If you missed the gala opening fashion show for the “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art, you can still check out all the student-designed pieces from the runway. Student designs will be on display Nov. 5-17 at Crabtree Valley Mall.
Three designs were singled out by a panel of judges that included N.C. State professor and designer (and “Project Runway” alum) Justin LeBlanc; Raleigh Denim founders Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko; designer Zang Toi; and Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition (FLAIR) president Faye Clerk Moseley.
The top design was created by N.C. A&T student Desiree M. Hendrick. First runner-up went to Carly Owens, a student at N.C. State, and second runner-up was Sarah Rose Bischoff from Appalachian State. Six other N.C. State students also participated: Jessica Crabtree, Abbie Doss, Rang Li, Wen Li, Victoria Luong Vu and Laura Wyker.
A reception celebrating the display will be held Nov. 11. The dresses will be located on Lower Level A near H&M. The Ebony exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art runs through Jan. 21. For more, go to ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Vermillion in North Hills welcomes designers Rosie Assoulin and the Fortunato sisters for a double trunk show of their spring collections, Nov. 6-7. The designers will be in the store from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6. Assoulin is known for fashion-forward dresses and separates with feminine details like ruffles and softly flowing silhouettes.
Twin sisters Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato’s jewelry line, Lizzie Fortunato, features statement necklaces, earrings and more inspired by their travels and love of art and artisanal craftwork. The sisters will debut pieces created exclusively for Vermillion. To schedule an appointment, call 919-787-9780.
▪ Dovecote Style in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village debuts a new outerwear brand – Save the Duck – during a trunk show Nov. 10-11. The company offers coats that are 100 percent animal-free – no feathers, leather or fur. For details, call 919-542-1145.
Sip and Shop
Dress designer resale boutique hosts a Sip and Shop event from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at its Six Forks location. Customers can enjoy wine from Wine & Beer 101 while scoring discounts and hourly giveaways. For more info, call 919-945-4997.
While most gala fundraisers come with a hefty entry fee, this week’s Give Gala comes with a more affordable price tag – free. The gala – the brainchild of Jess Ekstrom, the founder of Headbands of Hope – asks attendees to donate goods, services and gifts to benefit children and their families being treated at Duke and UNC hospitals. The event will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 10 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. For full details and to register for the event, visit givegala.org.
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