Top drawer

East of the sun

Mary Singer

• Who she is: Mary Singer

• What she’s wearing: a canvas hat that she found, black Indian cotton top from a friend, purple Thai pants from another friend and black-and-white-striped knee socks from the Costume Shoppe.

• Why we love it: “It’s pretty much all hand-me-downs,” says Mary — but the Asian-inspired pants and shirt are elegantly gauzy, while the knee socks and boots add urban flair. Plus, the open-leg style of these wrap pants offers a breezy option to revealing summer clothes, keeping skin cool and protected from the sun.

Try this on

Don’t want to drop $150 for a ticket to this year’s Red Ball? The 5th Circle offers a fashion-savvy alternative: The Black Ball at Joli Rouge (130 College St.) on Saturday, June 24. The 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. event features DJ Nareau spinning Goth, Industrial and EBM with guests Mouse and Spider. Tickets are an affordable $5 (only $3 if you show up in formal attire). For info, call 350-1660 or go to

Loose threads

Bathing Ape shirt

Hey guys, Movement Fashions (85 Patton Ave., 258-0021) has a hot tip when it comes to men’s summer styles: The boutique is the only area store to carry the exclusive, hard-to-get Bathing Ape line. This colorful, new-school hip-hop gear comes in limited-edition designs. Also, check the shop for shorts by Evisu and summer T-shirt sales.

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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