Top Drawer: Fashion news and views

Asheville Hardware (91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-8088) is not just your one-stop shop for woodworking supplies, renovation materials and classes—the new business also sells great T-shirts. Here, sales clerk (and local artist) Kim Dryden models one. The store also sells a men’s long-sleeved version in black.

Speaking of shirts, the Downtown After Five committee is looking for a design for their 2008 tees. Submit your idea to the contest now through Monday, March 31 (the winner will be notified on April 7). Here are the guidelines: 1) The design can be in Mac or PC format. 2) Submit final design on CD; include a hard copy along with your contact information. 3) Art must be in a vector-based program or encapsulated postscript. 4) Convert all fonts to paths, or submit font suitcase with art. 5) Colors limited to three spot on front, one spot on back. 6) Blends, tones, gradients and combinations of spot colors permissible. 7) No four-color designs. 8) Submissions become the property of Asheville Downtown Association. 9) Include the words: “Downtown After Five,” “Asheville, NC 2008,” and “Presented by the Asheville Downtown Association.” Submit in person to 29 Haywood St., Asheville, or by mail to: Asheville Downtown Association, P.O. Box 986, Asheville, NC, 28802.

Would you rather wear the shirt than design it? Diamond Brand Outdoors is seeking models for its spring fashion show. According to the outdoor-apparel retailer, “Not a supermodel? Not a problem. All ages, male or female can join the fun. Those chosen will debut the latest apparel and equipment from top brands like Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Patagonia, Prana and Lole.” Compensation includes Diamond Brand gift cards. To be considered, contact Sarah Desforge at 209-0311 or sdesforge@diamondbrand.com by Saturday, March 29.

Or, would you rather just watch the fashion show than navigate the catwalk? You’re in luck: On the third Saturday of each month (beginning Saturday, March 22), Incendio presents Better than TV, a monthly fashion review and variety show at Joli Rouge. 9:30 p.m. $7. Info: 254-6789 or 709-5031.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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