Jennifer Bringle keeps up with the Triangle’s evolving fashion and trends

Stylin’: A busy week of spring trunk shows

CorrespondentMarch 6, 2013 

March 13th, designer Rebecca Minkoff will visit Saks Fifth Avenue in Triangle Town Center for a meet-and-greet from 1-2 p.m. That night, Minkoff will showcase her spring collection during a "Girls' Night Out" event from 5-7 p.m.


Spring trunk-show season is here, and this will be a busy week for shows in the Triangle. Here’s the lineup:

• Raleigh jewelry designer Loren Barham brings new pieces for spring from her Loren Hope line to Monkee’s of Raleigh for a trunk show Thursday. Monkee’s is at 4158 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh, 919-785-1400,

• Dovecote boutique in Fearrington Village continues its spring trunk show series Thursday when jewelry designer Ann Lightfoot brings her handmade baubles to the shop. Dovecote is at 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, 336-542-1145.

• Saks Fifth Avenue in Triangle Town Center hosts two big events this week. On Thursday, a representative from Max Mara will bring the label’s spring collection and offer styling sessions 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5374. Then on March 13, designer Rebecca Minkoff will visit the store for a meet-and-greet 1-2 p.m. That night, Minkoff will showcase her spring collection during a 5-7 p.m. Girls’ Night Out event. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make a reservation, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5205.

• Women’s sportswear designer Elizabeth McKay will visit Charlotte’s in North Hills 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 13 to unveil new pieces from her line. The trunk show will continue through March 15, with additional labels (Tracy Negoshian, Lissa Mar and Jude Connally) included for March 14-15. For more information, call 919-787-7113,

Donate business attire

Dressbarn will hold its annual Dress for Success clothing drive to benefit the non-profit’s efforts to provide business attire to women in need. From Thursday through Sunday, Dressbarn stores will accept donations of new or gently used professional wear to donate to local Dress for Success chapters. Dressbarn has stores in Durham, Garner and Morrisville.

Fashion and fair trade

Ten Thousand Villages in Cameron Village celebrates International Women’s Day with an event Friday. During the celebration, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., there will be a fair trade fashion social featuring local fair trade women entrepreneurs including designer Marissa Heyl of Symbology, talks on fair trade practices, refreshments and more. For details, call 919-821-1100.

Made-to-order jewelry

Shoppers can get a deal on custom designs this week at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Cameron Village during a custom design event Friday and Saturday. During the promotion, the fee for custom design appointments will be waived. 415 Daniels St., Raleigh, 919-829-7337,

Sneak peek

In anticipation of their fashion show later this spring, local designers Keely Cansler and Natalie Drennon will preview their fall collections at the Roundabout Art Collective 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The designers, both products of the N.C. State textile and design programs, will each show five garments from their lines. Refreshments will be served. Roundabout Art Collective is at 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Spring fling

The Junior League of Raleigh will once again partner with Belk for Fashion Forward, a benefit highlighting spring’s hottest trends, on Sunday at 6 p.m. Held at Belk in Crabtree Valley Mall, the event will feature a fashion show at 7 p.m., plus a guest appearance by designer Karen Kane and cosmetic tips from Laura Mercier celebrity makeup artist Ryan Thomas.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and include food and drink, a gift bag and a $10 Belk gift card. VIP tickets are $75 and include a pre-event reception, food and drink, an upgraded gift bag, a $10 Belk gift card, priority seating at the fashion show and a raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s community youth programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Just for you

Local stylist Mary Michele Little of One Chic Mama will share the latest spring trends and help women incorporate them into their wardrobes at her upcoming spring trends workshop. The session, 6-8 p.m. on March 14, will highlight trends and help women determine what colors, cuts and styles suit their bodies and lifestyles.

The fee for the workshop, held at One Chic Mama Studios (8480 Honeycutt Road, Ste. 200, Raleigh), is $97 and includes a style workbook to take home. To reserve a space, call 919-828-7529 or visit

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