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Nashville Fashion Week picks up the pace with industry panels and related events

Excursions & Explorations: The Fashion Issue 2012

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Industry Panels

The second installment of Nashville Fashion Week is bigger in just about every way, but perhaps the most important area of improvement this year is in depth: A series of panel discussions, featuring industry insiders and fashion veterans, will add a practical, contextual and educational dimension to the week's already glamorous slate of runway events. The panels — presented by Imogene + Willie and all taking place on Thursday, 22nd — are free, but a suggested donation of $10 goes to the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the main benefactor of Nashville Fashion Week and awarded each year to help the career of a promising local talent.

Producing the Goods

Made in the U.S.A. is a great tagline and a noble aspiration, but what are the mechanics of it all when you get down to brass rivets? Exploring the fashion production process and the basics of sourcing and manufacturing high-quality goods domestically, this panel will be moderated by Carrie Eddmenson, co-owner of Nashville's denim dynamo Imogene + Willie. Panelists: Natalie Chanin, owner and designer, Alabama Chanin; Otis James, designer and Garden & Gun "Made in the South" award winner; Barry Wishnow, fashion industry veteran, BASH bespoke clothing. 10 a.m. at Frist Center for the Visual Arts auditorium

What Makes a Brand?

In addition to the requisite blood, sweat and tears that go into building a fashion brand, there also has to be some strategy. With moderator Dave Gilbert, founder of product development agency salttt, this panel will sketch out the issues — social media and propriety among them — facing upstart designers as they set out to create their own brand identity. Panelists: Rose Apodaca, A+R retail lab, author of Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty & Everything Glamour; Susie Crippen, co-founder, J Brand; others TBA. 1 p.m. at Frist Center for the Visual Arts auditorium

Southern Fashion Now

Moderator Libby Callaway penned the lead piece in this year's Scene Fashion Issue (see story here), which should serve as the perfect primer for this panel, which will delve into the traits that serve as manifestations of the Southern fashion DNA, while also touching on the national and international reach of Southern style. Panelists: Dana Thomas, journalist and author of Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster; Philip Nappi, co-founder Peter Nappi handmade shoes and boots; Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones, founders, Jamie and the Jones; Matt and Carrie Eddmenson, founders, Imogene + Willie. 3 p.m. at Frist Center for the Visual Arts auditorium

Trunk Shows and Designer Appearances

In addition to the Thursday panels, there are more sales, parties and fashion week-related happenings around town than we could possibly list here. A few notables appear below (designer appearance times may vary):

Tuesday, 20th

By Smith Trunk Show: Designer Smith Sinrod will appear, 10 percent off By Smith Spring purchases. 10 a.m. at The Cotton Mill

Leona Collection Trunk Show and "Sip and Shop": Meet-and-greet with designer Lauren Leonard. 10 a.m. at Hemline

Thursday, 22nd

Designer Zang Toi will make an appearance at a Zang Toi Fall 2012 Trunk Show. 10 a.m. at Gus Mayer

Tuft Trunk Show: Designer Jessica Jones will show selected pieces; 10 percent sale storewide. 10 a.m. at House of Stella

Saturday, 24th

Versace Men's and Women's Trunk Show: Versace representatives will be on hand to assist. 10 a.m. at Levy's Clothier

Katharine Kidd Fall Trunk Show: Spring 2012 stock will be available, and Kidd will make an appearance. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Gus Mayer

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