While music may be the big draw for the annual Hopscotch Festival in downtown Raleigh this weekend, its sister event, the Hopscotch Design Festival, shines a light on designers of all stripes on Thursday.
Among those speaking at the event is “Project Runway” alum and N.C. State professor Justin LeBlanc. LeBlanc will speak at 9:30 a.m. at Christ the King Presbyterian Church on the topic of “Design Metamorphosis: Transcending Past Designs to Create New Perspectives.” He will share how he is able to put past designs behind him to continue to create fresh new looks. More information and tickets are available at hopscotchdesignfest.com.
Big Tailgate date night
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh’s Cameron Village celebrates the return of football this week with the Big Tailgate on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The store will serve tailgate food from Hibernian Irish Pub and Restaurant, beer from Goose Island and Stella Artois, and there will be a cornhole competition for prizes, including $25 Bailey’s gift cards and N.C. State football tickets. For more info, call 919-829-7337.
With fall just around the corner, local boutiques are gearing up for the new season with a spate of trunk shows featuring seasonal styles. Here’s the skinny on this week’s lineup:
▪ Kathy Moca, co-founder of South Carolina-based Beija Flor jeans, will visit StyleFinder Boutique in Raleigh for a trunk show of the company’s latest designs for fall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Moca will offer personalized fittings and style advice during her visit. To schedule an appointment, call 919-454-3068.
▪ Dovecote’s fall trunk show series continues this week with pants from Equestrian on Saturday and Sunday. Designer Kimberly Abell will visit the store to debut the latest styles for fall. Dovecote boutique is in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village, 919-542-1145.
▪ Fine Feathers boutique in Chapel Hill will have formalwear – from understated dresses to ball gowns – from Catherine Regehr in store for a trunk show Sept. 15-19. Expect an assortment of styles and colors in everything from taffeta and satin to modern techno fabrics. For details, call 919-942-3151.
Belk in Crabtree Valley Mall celebrates footwear and accessories during the Shoe Party on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Representatives from several shoe brands will be on hand to offer styling advice, and there will be refreshments, a DJ and a 25 percent discount on shoes, accessories and fine jewelry. Call 919-782-7010 for more info.
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