Tuesday, February 28, 2012

OMG and Jackalope Brewery Team Up for Some Bitching Crafting

Here are the colorful details of the ongoing event:

"Believe it. It's happening. An Old Made Good (OMG) + Jackalope Brewing love child is being born, and then born again every 4th Thursday of the month! A limited number of seats will be open and the 1st class will be announced this week! Drink beer and make shit with a bunch of cool chicks, what could be better?"

Monday, February 27, 2012

Elizabeth Broyhill Introduces Plucky

Contact: Perry Del Favero
4017 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 309B
Nashville, TN 37215

February 27, 2012 Nashville,TN

Elizabeth Broyhill of Broyhill Fashion Group, LLC is pleased to introduce Plucky, a ladies boutique in the H.G. Hill Center in Green Hills.

“I have greatly appreciated my time as a Monkee’s owner. As Monkee’s, LLC
continues the expansion of their franchise operation I decided to develop my own
retail concept. I am excited to see the growth and development of the Monkee’s
brand and look forward to cheering on the next gal who comes forward to take on
operation of Monkee’s in Nashville!” ~ Elizabeth Broyhill

Customers can expect great personal service at Plucky and will find many apparel
and footwear lines that are new to Nashville as well as a few tried and true labels.

“We are taking a focused approach to wardrobe styling which will enhance our
customer experience and ability to cater to a woman’s wardrobe needs. Nashville
has experienced such a thrilling boom in fashion within the past few years and I
have been able to assess where there continues to be a need in the market. This is an
exciting time for me personally, and for my entire team. We look forward to
welcoming you to Plucky and introducing this new concept to the Nashville market!”
~ Elizabeth Broyhill

Please visit our website to get to know the Plucky brand and visit the shop in
person. Find Plucky on Facebook here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Nashville Opera Guild Children's Fashion Show: February 26, 2012

There's not a lot of details available about this event. I know Muse Boutique will be providing some of the fashions. But here's the scoop:

Nashville Opera Guild Children's Fashion Show
Sunday, February 26, 2012
TBD - All Ages Buy Tickets
3622 Redmon St.
Nashville, TN, 37209 USA
The Noah Liff Opera Center is one of Nashville’s newest and most elegant entertainment venues. Renowned architect Earl Swensson and Earl Swensson Associates have designed a sleek, contemporary space to house and inspire the region’s finest opera company. Now it is available for use by individuals, community groups, and both corporate and non-profit organizations.
Other Info
Parents and tots collaborate to show off the latest fashions to benefit the Nashville Opera.

A Plethora of Nashville Fashion Week Designers Announced


Lexus Nashville Fashion Week Announces Participation
by 11 Local and Emerging Designers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 24, 2012) — The organizers of Lexus Nashville Fashion Week continue an ongoing commitment to showcasing local and regional talent by announcing a group of 10 local and emerging designers who will participate this year.

An emerging designer installation on Thursday, March 22 at Marathon Music Works will showcase six local designers as well as the inaugural recipient of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. Thursday’s installation includes:

Amy Breen – Amy Breen’s first original design (when she was nine) was a neon-striped bathing suit. She grew up in Philadelphia where she was influenced by street style and graduated from Moore College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Design and Textiles. She spent a semester at Parsons Paris, spent time working in New York for Nanette Lepore, and traveled to Australia for designer Aurelio Costarella. Amy moved to Nashville and launched amy.b. design as a harmonious mix of comfort and style.

Black by Maria Silver – After touring the world with garage rock bank, the Ettes, designer Maria Silver set out to create a chic and travel friendly collection for women. Silver is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked for the prestigious costume design house, Carelli Costumes. She has also worked on Broadway shows including Mama Mia42nd StreetGypsyJesus Christ Superstar and Flower Drum Song.

Brittany Blair – Nashvillian Brittany Blair is an apparel design graduate from the University of Alabama. She interned in New York with designer Catherine Malandrino, showed her first full collection for the Fall 2010 fashion show at the University of Alabama, and participated in the first annual Birmingham Fashion Week. Blair now lives in Nashville and is opening a combined upscale restaurant/boutique called Kocktails & Kouture in the Gulch, slated to open later this year.

