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|FINDING YOUR GARDEN PARTY PANACHE
With the promise of azalea’s first bloom, Wilmington prepares for its 63rd Annual Azalea Festival, which kicks off next week on April 7. In a flurry of pomp and circumstance and endless social engagements, the fashion focus is not necessarily on the queen and belles alone. The Azalea Festival also signifies one of Wilmington’s most fun fashion events of the year – the
Shannon Dunne, my sister in style and partner in James + Dunne Styling, and I hit the town this week seeking out a Garden Party get-up for one of our favorite clients, Donna Starling. The pressure mounted as we selected a one-shoulder coral dress at Oliver only to find out it had already made “the list.” That’s right, my friends. This is not an occasion where you can get away with shopping at the last minute. Once
We decided there are two ways to shop for Garden Party – you can either start with the dress or start with the must-have accessory: the hat.
Photo: Amanda deLeon and Jess James at aMuse preparing for the 2009 Garden Party festivities.
OPTION 1: START WITH THE DRESS
We all swooned over this Phillip Lim dress from Beanie + Cecil.
It is a very unexpected pick for Garden Party, which we loved. The mix of lace
and eyelet and the scalloped edging with a touch of bling -heaven. We decided to keep
the unexpected vibe going with a gorgeous two-tone hat from aMuse with hand-dyed
material, a touch of lacenetting and glorious feathers.
Alas, lucky for you, both the dress and the hat are still available!
Photos: Donna Starling wearing Phillip Lim lace dress $750 from Beanie + Cecil, Handmade hat created by
Milliner Jan Wutkowski $275 from aMuse, Oversize ring $35 from Lula Balou
OPTION 2: START WITH THE HAT
This masterpiece of a hat was designed by Atlanta-based Milliner Andre Baxter,
whom Jan at aMuse invited to participate in her “Haute Hats” Fashion Show and we knew
Donna had to have it (it’s hers, now!). We liked how the swiss dots and
circular aesthetic in the hat complemented this gorgeous Rebecca Taylor
dotted dress from Oliver, which just so happens to be the color of the season!
(Run to Oliver now to secure this dress on the list.)
Photos: Donna Starling wearing Rebecca Taylor “Island dot dress” $365 from Oliver,
Vintage mesh bag $65 from aMuse, Handmade hat by Atlanta-based Milliner Andre Baxter $225 from aMuse,
|Harper Blynn Show
On March 24, we headed to the Soapbox to see Harper Blynn, a Brooklyn-based band recently chosen as one of six “Ready to Pop” acts by The New York Post. Turns out actress Sissy Spacek is a seasoned fan since the band toured with her daughter Schuyler Fisk. I know because I spotted her across the bar as soon as we walked in.
Doesn’t that look just like Sissy Spacek? And Amy Smart? Wait… isn’t that guy Skeet Ulrich? The cast (of a new pilot being filmed at Screen Gems) joined Sissy on the dance floor to the sound of Harper Blynn’s debut album The Loneliest Generation, where “the harmonies recall Simon &
We also had the pleasure of hearing local singer Ethan Clark, a young Bob Dylan type, play the harmonica and guitar while singing a few Damien Rice and Glen Hansard covers.
Photo: Ethan Clark / Photographer Tom Sapp
Photo: Harper Blynn with Wilmington native Su Beyazit (she’s with the band!), Sissy Spacek and castmates.
“Rabbit’s Foot” Trunk Show
OnSunday, March 28 Wilmington fashion designer Amanda deLeon previewed
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Slane & Slane Trunk Show
REEDS Jewelers @ Mayfaire
WHEN: Wednesday April 7 / 5-9pm
WHERE: Reeds Jewelers @ Mayfaire
Hoo’s Hoot & Annie Owl Themed Art Show
Edge of Urge
WHEN: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
WHERE: Edge of Urge
WHY: Jessie says, “hoooos gunna come out and support these wonderful artists???
fingers crossed its YOU!”
Domestic Violence 18th Annual Fashion Show
Hilton Riverside Hotel
WHAT: The Domestic Violence Shelter will host their 18th annual Fashion Show & Silent Auction titled “Singing a New Song.”
WHEN: April 30 – Luncheon: 11:30am / Dinner: 6pm
WHERE: Hilton Wilmington Riverside in the Cape Fear Ballroom