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Fashion columnist introduces Post Valentine's Day contest

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Contest participants are asked to submit in 100 words or less why you or someone you know is deserving of a new look. The contest winner will be announced in the Friday, Feb. 11, edition of The Wilson Post.

To enter the contest, participants are asked to complete the contest application which will appear for the first time in this Friday’s edition of The Wilson Post and either mail or bring the entry form to The Post at 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon. 

Applications may also be submitted by email to fashionfridays@wilsonpost.com. All entries must be received by noon, Monday, Feb. 7.

Brown’s column, Fashion Fridays, will debut in The Post on Feb. 11 and it will be in this first column that the Valentine’s Day winner will be announced to the public.

Brown, who is regarded as one of the area’s most knowledgeable personalities with respect to current style trends in the fashion industry, has worked and networked for some of the largest fashion companies in New York. Not yet in her 30’s, she’s already gained, according to those who know her best, a lifetime of experience in the fashion business.

From here originally, Brown said it was early in her life that it became clear where her passion and talent lie.

Spending hours as a young girl, dressing Barbie dolls, Brown is not only a producer for “Fashion News Live,” but a wardrobe stylist, dressing men and women in Nashville — both celebrities and socialites alike. Selecting clothing for special events or making-over a client’s image, bringing them fashion forward to enhance their best features, is what is generally regarded as her area of expertise.

Her career began mid-way through her apparel design education, when she took a huge leap of faith and moved to Manhattan to mix among those who impact and influence the direction of fashion. That leap proved to gain her important contacts and land a job with one of the most major firms in the textile industry, Todd & Duncan. Todd & Duncan enlisted her to be their sole sales and marketing representative in their Manhattan headquarters. She also spent valuable time learning about the cashmere industry at their home office in Scotland, where she experienced the manufacturing of top quality cashmere. She brought that knowledge back to Manhattan, meeting at celebrated design houses such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Ellie Tahari, Henri Bendel’s and others working closely with their designers. 

At the same time, she gained much insight working and interning for well-known wedding designer; Amsale Aberra, attending photo shoots, modeling in the Madison Avenue Boutique, and seeing designers such as Kenneth Poole develop their creations from the drawing board to a runway gown.Realizing she wanted to not only have the experience with the fashion industry, but also the education and degree, Brown went back to school to complete her bachelor’s degree in apparel design.

After completion of her degree in 2005, she returned to Manhattan before making a decision to broaden her knowledge and career experience and to shift her emphasis on the world of fashion from the East Coast to comparing the influence brought on fashion from the West Coast and specifically the area around Los Angeles. She lived in the Los Angeles area for a short while before returning to Middle Tennessee and taking another turn in her career. 

Feeling it was time to become serious about her fashion career and to utilize all of her previous networking, experience, and resources, Brown took what she had learned and launched her career. She began to work alongside well known stylist Joseph Cassell, as his professional assistant, doing commercial and video shoots with celebrities such as Big N Rich, Paula Deen, Mariah Carey, Brooks and Dunn, Lynn Spears and Barlow Girl.  She also had her first major music video, as key wardrobe stylist, in Carrie Underwood’s video “Temporary Home.”

Experiencing the production side of fashion gave her fresh ideas and goals toward a new path in the fashion industry. The opportunity with “Fashion News Live” opened up when she and Rocco met backstage at a Vera Wang show in 2006, where they struck up a conversation she recalls about a potential work relationship. He hired her as producer of “Fashion News Live,” in fall 2009 and they have had a “great partnership” she said ever since.

New doors of the fashion industry continue to open for her. During the past year, she has been doing freelance writing for Wilson Living Magazine as the Styles & Trends editor. This has given her the opportunity to reach thousands of readers with her style advice as well as tips on beauty products. Her clientele continues to grow as she gains exposure to diverse groups who seek her fashion and style advice. 

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