Top drawer: fashion news and views

Drummer Imhotep in a bright, graphic dashiki

What goes with a woven tote bag and summery tee? A vintage felt hat with an antique pin.

Downtown Asheville’s Goombay Festival (held Aug. 24-26) bills itself as a celebration of African and Caribbean cultures. The multiethnic street fair, held on the “The Block” where Eagle and Market streets intersect, offers an opportunity for people of all cultures to explore their roots. Diversity plays out in the colorful outfits of these festivalgoers.


• Two stylish shoppers check out African-patterned purses. Their earth-tone ensembles match the traditional garb of the booth’s merchant, center.


• Festival-friendly flip-flops and a straw cowboy hat are paired with an exotic sarong.


• Pretty in pink (and green and yellow): Three faces of fun, unique fashion.

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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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