The Asheville Area Arts Council’s Purple Ball Fashion Show: Peace, Love and Purple, held Sunday, April 20, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, had a threefold mission. First, the event raised funds for Western North Carolina arts programs. Second, it served as a kickoff for the Purple Ball gala to be held Saturday, June 14 (to learn more, go to www.ashevillearts.com). Finally, the fashion show sent the best in plum-,violet- and lavender-hued clothing from local designers and boutiques down the runway—a great way to get Purple Ball revelers thinking about what to wear. Photographer Maggie West captured models backstage and on the catwalk. Click here to see photos from the fashion show.
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Natural-fibers boutique Terra Diva (80 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 225-4884) celebrates the opening of sister store Dessous, located in the Grove Arcade (1 Page Ave., Suite 124, Asheville, 505-2549). Billed as a lingerie boutique for “women of all ages, shapes and sizes,” the shop carries dainties by Hanky Panky, Wendy Glez, Sassybox, Carol Maloney and more. Watch for a grand-opening party to be announced.