Best of the City: Style
By Sarah Crosland, Simone McDowell, and Blake Miller
Posted: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Erica Hanks finally found a home. After years styling some of the Queen Citys biggest movers and shakers for everything from major galas to vacations overseas, the stylist recently opened up shop in Myers Park. Its here, in a tiny carriage house off Fenton Placewhich she describes as a feminine, luxe feeldesigned by Sarah Catherine Collective, that Hanks works one-on-one with her clients to create a perfect, styled look. I wanted my studio to feel like an escape for women from the everyday, says Hanks, who is mum on her clients names but has styled NASCAR drivers and VIPs as well as Bachelorette alum-turned-fashion-blogger Emily Maynard. [Its just a] really inviting space for personal clients to come for styling services. www.theericahanks.com
Myers Parks latest fashion forward addition, Denim House, is offering much more than designer jeans. The swank new store has just debuted glam accessories line by famed interior designer turned fashion designer Kelly Wearstler. The chic, vintage-inspired collection features plenty of stylish statement pieces like this Normandie Ring ($215). And keep an eye on Denim House. The sleek boutique has plans for a few more famed designer lines youll want in your wardrobe. www.denimhouseshop.com
Emily Maynard may have become the citys sweetheart when she broke hearts on The Bachelorette, but these days its Maynards style sense thats taking the front seat. Last summers launch of her jewelry line with local designers Towne & Reese was a fast favorite featuring natural stones and metals, but its Maynards website thats the real gem. Filled with trends and tips, Maynard offers insight into the style-savvy secrets of her in vogue life. www.emilymaynard.com
A stroll through SouthPark malls spacious halls or a stop in a swank uptown soiree makes it clear that Charlottes got style. Want to see more of the citys more fashion-forward looks? Theres an app for that. Charlotte Street Style uses social media to highlight stylish locals. From upscale events like the Mint Museums Young Affiliates Fall Ball to candids captured on city sidewalks, the site showcases Charlotte fashion though interactive social media on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Want to show off your own sartorial savvy? Tag your photos #CharlotteStreetStyle for a chance to be featured. www.charlottestreetstyle.tumblr.com, @charlottestreetstyle
Charlotte cant seem to get enough of runway-inspired retailer H&M. The citys third store is set to open this fall in SouthPark mall featuring 20,000 square feet of high style at mass market prices. And with ever-changing designer lines and couture knock-offs, the new spot is sure to be a fast favorite among trendy bargain hunters. www.hm.com/us
Hit the Road
Forget food trucks. The latest trend on wheels has rolled into Charlotte. Mobile fashion boutiques filled with fabulous finds are curbing it around town. These unusual retail experiences offer sellers the chance to show off their wares to new audiencesand customers the chance to check out the latest merch at spots like private parties and festivals. In Charlotte, look for mobile fashion from Circa 360, L Squared, and Jordanosor book at truck to make your next event totally on trend.
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