Nashville Arts Magazine Editorial
ART + FASHION
September may be the January of fashion but in Nashville the fashion events calendar starts in April. Nashville Fashion Week will offer an incredible 5 days of fashion. It starts on the 4th and runs through the 8th. NFW will kick off with a showcase of locally based designers, followed by a runway presentation of emerging designers, a fashion photography installation, a night of ready to wear designer runway shows, and the week is capped with the 4th Annual Nashville Forward Fashion Gala. Local designer Pink Elephants by Truly Alvarenga will show on opening night; one of her gorgeous gowns is featured in this editorial. Local jewelry designers Judith Bright and Margaret Ellis’s Mclaine Richardson are featured as well, alongside fabulous art-inspired merchandise from some of Nashville’s best retailers. As we move through the month, we have the Nashville Symphony Fashion Show to look forward to on the 18th. Zac Posen is presenting his fall 2017 collection this year, and Kelsea Ballerini is performing. A little piece of trivia: I styled Kelsea for her first red carpet, the American Country Countdown Awards. You can shop Zac Posen’s fall collection at the trunk show on the 19th and 20th at Gus Mayer. The next week on the 26th, Jamie will present a fashion show at Belle Meade Country Club for Cause for Paws which benefits Nashville Humane Association. Every Tuesday of the month WeHo art gallery, Channel to Channel hosts Drink-n-Draw. Artists of all skill sets are invited to draw or paint a model wearing designs by a local fashion designer. Last but not least, if you haven’t seen the Irving Penn exhibit Beyond Beauty at the Frist, make plans to do so soon! The exhibit will run through May 29th. Penn was a prolific fashion and portrait photographer who shot many iconic images.