Share on Tumblr



Glitz, Glamour & Greatness: Days Three, Four & Five
Nashville Fashion Week 2013

By Solana Hawkenson
Photography by Raeanne Rubenstein
Additional Photography Courtesy of Nashville Fashion Week

Thursday’s runway shows were held during the day at the historic and gorgeous Belmont Mansion, located on the ever-expanding campus of the famed Belmont University. Models floated like ethereal brides in romantic wedding gowns by Modern Trousseau, their hair pulled up and adorned with flowers and crowns of green leaves. They exited up a dramatic grand staircase, showing off both the fonrts and backs of the enchanting dresses. Also featured was Memeka by Gustavo Cadile, whose delicious gowns featured captivating fall colors and prints; one strapless deep red gown boasted a lovely gold floral print, accompanied by a rich chocolate fur shawl.

Memeka by Gustavo Cadile and Modern Trousseau

The rest of the day, fashion lovers explored the city by dropping in on the many boutique parties held across town, and doing some major shopping as well. That night, guests got social at the Shopping Night Out event in Nashville’s unique neighborhood known as The Gulch and then danced the night away at the after party at Kocktails & Kouture.

Friday night runway shows were held at Grand Avenue Worldwide. Cody Belew, a Nashville-based soul singer of pop music, and a finalist on NBC’s The Voice performed, and even the mayor came to share his excitement about Nashville’s  growing Fashion event.

Lagi Nadeau’s collection was sleek, simple and sophisticated, reminiscent of a Calvin Klein show

Lagi Nadeau’s collection was sleek, simple and sophisticated, reminiscent of a Calvin Klein show. A sleeveless black top was paired with satin, slim, wine colored pants. A form fitting, long-sleeve black dress was given a red floral print close to the neckline, drawing the eye up to the wearer’s face.

Abi Ferrin, who we met last year at her trunk show at Gus Mayer in Green Hills

Abi Ferrin, who we met last year at her trunk show at Gus Mayer in Green Hills, was next to present. Ferrin’s collection was elegant and wearable, giving truth to her brand’s tagline, “made for you, not the hanger.” The show opened with “All that Jazz” from the Chicago musical, referencing the growing 1920s trend. Modern flapper dresses with cutouts near the neckline were shown. Details were fun but classy, like an oversized floral print on a top, or a pop of bright magenta peeking beneath butterfly sleeves on a dark wine colored dress. Ferrin also likes to play with volume, putting it either in a skirt, pant legs, or the sleeves of a top.

We had a chance to speak with Ferrin once again, and we talked about how much has changed since we spoke last year. And she certainly has a lot to be excited about! Ferrin shared, “I have a showroom in New York, which is really exciting. We’ve been able to expand our footprint nationwide. Also, just this week, Kate Middleton wore a pair of my leggings and was photographed in them. I also have a fashion show in L.A. featuring  Marcus Allen, the NFL player; he’s featuring me in his invitational in June!”


Leona  was quirky preppy, exemplified in their metallic tweed short skirt suit. It would make for fun workwear, if your office would permit a shorter hemline. Hair was styled in pretty ponytails, decorated with slim black ribbon headbands. Especially cute were the retro dresses, including a red jumper with low pockets and a shirt dress with pointy shoe print.


SAND was the final collection to show and the first to feature true menswear (Can you really count T. Rain’s Speedos?), with a full line of suits, casual fall looks and accessories. Sand’s Womenswear collection had a tough yet sexy vibe, as seen in a black leather jacket with black leggings ensemble, and a LBD with red driving gloves. Closing the show to enthusiastic applause was a shirtless Lenny Krativz look-alike in a dark blazer and pants, with a female sidekick, both sporting elegant fashion walking canes.

The final night of Nashville Fashion Week featured the Emerging Designers Showcase and was held at Nashville’s new upscale club, Anthem. Rather than a traditional runway show, designers presented their collections in an installation format. A short video was shown for each designer, so they could introduce their collection. Then, five or six of their models would pose or “freeze model” for a few minutes, allowing the crowd time to take photos and evaluate the details of the designs. Mychael Knight of Project Runway MC’d and was incredibly gracious to the organizers and people of Nashville, saying how much he enjoyed his time here.

Phillip Madison stated his collection is all about ladies of “sophistication and class”. Dark and glamorous, one stand out look was a black strapless gown with a rosette top and voluminous tulle skirt.

Elizabeth Ryan’s collection was all black and white, but by no means stuffy or boring. For instance, a pair of black dress pants was paired with a white tee splattered with black paint marks, and a simple black dress was given dramatic bell sleeves below the elbow. Models wore messy curls to match the dressy yet lively looks.

Jennifer Nina Evans

The Jennifer Nina Evans collection was the most riveting; out came a Lady Gaga-esque red lace dress, covering nothing but a white leotard underneath. More conservative dresses were layered with jackets and not-so-conservative leather body-cage like accessories.

Sarah Jane Estes gave an interesting mix of looks; one being a white wedding dress featuring  a naked back and lace trim on bottom. Another, an orange crushed velvet gown with an asymmetrical black shoulder strap. Adding even more diversity was a knee length party dress, consisting of a floaty black skirt and a warm metallic, sleeveless top.


Nashville-based Australian designers/musicians Melissa Core and Rick Caballo of Corello sent out what looked like a touring rock band. Models were clad in graphic tees, distressed shorts with exposed zippers, and fringed, feathered jewelry. Men wore distressed leather jackets and dark eyeliner.

Blooming Leopold’s girls were 90’s throwback hipsters in chunky beaded necklaces and muted colors. Looks consisted of a thick knit beanie and long printed dress with suede black booties; a navy jumpsuit cinched at the waist, with a gray fedora; a mustard yellow tee and navy A-line skirt with black oxfords & socks.

Voyage also brought back the 90s, this time with a grungy edge. Looks from Voyage included striped skinny pants with a gray cropped sweater and neon green platform sneakers; a V-neck long black dress with an oversized plaid jacket and black cap; and a plaid gray dress with a long black striped blazer and spiked black platforms.

Ticket proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week will benefit the newly established Nashville Fashion Forward Fund, to be administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The money raised will be awarded annually to advance the career of selected local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field.

For more information and photos, visit

Click Here for Part 1, Days One & Two of Nashville Fashion Week 2013 / Issue 146 - September 2404
Turnpage Blk

Home | Links | Advertise With Us | Who We Are | Message From The Editor | Privacy & Policy

Connect with Dish Magazine:
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter


Copyright (c) 2013, Smash Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Smash Media Group, Inc. is prohibited.
Use of Dishmag and Dish Magazine are subject to certain Terms and Conditions.
Please read the Dishmag and Dish Magazine Privacy Statement. We care about you!