After an anonymous Twitter account criticized the looks of a teen N.C. contestant, her N.C. peers started a movement: Posting photos of themselves with no makeup, next to their competition headshots, "the most glammed up versions of ourselves,” as Miss Statesville 2015, Katie Knowles, puts it.
The 13th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon brought out the yearly dose of “HATitude” June 27 at the Westin, as attendees donned elaborate headwear to honor the life and legacy of the late leader. Proceeds benefit the UNCF, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to black students and historically black colleges. This year’s recipient of the $5,000 Maya Angelou/Vivian Baxter scholarship, honoring Angelou and her mother, was Asheley Taylor of Durham. UNCF area development director Marilyn Richards recalls Angelou saying the hat competition (which was Richards’ idea, she admits when pressed) “is the whimsical part of such a serious event.” Margaret Phinizy was awarded the “baddest hat in the room” award; we hear tell she had the hat made in Chicago.
Carl Armato of Novant Health, G. Patrick Phillips of Bank of America (retired) and Richard “Stick” Williams of Duke Energy Foundation were named Charlotte’s Fathers of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council June 19, at a black-tie-optional gala benefiting the American Diabetes Association at the Westin uptown. About $470,000 was raised in this joint venture, highlighted by Armato’s telling the audience he’s had Type I Diabetes since he was a toddler, and how he learned to cope.
Designers Tommy Hilfiger and Valentino showed printed maxi dresses in fluid chiffon and silk creating a soft feminine feel. Designer Phoebe Philo sprinkled mixed flower prints over dresses and skirts at Celine, and Bliss and Mischief re-worked vintage Levis with embroidered flowers. Accessories like Topshop's wooden Clog Sandals or Maison Margiela's brass daisy ring perfect the look for your own summer of love.
Tension, happiness and a lot of hurry-up-and-wait prevailed Sunday as more than 100 men and women answered a model call for a runway show slated for August at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Apparel for the show, titled Fashion D’Lux, will come from Nordstrom, Porsche Design and Saks Off Fifth. The show benefits The Possibility Project of Charlotte .
She "discovered" actress Lauren Bacall, recognized the bikini as "the most important thing since the atom bomb," advised Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on matters of style and helped women navigate nearly 40 years of change in the 20th century by giving them a powerful point of view in her magazine pages.
Virginia Kirksey is using her talent for sewing to benefit her school: Kirksey, 19, creates and sells colorful tote bags made from repurposed animal feed bags, donating half the proceeds to Philips Academy.
Venerable jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. has rebooted its timepiece business with the launch of a new watch called the CT60. Inspired by a Tiffany style from the 1940s that was a birthday gift to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and which he apparently wore while attending the Yalta Conference), it's a clean, round, Swiss-made watch that manages to feel both a tiny bit retro and timeless all at once.