Julianna Bass – Julianna Bass is the recipient of the inaugural Nashville Fashion Forward Fund award, made possible with the proceeds from Lexus Nashvillle Fashion Week. Bass was born in Pulaski, Tenn. and attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro where she studied apparel design and costume design. She launched her eponymous collection in 2008 after design studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Last spring, she presented her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection at Nashville Fashion Week and photographed her Spring/Summer look book in her hometown of Pulaski. Bass currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pink Elephants – Nashville native Truly Alvarenga’s collection concentrates on edgy designs with intricate layers of detail, and her designs range from radical rock and roll to youthful Harajuku. She recently interned with Anna Sui and currently divides her time between her studio and workshop in Hanover, N.H. and her design base in Nashville.

The Trunk – Abigail Franklin and Kyah Hillis have joined forces to launch Trunk, an alternative retail space. Trunk is the first mobile fashion and accessories boutique in the Southeast and one of the first in the country. Franklin owns the men’s fashion collection State, and Hillis owns Sleeveless, a premium accessory brand that specializes in leather goods for women.

Tuft – Jessica Jones attended O'More College of Design and received the Distinguished Designer awards for both her junior and senior collections at O'More's annual fashion show. She created her brandTuft with a focus on pairing laid back sensibility with classic silhouettes in bright hues and bold patterns.

At other runway shows throughout Nashville Fashion Week, four other local emerging designers will present collections: Valentine Valentine, White Rabbit, Jamie and the Jones, and Leona. Each of these designers showed a collection during Nashville Fashion Week 2011.

Valentine Valentine by Amanda Valentine – Amanda Valentine was born and raised in Nebraska, the youngest of five children. Her work includes remnants of her Midwest upbringing—clean shapes and color blocking—layered with darkness, humor, and nods to the richness of culture and history. She creates a hybrid of references, marrying international culture with pop culture. She earned her degree in clothing, textiles and design—and began in professional career in Los Angeles as a wardrobe designer for her brother’s first music video, “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5. The scope of Valentine’s work since her move to Nashville includes television, major commercials and a growing list of musicians. The Valentine Valentine collection will be shown Tuesday, March 20 at Marathon Music Works.

Leona – Lauren Leonard is the creative mind behind Leona. Leona redefines the term Southern belle from Manhattan to Tokyo, balancing whimsical detailing and sophisticated silhouette. Leonard creates from her studio in Nashville. Her clothes have been worn by Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic, and seen on the television shows “Gossip Girl” and “90210.” Leonard was recently recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the University of Alabama and as one of Apex Society's Atlanta's Top 30 Under 30 for accomplishment in business. The Leona collection will be shown on Wednesday, March 21 at Marathon Music Works.

White Rabbit by Shea Steele – Shea Steele is a Nashville based designer with a keen eye for bold elements. White Rabbit garments and accessories reflect a background in fine art and employ striking combinations of volume, proportion, color and shape to achieve maximum impact through minimal means. Steele also owns Local Honey, a Nashville boutique known for its support of local designers. Her White Rabbit collection will be shown on Friday, March 23 at Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park.

Jamie and the Jones. – Jamie and the Jones is the brainchild of Nashville designers Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones. The duo discovered their mutual appreciation for slow process design as sophomores at O’More College of Design. Their collective skill at creating clothes that combine clean silhouettes with painstaking handwork (knitting, crochet, embroidery, beading, and hand painting are all hallmarks) brought them high honors from O’More during both their junior and senior years, when they were awarded the Critic’s Choice and Distinguished Designer awards, respectively. Jamie and Hannah have continued to produce their line from their studio inside Local Honey, Nashville's premiere source for local design. Their collection will be shown Saturday, March 24 at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place.

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, Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation, Jive Digital Printing, Music City Tents & Events, Nashville Event Lighting, UAL, O'More College of Design, Wondergraphics, Fashion Bytes, Sassy Bitch Wines and Lipman Brothers, OFE, Taylor Christian Jones Photography, Marathon Music Works, MACS|AMAX and SnapShot Interactive. Media sponsors are SouthComm (Nashville SceneNFocusHer NashvilleThe City Paper), Graffiti, NowPlayingNashville.com, and Yelp. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is a community partner.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fashion for a Fraction: February 25, 2012

The yearly tradition is back again! Here are the details:

Fashion for a Fraction #5

Saturday February 25, 2012 - 11:00am

The Gulch

Price: $5.00

For one day only - fashion, fun & fabulous deals!

