Nashville Fashion Week 2011
The inaugural year of Nashville Fashion Week. A flurry of events that would make anybody's head spin. Five nights of runway shows, after parties, and boutique events that summed up to be the culmination of the emerging fashion market in Nashville. We were there to get the most in-depth coverage of any outlet in Nashville.
Amanda Morgan - (See all articles from Amanda)
Category: Fashion Show Coverage
Written On: April the 18th, 2011 @ 09:03PM Central Time
(This article is a collaborative effort of Amanda Morgan and Connie Sharkey; Photography by Connie Sharkey)
Valentine Valentine was the first designer of the evening. Most of the clothes were bohemian with a southwestern flair, but a few wild cards added a vibrancy to the collection. A favorite was definitely a puritanical high-necked top paired with a skirt comprised of a motley assortment of patterns that paid homage to the rest of the collection.
The Leona Collection was up next, with the models sporting classic styles and colors with a few exceptions. Many pieces shared a trademark star pattern paired with a solid color. Notable standouts included a short black dress with sheer sleeves, and a star-patterned shirt creating an appealing contrast with a simple, military-inspired skirt.
The third designer of the evening was Robert Graham, the only designer to use male models on Saturday night. His pieces were vastly different from the previous collections, and the change drew audible approval from the audience. His seventies-inspired pieces drew heavily on patterns, specifically paisley, and an attention to detail was obvious in his work. A favorite piece included a dark caramel jacket paired with a gray-patterned shirt and white slacks. Notice the model's left cuff—it injects color and spontaneity into what could have been a predictable outfit.
A blue velvet jacket also earned a mention for its daring take on vintage wear.
Steven Oo's modified sweater pieces were aesthetically interesting and utilized texture while exaggerating the current fashion of long, layered, and flowing. Oo's collection undoubtedly made a statement at the show and Oo stood out as the only designer on Friday to showcase winter pieces. Our favorites include a black half-sweater with accordion sleeves.
Oo pays an incredible amount of attention to the backs of the garments he creates, as evidenced by this gauzy cover-up.
Aman Stovall's collection undeniably elicited the most favorable reaction from the audience. Our top pick was a refined white frock with cowl neck and a thin gold belt, bringing to mind a unique Greco-Roman and Mad Men inspired blend.
Stovall's mainstay of the evening was dresses with a flesh undertone and lace overlay. The cocktail-length one-shouldered style was the highlight of the collection. Stovall experimented with a variety of materials and created frocks like v-neck dress made from light-catching metallic tweed.
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