Monday, November 5, 2012

Warby Parker Sets Shop in Imogene + Willie / Cocktail Party: November 8, 2012

Warby Parker is coming to Nashville! The popular fashion brand will open a new showroom in Imogene + Willie in Nashville next week. To learn more about Warby Parker's full collection of men's and women's eyeglasses and sunglasses, please visit

To celebrate the new showroom in Nashville, Warby Parker is hosting a cocktail party at Imogene + Willie on Thursday, November 8 from 6-9 PM (cocktails from The Spirit Run). We look forward to celebrating the launch in style!

In addition, Warby Parker is currently traveling the country on a yellow school bus, bringing their showroom experience to life for customers in nine cities over the course of six month. The Class Trip will stop in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Nashville. The bus will be in Nashville between November 28 - December 9.The traditional yellow school bus has been completely revamped and re-imagined as a professor's library, complete with leather sofas, wood paneling, vintage books, and of course the full line of Warby Parker eyewear. To learn more about the Class Trip, visit We will provide more details about the Nashville stop in the weeks to come.

View more information on the imogene + willie blog here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RAW Artist Showcase: Provocations - October, 11, 2012

Back for another amazing showcase, RAW will be presenting a new concept on Thursday, October 11, 2012, titled Provocations. Here is the press release for the highly anticipated event:

RAW: natural born artists presents Provocations, Thursday, October 11th

(Nashville, TN)- National arts organization remixes Mercy Lounge with a collaboration of fashion, art, film, and music: adding a sprinkle of Los Angeles flair to the Nashville night life.

On Thursday, October 11th RAW returns to Nashville for their famous annual
masquerade event at Mercy Lounge. The show will feature 26 talented artists covering several genres.

This show will spotlight musical performances by Set Fire to Ghost, Vanessa Diaz, Wilsdorf, and Buffalo Rodeo; fashion shows featuring clothing by Christine Lopez and Beth Keener; a creepy hair and makeup collaborative runway show that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen by Aria Darling, Brittani Lopez, Smashley, Char Braden, Somica Renee, and Ashley Wright; and local visual artists Paint the Body, Jessamyn Davis, Pippenwyck, Cootie, Sam Flegal, Mary Levinsky, EvilB, Kacey Lynn, Marshall R., Kevin Owen, Brittany Ketring, Jason Busby, Mc Awesome, and Laura Beckwith.

“At RAW, we strive to showcase only the most unique and talented artists we can find! Therefore, we have worked exceptionally hard to present a show that will not only meet the expectations of our audience, but will entice the imagination through its melting pot of creativity!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Christian Siriano Fashion Show - October 12, 2012

Long after his triumph on Project Runway, feisty fashion designer Christian Siriano has held a place near and dear to my heart. Obviously, Siriano is a talented artist with a knack for fashion creativity, elegance, and beauty. But truly, it was 2011 his retort to the equivalence of fashion school-yard bullies when he decided to showcase his then-recent collection at the first Nashville Fashion Week:

About Nashville, I have something I’m confused about. I showed this season at New York Fashion Week, as always. I am also showing some of my collection in Nashville this weekend alongside local talent and Betsey Johnson because it’s a fun way for me to bring my art to a new market that really wants to see it. Some writers seem to look down on this, but I don’t understand what the problem is? My business is growing rapidly and I am doing everything I can to help that happen. What’s wrong with everyone having the chance to see fashion? Is nobody else allowed to have a look except people in New York? I do trunk shows around the country and around the world, as do most designers… and many designers often have fashion shows at or near trunk shows because they help people see the clothes and want to wear them. I am having a trunk show in Nashville this weekend as well. It’s going to be fun and good for my business, and I’m grateful that the people of Nashville want to have me!

Siriano, thank you for your eloquent slam and making Styleite choke on their own words.

Of course, the 2011 showing of the Siriano collection at Nashville Fashion Week was a major highlight, his feminine and beautiful clothes lighting up the runway. (Also, Kelly Cutrone sat next to me at that show, so that was a plus!) I believe this night Nashville fell in love with Siriano, and Siriano fell in love right back.

