Local Gift Giving For The Fashion-Minded

Asheville Fashion

The holiday season is officially here! Our great town has an abundance of local shops that offer great gifts for everyone on your “Naughty and Nice” list! From the foodies, beer lovers, art lovers, coffee lovers and outdoorsy people there are plenty of options, but don’t forget about the fashionistas on your list. This past weekend I went out to a bunch of local boutiques to round up my favorites and what you can buy at each locally owned boutique.

I made my rounds to the ever popular Union. Union is a really great boutique because it not only offers the latest in fashions for women, but for men also. Union is very trendy yet almost minimalist. The blouses and dresses I saw on the racks were perfect for styling on their own which are great pieces to have in anyone’s wardrobe. I also found some really great quality hats and very simple jewelry. Union is a bit on the pricier side so these will be splurge gifts.

Asheville Fashion Minded

Minx is a favorite downtown. Minx is very trendy and offers everything any fashionista would want. From piko tops, lavish dresses, unique one of a kind jewelry pieces and vintage inspired shoes. Minx even has a new boutique that offers small housewares that would also make perfect gifts for anyone. Minx has a wide price range so you could surely find something for someone on your list.

My favorite spot I ventured in to was Virtue. Virtue offers trendy dresses, tops, vest, coats and layering pieces. Their jewelry selection is really quirky and boho and most pieces were under $20.00. Virtue is a great place to cross of the fashionistas because everything is great quality and also really affordable.

If you want to see how I styled a few pieces from Virtue check out my blog post here : http://wp.me/p50AtW-1ny

Project Runway Asheville – A Fashion Revival coming June 24, 2012

Local Designers Strut Their Stuff in Unique Fashion Show Benefiting the Asheville Community “Project Runway” Fashion Revival.

Asheville, NC – Back by popular demand, the Asheville Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting a Project Runway event on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville to raise funds for its diverse programs serving a large spectrum of the local community.

This JCC event is open to the public. Project Runway is a fashion show with a comical spin, featuring music and the latest couture by Asheville’s creative community. Breakfast is also served!

From those who sew for fun in their spare time to professional designers; some of Asheville’s most innovative fashionistas are gearing up to showcase their original clothing designs.

“You won’t see another fashion show like this one,” says Carol McCollum, event producer. “It is a lighter, fun-filled version of the popular Project Runway TV Show, with lots of laughs and surprises; and it’s all for a good cause.”

Local Celebrity Judges will select the Winners; and prizes will be awarded for the best of show, and best of each of 6 (six) unique categories:

1. Professional Designers Seeking Gig (Self Employed Designers)
2. Available at Local Businesses (Existing products at retail shops)
3. I Sewed It Myself (Amateurs)
4. Only in Asheville Couture (Designers using innovative materials and/or techniques)
5. Up-cycled One-Of-A-Kind Day/Evening Wear (Clothing redesigns)
6. Professional/Semi-Professional, Tasteful (Family Friendly, Comical, Drag Queen Division)

All proceeds go directly to the JCC, a non-profit organization supporting those in need throughout the Greater Asheville area. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is assisting with Project Runway and welcomes donations of pet food and/or pet toys at this event. Bring some!

What: Asheville JCC “Project Runway” Fundraising Event
When: Sunday June 24, 2012 – 10am-Noon
Where: Fine Arts Theatre – 36 Biltmore Ave, Asheville NC 28801 (downtown)
Who: Open to the Community – all ages welcome
Cost: $18 per person (Spectators or Entries) *Includes “Breakfast in a Sack”

Advance purchase 1st come, 1st serve at the Fine Arts Theatre or the JCC Front Desk 236 Charlotte St, Asheville NC 28801. Tickets will also be available online soon on the JCC Project Runway event page on the website: http://su.pr/2WRTVk

For more information about tickets, events or sponsorships: Contact Carol McCollum (828) 626-3777 or by email carolannmc@msn.com

Event Flyer by OX+CO

Hatch Fashion Hosts Modeling Auditions in Asheville April 2nd

Saturday April 2, HATCH Fashion will host auditions for runway models from 3-5 p.m. at M.I.A. Gallery, 61 1/2 N. Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville.

All models who come out to the auditions will need to be dressed to impress. Ladies, show up in heels, as the judges will be critiquing your walk. You must have availability Saturday April 16 to participate in the audition.

Those who are selected will be given the opportunity to walk in the April 16 fashion show held at The Grove Arcade from 4-5 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.

Other modeling opportunities will be assigned based on experience, interests and qualifications.

HATCH Fashion, Beyond Apparel: A Career In Fashion, is hosting a series of workshops, fashion panels, special events and a daytime fashion show April 14-17 in venues throughout downtown Asheville.  All the workshops and panels are designed to educate attendants on careers in the fashion industry.

More information can be found on our website: www.hatchasheville.org/fashion. Forward all questions to fashion.avl@hatchexperience.com.