Top drawer

Not your average gallery crawl

One night, three openings — all fashion-oriented. While many fans of new clothing and unique accessories feel that clothing and jewelry deserves art-gallery status (complete with wine and cheese to celebrate the arrival of a new line) that’s rarely the case. Fanfare is generally limited to glimpsing the perfect dress on the rack, if not in the display window. But on Friday, Dec. 8, three openings turned fashion into hors d’oeuvres-worthy celebrations. Xpress was on hand to take notes.

The Beauty Bar (70 Wall St., 285-2992) introduces a line of jewelry by local artist Briana Benkoczy. Here, a multi-strand turquoise bead necklace.

Another necklace with matching earrings from Briana Benkoczy’s line “Shine.”

Photographer Rene Treece (pictured here) showed an exhibit of her photos — many including dresses by local designer R. Brooke Priddy — at the Wedge Gallery (151-B Roberts St.).

Checking out the art work at Rene Treece’s multimedia photography show,Pendulum Stop, at the Wedge.

Newly opened boutique Zakya (61 Haywood St., 254-9890) features elegant women’s wear, like this hooded sweater dress.

Zakya’s “low-key luxe” style includes everything from jeans and tees to surprisingly comfortable evening dresses, like this one.

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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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