For the first time in over a year, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was filled with live music and a live audience, thanks to the return of the Symphony Fashion Show. Working closely with HCA, the Nashville Symphony — in tandem with co-chairs Angela Bostelman and Sarah Reisner — devised a safe way to host an in-person event, albeit with a much smaller crowd than normal.
Virtual tickets were available for those who wanted to enjoy the festivities from home, but a select group of patrons gathered for a runway show from Zang Toi and musical performances from Runaway June and Carly Pearce. Playing off of the Parisian theme of Zang’s collection, Bruce Pittman outfitted the lobby with a pink Eiffel Tower draped in flowers. The first three looks from Zang’s runway show — featuring LBDs paired with oversized coats in soft pink, pale yellow and lavender — provided the color scheme for the rest of the event décor, which included small clusters of pastel flowers atop white tables flanking the mirrored runway.
All attendees had to show proof of a negative COVID test or vaccination before entry, and staggered arrival times helped ensure that guests could keep their distance. After taking a whirl in the Nfocus Portrait Studio, partygoers enjoyed personal charcuterie boards and Champagne at their private tables while they watched the show.
Symphony President and CEO Alan Valentine greeted the crowd by telling them they were “part of history in the making,” before Runaway June kicked off the show. Zang’s Fall 2021 collection featured 45 looks divided into three distinct scenes. The show’s opening paid tribute to the romance of Paris with soft colors and floral patterns, which was quite the contrast to the second act’s black and charcoal structured separates that were all about chic Parisian street style. The evening scene, a true celebration of Paris’ glamour, closed the show with stunning ball gowns and cocktail dresses. A performance from Carly Pearce rounded out the evening, before guests were whisked back to the valet lines, content to have finally made some new memories and to have supported our esteemed Nashville Symphony in the process.
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