Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nashville Fashion Week 2012: Day 4

Hundreds of fashionably dressed Nashvillians braved the intense rainstorms and 45 minute wait to venture into the beautifully decorated Parthenon for Day 4 of Nashville Fashion Week. Those with All-Access Passes were escorted into the main building, where the majestic Athena served as a giant backdrop to last night's design collections- talk about enchanting! I grabbed a front row seat, downed an entire bottle of water (geez, was it stuffy!), and captured some amazing fashions as they glided down the runway. Here's a look at the evening: 

Collection 1: White Rabbit by Shea Steele

Shea Steele is a Nashville based designer with a multifaceted presence. Owning and operating Local Honey, Nashville's premier source for local design, she has been at the nexus of the city's growing fashion scene for nearly a decade. Steele originally came to Nashville as a photographer and printmaker in 2000 and after a few short years was swayed by the wealth of business possibilities and shifted her keen eye for design and whip smart acumen to fashion. White Rabbit, drifting between accessories and head to toe looks, is the product of an adept creative core. Steele's work spans from art school cool to refined fashion seamlessly with bold, smart design and askew color combinations that appeal to a broad spectrum of individuals.

 Collection 2: Red Doll

Tatyana Merenyuk grew up in the Ukraine. From an early age, she showed a colorful taste for fashion, and her favorite pastime was playing dress-up with her older sister. Merenyuk started designing her first Red Doll collection in 2008, and a year later she was being honored by Gen Art Chicago as one of 2009’s Fresh Faces in Fashion. The Red Doll collection will be shown Friday, March 23 at Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park. 

 Collection 3: G Star presented by Posh

From its conception in 1989, G-Star has been known for innovative and cutting edge style in the world of denim. The concentration on craftsmanship and innovation continues today, through the evolution of G-Star denim silhouettes and the adoption of architectural 3D design and jean construction. G-Star leads the world of 3D denim with evolution from the articulated knee of the Elwood (5620) to the twisted-leg architecture of the arc pant. Pushing boundaries, continuous experimentation and product development have led to a strong following worldwide. The rough, rudimentary and raw characteristics of the brand allow G-Star to maintain its distinct and unorthodox styles. The G-Star collection will be shown Friday, March 23 at Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park.

Collection 5: Katherine Kidd presented by Gus Mayer

Raised in the South, Kidd spent summers in Paris and recalls an adolescence of sewing dresses and creating costumes, inspired by romantic literature and period films. Kidd launched her eponymous label in 2010 and recently opened her first namesake store in Los Angeles. Her clothes have been worn by Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Kate Beckinsale, Lea Michele and Emmy Rossum, to name a few. Kidd showed her collection last year in Nashville at the inaugural Nashville Fashion Week. 

Collection 5: Versace presented by Levy's

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.

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