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Style Watch: Local women among Belk Designer Showcase finalists

N.C. State graduate Jessica Laché Fulks was selected to compete for the opportunity to have a collection of her menswear line, Laché Supply & Co., sold in Belk stores.
N.C. State graduate Jessica Laché Fulks was selected to compete for the opportunity to have a collection of her menswear line, Laché Supply & Co., sold in Belk stores.

Belk recently named the finalists for its annual Southern Designer Showcase competition, and three designers with Triangle connections are in the running.

N.C. State graduates Jessica Fulks and Ashley Worrall and Cary resident Zankhna Parekh were selected to compete for the opportunity to have their collections sold in Belk stores.

Parekh and Worrall were both selected in the women’s clothing category. Parekh’s company, Zankhna Designs, creates dresses, suits, separates and more catered to moms and designed to fit the curves of various body types. Worrall designs classic shift dresses in colorful prints for her Charleston, S.C.-based line, Borough. Fulks will compete in the menswear category with her line, Laché Supply & Co., which includes everything from tailored blazers to jeans.

Each finalist will present her designs to a panel of judges at Belk headquarters in Charlotte on May 19. The winners will be announced shortly thereafter. The winners will have their collections sold in Belk stores and on Belk.com in spring 2017. For more information about the competition, visit belk.com/southerndesigner.

Fashionable Classes

Budding jewelry designers – or those just looking to create a bauble of their own – can learn to make their own free-form sterling silver earrings during Edge of Urge’s jewelry workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.Thursday. Sarah Tector of S. Tector Metals will lead students in creating three pairs of earrings. The fee is $60. At 6-7:30 p.m. May 19, Tector will lead a session at the Raleigh boutique on making a twisted and stamped cuff and ring set. The fee for that session is $40. Space is limited, so registration is required; sign up by calling 919-827-4000 or email jessie@edgeofurge.com.

This Week in Trunks

▪ Wedding gown designer Lea-Ann Belter visits Traditions by Anna’s new location in The Market Place at Lake Boone Friday and Saturday for a trunk show featuring new wedding and debutante gown styles. Customers will be able to meet with the designer and make custom orders. Gowns will range in price from $2,500 to $6,000. To schedule an appointment, call 919-783-8652.

▪ Dovecote Boutique in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village continues its spring pop-up shop series with shoes by Katherine Page Saturday and Sunday. Drawing on inspiration from equestrian style, the shoes range from feminine ballet flats to sandals with the brand’s signature decorative “fancy stitching.” For more info, call 919-542-1145.

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