Best Looks From NFW 5th Avenue Of The Arts

In the second installment of "Best Looks From NFW" I've added some of my favorite looks from the designs that walked the outdoor runway on 5th Avenue to my Nashville Fashion Week 2014 Pinterest board. Here are some standout looks from the evening.

SKIF International

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

This collection was very bright and playful, and one of only a handful to feature several looks for men. Most of the pieces would lend themselves well to a curvy figure, and likewise would work fine if you're on crutches or in a wheelchair. They do read very young in my opinion so I don't think they'd do much for the 40+ age group.

Amanda Uprichard

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Uprichard knows how to make sleek and edgy clothes that are also very wearable - and beautiful. There's something figure-flattering and age appropriate for every woman here. Likewise, there's nothing chunky or clunky that could get tangled up in a wheel or trip up a crutch.

Samantha Pleet

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Pleet is a favorite among many indie bands and it's not hard to see why. The clothes are fresh and youthful but never costumey.  Many of the pieces would work very well for the 40+ crowd, and there's lots to choose from for curvy girls as well. The cape - which was just gorgeous in person - may be too much for a manual wheelchair user to maneuver, but otherwise the collection works well for those that use mobility aids.

Vaute Couture

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Leanne Mai’ly Hilgart, founder of Vaute Couture, has been called the rebel of Fashion Week for creating an ethical, sustainable line of clothing. Her creations were vibrant and fun - perhaps a bit too childlike at times, and probably not suited for most 40+ women. All of her pieces are wheelchair friendly, and a few would suit fuller figures quite nicely.

SW3 Bespoke

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

Image courtesy of Verve Studios Tony Hayes and Nashville Fashion Week

SW3 Bespoke are London natives that brought their skills to the US - and they have got mad skills! Their uptown boho looks are lux and well-tailored. I can't find anything to be critical about here. If you're a confident 40+ woman you can carry these looks off without a hitch. and I have no trouble seeing a more generous body type looking great in these as well. There were three fur jackets that would probably not fare well when pushing your own manual wheelchair, but the rest of the collection passes with flying colors.

How do these collections fare with you? Can you see yourself in any of these? Do you have a favorite look?

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