Lexus Nashville Fashion Week
Announces Next Three Confirmed Designers:
T. Rains, Eva Franco and Versace Collection.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (February 7, 2012) — Lexus Nashville Fashion Week organizers have announced the next three confirmed designers to show collections.
Traver Rains returns with his T. Rains line after last year’s exuberant, eye-popping runway show at the inaugural Nashville Fashion Week. This year, T. Rains will be featured on Tuesday, March 20 at Marathon Music Works.
Rains is the former co-creator of the fashion brand Heatherette. His own T. Rains brand features designs from silk-screened tank tops and t-shirts to custom couture dresses. This new line is influenced by Rains’s Western roots as a fifth generation horse rancher, combined with many years of living and designing in New York. T. Rains’s growing fan base includes Adam Lambert, Kaya Jones, Ashley Hinshaw, Alan Cumming, Thompson Square, Johnny Weir, Taryn Manning, Perez Hilton and Lydia Hearst.
Eva Franco makes her first appearance at Lexus Nashville Fashion Week this year on Wednesday, March 21 at Marathon Music Works. Born and raised in Transylvania, Romania (but of Hungarian heritage), Franco’s passion for designing helped her express herself as she communicated with her American peers. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she went to Paris and continued her education as a design assistant for Etienne Brunel. Franco credits her range as a designer to the time she spent learning Etienne Brunel’s organic process of clothing making. The Eva Franco brand is in over 800 stores domestically and internationally. All of Franco’s clothing is made in Los Angeles, where the company is based.
On Friday, March 23, the Versace Collection will close the evening runway show with both men’s and women’s looks at Nashville’s historic Parthenon in Centennial Park. Part of the legendary Versace brand founded over 40 years ago by Gianni Versace, the Versace Collection traces its origins to 1991 with a range initially intended exclusively for men. In 2009 under the creative and stylistic direction of Donatella Versace, the Versace Collection for women was launched. Longtime local Nashville clothier Levy’s, in business for more than 150 years and one of Nashville’s first fashion entrepreneurs, is presenting the Versace Collection.
T. Rains, Eva Franco and the Versace Collection join Randi Rahm in the current announced line-up for Lexus Nashville Fashion Week. Additional designers will be announced as they are confirmed.
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 newly established 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.