“I am not too concerned about the façade of a building and would rather see creative designs that reflect many Asheville citizens’ values and true Asheville style.”
Style has many dimensions, but one of the first that comes to mind is the personal aesthetic expression of those who live, work and pass through here.
When it comes to hair, Asheville is “anything goes,” says Jami Redlinger, Best of WNC Hall of Famer for Hairstylist and co-owner of The Middy. But beneath that diversity, she explains, is a unifying theme: self-expression. “I feel like there’s a lot of really creative people here, so people want to get really creative with their hair, too.”
Local designers are challenging the area’s casual-meets-utilitarian ethos. Mothers are creating delicate tops with salmon scalloping, artists are recycling flower petals to dye dresses and long-time West Ashevillians are importing French lace for sexy intimates.
What is Asheville and WNC style? For Xpress’ upcoming Style issue, we’d like our readers to help us find out.