Style Watch: Local designers show at Charleston Fashion Week

N.C. State junior Lisa Hoang is one of five designers with ties to N.C. State showing at Charleston Fashion Week. Her women’s couture collection reflects her dual heritage.
N.C. State junior Lisa Hoang is one of five designers with ties to N.C. State showing at Charleston Fashion Week. Her women’s couture collection reflects her dual heritage. Courtesy of Lisa Hoang

Five designers with roots in the Triangle will present collections at Charleston Fashion Week.

N.C. State students Lisa Hoang, Jamie Morrison and Lauren Stilwell will present collections this week along with State grads Jon Milner and Jessica Lache Fulks. Fulks, Morrison and Stilwell will present their collections Thursday, and Millner and Hoang will present Friday.

This is the first time participating in the annual event for several of the designers, including Hoang, who is a junior studying fashion textile design at State. Hoang’s women’s couture collection reflects her dual heritage.

“The collection was inspired by my upbringing in both American and Vietnamese culture,” she says. “The collection brings together the styles of the East and West. Additionally, the Nguyen Dynasty pays homage to my mother. As a child she had taught me how to sew, and she had always been supportive in my pursuit of fashion.”

For these emerging designers, Charleston Fashion Week offers an opportunity to gain exposure on a larger stage.

“It is an honor to be part of such a reputable event,” says Hoang. “My hopes are that it will help me in establishing a name for myself as a designer.”

In addition to the Triangle designers, Raleigh-based Zass Design also will be among the featured vendors at the event. For more information about Charleston Fashion Week, visit

Trunk Show

▪ Tony Drockton, CEO and creative director of Hammitt accessories, will visit Main and Taylor boutique in Raleigh’s North Hills on Saturday, noon-5 p.m. The trunk show, which runs Friday and Saturday, features new handbag designs for spring. For details, call 919-821-1556.

▪ At Fearrington Village, Dovecote boutique’s spring pop-up shop series continues this week with handmade belts and scarves from Suzi Roher on Friday and Saturday. Each scarf goes through a 13-step process using original artwork printed on a modal and silk base milled in Italy. Call 919-542-1145 for more info.

Perfect Pant Party

After drawing a big crowd to its Perfect Pant Party a few weeks ago, StyleFinder Boutique decided to host another installment of the popular event. On Friday and Saturday, customers can get personalized pants fittings with a stylist to assist them in finding the right pair for their shape. Wine and cheese will be served Friday after 3 p.m. and breakfast treats will be served Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. StyleFinder will once again donate $5 to Interact, a local charity that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, for every pair of pants sold during the event. Call 919-454-3068 for more details.

Silver restoration

Silver restoration DaNeen Bryan will visit Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary on Saturday to offer free recommendations and estimates on restoring and repairing sterling and silver-plated heirloom jewelry. Broken pieces can be soldered and missing pieces replaced during the event, as well. For more info, visit

Fashion Show

New spring looks hit the runway at Bevello in Raleigh’s Cameron Village for the store’s spring fashion show March 23. Drinks will be served at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. To RSVP for VIP seating, call 919-907-3200.

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