Monday, September 22, 2008

Fashion frenzy in Charlotte

"Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis reacts to her line of clothes on the runway in Charlotte on Thursday.

Charlotte Fashion Week festivities held lots of promise for the Queen City.

Phew! I am tired after a marathon weekend of fashiony events. But cautiously optimistic about philanthropy and creativity in the Queen City. You can read about my weekend in Thurday's Style section. But here's a quick peek.

By the end of the day last Thursday I was beat. I headed to the Ballantyne Resort in the afternoon to interview Kristin Davis about her clothing line at Belk.

After a quick outfit change and a different pair of shoes, I started the night at the Dress for Success event at the Merchandise Mart. The fab organization helps disadvantaged women gain economic independence by providing free professional attire and support. The group honored Marcia Simon with the Paradigm award and Carolinas native Andie MacDowell was the keynote speaker.

I dashed over to the Blake hotel for a fashion two-fer: the Kristin Davis for Belk/Junior League fashion show and the debut of Charlotte Fashion Week.

The Junior League event was well attended (rumored to be around 700 people) and the "Sex and the City" star was as polished and cute as you'd expect in an ensemble from her own holiday collection (set to hit Belk stores later this fall). She mentioned the possibility of a sequel to the hugely popular movie (Cynthia Nixon said it's likely during the Emmys preshow broadcast on E!).

The inaugural Charlotte Fashion Week festivities were a decidedly smaller affair, but promising. Former Charlottean Carmen Webber was the emcee, mentor and motivator during the festivities, and her enthusiasm was contagious.