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    "Pride" magazine CEO and publisher Dee Dixon at the Lowe's Pride Awards gala.
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    Lan Diep Smith and Irina Toshkova, director of the New Gallery Of Modern Art, at the Mint Museum Uptown recption for artist Jun Kaneko.
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    Miyako Watanabe and her husband Satoshi, an executive with Wells Fargo, at the Mint Museum Uptown reception for artist Jun Kaneko.
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    Marty Klontz at the Ambassador's Ball.

Looks we love

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

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Olivia Fortson

Olivia Fortson is social editor of the Observer and SouthPark magazine. She loves shining the light on those who know the art of living an elegant life. Email her at OFortson@charlotteobserver.com.

Photos by Daniel Coston

Who: "Pride" magazine CEO and publisher Dee Dixon at the Lowe’s Pride Awards gala.
Wearing:A dress she bought at a boutique in Athens during a recent trip to Greece.
Why:As hostess of the annual awards gala, Dixon puts special effort into what she wears to the event. The color looked fantastic on her, the spray of sparkles were on-trend and looked dramatic while she was on stage presenting the awards, and the fact she bought it abroad fit perfectly with the gala’s global theme.

Who: Lan Diep Smith and Irina Toshkova, director of the New Gallery of Modern Art, at the Mint Museum Uptown reception for artist Jun Kaneko.
Wearing: Toshkova is in a dress from Anthropologie.
Why: They both represent two current looks: neutral tones and a statement necklace (on Smith) and Toshkova’s bold floral print.

Who: Miyako Watanabe and her husband Satoshi, an executive with Wells Fargo, at the Mint Museum Uptown reception for artist Jun Kaneko.
Wearing: Miyako is in a traditional Japanese kimono with an obi belt and fan.
Why: It’s lovely and interesting when you see someone at an event wearing attire that’s unique to their culture.

Who: Marty Klontz at the Ambassador’s Ball.
Wearing: A Noir by Lazaro gown from J. Major’s Bridal Boutique.
Why: Klontz turned heads in this mermaid-style gown. The fact that she bought it at a bridal boutique is a reminder that those are great places to shop for special occasion dresses for any event, not just weddings.

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