In honor of this weekend’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh, Raleigh accessories designer Holly Aiken has created a new line of bluegrass-influenced bags, wallets, clutches and wristlets. Featuring a banjo design in Aiken’s signature colorful vinyl, the bags will be available at the festival and in Aiken’s Stitch store on the corner of Wilmington and Hargett streets.
Cancer fundraiser at Dress
Dress celebrates its second year at its Ridgewood Shopping Center location with a Fashion Fighting Cancer Fundraiser 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. The event features two trunk shows – jeans from Articles of Society and jewelry from Sweetie Pie Jewelry. Proceeds from the first $500 of denim sold will be donated to Earlier.org, which works to discover biological tests to detect breast cancer earlier to increase survival. There also will be an auction to benefit Earlier.org, plus drinks and snacks. For more info, visit dressraleigh.com.
Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary offers its Gem Chat informational series this week. Topics include “Famous Women Jewelers” on Thursday at 5 p.m., “Periods and Styles” on Fridayat 5 p.m. and “Love and Jewelry” on Saturday at 11 a.m. The chats are free, and wine will be served on Friday and Saturday with mimosas on Saturday. For more information, call 919-678-0092.
‘Secrets of Style’
Local stylist Mary Michele Nidiffer will help women discover their personal style with her new free seminar series, “Secrets of Style.” The first session, “What to Wear: The Top 10 Trends for Fall 2013,” will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Nidiffer’s One Chic Mama offices in Lafayette Village, 8480 Honeycutt Road, Suite 200, Raleigh. Attendees must RSVP at email@example.com.
Dancing into fashion
Who better to model some of the season’s hottest shoes than ballerinas? That’s the idea behind the Rangoni Fall Fashion Show on Saturday at the Rangoni shoe store in Cameron Village. Dancers from the Carolina Ballet will model fall styles from Rangoni Firenze Shoes and Amalfi by Rangoni. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet the dancers after the show. During the event, 15 percent of sales will be donated to Carolina Ballet, Inc. To RSVP, call 919-832-5278.
Saks celebrates men
Saks celebrates its Men’s Contemporary Day on Saturday with appearances by local designer Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim and Zachary Prell of Zachary Prell shirts. Shoppers can meet the designers and enjoy craft beer from Fuquay-Varina’s Aviator Brewing Company. For more info: 919-792-9100, ext. 5338.
This week in trunks
The fall trunk show season carries on this week with a variety of events. Here’s a sampling:
• Certain Things in Cameron Village will have the latest jeans for fall from Beija-Flor Thursday through Saturday. The collection includes the label’s new, eco-friendly colored jeans made with Repreve, a recycled fiber made in North Carolina using plastic bottles. Beija-Flor designer Kathy Moça will be in-store for personal fit consultations on Thursday, and shoppers will get the chance to win a free pair of Beija-Flor jeans with any denim purchase. For details, call 919-828-5055.
• Main and Taylor in North Hills welcomes a rep from VanEli for a trunk show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Shoppers can get a preview of spring 2014 styles, many of which are available in narrow widths. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 919-821-1556.
• Saks Fifth Avenue will have the latest collection from Stephanie Kantis Fashion Jewelry for a show Friday and Saturday. To make an appointment to see the line and meet with a Stephanie Kantis stylist, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5318.
• Belk in Cary is hosting its fall LeVian trunk show with Motoko, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday. For reservations and information, call 919-467-5050, ext. 281.