Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Closet Case Vintage Lookbook and Giveaway

I love Closet Case Vintage and their rotating fashionable finds! And now, to celebrate the launch of their 2011 lookbook, they are giving away a $200 gift certificate to be used in their etsy shop. Um, yes please!

Find out details about CCV and how to win the gift certificate here.

A selection of the CCV 2011 Lookbook

photo from http://closetcasevintage.com/2010/12/18/closet-case-vintage-winter-2011-lookbook-and-giveaway/

Blush Boutique: Now Hiring

According to the Facebook ad, Blush Boutique is now hiring both part-time and full-time fashionistas. Check them out on Facebook here to learn more!

Nashville featured in latest Elle Magazine.


With the upcoming relase of the anticipated Country Strong, a spotlight has been put on our city. Be sure to check out the latest issue of Elle Magazine, which highlights retailers Katy K's, imogene + willie, Diamond Star Halo Vintage, and Local Honey.

Read the full article from Elle Mag here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Closet Case Vintage and Katy K's Christmas Party: December 16, 2010


Head down to Katy K's today from 2:00 to 6:00 to recieve 35% off storewide. Guests will also be treated to food and booze; pretty sure it doesn't get better than that! Closet Case Vintage, in addition to offering an on-site location for you to purchase me that dress from my previous blog post, will be offering a gift certificate special of 35% off. According to their Facebook invite, "we've got what you need for a cozy Christmas and a haute New Years Eve Party! Dresses, pumps, jewelry, fancy hats, sweaters, coats and a whole new temporary rack of vintage duds just for the party!".
This should be tons of shopping fun. RSVP to Facebook here.


photo credit:

35% off at Closet Case Vintage

Nashville’s favorite vintage etsy retailer, Closet Case Vintage, is having a sale sale sale! Use the coupon code “VINTAGEHOLIDAY2010” when checking out to receive 35% off. And still haven’t found that perfect Christmas present for me? You can buy me this. It'll be my new favorite work/play dress. Thanks.
60s Ethnic Bermuda Shift Dress, Medium, $68

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Launch of All Most Famous


Congratulations to Danielle Kimmey and Britt Johnson of All Most Famous- a new independent fashion marketing, sales and comprehensive representation for Nashville fashion designers. Be sure to check them out and keep updated on the ventures of AMF. Below is the press release regarding their launch.

Britt and Danielle of AMF.  


There is a new kid in town! It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of All Most Famous, independent fashion marketing, sales and comprehensive representation.

As many of many of you know, my background is in music, but my passion for fashion runs deep. I am constantly on the lookout for the newest, latest and most creative clothing. Over the years I have encountered many talented designers who want to begin a label but are they are not sure how to get their product to the public. There are others who have already found success but they desire to take their brand to the next level. As a musical artist, there are many avenues to help: record labels, management, booking agents, distributors, etc. So I thought, “Why not create a new business model that gives fashion and accessory designers the same type of support available for musicians?” And that is how
All Most Famous was born.

We exist to create great opportunities for independent fashion and accessory designers. We do this through the means of public relations, marketing strategies, branding, and wholesale to boutiques.  I have partnered with
Britt Johnson – an expert in the marketing and public relations field – and together we have created a company that will help introduce some of the best design talent in the country.

Joining our ever-growing roster are the talents of:
 
Tidwell and Perryman, a Nashville based clothing line that focuses on creating a look that fits every man and woman’s unique personality and lifestyle. Tidwell and Perryman’s premiere home, Local Honey, will soon open in a new location in Nashville at 2009 Belmont Blvd where they will have double the inventory in both women and men’s collections. They can also be found at Fanny's House of Music in historical East Nashville.
 
Concrete Response, a timeless reaction to city currents. With industrial undertones, there is a strong emphasis on raw materials and refined silhouettes. Being heavily influenced by the concept of the modern time traveler, Concrete Response's head designer Justin Wootton introduces color pallets and stories that transition from day to night and subtle detailing that allows each garment to transition from season to season.
 
