If you’re the sort who can’t turn away from a runway show – and aren’t on the late-September New York/London/Milan/Paris Fashion Weeks jaunt – Charlotte will see several in the next two months. They vary greatly in aim, production value, history and venue, as well as being more retail-focused than here’s-what-new-or-for-next-season.
A quick peek:
▪ Coming up at month’s end is “Charlotte Fashion Week,” the fifth such yearly lineup from event company Charlotte Seen. It’ll be held at Charlotte Country Club, with themed runway events on Aug. 26 (local non-models of varying ages and styled by area boutiques); Aug. 27 (emerging and recycled design from mostly area people and students); and Aug. 28 (a mix of original and shop looks). Tickets are $35-$75 (there’s also a ball Saturday night for $125). A silent auction that spans Wednesday-Saturday will benefit Hospitality House of Charlotte; ticket prices do not benefit the charity. Info and tickets: charlotteseen.com.
▪ “Fashion D’Lux,” hosted by Hade Robinson of the Charlotte Nordstrom and former WBTV reporter Astrid Martinez, will be Aug. 29 at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (there’s also a preview party Aug. 28). Think retail runway: This will show fall/winter 2015 apparel from Nordstrom (Z Zegna, Hugo Boss, Caroline Issa and more) and from Porsche Design. There’ll also be vendors and displays. Tickets are $100 for general seating, $150 for VIP (which includes front-row seat and invitation to premier party); https://fashiondlux.com/tickets. The event benefits The Possibility Project in Charlotte, a nonprofit that aims to help teens: $15 from each ticket sold (tickets capped at 150) and 20 percent of sponsorship money will go to the nonprofit, along with donations collected at the event, say organizers.
▪ The sixth annual “Style Night Out,” which bands together area boutiques and consignment shops for a runway show, will be Oct. 1 this year, at Center Stage NoDa. Twenty-two shops (from the longstanding, such as Our Place and Taylor Richards Conger, to the just-opened, such as CLTCH) are on the current list, and tickets are $60 for general seating, $100 for the front row. The event benefits Carolina Breast Friends (details weren’t available, as organizer Effie Loukas was in Greece at press time). www.ticketssoeasy.com/index.cfm?include=eventsprofileoutput&eid=2827.