Top Drawer: Fashion news and views

Local designers and boutiques are taking to the runway—make that runways—for good causes: art and the earth.

The Asheville Area Arts Council rehashes its popular fundraiser ball again this summer (and this time, purple is the theme color). Get into the mood with the Purple Ball Fashion Show slated for Sunday, April 20, in the Renaissance Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The show features party-worthy clothing from local designers and boutiques, along with a cash bar and music by DJ Fortune 500. 7 p.m. $15 general, $25 V.I.P. After-party at New French Bar. Info: 258-0710.

On Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day Asheville (presented by Quality Forward, held at The Orange Peel) also features fashion. All works presented feature low-impact elements such as recycled clothing and sustainable natural fibers. Spiritex and Poetic Justice by Marylou Marsh-Sanders, Sew Moe by Moe Erin Donnelly, Elliott Elephant by Amanda Boekhout, Rags Reborn Eco Chic Boutique, Little Eagle by Kaorico Ago, m. by Meredith Law, Frox by Roxanne Frue, Rachel Stak’s Red Moon Rising Studios and River T-C are included in the lineup. 7 p.m., $12. Info: 254-1776.

Look for fashions from these local style-makers, who will show at both events:


“Spring time dress” by Elliott Elephant. Model: Colleen Trickett.

[1] “Spring time dress” by Elliott Elephant. Model: Colleen Trickett.


“Daphney” dress by Poetic Justice. Model: Tierney Oberhammer. Photo by Maggie West

[2] “Daphney” dress by Poetic Justice. Model: Tierney Oberhammer. [photo by Maggie West]


Rags Reborn presents an organic-cotton tunic by Little Eagle, indigo-dyed cotton trousers, purple snakeskin boots by Prada and handcrafted ring and earrings by artist Beth Boone. Model: Mary Miller Stair.

[3] Rags Reborn presents an organic-cotton tunic by Little Eagle, indigo-dyed cotton trousers, purple snakeskin boots by Prada and handcrafted ring and earrings by artist Beth Boone. Model: Mary Miller Stair.


Victorian-inspired layered dress and shrug by Sew Moe. Model: Iman Payne. Photo by Yve Adams

[4] Victorian-inspired layered dress and shrug by Sew Moe. Model: Iman Payne. [photo by Yve Adams]


Try this on

One more good deed: On Sunday, April 20, the just-opened Coldwater Creek Store (10 Brook St., Asheville) hosts Try It On for the Cure to benefit Local Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The retailer will donate $1 to Komen for each shopper who tries on Coldwater Creek clothing in the dressing room. No purchase is necessary. Info: www.komen.org.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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