Tag Archives: fashion

Notes from Nashville Fashion Week

NFW4The 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.NFW

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.Nashville Fashion Week

Check out the Q&A with local Fashion Designers on NashvilleLifestyles.com
— Kendall Mitchell Gemmill, contributor

Nashville Lifestyles Weddings Issue

We have been working so hard the past two weeks and we are finally finished with our annual weddings issue! Nashville Lifestyles Weddings will hit stands next week. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come! We can’t wait for you to see it!

Best Dressed Issue – On stands NOW!

Keith Anderson at Watermark

Keith Anderson tops our Best Dressed list. See even more of his photo shoot at Watermark on nashvillelifestyles.com

We had the most fun putting together our favorite fall fashion for our September issue. Not only did we feature some of Nashville’s best dressed citizens, but we also gathered over 60 items from our favorite area retails that we HAVE to have this season! Enjoy all the goodies at HERE!

Fall Finds

5-Tone Shimmer Powder from Estèe Lauder
In the whole rush to put the upcoming fashion issue together, I can say that I have discovered that our retailers are getting more savvy and saving conscious—thank goodness! That’s right – even those stores that you may have been avoiding are doing their part to make shopping fun again (and more importantly, affordable) by seeking out lines from designers with more reasonable price points. After visiting with leading boutique owners and buyers, I discovered they are all making an effort to find items that are of the moment when it comes to the latest trends and designers, but retro when it comes to cost. Got to love that.

For finds from fashion to cosmetics, check out what we feature online each week and also find out about the significant (and I mean big) savings you’ll find from our A-list partners. Serious savings without sacrificing style sounds good to me!