Top Drawer: Fashion news and views

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 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.

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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