Fashion for a Fraction brings together Nashville’s hottest boutiques from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Gulch. Shop local boutiques showcasing deeply discounted denim, clothing, handbags, jewelry and accessories. Join Nashville’s fashionistas and savvy shoppers at our chic and cheap shopping event benefiting Hands on Nashville.

Shop at 2 locations flanking Urban Flats:
Sips & Strokes and the former Nashville Clothing Co. space

Ample affordable parking including the Icon garage and nearby lots.

Participating Vendors include:
5 Hour Energy | Apricot Lane | Cashmere Salonspa | D. Marlene Jewelry | The French Shoppe | House of Stella | Roya Boutique | Stella & Dot | The Label | Urban Flats | Vanderbilt Cosmetic Plastic Surgery | and many more! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Five: Fashion Week Focus

When the onslaught of beautiful images we're getting from New York Fashion Week, it's nearly impossible to narrow down the hundreds of exquisitely tailored and delicately draped garments into a mere few. But in keeping with the Friday Five Nashville Fashion Blog tradition, here are some of my favorite looks from a few favorite designers.

Billy Reid

Derailing from his down-home looks, this year's Billy Reid runway show produced tailored men's and women's looks utilizing traditional neutral color schemes with pops of blue. This monochromatic look, though not as opulent as many ensembles at New York Fashion Week, is the epitome of sophisticated ready-to-wear and will easily generate sales at the cash register. 

Christian Siriano

Since his show at last year's Nashville Fashion Week and the press (both positive and negative (ahem.. New York fashionistas..)) Siriano received, I think Nashville now has a special place in their hearts for the Project Runway winner. Nashville and beyond, people are rooting for Siriano to succeed. 

This seasons collection was less dramatic than I had anticipated for the avant garde designer, but ready-to-wear is derived to be a sales-generator, not an opportunity to go crazy. I chose this look from Siriano because I appreciated the juxtaposition between the pureness of the white flowy ballerina skirt and hardness of the tight black leather jacket. This give me a few ideas for my own closet...

Elizabeth and James

Say what you want about the Olsen twins' clothing line, but Elizabeth and James (named after their sister and brother) have become a hot commodity in the closets of fashionistas worldwide. And I'm loving this easy ready-to-wear look, which encompasses several of my aesthetics into one refined and tailored ensemble. All black? check. Oversized sunnies? check. Peplum silhouette? check. Thick scarf? check. Black gloves for no reason? check. All in all, this outfit is a win in my book.


Just like Siriano, Nashville has a soft spot for Marchesa, ever since last year's Spring Symphony Fashion Show, when dozens of these beautiful gowns glided down the runway in the magical symphony hall. 

Looking through the Marchesa collection, it's nearly impossible to pick one, out of the every, breathtaking gown. This design duo has become a favorite for celebrities and red carpet wear. The gown above produces an old-world feel, reminding us of the lost art of craftsmanship, and brings an homage of Alexander McQueen and unique glamour. 

Red Valentino

While looking through Valentino's ready-to-wear collection I stopped on this photograph. Something about it triggered a spark- a memory of a previous time and popular fashion. Racking my brain for a minute or two, I realized I had seen this look before... on Cher in Clueless. Hellllllooooo 1995! Well, sophisticated and updated 1995. We all know fashion is cyclical and designers often rely on past inspirations for new ones. I doubt Valentino's team was paying homage to my favorite childhood movie, but the matching jacket and short skirt, paired with tall socks and tiny pumps, do look a little Clueless. Regardless of the inspiration (real or imagined), the sophisticated schoolgirl look is a win. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Designers Sylvia Heisel and Catherine Fulmer Join Lexus Nashville Fashion Week Participants

Designers Sylvia Heisel and Catherine Fulmer Join Lexus Nashville Fashion Week Participants

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (February 16, 2012) — Designers Sylvia Heisel and Catherine Fulmer will show collections at Lexus Nashville Fashion Week, joining previously confirmed designers Eva Franco, Randi Rahm, T. Rains and Versace Collection.

