As I immersed myself into Nashville Fashion Week I learned that too much fashion simply does not exist. At venues peppering the city, runways were taken over by local, national and international designer collections. With distinct and bold style being expressed through each collection there was sure to be something that tickled the fancies of each Nashville fashionista. Whether you prefer the boldness of Kal Rieman, the sophistication of Leona, the spunkiness of Pink Elephants Designs or the elegance of Memeka by Gustavo Cadile; there was something for every fashion-loving viewer. As style groups trekked their way through Music City to attend the multitude of fashion-driven events the excitement brought by locals and non-locals alike was tangible. Eager fans came dressed to impress to kick off opening night and many of the same faces were seen parading around town to partake in the jam-packed schedule of events. The city-wide event pulled in close to two thousand attendees over the course of the week.
A panel discussion was led on Wednesday morning by the industries top specialist where valuable fashion talk was exchanged. A tea luncheon was hosted on Thursday by Arnold Myint’s where supporters of NFW gabbed about the celebration sweeping the city. When fashionistas weren’t gazing at a runway, sitting in on informative panel discussions or sipping tea at the luncheon, they were encouraged to attend Nashville SHOPS Day where more than 40 local retail partners throughout the city held special events, promotions and trunk shows.
The proceeds from NFW benefited the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, an organization that assists in the advancement of up and coming designers. In speaking with Lauren Leonard the creative mind behind Leona and the 2012 winner of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, she explains what an honor it is to be the recipient of such an award. “It means Nashville is dedicated to supporting local business and talent,” Leonard expresses, “I feel very blessed to be a part of such an exceptional community.”
With a production so organized and beautifully crafted to spotlight the designs of the attending creative minds, it’s no surprise the fashion designers had plenty to say about NFW. Gustavo of Memeka by Gustavo collections noted that he most looked forward to “putting his work in front of the social ladies of Nashville and meeting the talented local artists.” Lauren Leonard of Leona expressed her favorite slice of NFW is “seeing her designs come to life on the runway, and reconnecting with her Nashville fashion family.” It’s safe to say with a “family” this stylish every fashionista in Music City wouldn’t mind dipping into their “sister’s” closet, even if only for the week.