Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show: Oscar de la Renta & Carrie Underwood: February 28, 2012


COUNTRY SUPERSTAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO PERFORM AT NORDSTROM SYMPHONY FASHION SHOW ON FEBRUARY 28, 2012 -- Evening to include exclusive Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2012 fashion show

Nordstrom, in partnership with the Nashville Symphony, will present the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show, featuring a performance by five-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood and an exclusive presentation of Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection on Tuesday, February 28. The event, emceed by radio and television personality Storme Warren,will take place from 6-10 pm at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, with a cocktail reception before the show and dinner to follow.

This year marks Nordstrom’s first time producing the fashion show since opening a store at The Mall at Green Hills in September of 2011, as well as Carrie Underwood’s first performance at the Symphony Fashion Show. Guests will also have the opportunity to get a closer look at the featured fashions after the performance and fashion show at an exclusive boutique inside Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Proceeds from the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show will assist the Symphony in reaching more than 95,000 people through free community concerts; bringing world-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck and Emanuel Ax to perform for local audiences; providing barrier-free music education to thousands of students across Middle Tennessee; and supporting the work of today’s leading composers.

Underwood, a 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville recording artist, is a current GRAMMY® Award nominee and a five-time GRAMMY® winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Since her debut in 2005, Underwood has amassed more than 14 million in album sales and has placed 14 No. 1 singles on the charts.

Oscar de la Renta is one of the world’s preeminent designers. The company was established in 1965 and currently produces a full line of women’s accessories, bridal, home decor and fragrances, in addition to its signature women’s ready-to-wear collection. For more information, please visit www.oscardelarenta.com.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 225 stores in 30 states, including 117 full-line stores, 104 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, one treasure&bond store and one clearance store. Nordstrom also serves customers through Nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Additionally, the Company operates in the online private sale marketplace through its subsidiary HauteLook.

For inquiries regarding Carrie Underwood, please contact Jessie Schmidt of Schmidt Relations at (615) 851-4917 or Jessie@schmidtpr.com.

Diamond Star Halo Vintage to Shut Doors

DSHV has been a vintage staple for years in our beloved music city. Run by Libby Callaway, the mother of all things fashion, the DSHV shop, located at Fanny's House of Music, will be dissolved in the upcoming weeks. Currently the collection is 40% off, and will continue dropping by 10% in the upcoming four weeks. 

But don't worry about Libby, she's always got her hands on several fashion projects, including currently working for imogene + willie.

Be sure to check out the DSHV collection and grab what you can while it's still there!

Couture Dreams: An Evening of Philanthropy, Friends & Fashion: February 9, 2012

Here's the scoop on an upcoming charitable event:

The Fairy Godmothers invite you to an evening of friends and fashion.
Enjoy happy hour and delectable hors d'ouevres at Weddings 101 (2nd floor of The Factory at Franklin) in the company of Nashville's most sought after wedding/special event vendors and most innovative fashion designers.

While you mix and mingle, you will be treated to a fashion show featuring couture prom wear by the students at the O'More College of Design, hitting the runway for the first time.  Created in a "Project Runway" style challenge, students took up to four donated prom dresses ready for recycling to construct much needed plus size prom dresses that will be included in The Fairy Godmother's third annual prom dress giveaway this spring.
Make sure to get your ticket before the clock strikes midnight!

RSVP and purchase tickets here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Vanderbilt Clothing Swap: February 10, 2012


The Vanderbilt Public Relations Society, the Black Student Alliance & Nashville Fashion Events Present:

The Second Annual Clothing Swap : The green way to shop

It's that time again! Spring isn't too far away, and it's time to kick out the old and bring in the new! Clean out your closet with VPRS! Bring in your gently used clothing throughout VPRS week & leave with riches! Go shopping for Free && Enjoy light refreshments, music && great clothes!!


1. Clean out your closet
2. Bring your clean, gently used clothing, accessories, & shoes to a deposit station.
3. Receive "Clothing Cash" for each item
4. Come to the Clothing Swap on March 25 and redeem your Clothing Cash for new looks!
5. Leave Happy

Deposit Stations

Monday, January 30- Commons Center (7-9)
Tuesday, January 31- Branscomb (5-7)
Wednesday, February 1- Highland Quad (7-9)
Thursday, February 2- Towers II Lobby (5-7)

Monday, February 6- Commons Center (7-9)
Tuesday, February 7- Branscomb (5-7)
Wednesday, February 8- Highland Quad (7-9)
Thursday, February 9- Towers II Lobby (5-7)
Friday, February 10- CLOTHING SWAP 5:30-8 in Sarratt 325/327

*You can also bring MORE clothes with you to the trade in the day of the SWAP*

All unclaimed clothes will be donated to the Salvation Army && cotton T-shirts (with logos) will be accepted as a donation but can not be redeemed for "Clothing Cash."

