SG *FASHION FIX* – Social Chic: Who Says There's Nothing to Do in Wilmington?





Getting ready for the hospital’s annual Founders Gala
last weekend in a vintage red suede dress,  clutch from
Candy Shop Vintage. Hair & Makeup by Emily Wetzel  of Seagrass Salon


Whoever says there is nothing to do in Wilmington can bite their tongue.  Post-holidays can be a bit blah but by late January, the events season is in full swing elevating the dinner-and-back-home-again crowd into full fledged socialites.

For a peek at last weekend’s adventures in Wilmywood (which included some creative outfit changes), see the Social Chic albums below.

Enjoy the freedom that comes along with the freakin’ weekend.

Hope your dance card is full!







Hair Stylist Cheryl Kent’s Hair-spirations




Style Girl Jess James and Photographer Kelly Starbuck

decided to arrive in full-on 1920’s panache at WHQR Public
Radio’s “Big Read” Gatsby kick-off party last Friday. Jess styled Kelly
and herself in vintage 1920s inspired pieces from her personal
collection elliciting cries of delight from party guests, making us
feel as if we were the “bee’s knees.” Jess’s flapper dress (purchased
at A Second Time Around) worn at the Great Gatsby Gala she hosted this
past September at City Club of Wilmington was on display in WHQR
commentators’ Nan Graham and Annie Gray Johnson’s “Great Gatsby and All
that Jazz” exhibition the night of the event. Stay tuned for details on
the upcoming Great Gatsby Gala at The City Club this September!






R: Posing with my Great Gatsby
dress (purchased from A Second Time Around)
in WHQR’s “Great Gatsby and All The Jazz” exhibit 



The most dapper gentleman of the evening!





The New Hanover Regional Medical Center hosted the 13th Annual
Founders’ Gala Saturday October 26th with a “Brazilian Carnivale”
theme. The 500+ guests (another sold-out event!) enjoyed savory dishes
from some of Wilmington’s finest restaurants in the beautifully
transformed Air Wilmington Hangar while rocking out with Party on the Moon.



The gorgeous Heather Thornton masqueraded in a Cleopatra inspired look with
a multi-colored sequin dress, a handmade leather mask, Dannijo necklace
and cuff and Zara heels.


Styled by: Jess James

Hair: Steven Wayne Ward

Makeup: Amy Kennison


Intracoastal’s Jim Wallace, Sara Reddick, Josh Binkley


Heather strikes a pose with the “Carnivale” babes



A Boxed Event’s Khalilah Olokunola with Mayor Bill Saffo



Peacock feather adorned gown by Shital Patel



More details + ticket link coming soon!




R: Kelly Oliver in a beautiful pleated gown from Oliver and Jess James
wearing a vintage red suede dress with peplum detail





L: Committee members Anderson Moya,
Annamaria Lookman from Mod and Tyrrell Best Accattato

R: Event Director Jamie Kury Thompson




L: Betsy von Biberstein in a chic black Helmut Lang dress from Beanie + Cecil

R: Bob & Jean Hardyman (looking elegant in Ralph Lauren Collection and
Chanel) says, “Covering up is in even though most women don’t realize it quite yet.” 


Renee Saffo, Anderson Moya, Dr. Peter Dugan, Mary Hale, Cindy Dugan


Cheryl Colvin (yellow) and Barbara Bishop (silver) warm up the
dance floor with Party on the Moon

Photos: Jess James




Nashville singer Gabriel Kelley shared his soulful songs at Satellite
Saturday night (post gala) and again Sunday night at manna.
Perfect excuse for a double header!



Jess James, singer Gabriel Kelley, Kelly Starbuck

Gabe’s signature style:  imogene + willie t-shirt worn with a red-tailed hawk feather
given to him for protection from an American Indian chief and close
friend in Durham, prayer beads and a turquoise pendant family heirloom
gifted to him by another friend



Gabe with the Wilmington babes:
Kelly Oliver, Kellie Woodbury, Gabriel Kelley, Kelly Starbuck
(that’s a lot of Kelly!),  Holli Kagan, Jess James & Mio
at Gabe’s show at manna


James + Dunne at the Gabe Kelley Satellite show Saturday night


Kelly styling in a past season Lauren Moffatt blouse,
skinny jeans and platforms from Oliver


Gabriel Kelley concert photos:  Photographer Kelly Starbuck








Feb 1
Red Dress Project

Wilmington Convention Center



The 8th Annual Red Dress Project, chaired by Shital Patel, will fund
free women’s cardiac health education and screenings through the NHRMC
Heart Center and establish the Marlene Sigler Cardiac Rehabilitation
Endowment. Shop a delicious bake sale along with a trunk sale by local


Today at 11:30am


Wilmington Convention Center


Tickets are $50.

Register online at or call 815-5002



Feb 23

Hot Wax Fashion Show



Hot Wax’s “Welcome to the Jungle”
Surfwear Fashion Show Fundraiser  benefitting Stand Up to Cancer


Saturday February 23rd
Doors open at 5pm /

Show starts at 6:30pm


The Balcony (above Yo Sake) 33 South Front Street (3rd floor) on Dock Street 


$15 a the door or $10 in advance at Hot Wax or Lula Balou



Feb 24

Cucalorus Oscars Party



Cucalorus Film Festival hosts their annual “An Evening on the Red
Carpet” Oscars Party fundraiser


Sunday February 24th


Screen Gems Studios


Tickets are $100

Click HERE for tickets.


For more style-related events and details, visit FASHION FIX
Events Calendar.


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