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YWCA annual fashion show accentuates African-American women's hats

Staff WriterJune 29, 2009 

Last week, the YWCA of the Greater Triangle on Hargett Street in Raleigh was the scene of the second annual "Crowns of Glory Fashion Show," a free event that celebrated the long-standing tradition of African-American women in expressive church hats.

The two-hour event featured 25 seniors walking the runway; this year four men joined in, showing off suits and hats.

"Our seniors look forward to this event all year," said Eloise Best, manager of the YWCA Golden OAKS program, which sponsored the event. "It's so much fun for them to dress in fashions worn today and throughout the years to celebrate this important expression of faith, beauty and cultural identity."

And, we say, you're never too old to be fierce.

More jewels at North Hills

Vermillion, the North Hills clothing store at the Lassiter, is now selling the Suzanna Dai jewelry line.

Dai's jewelry is for those with a sense of drama. The creative force behind the line, Houston native Suzie Gullehugh, was inspired by international travel and diverse cultures.

Gullehugh, who lives in New York, speaks French, Italian, Russian and Portuguese. (More domestically, she has family in Greensboro and Charlotte.)

This spring/summer line is her debut collection and it has been picked up by Bergdorf Goodman. With names such as Antigua, Monte Carlo and Salvador da Bahia, the pieces have a vintage feel and intricate embellishments that Gullehugh learned from working with a luxury table-top designer.

Pieces are handcrafted with cording, metal threads, semiprecious beads, silver and 14 carat gold-plated components.

Prices starts at $120 for earrings and go up to $395 for the more intricate necklaces.

Vermillion is at 4321 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue, Suite 102 in Raleigh.

Local designers wanted

FashionSPARK, the style component of the annual SPARKcon event, is looking for local designers for its annual showcase in the fall.

Fashion designers, accessories designers and body artists are encouraged to submit their work (or pictures of it) by July 13 at 5 p.m. for consideration in the Sept. 18 show.

SPARKcon is the three-day event that celebrates the Triangle's creativity.

For more information and an application, go to

Shop-local event

Mark your calendars. Wednesday marks the beginning of National Independents Week, a nationwide effort aimed at getting shoppers to support independent businesses. Or simply put, to shop locally. Who are we to argue?

On Thursday, Shop Local Raleigh is throwing a party at North Hills Commons from 6-9 p.m., as part of the Midtown Music Series. North Tower will play, and Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will stop by.

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