Help VPRS and BSA clean out for a good cause!

Find out more here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Five: Black Mamba

Five things, Nashville and beyond, I’m currently trending….

Black. Although I enjoy my pops of electric blue, blood red, and gold tones, I always gravitate towards black. There is nothing sleeker and sexier than a black dress with some sky high black stilettos. Classic and timeless apparel. So in honor of my go-to color, here’s are some fashion items I’m currently trending.

1. American Apparel Tights

I had recently purchased a Groupon for $100 worth of Am Appy goodies for $50 and waded through downtown tourists to reach my favorite basic apparel store. After grabbing a sheer oversized black chiffon shirt, I headed towards the tights. Within the wide assortment of merchandise I settled on two pairs (black, of course)- stripped legs and circle print. 

The sheer luxe solid stripe pantyhose run for $22 and I paired them with a chiffon long-sleeved black dress and black heeled booties for a stylist work look. I received several complements on the tights from both my students and other faculty members.

One of the most difficult tasks of picking out and ultimately wearing tights is comfort level. Nothing is worse than dealing with a pair that fits too snug and hinders your mobility. The Am Appy tights were seriously THE most comfortable I have ever worn in my life. Made from a soft nylon blend, this pair could have been worn for days. Love it.

2. Jeffrey Campbell’s Night Walk

What girl doesn’t love the innovative styles of Jeffrey Campbell? I’ve been ogling at these shoes for years, and am consistently pleased with the new silhouettes JC introduces. And the Night Walk line is no exception. These shoes are fashion forward, daring, and a definite show stopper. And I was stopped today when one of my students walked into class with these gems on her feet. Seriously fabulous. I had heard the Night Walk line was difficult to function in, but my student assured me it was just like wearing wedges. I woant these now.


3. Bar III Sleeveless Faux Leather Dress

This picture is pretty bad and does not do this dominatrix-like dress justice. Also, the ensemble looks strides more polished when not paired with teenage-inspired purple tights. I picked up this Bar III sleeveless faux leather dress at Macy’s while shopping with my mom after Christmas. It is absolutely stunning and super sexy. I wore this with a pair of black wedges, silver hoops, and a silver bracelet on New Years with friends, and received several compliments on the look. The dress is still classy enough to be socially acceptable for a fashion event or dinner party, but has enough edge to be worn during a night out at Three Crow Bar.


Pair this gem with those above tights and shoes, and you're set!

4. Alexander McQueen Black Skull Clutch

I owe this find 100% to my students. In our fashion styling course, I have the students complete weekly trend boards on Polyvore for various scenarios. Last week the students created an outfit for celebrities on the red carpet, and a few students used the same clutch to accessorize their ensembles. This clutch. This amazing Alexander McQueen black skull clutch that retails for over $2,000. This, this I need. I’m pretty sure if I owned this, I’d wear it with everything and everywhere. Dinner with the ladies? Wait, let me grab my clutch. Fashion show launch party? Hold on, I need my clutch. I gotta make a run to Kroger? Stop. I have to get Alexander. Buy this for me, please.

5. Black Nail Polish

Within this post, I’ve unintentionally created a Friday night outfit, so I may as well top it off with a quick coat of polish. Any black polish will do, but hot on this week’s radar is Chanel’s Laque Brillance Extreme. Retailing for $25 a bottle, this polish better do miracles. Top it off with one silver sparkly nail on your ring finger, and you’ve just outdone yourself.

New Retailers at Opry Mills


Popular shopping destination in Nashville on schedule for March 29 Grand Re-Opening

NASHVILLE, TN (January 27, 2012) – Signaling its future success, Opry Mills is announcing more than 60 new and returning retailers and dining options to its already-announced impressive lineup of outlet stores including Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, Cole Haan Outlet, J.Crew Factory, Lucky Brand Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Tommy Bahama Outlet. Opry Mills is on schedule to reopen as the largest outlet, value retail, shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Tennessee on Thursday, March 29 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a series of celebratory events running through early May. 

New to Opry Mills will be more fashionable stores such as Crazy 8, Express, Jones New York Outlet, P.S. from Aéropostale, Sunglass Warehouse, Tilly’s and Wilk’s Dugout. The excitement continues with the return of several familiar names to Opry Mills not previously announced such as Aerie, Aéropostale, Body Central, The Children’s Place Outlet, Claire’s, dressbarn, The Finish Line, Fossil, Gap Outlet, Gymboree Outlet, Haggar, HANESbrands, Journey’s, Justice, Lane Bryant Outlet, Levi’s Outlet, Nautica Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, Pacific Sunwear, Papaya, Rack Room Shoes, RCC Western Wear, rue21, Skechers USA Outlet, Wet Seal and Wilson’s Leather Outlet.

