Photo Gallery: Nashville Fashion Week Begins With Designer Showcase

Ona Rex showcased first at Nashville Fashion Week on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Acme Feed & Seed. (MTSU Sidelines/Samantha Hearn)

Nashville Fashion Week kicked off with a runway showcase of seven designers at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The showcase had a 70s feel with many designers flaunting flared jeans, geometric patterns and vintage inspired pieces. The event was sold out.


Ona Rex:

Ona Rex is a womenswear brand from Nashville, Tenn. designed by Ashley Balding. Balding hand-dyes her fabrics and incorporates tedious hand stitching.

Van Hoang:

Van Hoang is a womenswear designer from Knoxville, Tenn. Her focus is on sustainability and fine craftsmanship.

Ola Mai:

Ola Mai is a womenswear brand designed by MTSU Textiles and Merchandising alumnus Leslie Stephens. The name is derived from Stephens’ grandmother who inspires her collections.

Eric Adler:

Eric Adler is a menswear designer with a uniquely American focus. Adler has an eco-friendly approach to his designs and studied under well-known Nashville image creator Manuel.

Pink Elephants:

Pink Elephants is a womenswear line curated by Turvy Alvarenga. Alvarenga graduated from International Academy of Design and Technology in Nashville and interned with Anna Su in New York City.

Black by Maria Silver:

Black by Maria Silver is a contemporary womenswear line that combines urban nonchalance and easy glamour. Maria Silver is a Dominican-American designer who also plays drums.

Amanda Valentine:

Amanda Valentine was a contestant on Project Runway season 11 and 13, where she placed second. Valentine’s line is based in Nashville.

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    April 17, 2015

    I didn’t realize that there were so many cool and unique fashion artists. I’m a journalism major, but I would love to write about fashion. I love the fact that there is so many great fashion designers so close to me. I would love to write for one of the fashion shows. It’s hard to pick a favorite fashion line from this article. The lines I saw in this article aren’t “cookie cutter.” I love the fact that they are all so different and edgy.

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