We started the night at the Rymer Gallery for cocktails and conversation. Sitting in the warm gallery (across from the Arcade) we watched the line form down Fifth Avenue as glam fashion followers waited eagerly to enter the space to watch the nights events. Truly, the weather was fierce. Mother Nature decided to blast winter weather winds in our direction as the temperature dipped to a brisk 35 degrees. Anything for fashion, I thought, as I waited for the show to start.
Following Melissa Tabor, was GADO GADO by Belinda Kazanci. Reading the Nashville Fashion Week guide, I saw that Ms. Kazanci donates some of her sales to aid and empower women in third world countries. Her global endeavors are apparent in her design. My favorite pieces by GADO GADO were all the pieces with graphic design print as the general motif. Seen above, the printed dresses (some floor length) drew lots of crowd reaction.
Betsey Johnson, presented by the Green Hills Mall, tagged as a headliner for the night. I was ready to see the fun and fearlessness that is the usual for a Betsey Johnson show. I waited, and waited, and waited and there was no fun to be seen. The models could not bring what the clothes exemplified. In addition, the clothes didn’t knock me out. Well, there was a sailor suit that I liked, but that was about it. Moving on . . .
Ben Sherman was there to represent for the men. The line is the fourth largest men’s casual wear designer in the UK. The models were great. The clothes were pretty basic. It reminded me of a high level Gap.
Now, T. Rains was the SHOWSTOPPER! Designer, Traver Rains, formerly of Heatherette debuted his line at Fashion Week. One could only describe T. Rains as cowboys and Indians a la couture. There were feathers, cowboy hats, graphic t-shirts, plaid, and lots of tulle. Rains brought the fun that I expected from Betsey Johnson. When the last model appeared, adorned in a LARGE blue chiffon Native American inspired headdress, the crowd erupted with delight. T. Rains stole the show!
Take a look at the video below to see the full runway show