Other returning retailers, such as Bath & Body Works, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Elegance Perfumes, GNC, Opry Nail Salon, Perfumania, Spencer’s Gifts, Tennessee Sports Fan and Yankee Candle, will further enhance the Opry Mills shopping experience.

“These many new store announcements fuel the momentum to reopen as one of the most popular shopping destinations in the United States,” said Jad Murphy, general manager at Opry Mills.  “Opry Mills’ visitors will enjoy our unique brand of shopping with the best mix of outlet and value retail stores, plus great dining options.”

In addition, shoppers will be welcomed back with many new and returning casual dining options including Burger King, Charley’s Grilled Subs, The Cookie Store, Dairy Queen, The Great American Cookie Company, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great, It’Sugar, Kelly’s Cajun Grill, Maki of Japan, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Panda Express, Pyramids Café, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and Which Wich.  Plus, the return of Macaroni Grill, Rainforest Café and Aquarium Restaurant will allow shoppers to enjoy a full-service dining experience.

Five major anchors, Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Dave & Buster’s, VF Outlet, Bass Pro Shops and Sun & Ski Sport, opened in time for the 2011 holiday season and are already enjoying success at Opry Mills.

**The Grand Re-Opening of Opry Mills comes nearly two years after the historic flood in May 2010 ravaged Nashville and submerged Opry Mills, one of Tennessee’s top tourist attractions.  Construction on the landmark property began in April 2011.** (For trade publications)

Nashville Fashion Week Update

Unfortunately I was unable to attend last night's Nashville Fashion Week Launch Party due to work commitments (boo!!), but I'm happy to hear of the recent announcements regarding the upcoming event. Here are the details:


Lexus Nashville Fashion Week Announces Details for 2012 at Launch Party

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (January 26, 2012) — At tonight’s Launch Party Lexus Nashville Fashion Week announced the week’s finale designer Randi Rahm, the participation of Tim Gunn, event venues, model casting call, and ticket sales.

Randi Rahm will show her Fall/Winter 2012 collection as the week’s finale collection on Saturday, March 24 at Lexus Nashville Fashion Week.  The runway show that evening will be at the The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, 150 3rd Avenue South downtown.  Rahm’s hand-beaded creations have graced the pages of major magazines and illuminated red carpets worldwide.  Her designs have drawn rave reviews from fashion aficionados coast to coast including Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Julianne Hough, and Halle Berry.
“I’m thrilled to be visiting Nashville, TN, as the featured designer during Nashville Fashion Week,” said Rahm.  “I look forward to presenting the Randi Rahm couture collection to Music City’s discerning fashion arena.  Having dressed both Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, I already feel a part of this wonderful community."

Tim Gunn of Project Runway will also be a part of Lexus Nashville Fashion week.  Tim Gunn is the Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne and the author of A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style.

This year’s Lexus Nashville Fashion Week events will take place in some of the city’s most historic, landmark venues.  The March 20-22 events will take place at Nashville’s latest music venue, Marathon Music Works. The Parthenon, built in 1897 as part of Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition, will host runway shows on March 24. The final night will be in the private event space on the 22nd floor of The Pinnacle at Symphony Place

Open model casting calls will be held on February 2, 7, and 9 at MACS|AMAX.  Applicants must provide one headshot and one full body shot (professional photographers are not required).  Women should wear tasteful, form-fitted clothing, heels (required), minimal or no makeup, and should have hair pulled back off the face. Men should wear a fitted t-shirt and pants.

The designer selection committee is seeking local emerging and experienced designers interested in showing Fall 2012 collections at Nashville Fashion Week, March 20-24, 2012. Interested individuals are asked to submit an application by January 31, 2012. The application is available online at: http://nashvillefashionweek.com/designers.

Tickets for Lexus Nashville Fashion Week must be purchased in advance and are available beginning Monday, January 30 online at www.nashvillefashionweek.com.

Nashville Fashion Week, March 20 – 24, 2012, is presented by Lexus and sponsored by The Mall at Green Hills and The Hutton Hotel. Event sponsors for the week include Big Events, Jive, MACS|AMAX, Music City Tents, Nashville Event Lighting, Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation, Nash Travel Management, O’More College of Design, UAL and Lotus Energy Drink. Media sponsors are SouthComm (including Nashville Scene, NFocus, Her Nashville), NowPlayingNashville.com, Nashville Parent, and Yelp. Community partner is the Community Foundation.

