The closing night of Nashville Fashion Week featured my favorite part of the annual event: The Emerging Designer Showcase. Instead of a traditional runway show, this event features mini-collections from promising designers who may not have the resources to show an entire line. Last year, the collections were showcased through artfully constructed installations around the room. While it looked absolutely stunning, those poor models had to pose for hours. Let's see Tyra try that shit on America's Next Top Model, right?
This year, the designs were presented on stage at Anthem, where the models posed in an extended police lineup formation, giving the packed house ample time to take in the different collections.
Phillip Madison's red carpet-ready gowns kicked the show off.
This dress had us drooling — can we just have a fancy dress night so we have an excuse to do our hair up all fabulous and wear something like this??
Elizabeth Suzann's capsule collection was also drool-worthy, featuring five timeless looks that proved that basics don't have to be boring.
I'd like this dress, too, if anyone is buying ... Actually, after playing around on her website, her prices are quite reasonable and this stuff is fantastic. I can't wait to see more from this designer!
Jennifer Nina Evans' collection was a total u-turn from the previous one, with bright reds colliding into stark whites, anchored by fur jackets and S&M-ish harness belts. A bit Lady Gaga for my taste, but intriguing nonetheless.
SJE by Sarah Jane Estes showcased five very different dresses, a grab bag of geometrical cuts and jewel tones.
These two were my favorites; this orange frock is just incredible.
Corello offered looks for boys and girls — rocker boys and girls, that is. Hot, wearable, and totally at home in Nashville, don't you think?
I love Blooming Leopold, so I was excited to see Lauren Winter's latest collection.
Voyage Clothing by Brittany Belz closed out the show with her preppy yet edgy collection.
We were very intrigued with this dress because we like anything that's sheer and naughty, but couldn't really tell what was going on under the jacket ...
A closing party immediately followed the show, and the dance floor was packed with beautiful people, many dressed in Amanda Valentine digs purchased the night before (guilty). Until 2014, fashionable ones.