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Spring Fashion Preview 2013
Blue Hand Home
The Forum • 1125 Military Cutoff Rd.
March 7th, 7 p.m. • Tickets: $25

STYLIZED EVENING OF FASHION: Jess James hosts her bi-annual fashion preview event at Blue Hand Home just in time for spring’s hottest looks for 2013. Photo courtesy of Jess James

STYLIZED EVENING OF FASHION: Jess James hosts her bi-annual fashion preview event at Blue Hand Home just in time for spring’s hottest looks for 2013. Photo courtesy of Jess James

Emerald green. Black and white. 1990’s throwbacks. It’s all part of the must-have looks for spring 2013. Folks will get a first-handed peek thanks to local fashionista and Style Girl Jess James as she hosts her bi-annual fashion soiree at Blue Hand Home this Thursday. There, she and a ton of participants will reveal some of the best trends of the season.

Though we shouldn’t start expecting a “Beverly Hills 90210” return (oh, wait…) or an Oasis reunion (one can hope, no?), we can expect to see updated looks inspired from the era. “Cropped tops, pastel-hued accessories, harnesses, jeweled embellishments and more, oh my!” James says.

One of the most exciting looks will be M-slit skirts. “Double the pleasure!” James excites. “This is a great look for girls who are a tall glass of water with legs for days.”

The slits expose skin and make the most of the bottom half of a woman’s assets. “I have an affinity for staying covered on top and spotlighting the legs!” James reveals.

While most folks plan their closets and update the wardrobe, shopping on a budget will remain easy by keeping resale shops at one’s perusal, according to James (see pages 46-47 for a host of shops around town). In fact, she suggests the “thrill of the hunt” to be a great way for retail therapy on a dime. And when considering a splurge on a higher-end piece, think in the realm of accessories.

“With an investment piece, keep in mind the cost per wear,” James explains. “Can you think of at least five looks from your own closet that will work well with the piece in question? Can you see yourself wearing it two years from now and still loving it as much as you do now? In general, shoes, handbags and jackets are the safest bets for investment purchases.”

No matter the age, fashion is a hot topic for many women. James makes sure to appeal to all ladies who want to attend the Fashion Preview Spring 2013 event. She suggest ladies in their 20s to “have fun and try anything once!” While the ladies in their 30s can add more polish by perhaps experimenting with modern, timeless pieces and those in their 40s should consider experimenting with a signature look.

“If you’ve still got dynamite legs, who says you can’t still rock a mini in your 50s?” she asks. “Just wear one in the evening with sheer black stockings or opaque tights.”

Whether having a closet clean-out party in your 60s to swap looks or going monochromatic in your 70s with a pantsuit and statement piece of jewelry, every shopper’s needs will be met during the event.

“When you come out to the Spring Fashion Preview, you’ll see our gorgeous 80-plus-year-old model Paula Farraday,” James promises. “She is one of the most beautiful, captivating woman, and I’m certain she gets more fabulous with age!”

The event will feature numerous boutiques offering one-night discounts, plus local designers will be on hand. Cherylnina of aLuxe, Jan Wutkowski of aMuse, as well as Casey Crespo and Merewif Jewelry will be attending. Likewise, James has invited Savannah-based designer Emily Bargeron of Mamie Ruth and Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage in Charleston to host the event.

“This is your chance to find out exactly what you need in your wardrobe for spring and you have the opportunity to take it home the same night,” she says.

Style tips and trends will be given, including ones from local celebrity hair stylist Steve Ward and Dr. Rosalyn George of Wilmington Dermatology Center. “They will share all the latest beauty services and treatments available to each model at every age range,” James explains. And the models, too, will run the gamut of ages from 20 to 80, including Lamar Gouty, Katie Harden formerly of WWAY, personal trainer Dee Whittington, Vanessa Lacer, Legare Teynor, Anne Shepherd, Barbara Bishop, Anderson Moya, Bridgett Rowley, Betsy von Biberstein, Jean Hardyman, Kelli Derengowski and Paula Farraday.

As well, Ward will transform a model’s hairstyle on-site; rumor has it Dee Whittington will be revealing quite the new look! Mini-makeovers, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Las Olas and The Three Divas, and wine and bubbles courtesy of 128 South all will be available for indulging.

The event takes place March 7th at 7 p.m. at Blue Hand Home in the Forum. Participating boutiques include, Aqua Fedora, Beanie + Cecil, Hallelu, Island Passage, Oliver, Torri/Bell, Ziabird and more. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The first 25 guests to purchase tickets online will be entered to win a grand prize and exclusive discounts, including a free membership to downtown’s exclusive City Club of Wilmington.

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