Thursday, 26 January 2017

Grammy® Nominee Kelsea Ballerini named featured Entertainer for 2017 Symphony Fashion Show

(23 Jan 2017; Expanded Press Release) 

Best New Artist GRAMMY® nominee and Black River recording artist Kelsea Ballerini will be the featured entertainer for the 2017 Symphony Fashion Show, taking place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ballerini will join featured designer Zac Posen for the star-studded, 12th edition of the annual event. Former Miss Tennessee, actress and television personality Allison DeMarcus will emcee the event, with Janet Ayers serving as honorary chair.
Shaun Inman and Sheila Shields, co-chairs of the 2017 Symphony Fashion Show, made the announcement during the Symphony Fashion Show kickoff party at Gus Mayer.

“Kelsea Ballerini is a one-of-a-kind talent whose gorgeous voice and incredible songs have already garnered her a host of awards and recognitions,” Inman and Shields said, “including her recent GRAMMY® and People’s Choice Awards nominations and a No. 2 ranking on the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list for 2017. 
Pairing her with renowned designer Zac Posen for the Symphony Fashion Show brings together two young stars at the top of their respective professions and adds even more excitement and energy to what is already one of Music City’s most glamorous and stunning annual events. It promises to be a magical evening, and we can’t wait to hear Kelsea perform for a sell-out crowd in April!”

About Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with two consecutive record-breaking #1 smashes, making her the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.
 Abuzz with high-profile media looks, the Black River Entertainment recording artist has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Racking up her first ACCA, CMT, CMA, AMA and Radio Disney Music award nominations, she received Billboard’s “Rising Star” award at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event.
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Zac Posen’s vision, creativity and originality skyrocketed him to the top of the fashion world in only a matter of years, and his diverse brands have quickly become lauded and revered by both industry colleagues and celebrities alike,” said Inman and Shields. “With his unique talent and truly global reach, Zac is an excellent addition to the long list of illustrious designers who have headlined the Symphony Fashion Show, and we are absolutely thrilled to have him joining us in April.”

"I am very excited for my first trip to Music City, and it is an honor to be part of Symphony Fashion Show and to help support the arts," said Posen.
Zac Posen backstage at Runway Fashion Show Sept 2016
Raised in New York, Posen began his design training early. He attended Parsons School of Design at 16, followed by London’s Central Saint Martins University. Two years following his first collection, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear, by the CFDA. Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001, with a vision for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation.
Worn by leading women including Uma Thurman, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes, Naomi Watts and Rihanna, he has become a staple on the red carpet.

(Above) Rihanna hosting the First Annual Diamond Ball for the Clara Lionel Foundation held at The Vineyard (Dec 11, 2014) in Beverly Hills, California. The the singer went for high glamour, wearing a very distinctive and simply breathtaking Zac Posen Fall 2014 off-the-shoulder gown in a gorgeous lush rose hue. She added a Chopard tourmaline and diamond necklace with a matching ring and stud earrings.

His collections have grown to include Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen and Truly Zac Posen, with offerings in handbags, accessories, eyewear, fur and fine jewelry. Posen also became the creative director for the Brooks Brother’s signature women’s collection and accessories in fall 2014, and he currently serves as a judge with Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia on Lifetime’s mainstay Project Runway, now in its 15th season.
Proceeds from the Symphony Fashion Show help support the Nashville Symphony’s artistic, education and community engagement programs, which annually reach tens of thousands of children and adults through concerts, free performances and instruction, classroom curriculum and more. Past designers for the Symphony Fashion Show have included Carolina Herrera, Brunello Cucinelli, Christian Siriano, Oscar de la Renta, MARCHESA, Monique Lhuillier, Isaac Mizrahi and Pamella Roland.

Attending the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas back on April 3, 2016 as an ACM presenter, Female Vocalist and ACM Video of the Year nominee Kacey Musgraves was pictured on the red carpet.

The "Follow Your Arrow" songwriter rocked dark and sleek in a mermaid silhouette and looked like more than a “Dime Store Cowgirl” in her, classy, elegant yet sexy Zac Posen number.  But the slicked-back hair gave her Musgraves an under-the-sea vibe and she donned Stuart Weitzman heels. 

She added Mattia Cielo jewels, Graziela Gems and a smokey makeup (Carlene K make-up artist) complimented her ACM attire.

Kacey Musgraves

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