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Christian Siriano will be revisiting Nashville to showcase his Spring 2013 collection at the annual Nfocus Model Behavior fashion event. Held at the Noah Liff Opera Center, tickets are $50, and VIP seating will set you back $100. Additionally, patrons are asked to choose from ten charities when purchasing tickets; the non-profit with the most support will receive a donation from Nfocus. Tickets can be purchased here. Charities to choose from include:

1) Friends of Children's Hospital | Susan Basel
2) Family and Children's Service | Aylin Ozgener
3) The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation | Dee Anna Smith
4) Fannie Battle Day Home | Liz Beavers
5) Girl Scouts of Middle TN | Sharon K. Roberson, Esq.
6) Nashville Public Radio | Paula Lovell
7) Junior League of Nashville | Jillian Waters
8) NPT | Crissy Welhoelter
9) Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee | Jana Davis
10) Friends of Warner Parks | Julie Rounsavile

See you there!!

Amber C.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Letter to my Readers

On the morning of Thursday, April 26th, I sat on a lounge chair, burying my toes deep into Florida’s white sandy beach, luxuriously flipped through the latest issue of Vogue magazine while drinking an ice cold beer, and listened to the continual crashing of ocean waves. It had been months since my last vacation, and year since I had been on the beach. I exhaled a content sigh, and immersed myself in the Florida sun. At that moment my mom turned to me and said, “Wow. I haven’t seen you this relaxed in years.” I sat for a few moments, pondering the statement, and realized she was right- I hadn’t been that relaxed in years.
Those who know me personally describe me as driven and ambitious. I’m consistently reaching for more; whether it is for my career, education, fashion, friends, or family, I’ve always got a full plate. I’m also a perfectionist. If I do something I do it right- always giving 110%. I’ve accomplished a lot over my lifetime and I’m proud of what I’ve done and who I’ve become. However, there comes a moment when you realize you need to step back, relax, and refocus.
In the past few months I finished my last Doctoral class, passed my Doctoral comprehensive examination (i.e.- wrote a 57-page research paper in one week), began working on my dissertation, and taken on new responsibilities at work with a promotion to Interim Department Chair for the Fashion & Retail Management and Interior Design departments at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville. In an effort to simplify my life in other ways, I have neglected Nashville Fashion Blog over these past few months. And to my readers, I apologize.
Nashville Fashion Blog was created in August 2010 to fill a void in our local industry. At that time, there was no one-stop-shop for Nashville related fashion events. I aimed to fill that void, educating readers, creating awareness for, and chronicling the Nashville fashion industry by highlighting local events, retailers, designers, and employment opportunities. Until recently, I’ve done a good job achieving these goals.
Keeping up with every and all Nashville fashion happenings became a time-consuming and arduous process, and a process I could no longer do. I love Nashville, love our fashion industry, and am proud of the collective work we have all put in to create a fashion city on the rise. But as a one man show, I no longer have the available time to run a blog that focuses on everything. Therefore, I have decided to re-shift my focus of this blog.
Nashville Fashion Blog will now serve as a platform for commentary on our local fashion scene and provide updates only on major event happenings. Content driven posts will provide readers with a deeper insight into our fashion world and meaningful articles will provide thought provoking substance.
I look forward to the changes Nashville Fashion Blog will undergo, and I’m glad to be back.
See you soon.
-Amber C.
Nashville Fashion Blog

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In Her Shoes: May 10, 2012

Presented by Dillard's, this years In Her Shoes will undoubtedly be the best yet! Spectacular shoes, wonderful wine and remarkable women...all for a good cause!

To raise awareness and funds for families in abusive situations, we are hosting In Her Shoes, a silent auction featuring stylish shoes and handbags from your favorite designers. The event is an opportunity for you to learn about the women and families in our community who have benefited from the support and services of the YWCA while also bidding on a new pair of shoes—or two or three.

Proceeds raised at the event will directly benefit the YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence Center—the largest domestic violence center in the state.

Company Overview
The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

General Information
Event Details for 2012
Date: Thursday, May 10th
Place: The Hutton Hotel (1808 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203)
Price: $35 ($40 After May 1st)
Tickets available at

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Naked Without Us: June 1, 2012

I've been attending and directly involved in Naked Without Us for the past four years, and I am excited about this years installment of the fashion event featuring local designers and musicians. This year's event takes place Friday, June 1, 2012 at Exit/In. Tickets are only $10, $25 VIP, and you're sure to have an exciting evening, checking out our latest local talents. I'll see you there!