J&HP, coming from New York to California to their new home in Nashville, J&HP is redefining what it means to create vintage inspired apparel. Within a year and a half of origination, they have set the internet community ablaze by creating beautifully tailored, limited quantity, affordable clothing.

For more information on All Most Famous, please visit our new website
www.allmostfamousonline.com.

We are continuously on the search for the latest emerging clothing designer and fashion trends.  If you are an upcoming designer and would like to partner with us, please submit photos of your work, along with additional information about yourself and your life to allmostfamousonline@gmail.com. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Unleashed, Dinner with Your Dog: January 22, 2011



This is quite possibly the most adorable event I’ve heard of! In an effort to raise money to continue their charitable cause, the Nashville Humane Association is hosting Unleashed, a dinner with your dog on January 22, 2011 at the Hutton Hotel. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a “Canine Couture fashion show featuring a few of Nashville’s rising clothing designers”. I may have to adopt a new friend just to attend!

Here are the event details:


UNLEASHED, Dinner with Your Dog
Saturday, January 22, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Avenue

NHA's new event, Unleashed is one you do not want to miss! An evening with friends, colleagues, and your best furry friend in the stunning ballroom at the Hutton Hotel! Enjoy complimentary wine and beer during the cocktail hour, then be seated for dinner and a Canine Couture fashion show featuring a few of Nashville's rising clothing designers. They'll create one of a kind pieces for our shelter animals to strut down the catwalk, and for you to purchase during our live auction. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Humane Association.

Consider yourself a fashionista, huge animal lover or both? Purchase a Catwalk Ticket and enjoy complimentary wine/beer throughout the event, in addition to special, reserved seating and a gift.

Catwalk Tickets: $125 per person, and include all of the benefits listed above
General Tickets: $75 per person, and include complimentary wine/beer during cocktail hour, and seated dinner

To purchase tickets,
CLICK HERE
For more information including sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Reeves, Event and PR Manager, at(615)354-6342.

Sponsored by:
Pedigree
Thompson Machinery
Special Thanks To:
Nashville Lifestyles
Yelp

Monday, December 13, 2010

Local Honey Holiday Soiree: December 17, 2010

Its old news by now, but Nashville darling Local Honey will be relocating to 2009 Belmont Blvd. the first week of January 2011. The quaint location housing the retailer has sold, and owner Shea Steele was forced to relocate. But this isn’t all bad. According to the Local Honey Blog, the new location is bigger, and will have special housing for designers Tidwell and Perryman, White Rabbit, and Jamie and the Jones. Alexia Abegg will also be running a sewing school “offering beginning to advanced classes in sewing, drafting, and quilting” in the new location. Read all about the move here.

 
Images of the new Local Honey location.

To celebrate the new retailing ventures, Local Honey will be hosting a party this Friday, December 17, 2010 from 6 – 10 pm at the Linden store. Here are the details from the Facebook invite:

Join us at Local Honey this Friday evening from 6-10pm for our last get together in the Linden store! Come celebrate the holidays, peruse a huge assortment of handmade gifts from your favorite local designers and get 30% OFF all vintage in the store!

Handmade gifts from:::
Jamie and the Jones
WHITE RABBIT
Chaseash
Prarie Go Round
BOSS CONSTRUCTION
Say Ooh
and a new line of knits from Jemina Pearl!

A variety of awesome new screen prints, hair pins, headbands, earrings, cocktail rings, scarves, hats, ear mufflers, and more -all unique, locally made options for the friends on your christmas list!

PLUS::: get 30% OFF Gift Certificates!!!
Buy one for a friend or keep it for yourself to use in the new year!

Enjoy some spiked punch and christmas tunes
Knock out some of your holiday shopping and be MERRY.

