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Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi talks glamour and, of course, shoes

In some fashion universe, TV's fashion cheerleader Carrie Bradshaw is probably talking to her husband, John James "Mr. Big" Preston, and gazing at all of her shoes. After all, the former Ms. Bradshaw, a lover of shoes, missed her ferry ride home during an old episode of HBO's "Sex and the City" after slipping out of a designer shoe and crying out, "Wait, I lost my Choo!"

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Mint Museum Auxiliary Symposium

The Mint Museum Auxiliary Symposium -- April 20 at Charlotte Country Club -- drew stylish area women wearing their spring 2016 finery. This year's guest speaker was famous West Coast interior decorators Nathan Turner who talked about his career, design philosophy and -- as one of Bravo's " Million Dollar Decorators" -- his celebrity status.

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CLT Made: ASH Jewelry Studio

What: Geometric designs – hexagons, rectangles, squares, triangles and circle necklaces and earrings made from a combination of matte porcelain and 14-karat gold fill. Imagine 9-to-5 meets dinner and cocktails. Prices for earrings and necklaces range from $56 to $84.

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Five helpful hints from Rachel Roy's new book 'Design Your Life'

At first blush, fashion designer Rachel Roy's book, "Design Your Life: Creating Success Through Personal Style" (Dey Street Books, $26.99), which hit bookstores March 15, feels like another in a long line of motivational "dream it and you can do it" self-help guides - the kind that suggest getting where you want in life begins with dressing like you're already there.

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The not-so-humble handbag: From stars to royals to everywoman, it's right there with us

They come with us, wherever we go, dangling from our shoulders or slung across our chests. They contain a random miscellany of objects that we deem necessary for daily function, or that we simply want to have with us. They are leather, canvas, nylon; small, medium, way-too-big; pouchy, boxy, compact, cavernous. They are our purses - and they are, in a sense, ourselves. Herewith, an assortment of miscellaneous facts, figures and fancies about purses, to mirror the hodgepodge currently residing in my own.

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Taste of the New South: Savor Sabor!

The Levine Museum of the New South's annual Taste of the New South event, April 14 at the museum, was keyed to its current "NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South" exhibit. Food and music at Savor Sabor! reflected that theme.

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Brookstone Schools' Friend & Fundraiser

Brookstone Schools' annual fundraising gala was held April 7 at Le Meridien Charlotte and featured a Dr. Seuss theme. Students took to the stage to sing and dance. Lucille O'Neal, mother of basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, closed the evening with a speech about the importance of staying true to oneself.

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Arch of Triumph awards

The annual Arch of Triumph gala, April 9 at Johnson C. Smith University, honored alumni who have made a difference in the community and those who made an impact on JCSU students in the past year. Mattie Grigsby, a 1948 graduate, and performance artist Quentin Talley received honor. The evening closed with honors for members of the families of the Emanuel Nine, in memory of their loved ones who lost their lives last year in the Charleston church tragedy.

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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's 'Atomic: The 2016 Gala'

For its annual fundraiser April 8 at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, organizers took a page from the museum's current "The House that Modernism Built" exhibition of mid-20th-century home furnishings and saluted the 1950s at "Atomic: The 2016 Gala." Guests sported styles and colors that harkened to those Ike and Elvis times.

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Levine Children’s Hospital gala

The Levine Children's Hospital gala held April 2 at Quail Hollow Country Club had more than area luminaries in attendance. Film star and musician Kevin Bacon took part in the event's main presentation and he and his brother Michael's band -- the Bacon Brothers -- played at the VIP reception. Singer and musician ZZ Ward also performed.

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One hour with ... Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley famously crested the fashion wave early, approached, as an 18-year-old art school student on an el train in Chicago, by a fashion buyer interested in the jacket she was wearing. Invited to show up the following Monday with her “collection,” she promptly went home and sewed one up, as she recounted in a low, clear, pleasantly self-deprecating voice Tuesday at a small talk at Charlotte shop Capitol’s “beach week.” Rowley followed that sale with quick national acclaim from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and has developed an international brand, designing everything from apparel and eyewear to furniture and (partnering with her 16-year-old daughter) upcoming “kook boards”: foam surfboards named for the kind of surfer no one wants to be, but aimed at making them, part of her beloved sport, cool. Some thoughts from her (edited for brevity and clarity, but retaining her unmistakably youthful enthusiasm):

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On Style: Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr.

The Park Church is the latest name of a congregation that has been ministering to the city of Charlotte for more than 100 years. It began as the Baptist Congregation in 1913, was renamed Mount Olive Baptist Church in 1953 and University Baptist Church in 1961, and today comprises three campuses including The Park Expo and Conference Center, formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr. was installed as senior minister in 1990. On May 20 the church will present The Park 5K Men’s Fashion Show. “We wanted to give a different message to men, and a different image of men,” he says. “There are a lot of men who honor and respect the women in their lives. One way to elevate the gentleman is through a fashion show.” Proceeds will be shared with the Jamie Kimble Foundation, aimed at abolishing domestic violence. Alexander is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander, and they have two daughters: Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.

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Gallery: All the Fashion D'Lux runway looks

The NASCAR Hall of Fame hosted a runway show/fundraiser called “Fashion D’Lux” March 26, with Nordstrom’s Hade Robinson and Fox’s Danielle Trotta. It showed clothes from local designers Luis Machicao and Zarankova, along with Sloan, Porsche Design, Dillard's and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The event raised money for the Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund, aimed at helping families dealing with infertility.

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On Style: with Rhondale Haywood

Rhondale Haywood likes pocket squares so much he makes his own out of neckties and fabric that he hand-stitches. A native of Houston, Haywood, 32, earned a B.S. from Hampton University and an MBA in finance from Rutgers. He’s an investment adviser and vice president at PNC Wealth Management, and an occasional contributor to WBTV Bounce TV. He and his wife, Deborah, have two boys and two girls, ranging from newborn to 7 years old.

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Charity League Fashion Show & Silent Auction

The Charity League of Charlotte held its 35th annual fashion show and silent auction March 17. At the fundraiser, held at Carmel Country Club, patrons bid of various auction items and dined in the club’s main hall. Young dancers from the Rince Na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance performed to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and WBTV’s Molly Grantham emceed a fashion show with clothes by Talbots and Poppy Whitaker.

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NASCAR wives walk the runway

NASCAR wives Samantha Busch and Whitney Kay Scott hit the runway at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Saturday night for Fashion D'Lux, a show to benefit The Kyle Busch Foundation and its Bundle of Joy Fund.

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5 ‘it’ things for spring

From the “cold shoulder” cutouts to footwear that doesn’t take itself too seriously, spring is a time to shake off the heavy mood of winter and have a little fun with your wardrobe.

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On Style: with Edelweiss De Guzman

Edelweiss De Guzman, 32, is co-founder of Art Ecologie Group, a collective of artists who use eco-friendly materials in their work. De Guzman grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States when she was 18. She earned a BFA at UNC Charlotte, and her work includes children’s book illustrations, paintings and haute couture made from recyclable materials. She lives in Mooresville and teaches art at Mooresville Elementary School. She is also creative director for the Asian Music and Dance Festival at the 17th Asian Festival in Ramsey Creek Park.