Style Watch: Couture for a Cause pairs designers with charities

Activate Good offers the Couture for a Cause fashion show Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum.
Activate Good offers the Couture for a Cause fashion show Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum. MERON BITTON

Each year, local nonprofit Activate Good pairs area designers and charities to create garments inspired by each charity’s mission for the Couture for a Cause fashion show. This year’s show will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. The show will feature looks from designers Keely Cansler, Meredith Grimes, Trey Trollinger, Emily Kirchem and others inspired by such nonprofits as AnimalKind, Interact of Wake County, Learning Together and Triangle Family Services. Attendees can bid on each look during an auction after the show.

Tickets are $30 online (before Friday), $35 at the door and $75 VIP. Proceeds benefit Activate Good’s efforts to pair volunteers with local nonprofits. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Trunk shows

• Holiday soiree-ready separates and jackets from Nina McIemore will be in store for a trunk show at Fine Feathers boutique in Chapel Hill Thursday through Saturday. Call 919-942-3151 for details.

• Brides-to-be can see the latest wedding styles from Vera Wang’s 2015 collection during a trunk show at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique in Raleigh, Thursday through Saturday. Customers who place an order during the show will receive special incentives. To schedule an appointment, call 919-829-5900.

• Evening and work looks from the Worth New York fall and winter collection will be at Raleigh’s Glam Lounge for a sample sale Friday through Sunday. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 919-605-1062 or 919-417-6455.

• The fall trunk show series continues this weekend at Dovecote Boutique in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village with pants from Equestrian Designs on Saturday and Sunday. Designer Kimberly Abell will be on hand to help shoppers find their perfect pair. To make an appointment, call 919-542-1145.

Dress for Success

During the Dress for Success Triangle NC Excess Sale, women can score deals on new and gently used designer items, such as $5 purses, $10 dresses and outerwear for $15. The sale, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Northgate Mall in Durham, will benefit Dress for Success’ efforts to assist needy women in the Triangle seeking employment. For more information, visit

Cary Shop Hop

The holiday shopping season kicks off in Cary this weekend during the Downtown Cary Shop Hop, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. During the event, downtown merchants such as Cute Buttons Gift Boutique, Gather, My Girlfriend’s Closet and Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery will offer refreshments, entertainment and giveaways. For more information, visit

Edge of Urge block party

Wilmington-based retailer Edge of Urge opens a new location in Raleigh Saturday at 215 E. Franklin St. The store is known not only for the creative clothing and accessories they sell, but as a launching pad for designers and a space that encourages emerging brands.

Edge of Urge shares their grand opening with Lumina Clothing, which has already relocated from Martin Street to the same Person Street Plaza shopping center on East Franklin. To celebrate, the stores are hosting a block party with food trucks, beer tents and music from bands Daddy Issues, The See Gulls and Zack Mexico. Other North Person Street merchants will participate, and the box truck from Freaker will also be on site. The block party starts at 2 p.m. and lasts into the night, with an after-party at Person Street Bar.

Edge of Urge store hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. More info at The hours at Lumina are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. More info at

Kristen’s grand opening

Cary boutique owner Kristen Greczyn – of Kristen’s Place and Kristen’s Shoes – makes the move to Raleigh with the opening of her new boutique, Kristen’s Shoes and Apparel, in Cameron Village. The shop, at 501 Daniels St., will feature the same clothing, shoes and accessories carried in her Cary locations. A grand opening celebration will be held Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Duke event

Native American fashion and the cultural influence Native Americans have on fashion will be explored during “Appropriate? Or Appropriation? Native American Fashion and Identity” fashion show and panel discussion Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Nelson Music Room at Duke University. A fashion show and discussion featuring Native American academics and designers will focus on Native American representations and symbols in the fashion industry, and whether they are used appropriately. The event is free and open to the public.

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