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Prettier than a They Might Be Giants lyric

“With all this extra savoir-faire / What is left for me to prove, dear,” asked the absurdist alt-rock duo They Might Be Giants on their 1994 album John Henry. But Asheville’s Extra Savoir Faire fashion show, held at the Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 545-4841) on Saturday, Oct. 18, sent local designers and retails stomping down the runway like they did have something to prove. Represented were finds from retro-boutique Vintage Moon (46 Commerce St., Asheville, 225-2767), prom and bridesmaids’ gowns from Gyna Fashions (277-8825), and designers More than Mammal (La Fortuna Boutique, 101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 545-4841), Rainbow Black (La Fortuna Boutique), Tegonia (, and ARTeries by Stina (Phil Mecahnic Studios, by appointment at 337-1236).

• [left] Knit wit: Backstage before the show in a bright maxi-skirt and turquoise crochet shawl from Vintage Moon.

• [right] Pretty in pink: Prom-perfect or maid-of-honor material in crinoline and satin frmo Bliss.

• [left] Queen of everything: A floor-length green and gold caftan dress from Vintage Moon hits a regal note.

• [right] Obi-wan: A kimono and obi sash-inspired gown of floral gauze from Vintage Moon is comfortable enough for nap-time, glamorous enough for the runway.

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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