nashville fashion week: emerging designer showcase

nfw: emerging designer showcase

Last weekend, the Emerging Designer Showcase marked the closing night of Nashville Fashion Week. One sold-out, raucous crowd and seven designers, jam packed and crazy. It was a joy and an honor to be a part of it.

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Photos courtesy of Elizabeth!

I debuted my small F/W 2013 collection to the sounds of Haim - this season meant more fabric dyeing, this time using natural dyes (onion skins and red cabbage) and shibori techniques reminiscent of traditional Japanese prints on recently-drafted cocoon and maxi dresses. I also hand-dyed yards of linen into a vibrant navy blue to craft some more structured pieces, a long legged jumpsuit and skirt, and used boiled wool from Mood Fabrics to sew a jacket and matching shorts set with raw hems (to go with the all-around earthiness of the collection, maybe?). The day of the show, I woke up early to bake clay beads and string simple necklaces for each look in nude, neon yellow, and light blue.

While all my fellow designers had a unique edge, Elizabeth Suzann's collection was my favorite, elegant and entirely in black and white - crop tops and dresses with wraparound ties all in matte washed silk, some pieces with a Pollock-esque splatter print (oh man I want the Stevie Dress). The best part of participating in Nashville Fashion Week is it introduced me to this collective creativity our city has developed, other creators and behind-the-scenes craftsmen, photographers, and models that I would love to work with and learn from, and Elizabeth is definitely one of them.

See more photos of the event here, and at the Tennessean. Also - here's a great recap of the evening by Abby White in the Nashville Scene.