Day Four of NFW was by far the most anticipated due to the appearance of a little label called Versace. We switched venues from Marathon Music Works to The Parthenon at Centennial Park, which would have been lovely had the weather cooperated. Mother Nature was clearly unconcerned about the perils of wearing five-inch heels in mud.
Nashville's Shea Steele, who stole the show from headliner Christian Siriano at the inaugural NFW, started the evening with her lauded White Rabbit line. Now, props to the NFW organizers for doing the show in one of Nashville's (and ancient Greece's) most instantly recognizable venues, but it unless you scored one of the coveted seats, it was really hard to see. I guess it pays to not be fashionably late sometimes.
Anyway, back to White Rabbit. Steele, proprietoress of everyone's favorite vintage/indie designer store, Local Honey, showed yet another impressive collection of clothing and accessories (her jewelry = amazing).
While Steele is a whiz with pairing brights and neutrals — last year's collection featured lots of colorblocking — Steele incorporated exciting patterns this time around.
Boxy tunics paired well with slim-cut skirts and pants that I'm sure you'll be seeing all over the streets of Nashville. Anyone who's purchased any of Steele's clothing knows how wearable it is for girls of all sizes. Love that about her.
Shea, save me this one!
And this one.
Next up was Tatyana Merenyuk's RedDoll, a fabulous collection of chic yet whimsical party dresses and femme fatale outerwear.
Why oh why is it already too hot out to wear something as incredible as this??
Oh, to be daring enough to wear such a dress.
Peter Pan collars appeared on the runways throughout the week, and our general consensus was that they're cute, but they make us feel like a baby when we wear them. This blouse definitely would not make one feel like a baby, so perhaps the secret is to pair the Peter Pan with a bit of sheer fabric?
I'm not going to post the rear view of this one because this model is probably 14. Let's just say we felt for her but she was a pro.
The delicious finale dress. Athena approves.
G-Star hit the runway with utilitarian English schoolboy menswear. Pretty hot.
There was no shortage of denim, which G-Star is known for, and sharp jackets for the boys and girls alike.
I can't get on board with this pocket, but I'm sure someone out there can pull this off. At least you'd have a place to stash your iPad.
Katharine Kidd — who has dressed the likes of Rachel McAdams and Rooney Mara — brought her elegant yet sultry designs to the runway, a sharp contrast to the more casual G-Star. We thought this jumpsuit (sorry, ladies, they're not going anywhere) was beautiful, and we loved the head wrap!
Kidd proves that neutrals are anything but basic in this combo.
Peplum and lace? Go for it! Adore.
Handled it like a champ!! We love her.
Looking for a new LBD? May we suggest:
We need more fancy events so we can wear dresses like this on a regular basis:
At long last, Versace. Belle Meade country club luncheon? Or is this too much thigh for that?
This would be nice for brunch with the parents ...
... but this would be better.
See above fancy comment. Would love to see more boys in Nashville dressing like this!
Loving the bright pop of color, especially in the pocket square.
Perfect Steeplechase dresses?
Simple, well-cut classics. Isn't that what fashion is all about?
That, and furry boots.
Oh, and whoever stole my umbrella, I'm sure karma will rain down harder on you than the apocalyptic storm that tried to take out Day Four.