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Beyond the pale

On Saturday, June 16, arts patrons painted the town (downtown Asheville, that is) white in honor of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s White Ball fundraiser. Lavish parties, eclectic entertainment and food and drink from area restaurants added to the atmosphere but the evening was really about turning out in the best snowy-hued apparel. Whether purchased from local boutiques, found at thrift shops, rented from a costumer or hand-stitched, these outfits warranted bragging rights for the wearers.

• Lauren (left) in a dress she had made for the event; Robyn in a dress she ordered online.


• Halo in feathers, ruffles and fake blood.


• Bob (left) and Randy in polos, puka shells and matching fedoras.


• Hara sparkles angelically.


Try this on

Attention Smashing Pumpkins fans: Union (18 Haywood St.,

Asheville, 259-3300) is selling limited-edition Smashing Pumpkins T-shirts. Not your usual concert fare, these gray-on-black screen prints are a collaboration between clothing vendor Drifter and the band. Better yet, they’re available only at Union and one other store in the U.S. (and it’s in San Francisco). Men’s and women’s sizes run $50; customers are entered into a drawing for a set of tickets to one of the shows.

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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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