growing fashion community with an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support of our creative community.
Ticket proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund gives an annual award to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week will impact the Nashville fashion community for many years to come. (Source: NFW)
My Experience at NFW
I definitely never realized how awesome our fashion scene was here in Nashville, until now. I absolutely loved the runway shows, a whole lot more than I ever expected. I also enjoyed meeting lots of people in the fashion industry and other creatives as well. Other than the Southern Women's Show when I was a kid, I had never been to a fashion show before and THIS was the real deal. I was unfortunately sick for night one, but was so happy I made it to the second night, the "Nashville Designer Runway Showcase". I especially loved that show in particular, because I love supporting anything LOCAL! I also attended night four, which was the "City Lights" runway show. It was such a nice and fun experience, I don't plan on ever missing it again.
Nashville Designer Runway Showcase
This event took place at Track One in Nashville, Tennessee and the setting was absolutely stunning. They featured Nashville themed drinks, "The Music City Mule" and "The Fashionista", very clever, if you ask me. You guys already know my favorite part was the food and it was catered by Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant, one of my favorite places to eat. The models were with AMAX Talent Agency and can we say GORGEOUS!? Gosh I'm still trying to figure out how I can make myself about a foot taller as we speak. I'm going to share some of my favorite looks from each of these talented designers of Nashville from the Nashville Designer showcase.
Designer: Denise Roxen/ Nashville, TN
Roxenstone inspires confidence that goes against the mainstream. Roxenstone is for men that have a little bit of Rock N Roll in their soul. (Source NFW)
Sisters of Nature
Designer: Kimberly Parker/ Nashville, TN
Sisters of Nature is a lifestyle brand for dreamers, adventurers and free spirits. Inspired by the wild beauty of nature with a new bohemian folk aesthetic, each piece embodies the woman who loves to travel the world, soak in life and celebrate her unique individuality.(source NFW)
Any Old Iron
Designer: Andrew Clancey/ Nashville, TN
Focusing on tailoring with a twist, Clancey and co-owner, Christopher Melton, aim to establish themselves with musicians and fashionista's alike. (Source NFW)
Designer: Amanda Valentine/ Nashville, TN
Amanda Valentine is a women's ready-to-wear collection created by designer and stylist Amanda Valentine. Amanda competed on Project Runway (Seasons 11 and 13) and has been voted "Nashville's Best Fashion Designer" by readers of the Nashville Scene for the last four years. While creating collections, Amanda styles wardrobe for numerous rock bands including Twenty One Pilots and infuses her women’s line with edge - and always ease. Bold prints, dramatic color blocking and exaggerated silhouettes make an appearance each collection. (Source NFW)
Designer: Amanda Balding/ Nashville, TN
Ona Rex is the creative endeavor of designer Ashley Balding. It was formed in 2014 with an aim to bring women’s wear to Nashville that is unique, bold, and luxurious. Each piece of the collection is crafted in house with extreme care and attention to detail – whether it’s using custom hand woven textiles, or artfully sculpted accessories. Ona Rex holds its tradition of uniqueness to the highest regard. (Source NFW)
Designer: Truly Alvarenga/ Nashville, TN
Truly Alvarenga Is known best for her beautiful handmade one-of-a-kind garments that are minimalist, uncluttered and refined in their shaping. Truly pays meticulous attention to detail and has attracted an impressive numbers of admirers, who appreciate the craftsmanship as well as the inspired stories behind the one-of-a-kind collections. (Source NFW)
What is your favorite look from Nashville Fashion Week? I plan on giving you guys coverage of Friday night's show as well, later on! Thanks for reading & if you get the chance to attend Nashville Fashion Week next year, I highly recommend it. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more footage @nativeinnashville . XOXO- Amber
Hair & Makeup for this showcase by: William Edge Salon
For more information visit www.nashvillefashionweek.com