See you then!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Home for the Holidays: December 11 – 12, 2010

Need to do a little more holiday shopping? Still in search of that perfect gift? Then head down to 1246 Adams Street in Franklin, TN for the annual Home for the Holidays open house, a holiday shopping event hosted by Teresa Hays with guests Vickie Vipperman and Ramsey Hall. Homegoods by jamievanjones, Threerooms, will be available, in addition to handmade gifts by local designers Van Hoang and Jamie and the Jones.

Jamie and the Jones Crop Sweater available on Etsy.com: $88

To find out more, check out their Facebook invite here.
photo credit: Jamie and the Jones: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60157093/the-crop-sweater

Judith Bright Featured in December Nashville Lifestyles Issue

Be sure to check out this month's issue of Nashville Lifestyles; jewelry retailer Judith Bright is one of the featured stories!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What I'm Thankful For This Holiday Season: The Spirit of Nashville Fashion


Coquette Designs

Last weekend I missed ALL of the Nashville fashion festivities and have been kicking myself ever since. I had planned a trip back to my pre-Nashville city to spend some quality time with my older brother and dear friends. And although my time in College Town, USA was well-spent and ever-so-fun, I must admit that I am absolutely bummed I missed the Emmaline holiday party, East Nashville Boutique Crawl, Rumor Has It fashion show, Shop and Wine Open House and Nashville Lifestyles’ Ladies Night Out. Why were there so many good events the weekend I was gone?!? But missing out on all of these events, actually made me grateful for something- that we have all of these fashion options to choose from! I’m not just talking about the Friday and Saturday night events and shows, but the idea that there are a multitude of local retail destinations to choose from in this city. Sometimes you don’t realize how fortunate you are until you look back at where you came from.


I spent the previous seven years in Lexington, Kentucky, earning my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Kentucky. And just as much as I love shopping now, I loved it just as much in Lexington. As I’m sure you can imagine, Lexington just isn't the city that Nashville is. There is more to do in Nashville- culture, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, etc.. And what I’ve found to be decidedly different about these two cities- the culture around and support for locally-produced goods and local retailers.
Spinthread Necklaces

I attempted to hit up my favorite local boutiques in Lexington and was shocked at my discovery. The upscale Helen’s Boutique, featuring darling dresses and one-of-a-kind pieces, had long been abandoned. Brown paper covered the windows; who knows how long the building had sat untouched. My college favorite, General Eccentric, where I could purchase unique clothing at an affordable price, had been transformed into a UK merchandise store. Blue sweatshirts and cartoon wildcats filled the windows that were once so charming. And the eco-friendly clothing store? That’s now a hair salon.
It can only be expected that things change, new retailers pop up, and old ones shut their doors. But it was astounding to see how many local boutiques had gone out of business in a town where all of them catered to the college demographic. Looking at the abandoned shops and new store owners got me thinking about the magnitude of support given to local Nashville retailers.
Through social media and blog avenues, local Nashville retailers easily spread their message and update clients on sales, events, and new merchandise being brought into the stores. Local blogs like mine, Stella Shops, and Fab Glance Nashville frequently highlight Nashville fashion happenings, and provide another voice for these retailers and designers. Sites like Nashville Fashion Events keeps you updated on local fashion events, and even provides videos and articles for your viewing and reading pleasure. And the upcoming Nashville Fashion Week has a multitude of events planned to highlight local designers and retailers, and discuss the importance of supporting these individuals in their endeavors.

Valentine Valentine

There are Nashville boutique staples, like Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Posh Boutique, and Local Honey; designers like Billy Reid, Jamie and the Jones, and Valentine Valentine that have garnered a major following in the recent years. It is just so lovely to see these boutiques and designers flourish in a city that appreciates the idea of shopping local and supporting the unique individuals that make Nashville a rising fashion destination. And with the emergence of new boutiques like Made or designers like Tidwell and Perryman and the press they have received, it is nice to know that Nashville customers appreciate local-made items and support the cause.