Monday, April 30, 2012

O'More Student Fashion Show: May 11, 2012

14th Annual Eloise Student Fashion Show Returns To The Factory at Franklin

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Twenty-five student designers will send their individual collections down the runway during the 14th annual Eloise Student Fashion Show on Friday, May 11. Eloise is the grand finale of Design Week, O’More College of Design’s premier annual event showcasing the emerging talent across the College’s four departments.

Pre-juried clothing collections made by selected junior and senior O’More fashion design students are presented in a highly produced, New York-style fashion show. Each collection includes five to ten pieces, all illustrated, patterned, draped and constructed by the participating designers.  The show will be held in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn. Seating will begin at 7:15 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased online at or by calling (615) 794-4254, x236.

“The creative vision and detailed craftsmanship coming from these students could rival some high-profile runway shows around the country,” said Jamie Atlas, O’More’s fashion design department chair.  “Many of these pieces are so well constructed that they could be sold in stores now.”

The student designers’ collections range in style from elegant eveningwear and avant-garde pieces to whimsical children’s clothing and non-traditional menswear. Each student has a unique inspiration driving his or her individual expressions, and several have merged their professional aspirations with the collection that will hit the runway. 

“The students have been influenced by time periods and cultural icons, in everything from the human footprint on our ecosystem to the Modernist painter Florine Stettheimer,” Atlas said. “Most of the collections reflect what the designer wants to pursue after graduation.”

The junior and senior students have spent months perfecting their pieces, which went through several rounds of juries for a chance to make it in the show.

Seniors are competing for “Distinguished Designer” – an honor that includes a top-of-the-line sewing machine from SVP Worldwide and cash stipend. They will also vie for the “Designer Look Book” award, which includes a designer look book produced by and featuring models from the Reflection Agency.  Juniors are competing for the “Design Achievement” award, which carries a cash scholarship with it. Prior to the show, a panel of industry experts will judge the collections on their construction, cohesiveness, creativity and marketability. The designers will also be judged on the runway presentation.

The crowd will have an opportunity to cast their votes, as well. The Eloise Award is given to the “People’s Choice” – sponsors and guests may text unique codes for their favorite collections during the show. The winning designer will receive a PGM dress form. Senior Carly Nelson won the coveted award for the 2011 Eloise Fashion Show for her stunning "Suspiria" collection, which explored a person's innermost thoughts and was inspired by horror films. She also won the “Designer Look Book” honor that year.

The annual fashion show act acts an important facilitator between O'More students and industry professionals. Students are involved in every aspect of the event, including planning, promotion and production.

Presenting sponsors are Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the McAfee Foundation, the American Center for Law & Justice, the Robert N. Moore Company, A Vintage Affair, Bristol Development Group and IDS.

Founded in 1970, O’More College of Design is a four-year, not-for-profit, post-secondary institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in fashion design, interior design and visual communications. The college is located in the downtown historic district of Franklin, Tenn. To learn more, visit

**** Designers to look out for ****

1) Nashvillian George Bray modeled her "Crystal Flowers" collection after Modernist painter and poet Florine Stettheimer. There are 10 looks hitting the runway in her collection, and each reflects a certain painting of the artist. It is '20s inspired and dominated by sheer materials, exquisite beading and incredible detail -- she says each look took her around 20 hours to construct. She has also hand made hats for each look and reconstructed all the shoes to complete the collection. 
Contact information: gbray@omorecollege.edu615-498-0313

2) Paris, Tenn. native Jennifer Evans's collection "Urbanization" was inspired by human impact on the environment. She chose both social and environmental factors and translated that into each of her looks. Her runway pieces gradually become more detailed and striking, culminating in a dramatic couture gown that is a juxtapose of refinement and grunge: there are intricately sequined features, but Jennifer also took a blowtorch sensitive to polyester to the bottom of the organza fabric dress.
Contact information: jevans@omorecollege.edu731-707-3692

3) Anastasia Morozova came to Franklin from Eastern Europe's Moldova to attend O'More. Her collection "Moments" emphasizes on a mix of textures, materials and patterns in soft silhouettes. Each piece shows incredible craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail.  Both her journey to O'More and her collection are incredible.