A few weeks ago in the BAM Bloggers At Midlife Attendees Guide to Nashville I briefly introduced you to Stacey Rhodes and her beautiful boutique. Let's take a closer look today. Rhodes is a shining example of a successful 40+ woman. Her boutique a thriving go-to for Nashvillians, and she actively hosts or participates in numerous charities that benefit the community.Read More
By now I hope I've conveyed a sense of what it was like for me to attend Nashville Fashion Week 2014. It's time to shift the focus to the actual fashions that walked the runway. I've found some good quality images of some of the looks I saw that night and created a Pinterest board called Nashville Fashion Week 2014. I thought it might be fun to post a few here and discuss whether or not you would wear them.Read More
Sometimes access is a privilege. I'm excited that just over a week from now I'll be attending Nashville Fashion Week 2014. NFW has very graciously granted me access to runway shows, after parties, industry panels, and even an opportunity to chat with some of the designers. I have the honor of representing my demographic - women over 40, curvy, and disabled - and sharing my experiences during Fashion Week with you.Read More
I'll bet you think I'm joking, right?
Well, think again. Nashville style is becoming less about kitschy cowboy or southwestern squaw princess and more about edgy designers like recent Project Runway contestant Amanda Valentine and her label Valentine Valentine.
Nashville is ready, willing and eager to show it has a yearning for couture and up-and-coming fashion designers. Besides Valentine Valentine Nashville is home to more than a handful of fashion design and accessory visionaries such as Peter Nappi, Jamie and the Jones, Emil Erwin, and Leona. Each of them eager to prove they are worthy of attention in larger markets and striving to put Nashville on the map as a fashionable place to be reckoned with.
As is the usual practice in Music City Nashvillians are banding together to support their own during Nashville Fashion Week. Launched in 2011 the annual event, which took place April 2-6, is "a celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and the city’s array of creative talent. With runway shows at venues throughout the city, panels that feature industry experts on the art, craft and business of fashion, in-store events at boutiques and retailers. Nashville Fashion Week aims to engage both Nashvillians and visitors—spotlighting a city where style, just like music, defines us."
Proceeds from NFW benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee which "provide an award that will recognize the individual achievements of a fashion industry professional. The financial resources that accompany the award are intended to provide a professional development and/or experiential opportunity for the winner to further advance their career in the fashion industry."
This year's recipient is Lauren Leonard - creator and designer of Leona.
In looking through the photos for this post I was struck by how many pieces I saw that are perfect for those of us over 40. I can see "X" piece on one of my fellow 40+ fashion bloggers and "Y" bag carried by another. These aren't clothes for little girls. They have strong points of view and represent clear visions of forethought fashion, not just trends du jour.
Without a single squaw or yee-hah in sight; so there.
I wish that I had known about NFW 2013 far enough in advance to have been able to attend. When it comes to public events I have to arrange transportation and research venue accessibility issues ahead of time. Three days notice simply isn't enough - and I was a bit of a grump about it for a day or two. In the year ahead I'm going to do my best to contact each of these promising designers and offer them an opportunity to connect with all of you right here on this blog.
Next year I will be ready. Who's with me?
• photos from Nashville Fashion Week, Pinterest and respective designer's websites.