It's spring forward season and in this instance, that means fashion forward with the 2013 Symphony Spring Fashion Show at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Presented by Lexus of Nashville, Music City's biggest annual runway show will be emceed by CMT star Allison DeMarcus and will offer performances by Karen Elson and LEAGUES.

The red carpet event will feature Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2013 Collection which is inspired by “opulence and drama” with Art Deco motifs and rich jewel tones. The collection boasts a wide range of graphics, texture and ultimate sophistication with evening creations that are most definitely Oscar worthy. While the collection does offer a less formal grouping of simpler but still regal dresses, suits and blouses, the evening wear is what really makes the show. For anyone anticipating a formal event, this is the perfect place to be in Nashville on April 9.

Karen Elson, formerly married to Jack White and now a Nashville resident, opens the evening's festivities with her own blend of folk ballads, cabaret and roots music. Better known as a model in the past, the stunning pale-skinned redhead proves through her musical talents that she is much more than a pretty face.

Living in Manhattan’s East Village, Elson would practice guitar and lay down tunes on a four-track: “I’ve diaries and diaries of bad songs, but I knew in my heart I could do this. I just had to be patient and learn,” she says. “Not force it, but just keep at it.”

Concluding the fashion show with a dynamic burst of high energy and rockin' tunes will be the indie-rock band LEAGUES, with singer Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum and drummer Jeremy Lutito. Named by Esquire Magazine as one of the “15 Music Artists to Watch in 2013”, the group recently released their debut album, You Belong Here, to widespread critical acclaim.

Reserved seating and loge box tickets are available beginning at $300 with an after-party which includes a sophisticated dining experience in the translucent Lexus Marquee tent on One Symphony Place. A post-event party suitable for the rich and famous will offer an open bar with gourmet tapas and hors d'oeuvres and a range of dining options with both reserved and open seating, allowing attendees a unique experience to mingle and socialize late into the evening with fellow fashion lovers.

The Symphony's annual event offers “Young and Fashionable Crowd” tickets this year, created especially for young professionals interested in attending the show. Tickets include a 6 p.m. red carpet arrival, the fashion show with special seating on the Founders level of the center and an exclusive after-party in the West Lobby/Courtyard. The tickets are $150 each and will set you apart as one of the up and coming Nashville “in” crowd for sure.

The Symphony Spring Fashion Show assists the Nashville Symphony in reaching over a quarter of a million adults and children through free music education and community programs, bringing world class artists like Joshua Bell and Smokey Robinson to perform for locals while supporting the work of today's leading composers.

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This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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