The third annual Nashville Fashion Week kicked off Tuesday night with its first runway show on the 21st floor of the Pinnacle building downtown. To start the show, designer Tracy Reese showed off the line Plenty, filled with dreamy watercolors, in front of an industrial landscape and city-scene backdrop. Red Doll, from designer Tatyana Merenyuk, was a stand out with red-carpet worthy gowns of tulle and lace; Kal Rieman’s structured yet soft and feminine, menswear-inspired collection came next. The last show of the evening opened to visions of Moscow with a runway lined with Russian dolls wearing traditional Ushanka hats and red and black dresses layered under fur stoles and military peacoats by designer Misha Nonoo from her Fall 2013 Nonoo collection.
Wednesday night, the festivities continued at the The Trolley Barns at Rolling Mill Hill where some locals commented on how brilliant the space was as a runway venue. Italian street lights illuminated the long narrow space between the old brick buildings as attendees huddled around space heaters in anticipation for the chilly, outdoor show. Designer and Nashville resident, Amanda Valentine gave an introduction to the evening fresh off her appearance in Season 11 of Project Runway. Kansas City native and former O’More student Kat Seaton opened with her Fall collection showing fun prints of brocade and paisley, followed by another O’more graduate, Jessica Jones, who showed airy dresses with the unexpected and girly-fun appliques of feathers, flowers, and bows from her line TUFT.
Black by Maria Silver ran third with rich, velvet fabrics in bold colors, patchwork knits, striped separates and a flowing, black-sheer gown with a plunging neckline and belted waist as the finale. Another locally-based designer, Truly Alvarenga, didn’t disappoint with her Pink Elephant designs, which displayed an interesting balance between edgy and elegant. The evening concluded with the always entertaining show of art and fashion by T Rains, whose showmanship and flare for putting on a show is as eccentric as his designs. His collection ranges from silk, screen-printed tees to custom made gowns.
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— Kendall Mitchell Gemmill, contributor