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Nashville Fashion Week is a citywide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent—featuring local, regional and national design talent in fashion events and shows, and encouraging both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops.
Nashville Fashion week kicked off it’s second year on Tuesday, March 20, with a fashion show and musical performances at Marathon Music Works with red carpet coverage by the sensational fashionista, Suzy Wong. Chosen as the red carpet correspondent this year, she was stunning in her fabulous, disco ball corseted, black tulle ball gown. The gown, designed by Trevor Rains of T.Rains, was a thank-you gift for Suzy bringing him to NFW for the second year.
After an opening musical performance, the runway show began with Valentine Valentine, the highly anticipated collection by Amanda Valentine. Her works included remnants of her Midwestern upbringing — clean shapes and color blocking — layered with darkness, humor, and nods to the richness of culture and history, creating a hybrid of references, marrying international culture with pop culture. Valentine’s collection painted a picture of a strong armored, almost futuristic ‘all-knowing’ woman. It was full of black, navy, silver, and forest green with accents of leather and iridescent silver. Intermixed with girly A-lined skirts and fitted leggings were tops adorned with breastplates or crosses made from leather. Crop tops, capes and hooded tops really took this collection to the next level. It was something fresh, fun and new yet wearable and cohesive.
Following another musical performance Smith Sinrod hit the runway with by SMITH. Launched in spring 2010, by SMITH featured a collection of sophisticated, chic apparel for women recognizable for its use of Thai silk, vibrant colors and bold patterns. The clothes were full of whimsical, modern silhouettes and vibrant colors. The silhouettes were very classy and stayed young by adding color. The details were seen in color lined pockets, coloring-block stripes and colored covered buttons.
The finale of the evening was Trevor Rains’ collection, T. Rains. The former co-creator of the fashion brand Heatherette, Rains’ own T. Rains brand featured designs from silk-screened tank tops and T-shirts to custom couture dresses. Unlike the other collections of the evening, this one catered to both men and women, featuring everything from sexy men’s speedo bottoms to women’s couture ball gowns that had very different, detailed, drop-waisted corseted tops. Each model was adorned with an over-the-top colored wig and some were even accessorized with starfish and netting. The music was fun and upbeat, which instantly boosted the mood in the room.
On Wednesday, NFW returned to Marathon Music Works and featured Leona as the first of five collections to hit the stage for the evening. From the creative mind of Lauren Leonard, Leona redefines the term Southern belle with inspirations from Manhattan and Tokyo, balancing whimsical detailing and sophisticated silhouette. The collection was full of fun, flirty dresses and feminine tailored pieces.
The Wai Ming collection was inspired by designer Emily Brady Boplar's multicultural background, global travel, and study of art, architecture and street style. Wai Ming had a fresh, timeless quality and was crafted with luxe fabrics from Italy, Japan and China. The collection was full of beautiful navy blues and grey. Camel accessories, tweed, and leather were used to accent the minimalist pieces.
Sjobeck followed Wai Ming with a collection of neutral toned women’s work wear items. The grays were accented with mustard and snake sheer print. Overall the collection was simple with classic cuts and prints and modern cropped layers.
Eva Franco’s self-named collection was full of feminine and flirty dresses and skirts. The pieces were all unique yet appeared that they were each pieces of interchangeable sets. She began the show with grey and black color blocked dresses and skirt combinations. Following the color block set was a set of outfits with a large sunglass print. This print was beyond adorable and I loved it! Franco’s collection also included beautiful and detailed lace work.
The Zang Toi collection was Wednesday night’s finale, and the dramatic collection started in white, faded to grey, then to black, with some pieces featuring breathtaking beadwork. Toi’s gowns showed his exquisite knowledge of the fabrics he used and how they would lay on a women’s body. The colors were strong and demanded attention, creating a truly moving collection.
Thursday night was the final night at Marathon Music Works and the NFW team was determined to do a show like no other. There were no runways in site; instead individual ‘rooms’ had been created using white hanging curtains. Wanting a night to highlight local designers, NFW asked each one to create 5 cohesive pieces to put into a live art installation. Of the seven collections shown, three really stood out.
