Cool mornings, warm days, smatterings of sunshine and rain throughout the week — spring is definitely here to stay! We celebrated the changing season by teaming up with Nashville Fashion Week co-founder Connie Cathcart-Richardson for a special edition of “What to Wear” featuring some luxe looks from local retailers. Connie and our friends at AMAX Talent put together some high-end, fashion-forward looks and added some edge by incorporating stunning accessories and inexpensive jewelry with WOW appeal to showcase how every gal loves a high-low combo. Whether you want to show a little shoulder, add some flirty ruffles, mix bold colors or a shiny metallic into your staple neutrals, or any combination of the above, read on!

Once you have your spring wardrobe in place, you’ll need some events where you can show off your new looks. Nashville Fashion Week, Power of the Purse and the Symphony Fashion Show are all perfect opportunities to show off a hot new look or two. For today’s outfit inspiration, AMAX stylist Tina Jiang pulled nine fabulous outfits from Gus Mayer, Copper Penny and The French Shoppe, adding accessories from Absolution and Ceri Hoover. We shot on location at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where some talented AMAX models showed off Tina’s lovely looks.

The Event: Nashville Fashion Week

  • April 4-8, 2017
  • Five days of fashion all across Nashville
  • For a schedule of events, tickets and more information, click here.

What to wear: Parties, runway shows, workshops and a gala all make up this busy week of fashion events in Nashville. With local, regional and national designers presenting at all the events, this is definitely a chance to show off your personal style. Embrace a bold mix of textures and patterns, or go classically spring, but most importantly, be yourself!

Look #1:

Spring trend alert a la this Gus Mayer top - ruffles AND off the shoulder!

On Brittany — From Gus Mayer: Rachel Zoe top, $345. From Copper Penny: Citizens of Humanity Jeans, $222. From Absolution: Burcak Tolan bracelet.

Look #2:

Pastel hues pack a crisp and stylish punch in Sammi's spring look!

On Sammi — From The French Shoppe: INAE Collection top, $98. From Gus Mayer: Zac Posen skirt, $3,490; Serpui Marie clutch, $185. From Absolution: Burcak Tolan necklace.

A closeup of the springy Serpui Marie clutch from Gus Mayer!

Who can resist a closeup of this fun bag?!

Look #3:

White, bright, and stylish all over in this flowy look from Gus Mayer.

On Sullivan — From Gus Mayer: Christian Siriano top, $655; Ramy Brook trousers, $345. From Ceri Hoover: “Alice” clutch, $295. From The French Shoppe: choker, $20.

The Event: Power of the Purse

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • A ladies luncheon with silent auction benefitting The Women’s Fund
  • Keynote speaker is Glennon Doyle Melton
  • For more information, click here.

What to wear: A classic ladies luncheon, Power of the Purse is a local favorite that offers an opportunity to celebrate women and give back to the community. Don your favorite spring frock — complete with a fabulous bag, of course — and prepare for an inspiring afternoon!

Look #1:

A flawlessly polished look for the modern businesswoman from Gus Mayer

On Sullivan — From Gus Mayer: Proenza Schouler jacket, $2,490; Marie Saint Pierre leather leggings, $2,095. From Absolution: Elizabeth and James ring, $80.

A Ceri Hoover bag puts the finishing touch on this Power of the Purse ensemble.

Obviously a fabulous bag is essential at Power of the Purse! From Ceri Hoover, the “Kyle” bag, for $425, is fabulous and functional.

Look #2:

A sleek springy look in all white from Gus Mayer.

On Brittany — From Gus Mayer: Proenza Schouler dress, $1,050. From Ceri Hoover: “Waller” clutch, $165, tassel on clutch (sold separately), $55. From Absolution: Elizabeth and James earrings, $125.

Look #3:

A bold print dress from Gus Mayer and a fun Ceri Hoover bag are spring MUSTS.

On Sammi — From Gus Mayer: Carolina Herrera dress, $1,590. From Ceri Hoover: “Claire” bag, $255. From The French Shoppe: large pearl earrings, $15.

The Event: Symphony Fashion Show

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • An elegant evening of fashion featuring the fall 2017 collection of Zac Posen
  • For more information, click here.

What to wear: We look forward to the Symphony Fashion Show every year as it offers a chance to throw on a luxe spring look in the middle of the week while fawning over a runway show of a fabulous designer collection. This year will be no exception! Fashion-forward cocktail attire is definitely the way to go, whether with a bold dress or statement clutch.

Look #1:

Let your dress speak for you in the Monique Lhuillier number from Gus Mayer.

On Sammi — From Gus Mayer: Monique Lhuillier dress, $3,995; From The French Shoppe: statement earrings, $15.

Look #2:

Add edge to your pink and purple print with a funky beaded bag.

On Sullivan — From Gus Mayer: Monique Lhuillier dress, $2,495; Ottaviani clutch, $298. From The French Shoppe: medium pearl earrings, $15.

Look #3:

Metallic floral print for the win in this Gus Mayer frock!

On Brittany — From Gus Mayer: Lela Rose dress, $1,995; Serpui Marie clutch, $228. From Absolution: Elizabeth and James earrings, $110.

Closeups on the print and style of each of the dresses from Gus Mayer - aren't they fabulous??

Pinks and florals are top seasonal trends — and these are beautiful!

Take a look behind the scenes:

Primped and polished with makeup from The Cosmetic Market.

Sara Jones from The Cosmetic Market had the models looking primped and polished with a variety of color and skincare products, all available at The Cosmetic Market.

AMAX stylist Tina Jiang adds the finishing touch to this flawless look!

AMAX stylist Tina Jiang adds the finishing touch to this flawless look!

These gals make the Schermerhorn look even lovelier!

These gals make the Schermerhorn look even lovelier!

Special thanks to Brittany, Sammi and Sullivan for being our models, to Tina Jiang of AMAX for styling the shoot and to Connie Cathcart-Richardson for coordinating the whole operation. And thank you to Kelsey Cherry for the beautiful photos!

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