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. Trunk Show at Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Wednesday, April 2, 1- 5PM.
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.
Amanda Uprichard launched her eponymous clothing line in 2003. Blending wearability and effortless elegance, she caters to the woman who demands contemporary style with a touch of edge. Her clothes are sold in major department stores and more than 500 boutiques. Trunk Show at Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Saturday, April 5, 1 - 5 PM.
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.
Julie Wheat has worked as a wardrobe stylist in television and film, brand and design consultant, coached new models on personal style and branding and is also a professor teaching Fashion at the Art Institute of Charleston. She recently opened Cavortress, a boutique that offers conspicuous classics that are both vintage and new, clothing and accessories.
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.
Launched in 2010 by owners Emily Chou & Nelson Nunes, Jacob Holston was created as a tangible extension of their passion for travel, art, fashion and adventure with the goal of subtly pushing the boundaries of what men every day. Jacob Holston is presented by Emerson Grace. Trunk Show at Emerson Grace, Friday, April 4, 3 - 6:30 PM.
Johnathan “Kayne” Gillaspie loved growing up in the Music City and became enamored with fashion by watching his favorite stars Dolly and Reba on the red carpet. He attended O’More College of Design and graduated from FIT in NYC. This Project Runway All Star is quickly becoming the “go to” red carpet designer of the South.
Julia Clancey first began her career as a fashion stylist in both the music and advertising industries. Her work has been worn by many high-profile people including Megan Fox, Juliette Lewis, and Dita Von Teese and has been featured in publications such as VOGUE, W Magazine, Grazia and ELLE. Julia Clancey is presented by Any Old Iron.
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. Trunk Show at Emerson Grace, Wednesday, April 2, 4- 6:30PM
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. Trunk Show at Leona, Saturday, April 5, 10 - 6 PM.
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.
Los Angeles native Christine Graza began her design journey as a vintage vendor at the famous Melrose Trading Post in space number 10. Inspired by bohemian living, she took her love one-of-a-kind vintage materials and her natural eye for purposeful style to create 'La Boheme,' a multi-functional piece that works as a closet full of endless possibilities. With over 31 ways to style her signature 'Le Boheme,' Christine translates the free spirited side of smart and functional design.
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. Trunk Show at Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Thursday, April 3, 1- 5PM.
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.
The Rodd & Gunn menswear collection imports a fresh, rugged attitude from its native New Zealand. Fall 2014 incorporates rugged masculinity with intense color; while streamlined fits form a range that provide design-conscious garments that are both confident & practical. Rodd & Gunn is presented by Levy’s. Trunk Show at Levy's, Friday & Saturday, April 4-5, 10 - 6PM.
Swedish label, Roxenstone, is a distinctive, yet subdued, European take on the classic Cowboy style. Designer Denise Roxenstone’s goal is to infuse the Classical western style with the hippie-chic look to produce a new amalgamation of the rough and rugged look that sums up the wild west style, and the fun and playful hippie feel of the early 1960s.
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.
The SW3 Bespoke founders all hail originally from London and are inspired by the still relevant ‘London Cool’ made famous by the likes of iconic Jane Birkin. Launched in Fall 2011, SW3 Bespoke offers beautifully crafted jackets, pants and sportswear. A common thread each season is that ‘London Cool’, with a modern bohemian and sophisticated edge. Most of the luxury textiles come from Europe but production is done right here in the US. Trunk Show at Gus Mayer, Thursday, April 3, 10 - 6PM with a Cocktail Party from 4 - 6PM.
New York designer Samantha Pleet, a Pratt Institute alumni, has established a cult following with indie musicians and creative dreamers around the world with her elegant otherworldly collections and shoe collaboration with Wolverine. Additionally, she has shown her work with Gen Art and Ecco Domani during New York Fashion Week.
"Joyful Freedom Every Step Of The Way" is one of the tag lines Skif International uses to describe their look. The company was launched in 1994 in Saint Louis, Missouri, by Nina Ganci. Known for their hand knits, Skif has created an offbeat quirky style that is easily wearable and recognized by all. Design happens when a dress or sweater is created for the comfort and style of our customers. Skif International is presented in collaboration with Saint Louis Fashion Week.
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.
VAUTE by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, focuses on creating the future of fashion – high design, ethics, and function at once. “Hilgart is the rebel of Fashion Week,” said CNN News. Fans include Angela Kinsey, Emily Deschanel and Alicia Silverstone.