Wow, what a party. That’s what kept running through my mind at a recent Masquerade Ball hosted by Regine and Andreas Bechtler in their home. Guests from Charlotte’s arts, business, philanthropic and international circles donned incredible costumes for the party.
It was hard to top Regine, though. She took some old flags from different countries that she found in Andreas’ art studio and turned them into a fabulous Punk Queen costume she made herself. She accessorized it with a leather corset from the Renaissance Festival and a Rococo style wig and mask.
“I think it represents our multicultural lifestyle – to be with people from different countries, speaking different languages and to be open to other cultures,” Regine said.
Among the guests were Scarlett Boutique owners Todd and Robyn Albaum. Their store is currently the only place in Charlotte that sells Regine’s “Peace Jackets,” recycled military jackets that Regine, also an artist, turns into wearable works of art.
For a slideshow of photos, and to see video from the party, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/style.
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