Lexus Nashville Fashion Week, March 20–24, 2012, celebrates the city’s thriving fashion and retail community and its array of creative talent. Proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, awarded annually to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field. 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.
Cindy Wall

Marcia Masulla

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Imogene + Willie Seeks Media Intern

Seriously, if you don't have an internship by now, it's ok. I've got another one for you. Impossibly cool Nashville denim company imogene + willis is seeking a media intern. Do you have what it takes? The deadline for applications is February 1, 2012. Email a resume to libby@imogeneandwillie.com to apply. Oh, and if you get the internship, you should make me these jeans. Obsessed with the high-waisted look.

elizabeth indigo $235


Perfect for gals who love the fit of our signature Imogene, with its straight, stovepipe legs and flattering wide-set pockets, but who want a sexy high-rise twist on our classic mid-rise jean. Elizabeth sits higher on the waist for new-meets-old-fashioned feel, and is made from premium US-Made Cone Mills indigo stretch denim.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sleeveless Interns Wanted!

We've got another great internship possibility for all those looking to gain a little more industry experience out there. Here are the details:

Interested in working with fashion? Great news! SLEEVELESS is beginning to interview for Spring internships. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is responsible, hardworking, and has creative flair. If this sounds like you, we want to meet you! 
All candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter that answers ONE of the following questions: 

- Why would you be a great fit for SLEEVELESS? 

- What aspect of the fashion world are you interested in pursuing and why? 

- What inspires you to create? 

Please send resumes in a PDF format and any questions you may have to
brittany@wearsleeveless.com by February 8th. Interviews will be held February 13th – 18th
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Olia Zavozina Seeks Social Media Intern

Olia Zavozina Bridal & Menswear seeking Social Media Intern
Our store is located in Edgehill Village- Olia Zavozina Bridal & Menswear.  This is a fun opportunity for a self motivated individual who is interested in the fashion, bridal, and menswear industry.  Their responsibility will be to manage the blog and complete any tasks assigned by the Marketing Manager.  We need someone polished, professional, dependable, responsible, self motivated, computer savvy, and hard working. 


Info on Olia:
Fashion designer Olia Zavozina is known for her unique garments that have been seen on celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and designs that have been featured in major media including US Weekly, People Magazine, Good Morning America, Premier Bride, Brides.com and more.  
Last spring she shared the runway with Project Runway’s winning designer Christian Siriano in Nashville’s First Annual Fashion week.  A couple months later the Nashville-based designer introduced her bridal and menswear line to locals at the grand opening of her flagship store nestled in the heart Music City located right off music row.

All of Olia Zavozina’s gowns represent the appreciation of classic clean lines and sophisticated silhouettes. Made with luxurious light-weight silks such as satin, chiffon, duchess, taffeta and shantung to perfectly sculpt the body, giving brides a revolutionary form.

In addition to bridal gowns, Zavozina is also known for her crisp and clean-cut men suits, custom shirts and flirtatious chic women’s cocktail dresses. Designing beautiful garments that show an individual’s personality through patterns, color and texture is a passion of Zavozina’s.  For more information please visit www.oliazavozina.com

Looking for interns seeking school credit only. Please send resume to houseofzavozina@gmail.com

Thank you!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm baaaccccckkkkkkk....

That’s right. Here I am. And I owe you an apology. I had previously mentioned that I would be taking a little blogging time off while I was on vacation; I had not anticipated my sabbatical would be so long! Over the past few weeks I spent a significant amount of time away from Nashville. I went to Washington, DC for a while to visit a friend, do a little shopping at H&M and Zara, dine on delectable treats, and sip artfully prepared cocktails at local bars. I spent most of my time in Kentucky, transplanting from Louisville to Lexington for down time with my family, and a rowdy New Years with friends.

For those of you who know me personally, you know that my life is always busy and always constant. Between my full-time job as a fashion professor / department leader, and full-time status as a Doctorial student, I rarely get free time. Christmas break is the only time in the entire year I get a true vacation, so when it finally comes around, I have a tendency to drop off the face of the interwebs. It’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of blogging, as my full-time life is becoming much more demanding.

I’m teaching a new class this quarter on fashion forecasting/fashion styling, and revamping both my fashion drawing and market research courses. I couldn’t be happier with my darling and enthusiastic students who make my job so enjoyable. Additionally, after my current class on qualitative research, I only have one more Doctorial course to take before I begin the daunting process of Dissertation research. Overall and like always, I’m busy.

But I’ve missed immersing myself into the Nashville fashion scene the past month and plan to promptly dive back in. Now.

Thank you for your patience while I have been regrouping, and stay tuned!

-Amber C.
Nashville Fashion Blog