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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Style in the Pearl: Night Two Review

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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Glitz, glam, and sweaty people encompassed night two of Style in the Pearl. A new set of boutiques were ready to show off their fall goodies despite the heat, and it felt like a bigger crowd turned out to enjoy the evening's event than the first night. While the show was strong overall, I did feel like a few more summer-esque looks snuck onto the runway than I was expecting.

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Get the full recap after the jump.

Leanna NYC

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Leanna NYC opened the show with burnt oranges and dusty colors in their dresses and skirts, continuing the theme from the first night of strong earthy color palettes. Most of these looks are great transitional pieces to ease you from summer into fall.

Folly

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Up next was Folly, home to local designer Sarah Bibb, who surprised me by showing a few nighties and pajamas before throwing in a couple dresses for good measure. I wanted more fall-specific inspiration in this collection, but the pieces were flirty and fun.

Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion

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New kid on the block, Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion gave us a quick peek of what her new boutique offers. There is a rustic/outdoorsy influence in the styles mixed with classic silhouettes. I've got my eye on a cropped, yellow puffer jacket that would feel right at home in my closet.

Mabel & Zora

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Mabel & Zora took control of the evening by giving us some sparkle and shine. With a number of pieces that would be perfect for those inevitable holiday parties, designer/owner Tiffany Bean also showed us some playful day-to-night looks that embraced her 1960s mod/jet-set influences.

Parallel + Pinkham Millinery

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Up next was Parallel, who teamed up with Pinkham Millinery to show looks and lids for the upcoming season. (Side note: I saw some fabulous hats both nights from Garnish and Pinkham. If you feel like splurging on a special item this season, there are some beautiful hats to choose from right now.) Parallel was all about pants, giving use some cool denim jeans, wide-leg white linen trousers (again, how is this fall?), and black skinnies. I finally saw some interesting outerwear, including two long coats in the season's popular navy hues.

Physical Element

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Rounding out the night was Physical Element. From textured knit tops and leggings, to modern shapes and an art-deco influence, these pieces are for women who are not afraid to put their style on display from head to toe (check out some of those shoes!). I also saw more pops of yellow and purple which came up a lot during both nights' shows.

In the end, I give Style in the Pearl a solid thumbs up. I loved seeing the personality of each boutique on the runway, and I even discovered a few new-to-me shops that I'm looking forward to checking out in person (Vintalier, e.g. page). Congrats to all involved for an entertaining event.

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