Pink Elephant’s collection by Nashville native, Truly Alvanrengas was inspired by the book The Poison Diaries by Jane Duchess of Northumberland. It’s a gothic tale of an orphaned boy and his relationship with poisonous plants. Alvanrengas collection was almost a blend of Tim Burton and Alexander McQueen. The craftsmanship and attention to detail set this collection above the rest. It had it’s own personality and each ‘living model’ in the installation spoke for itself.
Brittany Blairs’ self-named feminine collection and installation was set up as if each of the women was attending a magical tea party. Blair blended nude-rose pieces into outfits were completely wearable.
Jessica Jones’ Tuft offered paired laid back sensibility with classic silhouettes in bright hues and bold patterns. The Tuft collection was brought to life by Jessica’s own version of a girl rock brand, and she found inspiration in the “California girl”. The designs were colorful, fun, and Jone’s ability to mix color, print, and fabric made it stand out among the other designers.
Friday night, the runway shows moved to the Parthenon Pavilion at Centennial Park. With the statue of the goddess Athena towering over the runway, the sold-out show was magical.
White Rabbit by Shea Steele drifted between accessories and head to toe looks and was the product of an adept creative core. Steele's work spanned from art school cool to refined fashion seamlessly with bold, smart design and askew color combinations that appealed to a range of individuals. The collection was one of bold and full shapes with geometric printing and used pattern in a fresh, fun way to create looks that could easily be worn from day to day.
Red Doll by Tatyana Merenyuk was a crowd favorite of the night. Each dress that came down the runway was sexy, feminine, and sultry and was made up of blacks, creams, and reds. While using the classic colors, prints, and cuts, Merenyuk created a sophisticated but sexy look with sheer fabrics and added layering.
Katharine Kidd’s second show in Nashville did not disappoint. With a collection of navies, blacks, and reds, she honed in on beautiful lace dresses, detailed bowed and backless blouses, and navy sequined cocktail dresses. Each item was beautifully crafted and made to fit a woman’s body like a glove.
The Versace Collection closed the evening runway show with men’s and women’s designs, but the men’s collection stole the show with bold colors, classic cuts, a royal fit.
For its final night NFW moved to the 21st floor of the Pinnacle building for the Saturday showings.
Jamie and the Jones collection was the first down the runway. The brainchild of Nashville designers Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones, the collection was smart and feminine and featured knitting, crochet, embroidery, beading, and hand painting are all hallmarks.
Kal Rieman was the collection by Cleveland native “Cally” Rieman. With an unconventional path into the world of fashion, her collection had menswear inspirations, and she mixed it up by adding feminine elements, such as bow-tie blouses and feminine prints and materials.
The Sylvia Heisel label embodied simplicity, creativity, technology, sustainability and quality. Influenced as much by contemporary art and design as the fashion world, Heisel’s line focused on a wardrobe and lifestyle staples, by reinventing them with new cuts, construction and fabrications.
Magid and Michele Bernard make up the luxury fashion house, Magid Bernard. Their love of art, architecture, beauty and design of every kind drive their selection of luxurious European textiles which they crafted into timeless designs with a twist. Well-known for its attention to clean lines and elegance, the line’s astonishingly engineered bias-cut dresses, French laces, and hand-embroidered fabrics were favorites among an international clientele. The collection also featured a black, sleeveless maxi dress that had a very small sheer panel right the knee cap that made the dress stand out.
Randi Rahm’s self-named collection was the finale of Nashville Fashion Week. Each dress of Rahm’s hand beaded collection had a certain uniqueness to it, and the collection was sent down the runway in color sets. The color scheme changed from ivory to teal, to silver, black and gold, rose and the finale dress was a stunning beaded silver halter adorned with a veil. The collection was truly a masterpiece because of Rahm’s ability to create with different materials. She has mastered the type of craftsmanship it takes to be a game changer in the ever changing fashion industry.
Saturday night at the Pinnacle Building was the perfect finale to an amazing, fashion filled week. With each new day, came new designs, and one never truly knew what to expect.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.