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Meet 25 of the most stylish individuals in Charlotte and check out their looks, as captured by photographer Michell Kearney. Plus, we look at Kearney's own personal style. Click through the interactive graphic, and make sure you pause on Berhan Nebioglu for two photos.

Crystal Dempsey, 50, was born in Webster County, W.Va., and earned a B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University. She moved to Charlotte in 1988 to work at The Charlotte Observer as a copy editor, layout editor and production editor. While focusing on design and layout, she picked up overtime hours writing freelance stories, and was named the Style writer in 2000. Now Dempsey owns and runs “From The Hip Communications,” a public relations and marketing company named after her Observer column.

Q. As a female that has grown up in the South, it has been ingrained that you never, ever, under any circumstance wear white to a wedding unless you are the bride. Recently, I’ve seen many guests wearing cream or (gasp) white. What is the style protocol? Erin Sagester, Charlotte

Nervous about buying for the woman you love? Relax: We’ll help.

Our staff panel boasts quite a range – a few decades in age, a few dozen microns in hair thickness and from C2 to NC50 in MAC foundation color. Here’s our take on a few items. (Want to join us as a guest reviewer for one item? Tell us why in three sentences and email to style@charlotteobserver.com.)

The legendary designer – and her super cute collection – was a hit with media and fans during her personal appearance at Belk at SouthPark mall.

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