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Frock (4 Battery Park Ave., 255-4626), located in the storefront that formerly housed Chicago Hi Fashions, has little in common with its predecessor. The boutique is geared toward women, for starters, and boasts a far more subdued palette than the pink and purple zoot suits of yore. Yet it seems fitting for the of-the-moment clothier […]

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One of the best parts about the summer festival season is getting gussied up in flamboyant alter-ego-inspired apparel. Tie-dyes, colorful sundresses and dramatic hats are pulled from closets along with devil sticks and hula hoops. But shouldn’t a festival also be a good place to shop for those inner-child-pleasing wardrobe pieces? At the biannual Lake […]

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There’s something stylish about a homemade lunch: It’s healthy, it makes good use of groceries and reduces the dining-out budget (not to mention the number of takeout cartons). But carrying lunch in vintage Tupperware or a ratty shopping bag isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. Remember how much fun it was to carry your Dukes of Hazzard […]

Top Drawer: Fashion news and views

Top Drawer wants to get into the minds of Asheville’s notable fashion forecasters, trendsetters and style icons. In this series, we ask boutique owners and designers what inspires them, and what tips they have to pass along. This month, Moe Erin Donnelly of Sew Moe (www.sewmoe.com) boasts about the local fashion scene, turns us on […]

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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 […]

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Local visionary Rylin Mariel is hard to miss: Her brightly colored outfits, mendhi-like body paint, spiky hairstyles and fringed scarves set her apart in the best way. For years, women have asked her how she achieved her look. “I tell them that it just comes from a synthesis of the things I love most in […]

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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 […]

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“Gumdrop” wedges by Rocketdog are the ultimate high-heeled sneakers. If cruelty-free footwear (or just cute canvas skimmers) are on your list for spring, local retailers are carrying an array of leather-free styles. 2008 is a great year for vegan shoes because, among other reasons, it’s the 100th anniversary of sporty shoe company Converse, which is […]

Top Drawer: Fashion news and views

Top Drawer wants to get into the minds of Asheville’s notable fashion forecasters, trend-setters and style icons. In this series, we ask boutique owners and designers what inspires them, and what tips they have to pass along. Here, Gigi Reneé, clothing designer and owner of retro boutique Vintage Moon (46 Commerce St., Asheville, 225-2768), gives […]

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A class in progress. The maxim, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” could be applied to recently opened Cloth Fiber Workshop (51 Thompson St., Suite D., Asheville). After all, it used to be that if you wanted something new to wear, you had to get stitching—and often the cheaply made, mass-produced apparel […]

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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 […]

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Rustic-furniture designer Mary Messer has been crafting culled-from-nature pieces for so long that she insists, “I’m not sure how I got started.” The Haywood County-based craftswoman adds, “I have just always loved different and unusual things. I get a picture in my head and I have to make it.” Messer’s inspiration comes from hiking the […]

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Top Drawer wants to get into the minds of Asheville’s notable fashion forecasters, trendsetters and style icons. In this series, we ask boutique owners and designers what inspires them, and what tips they have to pass along. Larry Hopkins, owner and mastermind of Ananda Hair Studio (22 Broadway St., Asheville, 232-1017) is influenced by the […]

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Factory girl: Mod- meets- ‘80s- meets- futuristic. High-waisted jeans, red belt, skyscraper pumps and a just-made Angi West band tee. Singer/songwriter Angi West (www.angiwest.com) is a relative newcomer to the Asheville music scene. She released her debut album, Orange Thread in a Blue Sea, late last year, and has been racking up local dates at […]

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Reusability is key at The Lazy Susan (625 Haywood Road, West Asheville, 225-3235), a kitchen emporium featuring new products, consignment items and antique furnishings. Owner Jane Northway explains that everything her 3-year-old business carries has a proven track record. Either it’s already lasted decades (if not generations) or—in the case of new items—is practical enough […]

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In case you haven’t heard, the Asheville arts world is all a-twitter (sorry) about HATCHfest (www.ashevillehatchfest.org), a proposed multidisciplinary networking convention to be held next year. Arts luminaries came out of the woodwork for a Hatchfest preview party at Echo Mountain Recording Studio (14 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville), representing music, technology and literary and […]

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Top Drawer wants to get into the minds of Asheville’s notable fashion forecasters, trendsetters and style icons. In this series, we ask boutique owners and designers what inspires them and what tips they have to pass along. Here, R. Brooke Priddy, creator of Ship to Shore (426 Haywood Road, West Asheville, 242-1378) introduces us to […]

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Insight: Necklace of sterling silver with jade, turquoise, clear quartz and moonstones. “Give me people who are earthy, natural and lacking in pretense,” says jewelry designer Akiko Gordon. “It is their work I emulate.” That wild, untethered influence is readily apparent in the artist’s clustered, textural creations. From 1996 to 2001, Gordon was a host […]

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Fiber artist Lisa Klakulak explains much about her work in the name of her business: Strong Felt Works. The felted wool in her designs is strong, as is her passion for the artistry, history, and future of felt work. Recently, Klakulak spent time in Morocco doing personal research into that country’s wool art, as well […]

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It’s a new year, and Asheville’s stylish downtown residents and visitors seem to be celebrating with Technicolor wardrobe accents. No dreary, citified blacks and grays here. Instead, happy hues fill the streets, from cheery overcoats and vibrant headwear to whimsical boots and wraps. Looks like a great start to 2008.

Top drawer: fashion news and views

Forget, for a moment, the latest handbag, all-terrain shoe or multitasking watch. The question at hand is not what accessory you should next acquire for your own ensemble, but what exciting piece of decor your house wants for the new year. A stop by Mobilia (42 Haywood St., Asheville, 252-8322) reveals plenty of inspiration (even […]