Nashville Fashion Week runway show features local designers including Black by Maria Silver, Any Old Iron

Models sporting Nashville designer labels strutted the runwaywhile national and industry designers and fashionistas packed into the front row of the dimly lit, standing-room only venue.

While several Music City-based designers focused on sequence and sport, the illumination pointed to Black by Maria Silver. Opening Nashville Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, the self-styling Silver — who co-founded critically acclaimed rock band The Ettes — displayed her 2018 collection, which sported a tad of sexy black bling via pantsuit at OZ Arts Nashville. The show, moved by Spanish music with a touch of soft lighting, was seductive, and also included drapery dresses complimented with black tie belts as well as a jean-patch pant and pairing blazer.

Also on stage for the evening: Lilly Guilder, Truly Alverenga, Ona Rex, Ola Mai and Any Old Iron, whose clients include Beyonce, Miranda Lambert and Kesha.

Any Old Iron’s array of sequence dresses and pantsuits also drew applause from the crowd of spectators. The designer’s theme was zombie-esque. Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller” played as models who looked like they belonged on an episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ slid down the runway, often twitching their heads.

During a break, the site transformed into a mini-concert venue as musical guests Escondido took the stage.

Nashville Fashion Week, which began in 2011, runs through Saturday and includes three more nights of runway shows featuring 17 other designers, with musician Karen Elson set to perform Saturday during the event’s final runway show.

“Tonight’s runway represented the Nashville design community well, from glitter and glam to subdued architectural elements or femininity and drama, our local talent is abundant,” said Marcia Masulla, who co-founded the event with Connie Cathcart-Richardson. “Our production crew led by Bright Event Productions and partners OZ Arts Nashville truly elevated the runway experience and we kicked off our eight annual Nashville Fashion Week with elevated style.”

Iconic fashion designer Anna Sui and legendary New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis are the week’s featured guests for the city’s longest-running fashion industry event.

The citywide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast creative talent also features regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of events, and encourages attendees to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops.

Kicking off the weekend will be NFW Fashion Talks with Mallis and Sui on Friday at Union Station Hotel on Broadway. 

With more than 50 boutiques in eight countries and her collection sold in 300 stores in more than 30 countries, Sui has ties to both Third Man Records where she designed its yellow-and-black uniforms, shares Detroit roots with Nashville rocker Jack White and has worked with Nashville supermodel Karen Elson, a staple on Sui’s New York Fashion Week runways.

Hailed as the award-winning creator of NYFW, Mallis has been called an industry titan, doyenne, and The Godmother of Fashion. As the creator and host of the conversation series “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis” at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Mallis assembled an incredible roster of guests for her now signature in-depth interviews, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Christian Louboutin.

The finale runway show showcasing Sui’s 2018 spring collection is Saturday, also at OZ Arts Nashville.

Nashville Fashion Week

Where: The four-day event includes programming on April 6 at Union Station Hotel and on April 7 at OZ Arts Nashville.

When: April 3-7


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