Style Watch: Raleigh designer Justin LeBlanc shows ‘Journey’ at CAM

Designer Justin LeBlanc returns home from “Project Runway All Stars” to preview his fall/winter 2016 collection, titled “Journey,” at CAM Raleigh on Friday.
Designer Justin LeBlanc returns home from “Project Runway All Stars” to preview his fall/winter 2016 collection, titled “Journey,” at CAM Raleigh on Friday. KATHLEEN EDWARDS

Fresh off a seventh-place finish on “Project Runway All Stars,” Raleigh designer Justin LeBlanc is back home to preview his fall/winter collection, titled “Journey,” during an event at CAM Raleigh on Friday.

Always one to put himself into his work, LeBlanc drew inspiration from things close to his heart for this collection.

“My initial inspiration was my home state, North Carolina,” he says. “I wanted to create an innovative line sourced from materials produced here. This took me on a journey throughout the state, where I saw a renewal of the textile industry and discovered wonderful North Carolina fabrics and creative resources, all used in the collection.

“The collection is also inspired by the many strong and determined women who have made such a difference in my life. My collection reflects a woman on a journey to self-assurance and empowerment.”

The collection features LeBlanc’s signature neutral aesthetic, with a slight twist, in fabrics from North Carolina sources such as Contempora Fabrics of Lumberton, Glenoit Fabrics of Tarboro and Durham’s Spoonflower.

“There’s color this time around, but only in baby steps,” he says. “There will be some lilac mixed in with my signature blacks and grays.”

Whether in his pieces for the “Project Runway” judges or his collections for off-television runways, LeBlanc always uses his clothing to share a part of his life.

“Every artist has a story to tell,” he said. “I express myself best through my art, my designs. Making a collection is my way of telling a fragment of my story and of expressing my artistic vision. I have a lot more stories that I hope to share with everyone. This collection is a celebration of my pride for North Carolina, the people in my life and adventure.”

LeBlanc’s “Journey” show takes place Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 students and CAM members. See for more details.

Trunk shows

• Fine Feathers boutique in Chapel Hill will hold two eveningwear trunk shows this week. The first, Thursday-Saturday, features designs by Marisa Baratelli. The second, Feb. 17-21, will include special occasion pieces by Catherine Regehr. For details, call 919-942-3151.

• Dovecote boutique’s spring trunk show series continues this weekend with cashmere sweaters from Magaschoni on Saturday and Sunday. Dovecote boutique is in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village. For details, call 919-542-1145.

Valentine’s Panic Party

Last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers get a helping hand from Joint Venture Jewelry and Peachy Keen boutique in Cary during the stores’ Valentine’s Panic Party, 4-7 p.m., Thursday. There will be markdowns on jewelry, date night outfits and more, plus complimentary wine and chocolates. Visit

DECO + Posy party

DECO Raleigh teams up with Posy Handmade+Vintage for a “Love Your Community/Love Small Business” party on Friday at DECO. Attendees can check out locally made T-shirts, jewelry, bags and more while enjoying Oscar Williams cotton candy and other local goodies. A portion of sales and proceeds from raffle tickets sold during the event will benefit the Green Chair Project, which repurposes donated household furnishings for those in need. Call 919-828-5484 for details.

Durham sidewalk sale

Durham’s Northgate Mall marks Presidents Day with a sidewalk sale Saturday-Monday. During the event, stores will offer deals, and shoppers can spin the Northgate Presidents’ Wheel to win prizes and register to win a shopping spree. For more information, visit

Dress for Success Showcase

Dress for Success Triangle hosts its Designer Showcase from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northgate Mall in Durham. Shoppers can score deep discounts on new and gently used clothing and accessories from Kate Spade, Trina Turk, Stella McCartney and more. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission is $20, and proceeds benefit Dress for Success’ efforts to help women in need re-enter the workforce. For more info, call 919-286-2128.

Style workshop

Local stylist Mary Michele Nidiffer will show women how to use accessories to up their style game during her Secrets of Style LIVE! workshop Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. in Raleigh. The workshop starts with a boutique preview at 5 p.m. The workshop is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP to

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