Sarah Merrell serves as Community Director for Asheville Fashion Week and directs fashion shows in the area. She is the Digital Media and Production Manager for Mary Beth West...
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings, and festivities. This holiday season, you can you look merry and bright by not just decking the halls, but decking out your wardrobe.
The best part? You can shop for holiday attire without ever stepping foot in a mall. Asheville is home to a plethora of local designers, boutiques and even consignment shops with designer labels, so you can spread the holiday joy by supporting local businesses while looking fashion-forward and festive. Here’s a look at some great options for holiday fashion.
Black Tie Holiday Affair
For those attending a black tie company Christmas party, or a Holiday Gala, a gown or floor length dress is an elegant option. Keep it festive and in the holiday spirit with glittering gold or silver, or a deep red. Asheville has many local designers who will design a custom, one of a kind dress to fit your holiday apparel needs, or you can purchase a gown like this stunning gold, plunge neck dress by designer Rebecca Freeman with House of Fabrics on Merrimon Avenue in downtown Asheville. www.houseoffabricsnc.net
Holiday Cocktail Party
The holidays are a prime time for cocktail parties. Short or knee length dresses are usually a good fit since the length is less formal. Jazz it up with a holiday touch by choosing a dress with fringe, like this black 1920s flapper inspired dress, or this blue dress featuring sparkling embellishments. Paired with glittering accessories, both dresses are perfect for a cocktail party or other semi-formal events like holiday theatre productions or dinners. Both dresses and all accessories are available at Enchanted Forrest, a consignment shop offering designer labels located on Merrimon Avenue in downtown Asheville. www.theenchantedforrest.com
Casual Gathering with Family and Friends
When attending a more casual event, jeans are a great option. Dark washes are a nice winter look and very “in” this season. Pair the jeans with a holiday color like red, green, or even a red and green plaid to give a nice holiday feel. It’s a great ensemble for both men and women and can be versatile: add a vest, hat, or tie with it to dress it up and to add some extra flare. This look is available at Hip Replacements clothing located on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. www.hipreplacementsclothing.com
Angela Kim Designs Holiday Style Event
A great opportunity to view gorgeous holiday styles while also enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres is the Angela Kim Designs Holiday Style Event. Taking place Friday, December 11th at Monkee’s of Biltmore located at 7 All Souls Crescent in Asheville. The event features a pop-up shop from 1 pm to 6 pm, with models showcasing the looks from 2 pm to 4 pm. Attendees can enjoy delicious fare from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, compliments of Monkees, while viewing the great looks. Angela Kim’s designs include styles from cocktail dresses, to glamorous evening wear, to luxurious separates, all perfect for holiday parties or as gifts for your favorite fashionista. The looks are special and one of a kind, all in perfect holiday colors. A $50 gift voucher will be raffled off at the event, and discounts will be offered on in-store purchases. Angela Kim’s ready-to-wear designs are featured on her website at www.angela-kim.com.
No matter the holiday event or gathering, you can have a merry and jolly time by shopping local. In addition to the designers and shops listed above, take a stroll down Lexington Avenue and Broadway, visit Biltmore Village or Biltmore Park, and don't forget to check out the West side as well. You’ll find many great shops that carry unique and one-of-a-kind looks, many made right here in Asheville, like Avedian Coast, Royal Peasantry, Ship to Shore, Boutique LP, Minx, Southern Charm, and many more.
Make this holiday season fashionably festive and memorable.
All accompanying photography is by Duncan Chaboudy Photography, an Asheville based photographer with a strong education and technical background in photography. Book a session with him today at Studio 250 located at 191 Lyman Street, Asheville. www.duncanchaboudy.com
Location – Studio 250
Fashion Coordinator – Sarah Merrell
Apparel – Angela Kim Designs, Rebecca Freeman with House of Fabrics, Enchanted Forrest, Hip Replacements Clothing
Hair Styling -- Shane Boone and Amanda Hughes
Makeup – Marley Simmons and Iliana Guardado
Models – Rachel Graham, Kristen Spruill, Dayne Shuler, McKala Crump