NFW Fashion Talks 2020: Diversity & Inclusion

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Join us on Monday, March 30 from 5:00 -8:30 p.m. for “Fashion Talks: Diversity and Inclusion”, an interactive Nashville Fashion Week Learning Lab sponsored by our host The Mall at Green Hills and Ritholz Levy Fields LLP. This engaging conversation will be moderated by Fern Mallis, the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week. A panel of industry leaders – designers Tanya Taylor, Timo Weiland and Peter Som with Nordstrom Nashville’s Chanel Ready-to-Wear Brand Ambassador, Barry Grider – will share their insight on this vital shift in the fashion industry and beyond. A Meet and Greet with Fern Mallis will be from 5:00-6:00 p.m. with a limited number of her book, Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, available for purchase before the discussion. The Mall at Green Hills will host a Mall Crawl afterwards from 7-8:30 p.m.

Nashville Fashion Week is welcoming back our friend and mentor Fern Mallis for the sixth year and third installment of the “Fashion Talks” series. Along with confirmed press appearances in Nashville, Mallis is also slated to meet with participating NFW designers for a private meet and greet, attend special events and accept the first ever NFW x Fern Mallis Mentorship Award on the opening night of Nashville Fashion Week in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville on March 31.

Our educational sponsor, Middle Tennessee State University, will facilitate and produce the live-stream which will be aired on Nashville Fashion Week’s Facebook and InstaStories channels.

“I’m so happy to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nashville Fashion Week. Congratulations to the best team ever! I’m proud to have been able to support the talent, creativity and passion here in Nashville.” – Fern Mallis

Fern Mallis has been called an industry titan, doyenne, and The Godmother of Fashion. As the creator and host of premiere conversation series Fashion Icons w/Fern Mallis at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, Mallis assembled an incredible roster of guests for her now signature in-depth interviews, including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, André Leon Talley, Bruce Weber, Bill Cunningham, Valentino, Victoria Beckham, Rosita and Angela Missoni, Alexander Wang, Russell Westbrook, Bob Mackie, and Billy Porter; to name just a few. Her book, published by Rizzoli, Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, is a must read of her first 19 interviews. Stay tuned for Volume 2 coming hopefully in 2021.

Mallis also created and hosted her own radio show, Fashion Insiders w/Fern Mallis on Sirius XM, During which time she interviewed over 400 industry personalities, celebrities, and professionals. In January 2012, she made her theatre stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of Nora & Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Mallis also created her own globally inspired FERN FINDS: jewelry, clothing and accessories line for QVC and HSN.

Image courtesy of Nashville Fashion Week.

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March 30, 2020 5:00 pm
March 30, 2020 8:30 pm


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