Thank You Nashville Fashion Community

This has been such an amazing week for me. I'm utterly, ecstatically exhausted.

If there was ever any doubt about Nashville's growing influence and popularity as a fashion mecca for the South it was laid to rest by my experiences and interactions with Music City's fashion community. My first exposure to Nashville Fashion Week 2014's runway events, my interactions with several incredibly gifted designers, and the efforts made to afford me physical access were above and beyond description. It's that open-hearted, genuine spirit of generosity and inclusion that makes Nashville unique. It isn't about cutting throats and stepping on toes to get to the top of the ladder. This town wants to grow it's fashion scene without abandoning the sincerity of graciousness that is drawing newcomers to be a part of it all. 

Nashville's fashion industry welcomed me with open arms - and it's my pleasure to return the favor. Everything that is relevant to the aspects of fashion that I already cover, from affordable, unique pieces to second-hand treasures; from petite to plus-sized; from chic couture to bespoke boho. It's all here, and it doesn't disappear after Fashion Week ends. I'm excited by what I've seen so far, so I'm going to make it my mission to continue to explore this town's fashion horizons and tell you what I see. If NFW 2014 is any indication I'll have no trouble finding and sharing stories until Nashville Fashion Week 2015.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. I still have a whole lot to show you for this year's Fashion Week and my unique perspective on the events. My photos and video coverage leave a lot to be desired because I don't have great equipment (yet. Next year I'll be ready now that I know what's required.) but I'm going to start with some sartorial shots of yours truly and some other fabulous ladies.

 Opening Night at The Rosewall Image Courtesy of Robin Quinn Photography

Opening Night at The Rosewall Image Courtesy of Robin Quinn Photography

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts

At 5th Avenue of the Arts

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts

At 5th Avenue of the Arts

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Kristin Milner (left, wearing grey cowl), Communications Director for  NFW .

At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Kristin Milner (left, wearing grey cowl), Communications Director for NFW.

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Megan Rhodes of  12th and Broad

At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Megan Rhodes of 12th and Broad

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Alicia Boswell of  Nashville Fashion Events

At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Alicia Boswell of Nashville Fashion Events

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Melissa Watkins of Nashville Style Collective

At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Melissa Watkins of Nashville Style Collective

 At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Krystle Ocher Ramos of  Pura Vida Vintage  and  Sweet Tea Vintage Bridal

At 5th Avenue of the Arts with Krystle Ocher Ramos of Pura Vida Vintage and Sweet Tea Vintage Bridal

 At Closing Night at Marathon Music Works

At Closing Night at Marathon Music Works

 At Marathon Music Works with Selena, Volunteer Staff for  Nashville Fashion Week

At Marathon Music Works with Selena, Volunteer Staff for Nashville Fashion Week

 At Marathon Music Works shopping the  Trunk  mobile fashion truck.

At Marathon Music Works shopping the Trunk mobile fashion truck.

In the future I may revisit these outfits along with some of the other sartorial styles of the week. I just wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing people I got to know during these events. I guarantee you haven't seem the last of them.

I'll close out this post by saying thank you to the many, many people who helped make attending Nashville Fashion Week 2014 a reality for me. I'm sure I forgot to mention some of you, but I will write about many of you in the coming year.

 

I'd like to thank the Academy by linking up with Visible Monday, Monday Bloom and Monday Mingle.