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PartyStyle: Bella Notte Gala

If you were uptown on Oct. 25, you may have noticed one beautifully dressed woman after another entering Belk Theater for the 10th anniversary of Bella Notte, Opera Carolina’s annual fundraising gala. The dinner and dancing took place on stage amid the set for the season-opening “Nabucco.” As he addressed guests, Maestro James Meena veered from his remarks to comment on just how lovely the women looked.

One man definitely stood out in the crowd: fashion-forward Perry Poole, in camo tuxedo pants by Mark McNairy New Amsterdam. I’m already anticipating the phone calls from readers. I loved it because he kept the rest of his look classic with a Ralph Lauren Purple Label jacket, shirt and tie. If you’re intrigued with his personal style, you’ll be interested to know he plans to open his own menswear store in the spring.

The only competition for the well-dressed guests was the sumptuous decor of John Lupton, who used the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as his inspiration. At the end of the evening, every female guest left with a gift: a Lemlem scarf that was tied to the back of their chairs.

Olivia Fortson

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