Tidwell and Perryman
 
Made Boutique

So, this holiday season, this is what I am grateful for- a city where local retailers and designers can take a chance on a new  venture, and be supported for years to come!

photo credit:
Coquette Designs - http://coquettedesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/IMG_5436.jpg
Spinthread Necklaces - http://thespottedfox.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/spinthread.jpg
Valentine Valentine - http://www.facebook.com/pages/VALENTINE-VALENTINE/60225461224#!/photo.php?fbid=482717946224&set=a.443579726224.230137.60225461224&pid=5952266&id=60225461224
Made - http://www.facebook.com/pages/VALENTINE-VALENTINE/60225461224#!/photo.php?pid=26339&id=100001761033458

Middle Tennessee Fashion Week Casting Call: December 11, 2010


Once again, Middle Tennessee Fashion Week is hosting a model call (I’m pretty sure they have one of these every other week). This casting call will take place Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Paul Mitchell school in Murfreesboro, TN.
I'm not exactly sure when MTFW will be held, and no information as to dates or potential dates are given on the website. Designers to be featured are also not indicated; a few sponsors are. According to MTFW website "Middle Tennessee Fashion Week (MTFW) is an event that highlights fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling as well as enhances the visibility of Middle Tennessee as a center of international fashion. Middle Tennessee Fashion Week produces runway events twice a year (April/Sept.) MTFW will put a spotlight on the influence of world cultures on American fashion, prove fashion can be done with ecology and fair trade in mind, present an exclusive men’s fashion show, and complete the week with a mesmerizing International Couture Collection at a location to be announced."

Click here to learn about Middle Tennessee Fashion Week, and here to RSVP to Facebook.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Coats n' Cocktails: December 15, 2010


The always-fabulous Manuel will be hosting Coats n’ Cocktails: a Holi-daze open house on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at his showroom on 1922 Broadway Street. As detailed on the Facebook invite, shoppers will be treated to wine, cocktails, door prizes, and live music with “a special 5:00 pm showcase”. And, if it doesn’t get better than smoozing with Nashville’s most famous fashion designer, all red and green pieces are 50% off; everything else is 20% off.
Slip on your western boots, apply that bright red lipstick and head down for some retail holiday therapy, because Manuel’s sale is sure to please! Oh, and please purchase me one of these darling handbags from the new collection.



RSVP to Facebook here.


purse photos from Facebook: Manuel Cuevas's Photos - December Handbags
manuel photo from http://i.acdn.us/image/A1186/1186696/300_1186696.jpg

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Emmaline Holiday Party: December 4, 2010

There is yet another retail-worthy event to add to your Saturday shopping list. The fashion-forward Emmaline Boutique will be hosting a holiday party December 4, 2010 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, featuring wine, hor d'oeuvres, and 20% off all purchases!






Here's what people are saying about Emmaline:

"I just recently moved from Los Angeles and was kind of upset about the lack of fun shops and cool clothes there were in TN. I ended up lost in Franklin 1 day and found Emmaline! I am so excited about this place! I could probably just shop there and be able to find everything i need for the season! They have so many jean and their clothes are cute and sophisticated but they still have some really cool edgier pieces, like sequin dresses and leather jackets. I would def recommend this place! The staff is also amazing. I hate going in places where they either fallow you around the whole time or just ignore you. They're just friendly and helpful."
"I recently moved to Nashville from NYC and was looking for a cocktail dress for a special occasion. I stumbled upon Emmaline after stopping in another store around the corner--what a pleasant surprise! Abby, the owner, was just closing up when I approached the door, but welcomed me in and carefully selected 5 items that really worked with my figure (petite and slightly pear-shaped). She was incredibly helpful, without making me feel rushed. She even gave my boyfriend refreshments while he waited. Even though I didn't purchase anything, she recommended a handful of other stores in Nashville for me to try. I look forward to going back for other dresses and unique items for my everyday wardrobe."
"Im new to Nashville and I decided to go to Emmaline because I saw an article about the store in Lucky Magazine. The staff was so friendly and helpful. They have all my favorite designers like joie, rebecca taylor, mint, loeffler randall and tracy reese. I'm getting married this summer and I litterally bought all my shower dresses here! I know I would be going crazy looking for that perfect dress if they were not here. I highly recommend taking a peek at Emmaline."
"Have you been in this place recently? Major facelift! The store is so organized and the selection is amazing! The whole back wall is denim and the new jewlery is amazing! I am a very picky shopper and the staff is amazing at helping me find exactly what i need. The last time I was there this woman in the dressing room next to me tried on this gorgeous dress and of course I had to have it. Well she bought it but the owner of emmaline's went to the trouble of ordering it for me. Needless to say this is basically the only place I shop now. You must go to Emmalines!"


