by Abby White
The second annual Nashville Fashion Week kicked off last night with a bang, and no pants.
Local electro punk band Five Knives opened the first runway show at Marathon Music Works, and their pants-optional frontwoman Anna Worstell, backed by her masked bandmates, set the stage for an eclectic, exciting and unpredictable evening of fashion.
Nashville's own Valentine Valentine's new collection featured an intriguing mix of Jem-meets-gym. Shiny, slim-cut pants played nicely with comfortable yet stylish screen-printed tees, lending a hot, morning-after, "I'm with the band" look that is right at home in our fair city.
This lovely, Hunger Games-esque peplum top also drew rave reviews, and we're crazy over the corresponding ultra-glam hoodie. Glamping, anyone?
Designer Amanda Valentine's use of a bold, hologram fabric (I overheard someone compare it to one of those fabulous metallic pencils from the '90s) would have been over the top if she hadn't paired it with more utilitarian counterparts.
Then again, a little bit of over the top is quite fun, and her classic, Mad Men silhouette made this look wearable.
For those who don't want to shine on like a crazy diamond, it also comes in an incredible quilted black version. Seriously lustworthy.
The adorable Ms. Valentine:
Americana band Humming House's rootsy interlude was a sharp contrast to Valentine Valentine's show, but we all know that flannel and boots can be just as fashionable as sparkles and high heels.
They provided a nice segue to by SMITH, a line by Smith Sinrod, a graduate of the University of Alabama’s Apparel Design program. Sinrod has no fear of brights, which are right on trend for this summer, and her use of luxe silk fabrics created an upscale, Miami beach, ladies-who-lunch vibe.
The last live band of the evening, Shinobi Ninja, clearly perplexed some of the more mature audience members, but those crazy kids were completely down with this Brooklyn outfit. A cover of "This Is How We Do It" never hurts, either. We met lead singer Edaria in the bathroom, and she was just lovely.
Anyone who attended T. Rains' show at last year's Nashville Fashion Week knew that we were in for something totally bizarre, and former Heatherette designer Traver Rains did not disappoint. Rains' fantastical nautical collection had audience members craning their heads for a better look.
We looked very closely.
Kudos to the brave chick who can pull this off!
This one has to beget a Project Runway challenge using nothing but rope as material.
We are big fans of any intricate knit project, and this one blew us away.
And one more gratuitous ab shot for the road ...