Capitol party is a fashion-fest

The fabulous and fashionable turned out in droves to fete Laura Vinroot Poole's Capitol boutique Saturday. Guests were welcomed to the store at Sharon and Colony roads by the sounds of a brass band on the balcony.

Inside, about 200 guests circulated, noshing on refined versions of Southern faves – mini ham biscuits, wee pieces of fried okra and crab cakes. It's hard to say which drink had folks buzzing more: the so-good-you-don't-realize-its-power Firefly sweet tea vodka cocktail or the Mason jar of plum moonshine that was passed around for everyone to try.

Former Charlotte mayor (and proud papa of Laura) Richard Vinroot and former Wachovia CEO Ken Thompson were on hand, as well as designers Christian Cota, Barbara Tfank and Erin Fetherston, among others.

Poole left little to chance when it came to her duties as ambassador of the South. Her out-of-town guests Sunday received a wake-up delivery of Bojangles' biscuits and Cheerwine.

Style Editor Rachel Sutherland