Reviews from http://nashville.citysearch.com/profile/44276968/franklin_tn/emmaline.html.

Billy Reid Pop-Up Shop: December 2, 2010, Atlanta, GA


Billy Reid, recent recipient of the $300,000 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (see original blog entry here), will be hosting a pop-up shop this Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 6:30 to 9:30 in Atlanta, GA. I know it isn’t a Nashville-based event, but I couldn’t help but give a shout-out to this amazing designer.


Here is the event information as detailed on the Atlanta Bearings: A Southern Lifestyle Guide for Men’s website:
Start your holiday shopping in a unique way this year as Billy Reid, in collaboration with Bearings, host a bourbon and bluegrass gathering Thursday, December 2 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
GQ’s menswear designer of the year is bringing selections from his fall/winter men’s and women’s collection as part of Atlanta’s first Midtown Pop Up Shop (Dec 2-5). Come enjoy Woodford Reserve bourbon, live bluegrass by Cold Pond, and check out the Southern clothier’s latest lineup.
A few other regional artisans will be featured at the four-day Pop Up Shop including Bar Denim Blues from Knoxville, Savannah Bee Company, Nashville’s Olive & Sinclair Chocolate, Yee-Haw Industries, and Atlanta’s own Love Train Antiques (which usually only sells to merchants like Restoration Hardware).

photo credit
photo 1 - http://www.bearingsguide.com/20101201/pop-up-shop-kick-off-party/
photo 2 - http://www.esquire.com/cm/esquire/images/billy-reid-0709-lg.jpg
photo 3 - http://designcrack.com/v2/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/billyreid.jpg

East Nashville Vintage Boutique Crawl: December 4, 2010

I had previously blogged about the upcoming East Nashville Vintage Boutique Crawl which will be held December 4, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm. Courtesy of Marcia Masulla from Yelp.com, here is a map of all the hot spots to hit!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hickory Hollow Mall Redevelopment Plan


When it comes to Nashville fashion, shopping, and events, the Hickory Hollow Mall isn’t exactly on my, or most people’s for that matter, radar.  In fact, I’ve only been to the Hickory Hollow Mall once- and it was a short-lived experience…
I had recently moved to Nashville and was trying to establish my new shopping headquarters. After googling ‘Nashville malls’, I eventually came across Hickory Hollow Mall and decided to check it out. Although it was a long time ago I visited the mall, I remember the overwhelming feeling of retail abandonment, as I gaited past rows and rows of closed doors and empty stores. It was obvious shop owners had ditched their leases long ago, and there was little chance for retail regeneration.

A deserted Hickory Hollow Mall.

 I later found out that Hickory Hollow Mall used to be a prime shopping center, housing popular retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, Express, Gap, and New York & Company. Over the years, these types of retailers have closed their doors, relocating to more attractive destinations in the Nashville area. Reviewers of Yelp account the moves due to gang violence, armed robbery, and auto thefts; one individual stated “most of the shoppers who would actually come to spend money refuse to go [to Hickory Hollow Mall] anymore.” Most reviewers simply comment on the dilapidated and dismal state of the mall. (Interesting tip: Check out the Security page on the Cool Springs Galleria website versus the Security page on the Hickory Hollow Mall website. Although both owned by CBL Properties, they are vastly different.)

