Some of you may have just heard a record scratch. But in many ways, the fashion industry in Nashville is just running a parallel obstacle course to that of the local rock scene. Talk to designers, retailers, boutique owners, photographers, local design schools and stylists, and they'll tell you that, just as the rock scene has quietly evolved into a fountain of non-country talent, they, too, have been here for decades doing cool, creative and noteworthy work, most of it without a sequin in sight (though the sparkle-and-glitz indelibly sewn into our heritage is absolutely a part of Nashville fashion worth celebrating in its own right).
This event, which also raises money for a Nashville Fashion Forward Fund (handled by the Community Foundation of Tennessee, and awarded to a rising local fashion star), will feature shows, events and workshops around the city, and is Nashville's way of reminding itself and announcing to the country at large that we have a high concentration of talent hustling away on the reg, from photo and video shoots to underground fashion to one-of-a-kind couture. Think of the event and its sponsors as the Music Business Council for fashion — a way of advertising yet another layer of our creative cultural cache.
We'll post more details as we get them, but we hope to see the week shaping up to incorporate authentic Nashville style — from the local and regional designers who use the South as inspiration to the high-end boutique owners who only stitch for country stars, and a little bit of everything in-between.
*Full disclosure: SouthComm, which owns the Nashville Scene, is a media sponsor for the event.