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Stylin': Meet designer Trina Turk at Belk charity fashion show

CorrespondentMarch 5, 2014 

Meet designer Trina Turk at the Belk charity fashion show Sunday. It benefits the Junior League.


Triangle fans of California designer Trina Turk will get the chance to rub elbows with the designer while getting a first look at her spring and summer collections during Fashion Forward on Sunday at Belk Crabtree.

The event, which benefits the Junior League of Raleigh and its community outreach programs, will feature a 7:30 p.m. fashion show of Turk’s latest pieces, which were inspired by her home state.

“The inspiration was a road trip through California, since the state encompasses a lot of different landscapes, both natural and urban,” she said in a phone interview. “It really gave us a broad base to pull from, with graphic geometric prints inspired by the city and other pieces in a softer, sun-bleached color palette inspired by the beach.”

Though definitely California-cool, Turk’s clothing has long been popular in our region, as well.

“The Southeast really embraces color in a big way, even more so than more northern climates or intensely urban places like New York,” she said. “We’ve always done really well in the Southeast because Southern women love color and prints.”

The fashion show also will feature Turk’s new shoe and accessory line, as well as pieces from her home collection.

“When we started the company, I thought of it as just a ready-to-wear collection,” she says. “But it has evolved into a lifestyle brand, and you need all the pieces to fit the lifestyle.”

In addition to the fashion show, the event will include giveaways, live entertainment and refreshments. Tickets are $25 ($75 for VIP) at Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s community programs, a cause that Turk really believes in.

“I’ve done Junior League events in San Francisco and San Diego,” she says. “The Junior League is an organization of women who are helping their communities, and they also happen to be my customer. I think it’s a great synergy between the women involved in Junior League and what we do as a brand – women helping their community be a better place.”

Wedding gala

Brides can check out some of the latest in wedding fashion with gowns from Raleigh’s Traditions by Anna at the Cary Magazine Elegant Weddings Gala, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday. Held at the State Club on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus, the event also will feature a variety of local wedding vendors. Tickets are $10 at

Trunk shows

Accessories and designer duds are just a few of the things on tap for this week’s trunk shows:

• Shop accessories from Hobo the Original, Cicada and local jewelry designer Kenda Kist during Peachy Keen boutique’s Trunk Show Bazaar, 6-8 p.m. Thursday in Cary. Complimentary beer from White Street Brewing Co. and food from Firehouse Subs will be served during the event. Call 919-678-0092 for more information.

• Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh’s Cameron Village will host a trunk show of personalized jewelry from designer Heather B. Moore from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. For more info, call 919-829-7337.

• Saks Fifth Avenue at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh will have the latest from Armani Collezioni for a trunk show on Saturday. For details call, 919-792-9100.

First Friday

High Cotton celebrates the one-year anniversary of its downtown Raleigh store with a launch party for its new spring line from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. The new collection features linen and cotton neckties, plus madras and seersucker braces and new bow tie styles. Attendees can enjoy live music and refreshments. High Cotton is at 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 100, Raleigh, 919-817-8319.

Prom shop

My Girlfriend’s Closet designer resale boutique has opened a prom shop that carries dresses, shoes, jewelry and more. The store also is accepting new and gently used dresses for consignment. My Girlfriend’s Closet is at 100 Parkthrough St., Cary, 919-651-1790.

Ulta open

Cosmetic and beauty supply retailer Ulta recently opened a new location in Morrisville’s Park West Village shopping center. The store carries more than 20,000 beauty products and offers a variety of salon services. Ulta is at 2116 Village Market Place, Morrisville, 919-463-0519.

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