American couture line Alabama Chanin--courtesy of Florence, Ala., designer Natalie Chanin--brings its socially conscious designs to Nashville for a two-day trunk show, featuring their handmade items, all rendered from organic or recycled materials, with every leftover scrap utilized in another design. The label's commitment to natural methods is almost fetishistic--the stitching techniques are borrowed from the Depression-era South; they hand-dye with real indigo in the basement of a Bronx church. So what does American couture look like? Think of it as a kind of countrified Anthropologie--denim jackets and romantic, flowy skirts, all with the delicate embroidery and whimsical swish that would look equally at-home on a wraparound front porch or onstage at the Bluebird. Their current collection may come from one state over, but it couldn't be more Music City. Called The Songbirds--inspired by songstresses Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Allison Moorer and Allison Krauss--every item seems to have Nashville in the details.
Thu., May 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., May 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2009