Nashville Fashion Week Announces Six Educational Learning Labs

Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce six distinct fashion-focused Learning Labs that will take place April 2 – 7. Nashville Fashion Week is designed to showcase the local fashion community by providing a platform to engage, learn and connect and each of these unique educational experiences do just that. Please make plans early to attend at least one of these special events.

CULTURE: Life Off the Runway with Amanda Valentine & Ayana Ife

Monday, April 2 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: ONEC1TY | 8 City Boulevard, Suite 402, 37209

Admission: $30, includes light bites and refreshments. Enjoy a conversation between Project Runway designers Amanda Valentine and Ayana Ife on their perspective of their shared reality television experience and the realities of being a working designer post-show. Learn how they manage and build their brands while finding the balance of sharing personal values, voice and perspectives within the current climate of the world. You’re sure to hear some hilarious and stressful tales from all of the madness that happens before and after the show.

CREATE: Margaret Ellis Jewelry Intro to Metalsmithing | Make Your Own Pearl Bangles

Tuesday, April 3 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: 209 10th Avenue South, Suite 309, 37203

Admission: $250 Individual Ticket includes instruction, materials and your own personal set of ME Pearl Bangles (retail value $440).

Learn to make your very own set of classic ME bronze pearl bangles with the assistance from one of Nashville’s most respected local businesses. Margaret Ellis Jewelry utilizes strong shapes and textures to bring new relevance to classic handcrafted designs. Precious metals, individually select pearls and stones form modern and timeless works of art designed to be worn for years to come. ME owner/designer Mclaine Richardson and master metalsmiths will help you find your inner creativity and inspiration through the art of jewelry design. Ticket price includes admission and all materials needed to create your a Set of 6 with 2 Pearl Bangles with your choice of pearl color (white, blue, peach, black or brown) at the Margaret Ellis Studio in historic Cummins Station.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Behind the Lens with Brett Warren and Zachary Gray

Wednesday, April 4 | 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ONEC1TY | 8 City Boulevard, Suite 402, 37209

Admission: $30 Individual ticket, includes lite bites and refreshments (bring lunch if you like)

Join fashion photographers Brett Warren and Zachary Gray for a unique learning lab in which they will discuss their body of work, individual journies as photographers both in Nashville and beyond, and the twists and turns that led them to their current adventures. Brett and Zachary will also discuss their use of research in order to develop concepts for personal and client shoots, as well as the importance of looking far outside your craft in order to uncover untapped inspiration. Bring your lunch, questions, thoughts, and a notepad for a ton of tips, resources, and a few dad jokes.

BEAUTY: Runway to Real Way at The Cosmetic Market

Thursday, April 5 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Cosmetic Market | 4015 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 107, 37215

Admission: $40 Individual Ticket, includes lite bites and refreshments.

Get personalized one-on-one training from the pros at The Cosmetic Market on how to achieve beautiful runway beauty looks such as winged liner, contouring, colored shadow, etc. that will have you runway ready every day. Enjoy refreshments and leave with a swag bag full of beauty products. All participants will receive 20% off any purchase too.

BUSINESS: Social Media | Vanity vs. Effectiveness with Her Data Method

Friday, April 6 | 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ONEC1TY | 8 City Boulevard, Suite 402, 37209

Admission: $30 Individual ticket, includes lite bites and refreshments (bring lunch if you like)

Do you have thousands of followers on social media who keep liking all of your posts but don’t buy a thing? Defining your target customer(s) first will help you know where you should be focusing your energies online. This lunch (bring your own) and learn is designed to help you strengthen your brand.

Shannon Ware and Melody Jennings Bowers, of the Virtual Collective, created Her Data Method to educate business owners on the value of data, and more importantly, how to collect it. Her Data Method is a series of online courses that teach business owners how to build a data collection framework to help them make smart, data-driven decisions tailored to their business.

INFLUENCE: Navigate the Influencer Space with Happily Grey + CLIQUE media | Moderated by Designer Chrissy Fogerty of Fauxgert

Saturday, April 7 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: ONEC1TY | 8 City Boulevard, Suite 402, 37209

Admission: $30 Individual ticket, includes light bites and refreshments.

This is your chance to listen, learn and ask experts on how to win at the influencer game. Mary Lee, founder and face of influential style platform Happily Grey, Rachel Zeilic, V.P. of Talent at CLIQUE media and Chrissy Fogerty, founder and designer of sustainabilty-focused brand Fauxgerty will share their experiences as designers, creative directors and entrepreneurs. These powerhouse women will discuss influencer marketing from the brand’s perspective, the do’s and don’t for influencers, how to pitch and negotiate deals, how to get booked on a recurring basis by brands and the analytics that brands are looking at during this jam-packed session.

I could not be more excited to be part of this Learning Lab, highlighting women with powerful and authentic voices in their field. – Chrissy Fogerty, founder of Fauxgerty

NFW Learning Labs are presented by Fauxgerty, Middle Tennessee State University Textiles, Merchandising and Design, ONEC1TY and The Westin Nashville.

oneC1TY believes Nashville’s innovation community is strengthened through individuals who are passionate about their craft, collaborating with others who support and challenge the status quo. It is so exciting to be a partner with Nashville Fashion Week and to host Learning Lab content and discussion integrating the culture building and entrepreneurial business successes of our so many creative minds in Nashville. – Ryan Doyle, General Manager ONEC1TY

ONEC1TY is a dynamic new urban community being developed on Nashville’s West Side, in the university and health innovation corridor adjacent to Centennial Park. The project consists of a mix of uses, including workspace, residences, hospitality and retail within a walkable, urban neighborhood designed for LEED Neighborhood Development Gold designation. This district is designed around creating a unique new home for the region’s most progressive thinkers, the most innovative minds in technology, and a community hungry to obtain a sustainable lifestyle. The site is transforming vacant and underutilized structures into a new, vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that integrates seamlessly into the existing urban fabric and serves as a center of active lifestyles, enjoyment of the arts and the business of our creativity class.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Tickets for each Learning Lab can be purchased at NashvilleFashionWeek.com. Space is limited and reservations are required. Proceeds from all Nashville Fashion Week events benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities.

Nashville Fashion Week will be held April 3-7 in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville. Tickets to individual events are available in a wide range of prices at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

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