Abi Ferrin is the versatile and sophisticated fashion brand that provides a chic solution for women of all ages and body types. With supreme fit, unique style and comfort as key elements throughout her collections, Abi Ferrin'’s effortless essentials inspire women to feel confident and beautiful. Abi Ferrin is created in the USA, and partners with organizations that rescue women out of abusive employment globally. Ferrin previously showed her collection at Nashville Fashion Week in 2013.
After traveling for most of my childhood and seeing how opportunity can change everything for a woman, I decided to follow the passions that were rooted deep within my soul and begin our nonprofit, WeAreDAR. I am inspired by my two girls and I am so excited to see where this project takes us. I want to find the true beauty in people, other countries, other religions, and other horizons.
Ana Maria Gomez, or simply Ana Maria, has always had a creative mind and views fashion as one of the most interesting and expressive forms of art. She finds inspiration in anything she can and is very passionate about sharing her vision and ideas with others. Overall, Ana Maria's aesthetic is feminine and whimsical with a touch of darkness.
Anna Mittelstadt founded Anna Victoria in Chattanooga, TN in 2012. Anna Victoria blends clean lines with classic Southern charm. The line won the Atlanta Apparel Mart’s Buyer’s Choice award for favorite new designer and is sold in some of the best boutiques across the South.
Designer Maria Silver graduated from F.I.T (N.Y.) in women's contemporary clothing and costume design. She then worked on Broadway and as a design assistant in New York and Los Angeles. Since starting her line in 2011, she has been featured in Elle, Nylon, Bust and Southern Living. She was also one of six finalists for St. Louis Fashion Week's Project Design '13 competition. Silver opened her atelier/showroom in April, 2013 inside of Fond Object Records and Arts Collective where she is also a partner. Silver previously showed her collection as an Emerging Designer in 2012 and on the runway in 2013.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Brooke Atwood received her MA in Fashion Design at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 and launched her label, Brooke Atwood, in 2012. Her designs are a little bit sweet, and a lot Rock-n-Roll. Her brand of casual, ‘not trying too hard’ takes inspiration from fearless attitudes, her love for music and traveling. She currently lives and designs in Savannah, GA; her line is produced in NYC. Brooke Atwood is presented in partnership with Savannah Fashion Week.
Sixteen year old designer Catland Freeze is from Middle Tennessee. Showcasing in NYC, Atlanta and St. Louis her journey began at thirteen. Capturing fantasy creations with modern concepts she expresses her art with unique fabric choices and signature combinations.
Elizabeth Suzann is a self taught designer, drawn to the field of clothing because it offers the potential to be both creative and precise. Balancing imaginative design with practicality and fit is a joy and challenge for her. Her passion lies in creating a product that is as functional as it is beautiful. Elizabeth Suzann previously showed her collection at Nashville Fashion Week as a an Emerging Designer in 2013.
Eric Bornhop began his fashion career apprenticing under legendary designer/tailor Manuel in 2012. Inspired by everything beautiful, Eric launches his menswear line “Eric Adler” in NFW 2014, which mixes muted traditional styles with loud adornment for a wildly alluring combination.
A recent graduate of Parsons School of Design, Isabel S-K has already found success as a young designer. Her first collection, “BASED”, went viral and was sold exclusively through the NYC store VFILES. Isabel now makes Nashville her home.
The Lagi Nadeau collection blends high-end sophistication with a dash of edge. This distinct style is emphasized by the designer's use of luxurious fabrications mixed with interesting detailing. Nadeau has been selected as one of six Designers-In-Residence for the 2014 Chicago Fashion Incubator program. Nadeau previously showed her collection at Nashville Fashion Week in 2013.
Based in Saint Louis, Missouri, the Laura Kathleen brand represents someone who obtains luxury. We say obtain because she doesn’t just desire things, she goes and gets them. The LK woman likes to be glamorous, elegant, and sophisticated but understands how to be sexy at the same time. From season 9 of Project Runway to season 2 of All-Stars, Laura Kathleen is quickly becoming a household name. Laura Kathleen is presented in partnership with St. Louis Fashion Week.
LEONA launched in 2008 and is designed by Lauren Leonard. The collection is comprised of luxury wardrobe essentials for the modern woman. In 2013, Leonard was selected as the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient. LEONA holds offices in Nashville, TN and New York, NY, as well as a retail store in Nashville’s 12 South District.
2014 O’More College of Design graduate Maarika Mann found her passion for art at an early age. Her use of natural motifs and silhouettes is inspired by tribal traditions. Her bold textiles are hand rendered using bleach.
The Patrick T Cooper resort collection is a celebration of unparalleled craftsmanship and a destination for women who value opulence in swim and resort attire.
Truly Alvarenga of Pink Elephants Designs concentrates on creating one of a kind sophisticated and edgy couture designs with intricate layers of detail. Her work encompasses the full fashion spectrum; from radical and inspired leather jackets and dresses, to bathing suits both sexy and frilly, to elegant evening wear. Her designs evoke a naivete of youth and the courage to go from 'mild to wild' in the same collection. Alvarenga previously showed her collection at Nashville Fashion Week as an Emerging Designer in 2012 and on the runway in 2013.
Ohio Native and California transplant, Staci Mo-Klausing is pursuing her own work in Nashville after 2 years of corporate design in L.A. SMOK is a Contemporary line inspired by the emotions and mysteries that occur in the hustle of everyday society.
Shea Steele is a clothing designer and mixed media artist currently based in Brooklyn. Her work employs a striking mix of prints and askew color combinations that stem from a varying set of influences. She makes her second appearance at Nashville Fashion Week with a collection inspired by the 18th century and Japanese Horror. Steele previously showed her collection at Nashville Fashion Week in 2011 and 2012.
Soluna's 2014 fall collection is designed by Megan Chapman and Aja Blumanhourst. They are O'More College of Design alumni's based out of San Diego and Nashville. The two have combined their strengths and differences to produce a ready to wear line for women.