Nashville Fashion Week ended Saturday night. This is a recap of Friday night’s runway shows that were held outside at The 5th Avenue of the Arts on April 4.
A cocktail hour was hosted by three 5th Avenue of the Arts galleries. Each gallery appropriately shared collections inspired by fashion.
Following the cocktail hour the crowd moved to a rather chilly outside for the runway shows showcasing five designers. The middle of the runway was the double yellow lines of 5th Avenue. I attended wearing a dress by LIP SERVICE from local Nashville boutique The Label and a Michael Kors smoke grey jacket I happened to find on my trip to New York for fashion week. The boots were a vintage find that I got recently at Local Honey. The fedora was Forever21.
Here are a few of our favorites of the evening. Please forgive my lack of fabric description. We received no press releases.
Designer: Amanda Uprichard presented by Stacey Rhodes Boutique
Amanda Uprichard’s pieces were soft, feminine, and pretty. One lovely thing about the looks that she designed were that the silhouettes could easily be worn by a variety of body types. The pieces were very commercial and not anything I haven’t really seen before. Leather panels graced the pieces at random and the color palette was pleasing.
Designer: Samantha Pleet
Samantha Pleet seems to be heavily influenced by medieval history. If you were to go to her website, you would see images of medieval paintings on her designs. The only true medieval influence that I could note in the collection that she showed at Nashville Fashion Week was the tiny medieval unicorn image (normally seen in tapestries), swords, and archer’s bows on a few pieces and the use of the caplet. Her pieces were fun, light, and had an air of Robin Hood. I wish at least one item had the medieval imagery that I know she has designed before. I think it would have rounded out the theme of her collection a little better to the untrained eye. Her use of a natural influence like the purple cloud prints was a nice touch, but they seemed out of place for the rest of the collection. The color seemed skewed in a different direction opposed to the first few mustard yellow and tan pieces that were sent down the runway. They just felt like they belonged to a different collection.
Designer: SW3 Bespoke presented by Gus Mayer
Julia Chase is a designer that I can always count on to evolve within her own design esthetic. I had the pleasure of seeing her work firsthand when I pulled pieces from Two Old Hippies for the shoot with Seventy. See it HERE. She has always done a lovely job of creating beautiful jackets and coats. This season, it was nice to see the fluffy faux fur pieces. I’ll take the black ombre coat immediately! The line has always had a bohemian romance to it. She sent down a beautiful fringe vest and wide leg flowing pants. Prints worthy of turning into beautiful bandanas were used to create Bonaroo inspired looks. The collection was ultimately a simplistic hippie vibe. Well done.
Designer: Vaute Couture (Spoken like “vote”)
Leanne Maily Hilgart is a known advocate for the safety and respect of animals. Her vegan line of clothing is strategically designed with the love of animals in mind. The collection presented at NFW encompassed an air of “nerdy cute”. One could easily see this line’s lookbook being shot inside a library. A dash of playfulness was added to the line by way of cutout stars and bright yellow tights. The colors were complimentary and full of whimsy. My favorite piece was the shift dress with the cutout hearts. You do have to be a certain age to pull off Hilgart’s pieces, but overall they were marketable.
Designer: Skif International
One thing to note before I write my review of this collection. There is a right way to make oversized knits look amazing. It’s a tricky thing, but if done correctly, it can look like a piece of art. I wasn’t impressed with this collection. There wasn’t really anything I hadn’t seen before. The styling needed some major editing. The kid craft owl hats only made you look away from the designer’s actual work. The addition of the knitting needles was unnecessary. We know you knitted it. The ‘thrown together’ nature of the garments reminded me of the movie Mad Max.
I guess if you want to see why I’m so critical, I have previous influences from knitwear designers like these: HERE