Nashville Fashion Week Industry Panels Announced for
Thursday, March 22 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts,
Presented by Imogene + Willie
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2012) — Organizers of Lexus Nashville Fashion Week and the
Nashville-based fashion company Imogene + Willie are proud to announce the 2012 Nashville
Fashion Week Industry Panels, to take place Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the auditorium at the
Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Each of the three panels will be 90 minutes and will begin with a
moderated discussion followed by an audience-driven Q&A session.
The morning panel, titled “Producing the Goods,” will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. The two
afternoon panels are “What Makes a Brand?” from 1-2:30 p.m., followed by “Southern Fashion
Now” from 3-4:30 p.m.
Panelists and moderators scheduled to appear include local and national designers, fashion
executives, journalists, bloggers and TV personalities. Featured participants include Natalie
Chanin, Otis James, Barry Wishnow, Rose Apodaca, Susie Crippen, Dana Thomas, Dr. Dave
Gilbert, Phillip Nappi, Jamie Frazier, Hannah Jones and Libby Callaway. Additional guests will be
announced as they are confirmed.
Carrie Eddmenson, co-owner of Imogene + Willie, as well as an event panelist and moderator,
recognizes the importance of providing guidance for rising fashion professionals.
“We could not do what we do today at Imogene + Willie without having had great mentors,” she
says. “We are honored to be a part of the curation of Nashville Fashion Week's industry panels,
with the goal of providing local creatives the inspiration and tools needed to make a firm
foundation on which they can build their own dreams.
“Hearing seasoned fashion industry professionals share their experiences is paramount to
learning how to build and sustain a brand,” Eddmenson continues. “This is the best and most
direct way to go about invigorating local markets and preparing them to compete in the ever-
changing global marketplace.”
Reservations for these panels are requested and can be made at NowPlayingNashville.com.
Though there is no charge for the panels, donations are encouraged ($10 suggested) and will
benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.