“I believe that Nashville is finally starting to embrace fashion the way it does music.” –Zintrese Altovise Lawson
With a name like “Altovise” it’s no wonder Zintrese is charming the socks off of fashionistas everywhere, along with all the politicians and little princesses everywhere. Whether she’s going by her French Moniker, or her birth last name: Lawson, Zintrese is a force to be reckoned with.
At the age of 13, Zintrese made her first party gown. It was a simple blue halter, a color that has
remained a staple in her collections. From that first party dress, Zintrese had given birth to a fashion
movement all her own.
Moving from New Orleans to Nashville, Zintrese hit the fashion scene with her first R.A.W. Artist
Showcase in 2013. Nashville took notice. Zintrese is a huge advocate of R.A.W. having shown her work at R.A.W. shows in both New Orleans and Nashville.
But don’t peg this woman down to the Southeast region, her collection will be shown Fall 2016 in
Birmingham UK and in Italy later in the season. That is an incredible fall schedule for a relatively new designer.
Carolina Herrera was also late to the fashion game, but slays nonetheless. Zintrese speaks of her with
admiration, and comaradie, a fellow designer she both looks up to and admires. And although Ms.
Altovise would love to dress Beyonce because “Who doesn’t want to dress Beyonce?!” , Rhianna, and Julia Roberts “because she exudes classic beauty”, for now she’s styling for some of Nashville’s fashion favorites like models Jill Tedford and Kelsey Lynn Weakland among others.
Not only will she be showing overseas in the Fall, Ms. Altovise will have her ready to wear line ready for the racks, but her heart will always be in her one of kind couture fashion pieces.
Ms. Altovise’s heart is always in the right place. Not only is she passionate about couture, and natural
fabrics as opposed to synthetics and “polyester blends,” she has a heart for giving back. Zintrese earned Congressional Recognition for her non-profit work with her summer camp “Master Builder” back home in New Orleans and she is continuing her charity work here in Nashville with her new “Princess Club” an organization benefiting disadvantaged girls.
Ms. Altovise is all at once the star of the party and woman with the wand, seamlessly creating beautiful gowns and a better world, one stitch at a time. She is in essence Nashville Fashion’s new Fairy Godmother, sprinkling lace and good deeds everywhere she goes.
We can’t wait to see what her new line ZIVA will bring to our closets, her new non-profits to our hearts, and what she’ll bring next to Nashville’s fashion scene.
To see more of more Zintrese’s work or to order a custom design you can visit her website
www.zintrese.com, or browse through her facebook page www.facebook.com/Zintrese-Altovise and