 Sylvia Heisel, who showed her collection at last year’s first Nashville Fashion Week, will travel from New York for this year’s runway show on Saturday, March 24 at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in downtown Nashville.

 “The amazing mix of great music, wonderful style, Southern hospitality and positive energy that is Nashville inspires me,” said Heisel, “I am thrilled, excited, and very, very happy to be a part of Nashville Fashion Week 2012.”

 The Sylvia Heisel label embodies simplicity, creativity, technology, sustainability and quality. Influenced as much by contemporary art and design as the fashion world, Heisel’s line focuses on wardrobe and lifestyle staples, reinventing them with new cuts, construction and fabrications. Of Turkish heritage and raised in East Africa and New Jersey, Heisel’s transcultural perspective informs her designs with a unique view of the world. A CFDA member since 1997 and a visual artist as well as a designer, Heisel creates and consults on sustainable temporary interiors, environments, displays and events. Heisel, in partnership with her husband, Scott Taylor, makes places, objects and experiences that combine contemporary design, art, fashion, culture, technology and lifestyle.

Designer Catherine Fulmer, who has recently relocated to Nashville from New York, will show her collection on Wednesday, March 21 at Marathon Music Works.
"I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural Nashville Fashion Week in 2011, and I couldn’t be more proud to present this year,” said Fulmer. “This makes my permanent move to Music City feel so much more right than it already did, and Nashville is one of the most unique places I've ever lived.”  

Born in Palm Springs, Fulmer moved to New York at the age of 18, and after stints at the Fashion Institute of Technology and V Magazine, she began to create custom made garments. Since 2003, she has shown during fashion weeks in New York and Los Angeles and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Elle, Teen Vogue, French Vogue and The New Yorker, and has had her work on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily

To date, Nashville Fashion Week organizers have confirmed six designers for the week. On Tuesday, March 20, T. Rains will show at Marathon Music Works. On Wednesday, March 21, Eva Franco joins Catherine Fulmer at Marathon Music Works. Both a men’s and women’s line from the Versace Collection will headline the runway show on Friday, March 23 at Nashville’s historic Parthenon in Centennial Park. On Saturday, March 24, Randi Rahm joins Sylvia Heisel at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in downtown Nashville. Additional designers will be announced as they are confirmed.

 Sylvia Heisel

Catherine Fulmer

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Steeplechase Lookbook Fashion Show & Marketplace: April 12, 2012

It's year 2 for the Steeplechase Lookbook Fashion Show & Marketplace. This year's event will be held Thursday, April 12, 2012 starting at 5:00 PM. Stay turned for details and ticket prices.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day from Nashville Fashion Blog!

photo credit: http://images3.chictopia.com/photos/fashionquite/4015271224/crimson-hispanitas-boots-navy-french-connection-jeans-brick-red-mango-blouse_400.jpg 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Epic Opry Mills Job Fair: February 14, 2012

Forget flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners. What's the greatest gift you can give yourself this Valentine's day? The gift of employment and a steady income so you can buy even more flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners. If you're in the market for a full-time or part-time position, head over to Opry Mills tomorrow and take your pick at one, or several, of the retailers hiring. The mall is scheduled to reopen Thursday, March 29th. 

Want to work at Opry Mills?
Job Fair TOMORROW - Feb. 14, 10am to 4pm.
Enter at the Regal Cinema mall entrance.
Participating retailers:
Aerie, Ann Taylor, Aquarium, Auntie Anne's, Bachrach, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, Carters, Charlotte Russe, Chuy's, Claire's, Coach Factory, Disney Store, Dressbarn, Ecko Unlimited, Express, Famous Footwear, Forever 21, Gap, G by Guess, Haggar, Hanesbrands, Hartstrings, IZOD, Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Lane Bryant Outlet, Levi's Outlet, Macaroni Grill, Music City Buzz, Nautica, New York & Co, Oakley, Off Broadway, Old Navy, Payless, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pyramids Cafe, RCC Western, Rack Room Shoes, Rue 21, Saks Off 5th, Skechers, Sprint by Absolute Wireless, Steve Madden, Stride Rite, Tilly's, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger, Uniform Destination, Van Heusen, VF Outlet, Victoria's Secret, Wet Seal, Wilsons Leather.