Now, malls within themselves, not just Hickory Hollow, are a dying breed. Believe it or not, I actually wrote my Master’s thesis on mall shopping. Totally true. Although I concentrated on a specific population of shoppers (Generation Y) and their preference of entertainment malls (think Opry Mills pre-flood) versus traditional malls (think Cool Springs), I did a lot of research on shopping malls in general. If you would like to read all 118 pages of my thesis, I’d be happy to share that with you, but let me just give you a few highlights.

A 2001 study found that 19 percent of shopping malls were either dead or dying, and 85 percent of malls in America are more than 20 years old (Lukas, 2004). Moreover, the International Council of Shopping Centers predicted that the number of traditional retail malls is expected to shrink from 1,200 to around 900 within the next few years. A 2002 six-year study examining mall shopping behavior found that although mall patronage has significantly dropped, consumer spending is on the rise. This statistic recognizes that malls must revolutionize practices and adapt in order to be viable in the retail world (Nichols, Faun, Kranendonk, and Roscow, 2002).


My graduate research also lead me to a fascinating website, deadmalls.com, which chronicles dead and dying malls in the United States. Surprise, Hickory Hollow Mall is on there and with some not-so-great reviews, too.
So, why all the talk about Hickory Hollow Mall? Recently, I briefly met and chatted with Karen Johnson (former Board Member of the Adventure Science Center, YMCA, and Metro Nashville Public Schools) about new developments for the Hickory Hollow Mall. Karen turned me on to the Southeast Davidson County website where I learned about potential plans to redevelop the mall and completed a survey expressing my input on the matter. (Fill out the survey here.) 

A September article from WSMV, details the $209 million plan to revitalize the 1.1 million square feet of Hickory Hollow Mall to include a community center, library, public health center, exposition center, and multi-acre public park. The most publicized facility, the exposition center, would house the flea market and other events currently held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Here are some of the plans for the mall:

A major proponent of the Hickory Hollow Mall revitalization, Mayor Karl Dean said, “Southeast Davidson County is one of the fastest growing parts of our city, and it’s a community where demands for services continue to grow. These new public facilities will breathe new life into Hickory Hollow Mall and benefit the surrounding retail and commercial areas by attracting more visitors and creating a more stable business environment,” (Kumari, 2010). 
The potential plan has fueled debate on both sides. According to WSMV, many Antioch-area residents oppose the public health center and insist the new plan will diminish property values, and many vendors of the Tennessee Flea Market wish to keep the TN State Fairgrounds as their home. Despite this, Mayor Dean has won his first council vote in favor of the proposal.
This story will definitely continue in the upcoming months, and it will be interesting to see the fate of the Hickory Hollow Mall.


References:
Kumari, C. (2010, September 10). $209M plan unveiled to redevelop Hickory Hollow Mall. Retrieved from http://www.wsmv.com/news/24958547/detail.html.
Lukas, P. (2004, October 18) Our malls, ourselves. Fortune, 150(8), 243-256.
Nichols, J., Faun L., Kranendonk, C., & Roscow, S. (2002). The seven year itch? Mall shopping over time. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 19(2), 149-165.

photo credits:
photo 1 - http://wkrn.images.worldnow.com/images/13133907_BG1.jpg
photo 2 - http://www.labelscar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/hickory-hollow-mall-49.jpg
photo 3 - http://www.canada.com/life/3385937.bin?size=620x400
photo 4 - http://cmsimg.tennessean.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Avis=DN&Dato=20101115&Kategori=NEWS0202&Lopenr=11150321&Ref=AR&MaxW=380&Border=0
photo 5 - http://www.canada.com/life/3385937.bin?size=620x400
photo 6 - http://www.hickoryhollowmall.com/shop/hickoryhollow.nsf/logo2.gif
photo 7 - http://images.teamsugar.com/files/upl2/41/416654/27_2009/652a97f5a4884bfd_hickory_hollow.xlarger.jpg


