Top Drawer: fashion news and views

Halter dress with emerald-green silk from India, $90.

Designer Rachel Stack has been putting in too many late nights, trying to complete her collection which she hopes to sell at that other fashion week: Bonnaroo. But while flowing skirts, halter tops and loose-fitting unisex cropped pants are perfect attire for festival fans, Stack’s creations may well have a higher calling. High-end elements like fine fabrics, spare lines and earthy hues off-set by shimmering jewel tones and detailed trims seem every bit as appropriate in designer boutiques as on the concert circuit. The local artist (who favors luxurious-yet-hearty materials like raw silk and linen) also crafts one-off bags in supple leather and makes her own stencils, inspired by fossil mollusks and Balinese shadow puppets. Contact Stack for customized orders at 337-9855 or, or shop her line at Rags Reborn Eco Chic Boutique (1 Walnut St., 253-4488).
Photos by Jonathan Welch, dresses modeled by Melissa Terrezza.

• Knee-length shift of chocolate-brown raw silk with elephant-print trim and stencil applique on the back, about $50. One-of-a-kind bag with stencil.

• Halter dress with black linen and trim, $90.

• Various handmade bags, some with vintage fabrics. $35-$60.

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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3 thoughts on “Top Drawer: fashion news and views

  1. Ermalinda

    Beautify model. I love the products you have to show. I hope I can look as good in them as your model.

  2. Eugene

    Very nice. Your model is beautiful. Can you provide which agency I would need to contact to get her for some of my shoots?


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