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Fashion Forward South: Nashville

Music City takes the stage with apparel as the star during Nashville Fashion Week.

On the heels of New Orleans’ and Charleston’s fashion weeks, Nashville takes up the rear for its fourth annual event. Nashville has developed into a creative hub in the South,” says Communications Manager Kristin Milner. “It’s mix of music and fashion industries offers unique opportunities for designers in Music City.”

Milner adds that Nashville Fashion Week had been in the works since 2007. Three years later, a volunteer collaboration of six fashion, retail and media professionals partnered to combine their resources and passion to make it a reality.

The event was officially established in 2011 as a citywide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community. Milner says the goal of NFW is to encourage Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week.

This year’s event kicks off tomorrow and runs through April 5, featuring local, regional and national talent during a variety of fashion events. Several designers are returning for their second and third years in a row, evidence of NFW’s mission to invest in the development of rising talent. The schedule includes plenty of runway shows, after parties, the Fashion Forward Gala on April 3 hosted by British supermodel and singer Karen Elson and industry panels on April 5. The week officially closes with a runway show and party at Marathon Music Works, which hosts live music events on a weekly basis.

Not to Miss on the Runway …

leonaAPRIL 1: Black by Maria Silver
Since starting her line in 2011, Silver was one of six finalists for St. Louis Fashion Week’s Project Design 2013 competition. She opened her atelier/showroom in last April inside of Fond Object Records and Arts Collective, where she is also a partner. Silver previously showed her collection as an Emerging Designer in 2012 and on the runway in 2013.

Designed by Lauren Leonard, LEONA (pictured) launched in 2008 and is comprised of luxury wardrobe essentials for the modern woman. The line has a retail store in Nashville’s 12 South District, where a trunk show will be held on April 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

APRIL 3: SW3 Bespoke
Hailing originally from London and inspired by the still relevant “London Cool” made famous by the likes of iconic Jane Birkin, this line launched in fall 2011. SW3 Bespoke offers beautifully crafted jackets, pants and sportswear. Most of their luxury textiles come from Europe, but production is done in the United States. Check out their trunk show at Gus Mayer April 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with a cocktail party from 4-6 p.m.

APRIL 4: Rodd & Gunn
This menswear collection imports a fresh, rugged attitude from its native New Zealand. Fall 2014 incorporates rugged masculinity with intense color and streamlined fits for garments that are both confident and practical. See the trunk show at Levy’s April 4-5 from 10-6 p.m.

See the full list of 2014 designers here.

Photo Credits: Top photo by Eric Winton and Leona photo by Eric Henderson Photography. 

Nashville Fashion Week benefits the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. All Access passes are $350, individual runway show tickets are $50, after parties are $10 and gala tickets are $150. Click here for all ticket info.

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