Monday, November 29, 2010

Shop & Wine Open House: December 4, 2010


Before heading out to the East Nashville Boutique Crawl on Saturday, December 4 from 6:00 – 9:00 (see blog post here), swing by Wear It Out Manuel on 1001 Dickerson Pike for a little shopping and wine from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. As detailed on the Facebook invite: “You're personally invited to come visit our Open House for Wine and a good time! We have great deals for the holidays on showroom & custom orders 20% off. See you there!”
RSVP to Facebook here.

Posh Sale: 20% off dress shirts and dresses

Nashville Fashion Week: March 29 – April 2, 2011

Get ready for Nashville Fashion Week! This is not to be confused with the recent Fashion Week Nashville (see previous blog entry here) put on my Couture Magazine. Nashville Fashion Week will be sure to entertain and surprise you. And with the lovely Marcia Masulla helping to head up this event, you know this will be unforgettable!

View Nashville Fashion Week's website here.


Here is the press release from NFW:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

Nashville Celebrates Citywide Creativity
with Nashville Fashion Week, March 29-April 2, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 29, 2010) – Nashville joins the ranks of other cities around the country with the launch of an annual Nashville Fashion Week, March 29–April 2, 2011. The citywide event will celebrate Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its array of creative talent. Proceeds from the event will benefit the newly established Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, to be administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and awarded annually to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field.

Nashville Fashion Week organizers are working with community partners and businesses throughout the city to ensure that the event encourages both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the area’s diverse fashion and retail spaces while highlighting local, regional and nationally known design talent.

“Nashville is a city with enormous creativity, a history of innovative entrepreneurship and an incredible community spirit,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “Nashville Fashion Week is an ideal way to demonstrate and celebrate the high level of talent that lives and works in our city.”

Lexus of Nashville is the official presenting sponsor for Nashville Fashion Week in 2011. Additional sponsors currently include The Mall at Green Hills, Big Events and the Hutton Hotel. Current media sponsorships include SouthComm Communications, NowPlayingNashville.com, Yelp and Comcast.

“Community involvement is a core value for us, and we’re pleased to support Nashville Fashion Week,” said JR Roper, general manager of Lexus of Nashville. “At Lexus, we have a passion for good design, and I share that personally, whether in cars, architecture or clothing.”

The establishment of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund was inspired by the important professional development the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA)
provides through programs such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week is not just a signature high-profile event to celebrate creative talent, but also an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support.

“Nashville is a tremendously caring, giving community,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “With the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, Nashville Fashion Week not only showcases the city’s creativity, but also encourages the next generation of talent in an area that doesn’t always receive the level of support it needs and deserves.”

In addition to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, community partners for Nashville Fashion Week include the Mayor’s Office, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Nashville Downtown Partnership, and Nashville Fashion Group.

Nashville Fashion Week is being planned and directed by Creative
Co-op Nashville, LLC, a volunteer collaboration of fashion, retail and media professionals who have partnered to combine their resources and passion to create this event.


CONTACT:
Cindy Wall
615-974-9066

Marcia Masulla
314-249-3558

web:                http://nashvillefashionweek.com
Facebook:     Nashville Fashion Week
Twitter:           #nashfashweek


Find them on Facebook here.

Read the writeup from the Nashville Scene here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blog Update: Thanksgiving Blog Break

I'll be returning to the motherland for a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, food, and no Internet access. Seriously. I can't even attempt to steal a wireless connection from my parent's remote house, so I'll be blog breakin' for a few days.

Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and I'll be interested to hear about your Nashville Black Friday shopping excursions!