At first glance, I was confused by the nD Festival. What does nD stand for? Admittedly, I had to be told. Say it out loud – “N-D.” In-DEE. An “indie” festival celebrating independent films, music and fashion. OHHHHH. I kinda felt like an idiot. I was thinking it was an acronym or something…
Feelings of idiocy aside, the nD festival is pretty darn cool. It culminates with The EnD Fashion Show at the Belcourt Theatre on Sunday night, Sept. 26th from 5 PM – 8 PM. The featured designers could not be a better representation of independent fashion in our region: Imogene + Willie, Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid. Indie music for the night will be fulfilled by the PawnShop Kings. And yes, your $100 ticket (just $85 for Belcourt members) includes a silent auction, food and an open bar.
Here’s a little aside on each of these designers, in case you are unfamiliar with them. You may have missed that Nashville based Imogene + Willie has partnered with J Crew for a men’s denim line for the Nashville store. If things go well, rumor is that this denim line will go national under this collaboration. Billy Reid — who was named by GQ in 2010 as the Best New Menswear Designer in America AND is a CFDA Top 10 finalist — is currently in partnership with both Stetson, for a limited edition Billy Reid hat and accessories collection, and with Levi’s, for Levi’s Workwear by Billy Reid collection. Alabama Chanin, is known for her “slow fashion” movement: she knows where the dye comes from, where the cotton comes from that creates the fabric and who sews each piece of the garment. Her clothes are gorgeous and can be seen this month on Project Artisan.
The Belcourt’s recently renovated 1925 Theater has 334 seats and more than half the tickets to this fashion show are already sold. So, if walking the red carpet into the Belcourt Theatre while wearing your finest “Belcourt Boho” attire (hey- I’m just quoting the invitation – but let’s just say great jeans are perfect!) sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening, then buy your ticket today as this show will sell out.
The nD festival is the newest way to celebrate the Belcourt Theatre by raising funds that directly help the capital needs of this historic theater.
If you are interested in all the events that the nD festival is incorporating under its wing starting Sept. 22, check out their website. The patron party looks especially cool with Nashville jewelers Plum Vintage Jewelry, Many Will See and Debe Dohrer on hand to represent our indie jewelers — eh-hm, nD jewelers — in Nashville.
The nD Festival promises to have the coolest vibe in town. I certainly hope it becomes an annual event for Nashville to embrace.
cU (Say it out loud. See You!) – Liza