Nashville Fashion Week
The kick-off to Nashville Fashion Week began Tuesday night at The Rosewall. Eight designers showed their collection to a gathered fashionable Nashville crowd.
Guests checked in and were escorted into The Rosewall where a red carpet was available to capture them in front of the step and repeat. The T-style runway was curtained off at the beginning of the night but soon opened so that guests could find their seats.
I had the lovely pleasure of joining Karol Larhman, owner of Reflection Agency in Franklin and Jamie Atlas, Fashion Department Chair at O’More College of Design on the front row. It was a pleasure to sit next you, ladies!! Speaking of O’More, the school is having their Senior collection runway show on May 9th the Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit their website HERE.
My hair was styled by Glynnis Garcia of Salon FX. My shorts were from Leona, the top the Limited, and the fringe piece was from City Trends. Here are a few of our favorites from each of the designers:
Designer: Lagi Nadeau
Lagi Nadeau presented classic pieces in soft beautiful fabrics. The color scheme was very jewel tone in nature. Our favorite pieces caught our eye for their color and soft texture. Even Nadeau’s jackets seemed light and airy. A certain depth of interest was achieved when Nadeau paired the shiny material with a quilting technique as seen in the image below.
Designer: Elizabeth Suzann
Elizabeth Suzann’s collection was geared toward the quintisential coffeehouse patron. I can easily see her designs on the girl next to me at the coffeeshop in East Nashville grabbing a drink on a Saturday morning. The ease of pairing, the softness, and the tiny details made me enjoy this collection. The designs could easily be elevated from a more casual note to dressy with the right jewelry. I know it isn’t anything incredibly ‘new’ per se, but I enjoyed the way that she sewed her tees’ sleeves. They gave a little bit of unexpected to her otherwise simple silhouettes. (Images via Nashville Fashion Week’s website. Photographer unknown.)
Designer: Laura Kathleen
Laura Kathleen’s designs were very much on trend for FW2014. She paired dresses with pants and a number of jumpsuits were sent down the runway much like in New York this past February. One of my favorite pieces was the snake-print jumpsuit which isn’t pictured. She also had the lovely caplet pictured below. Shiny seemed to be the name of the game with this collection. This works for mixing with other designs since the trend also seems to be the mixing of textures for FW2014. The jewelry she chose was also very on point for fall. The geometric cutout jewelry reminded me of the 3D printed pieces that I saw when I attended the ThreeASFOUR show at New York Fashion Week in September. This style is popular for spring/summer and will no doubt continue on into the fall. I personally would prefer the suit pants in the last image to be more “jogger” in nature with a gathering at the ankle.
Designer: Black by Maria Silver
I really enjoyed this collection. It was probably my favorite of the night since it is very much my own personal style. I would honestly wear any piece she sent down the runway. I’ve been a huge fan of the effortlessly styled and comfortable designs in fashion as of late. Throw in hoodies, capes, and jumpsuits and I’m in love. Silver can dress me any day of the week! The only thing I would change would be a slimmer pant paired with an already wide cape, unlike the last image.
Designer: Abi Ferrin
Dallas native Abi Ferrin has shown her collection at Nashville Fashion Week before. Her line is classic, classy, and simple pieces with accents of interest. The zipper on the red dress was a lovely touch. I really enjoyed the purple coat, the only critique is that I would have loved to see it on a different model. It was slightly too big for the model chosen to wear it.
Designer: Pink Elephants Designs
Pink Elephants designer Truly has been a friend of mine for a while. Since I have modeled for her, I have had the opportunity to see her line grown and evolve. This is probably my favorite collection that she has designed. Her design esthetic has always been one to involve a punk vibe. It was present in this collection but not as prominent as it has been in year’s previous. This year’s collection felt much more commercial. Great job, Truly!
Designer: Brooke Atwood
Brooke Atwood’s pieces were filled with Nashville musician edge. The black fringe dress could easily be seen on a few leading country artists. The mixture of textures is something that I’ve been fond of for quite some time. The black hat in the last image was a very nice addition.
Designer: Melrose Space
Melrose Space certain had a “Free People”, California girl vibe. Flowing fabrics paired with mixed prints were the theme of the night for this designer. Mixing prints can certainly be tricky, but these managed to blend nicely. The fabric was soft and most certainly looked comfortable to wear. However, I fear that if on the wrong body type the person wearing the garments might look bigger than they actually are because of the nature of where she gathered her fabric (near the lower hip area). These were not designs for the faint at heart.
Images via nashvillefashionweek.com