Local fashion dazzles Harvest Fest

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Box Turtle, a contemporary clothing boutique in Little Rock, hosted their fourth semi-annual Fall Fashion show to support local designers last Saturday as a part of Hillcrest’s Harvest Fest.

Designs from “Peach Pavlova” by Georgia Ashmore, “Stitch to Wear” by Lauren McEntire, the “Lakey Goff Collection” and the “Erin Lorenzen Collection” were featured. All four designers also showed their designs at the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative’s fashion show, which was held at North Little Rock’s new Art Scene early last month. Georgia Ashmore’s “Peach Pavlova” did not disappoint with her sleek silhouettes and expert eye for proportion and details. Among her high notes was a yellow slip dress with a black lace overlay, along with a purple and blue skirt set which was highlighted by a red sweater corset bottom.

Not to be outdone, “Stitch to Wear” by Lauren McEntire promised to add a fun, quirky edge to the wardrobe of men and women alike. Her emphasis on bright colors such as a bright blue t-shirt dress with the Bathing Ladies silkscreen along with a yellow and brown striped tube dress with banana appliqués made her designs stand out on the runway. Her talent isn’t limited to women alone; hand embroidered men’s dress shirts completed her fall 2006 collection.

Dresses were the connective thread in Lakey Goff’s showing, as her models strutted down the runway in dresses that ranged from billowy blue boho to black silk with puffed sleeves, neck lines both rising high and sinking low. Every dress was accentuated by a wide high waist belt – a definite must have accessory for the fall season. However, there was very little variety in her collection, which caused it to seem very one-note.

That wasn’t a problem for Erin Lorenzen, who expertly mismatched colors with precisely executed layers. Her dreamy, whimsical mix of peaches and browns cast a fairytale haze over her collection, which included pink open-backed party dresses, nude puff sleeved t-shirts with mauve lace tops, and gold earrings. Her collection was very cohesive with obvious attention given to every aspect of the outfit, which made for a nearly flawless presentation.

Box Turtle urges shoppers to “Keep your money in the community, support local artists and merchants.” Pieces from each collection are available to own at Box Turtle, located at 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock.

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