We're scratching our heads to think of a time when more fashion VIPs converged in Charlotte than we'll see this weekend, when three big events will summon a bevvy of designers, editors and bloggers who regularly dot the pages of fashion magazines.
The convergence is thanks largely to Laura Vinroot Poole, who's throwing a huge party on Friday at a swanky farm outside of Charlotte to mark the 20th anniversary of her boutique, Capitol. (Designers from Citizens of Humanity to Irene Neuwirth have created pieces for a special "Capitol XX Collection" marking the occasion. We're drooling over a $1,875 Olympia Le-Tan clutch in the form of the Thomas Wolfe tome "Look Homeward, Angel" and a $2,495 Peter Piloto floral wrap dress.)
The following evening, the VIPs will head to the Mint Museum on Randolph Road for two other big fashion moments: the Mint's annual Coveted Couture Gala (always one of Charlotte's fanciest soirees) and the opening of the museum's newest exhibit, "The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta," which will showcase a retrospective of de la Renta's work, including some celebrity-worn pieces created by the designer.
Vinroot Poole has a rich history of bringing big names in fashion to town. (Check out this Vogue slideshow where Vogue editor Chloe Malle, daughter of actress Candice Bergen, documented her mother-daughter trip to the Queen City last year thanks to Vinroot Poole's invitation. And the New York Times Magazine chronicled fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson's visit to Capitol and her jaunts about Charlotte in 2015, where Gevinson noshed at Mac's Speed Shop and visited the Mint Museum uptown. In 2014, coveted Italian designer Giambattista Valli showed his couture collection at the Duke Mansion, again, invited by Vinroot Poole.)
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Here are 10 VIPs to look out for this weekend at your favorite brunch spot or neighborhood coffee shop:
* Andre Leon Talley: A veteran of the Vogue magazine empire, Talley is a fixture in almost every fashion documentary made in the last decade (a new one that chronicles his life releases this month, "The Gospel According to Andre"), and he's curator for the Mint's new Oscar de la Renta exhibit. He was raised by his grandmother in Durham and he attended North Carolina Central University. So ask him about his N.C. roots if you run into him.
* Cynthia Rowley: Lifestyle-brand powerhouse Rowley creates everything from clothing to furniture to eyewear, in stores ranging from Neiman Marcus to T.J. Maxx.
* January Jones: The actress best known for playing Betty Draper on the AMC hit TV show "Mad Men" (where she wore killer period fashion pieces as the show made its way through the 1960s) is on the RSVP list for several functions throughout the weekend.
* Eliza and Alex Bolen: Eliza is the daughter of late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and the current executive vice president of Oscar de la Renta LLC. Her husband, Alex, is the company's chief executive officer. Both will be on hand for the Mint's gala and, of course, the opening of "The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta."
* Rosie Assoulin: This luxury womenswear designer, known for her voluminous dresses and bold, gorgeous prints you can see a mile away, is a favorite among fashionable celebrities like Rose Byrne, Cynthia Nixon and Elizabeth Olson.
* Irene Neuwirth: A powerhouse jewelry designer, Neuwirth's pieces are inspired by the sea and meld luxury with environmentalism. You'll see her work on celebs like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson. She recently made headlines for creating actress Mandy Moore’s engagement ring, featuring a rose-gold band and a round diamond.
* Lela Rose: This Texas-born fashion designer popped on many's radar when she designed the outfits worn by twins Jenna and Barbara Bush for their father's 2001 inauguration. Now, she's on magazine spreads being worn by stars including Mindy Kaling, Jessica Alba and Ashley Judd.
* Stephanie Mark: Co-founder of Coveteur, a popular fashion and lifestyle website that's perhaps best known for bringing readers into the homes and closets of famous people. The Coveteur Instagram account alone has 1.1 million followers.
* Wes Gordon: Carolina Herrera tapped this 31-year-old in February to take over for her as creative director of her brand. A longtime bridal designer, Meghan Markle attended his 2015 show at New York Fashion Week - leading some to question if he's in the running for her wedding gown?