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Style on parade: Nashville Fashion Week starts Tuesday

fashiontracy3Nashville’s beautiful people will be gathered downtown next Tuesday night, as the third-annual Nashville Fashion Week kicks off with a runway show at Pinnacle at Symphony Place. The show will feature two collections from designer Tracy Reese, the biggest name among this year’s crop of local and national designers, as well as collections from Kal Rieman, Red Doll, Nonoo.

fashiongustavoNashville Fashion week takes place April 2-6 and will feature five days of runway shows, a full day of fashion industry panel discussions, various shopping events at retailers across the city, and, of course, after parties and special events.  The full schedule of events and locations is available on the NFW website.

Nashville Fashion Week benefits the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  Established in 2011, the fund is designed to recognize and award the achievements of a fashion industry professional each year; the grant is intended to aid the winner’s career development. The 2012 recipient, Leona designer Lauren Leonard, will be showcasing her work during Friday’s runway shows.

Nashville Fashion Week was created two years ago to support and celebrate Nashville’s growing fashion industry. By showcasing local designers back to back with regional and national designers, NFW has proven time and again that Nashville is worthy of its reputation as a growing and thriving design community.

Don’t-Miss Runway Shows:

  • fashionreese2Thursday’s daytime runways show at the Belmont Mansion will be an ultra-feminine double-feature.  Memeka by designer Gustavo Cadile will showcase luxe cocktail dresses and evening wear designs followed by a evening and bridal collection curated by Modern Trousseau Nashville. Thursday, April 4, at 10:45 a.m. – Belmont Mansion
  • Friday night’s runway shows will feature the 2012 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient, Lauren Leonard (Leona).  The main benefactor of Nashville Fashion Week, the Fashion Forward Fund is a part of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Friday’s show will also feature SAND, Lagi Nadeau and Abi Ferrin. Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. – Grand Avenue Worldwide
  • The closing event for NFW 2013 is the Emerging Designer Showcase. Featuring seven up-and-coming designers with Nashville ties, this finale event will showcase the designers’ collections in an unique and innovative approach and is sure to be one of the most innovative and exciting. Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m. – Anthem

PHOTOS: Tracy Reese (top), Memeka by Gustavo Cadile (center) and Tracy Reese Collection

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About Lindsay George

Lindsay George is a native Nashvillian and is an avid supporter of the Nashville arts community. She has two Bachelor's degrees from Belmont University in Music and Public Relations. A musician and songwriter, George has released three albums and has had songs featured in several TV shows including “The Finder” and “Californication.” She is also an active member of Historic Nashville, Inc., and is an advocate for historic preservation and restoration. George reviews jazz and pop music, design, architecture and fashion.