SoNo stores host show
In context, I wasn’t pointing out our deficiency so much as I was happy to relay that Anchorage’s small but industrious lot of fashion forward citizens and boutique owners were stepping up to give us a summer full of shows and sales to look forward to.
Check this: Starting today, the SoNo shopping district, including About Face Inc., Boutique Blush, Chez Ritz and Out of the Closet!, is hosting its first fashion week. It’s six days of events and discounts that will conclude with SoNo’s second annual fashion show Saturday night.
The theme is inspired by Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” not the styles so much as the idea of indulging yourself. And that was the concept behind the week’s events too; it’s one big opportunity to spoil ourselves.
“SoNo is going to whoop it up a little more and bring you the message that Anchorage is into fashion,” said Out of the Closet! owner Ellen Arvold.
While investigating what exactly will go on this week, I discovered that a few of the events are designed with some of our (OK, maybe just mulberry bags my) secret shopping weaknesses in mind. It’ll be like a lingerie lab in which you can study all the elements of how fine European lingerie is made.
“It’s like its own little science,” Leeann Taylor, About Face’s owner, said as she gave me a condensed version of what she’ll share at the event.
“A quality bra will have about 15 different fabrics in a single bra,” she said. “There’s a lot to it for such a tiny little thing.”
Taylor will make sense of fine scents and help us understand the basics of perfume.
On Wednesday, Boutique Blush will host a trunk show with Makar Eyecare that will feature more than 15 brands of designer sunglasses, including Gucci, Kate Spade, Dior, Fendi, Oliver Peoples and Valentino.
On Thursday, Arvold will host a workshop at Out of the Closet! with basic tips on maintaining a wardrobe that can transcend trends and cracking down on an unruly closet.
The golden rule for keeping your clos mulberry bags et clean and organized is simple mulberry bags one in, one out and Arvold is qualified to show you how.
“I do it myself religiously,” Arvold said. “If I bring something home, I’ve got to take something out.
“I’m 54 years old; I have a lot of shopping experience,” she said. “There are a lot of things I bought or shouldn’t have bought. So we’ll talk about that too how to avoid mistakes when shopping.”
Arvold is also experienced with some of the questions you’ll ask: “How do you tell if it’s something that might have a life again in the future?” she asked. “Do you ever find yourself saying, ‘Darn! Why didn’t I keep my really cool wide belts from the ’80s?’ Or ‘Why didn’t I keep those wedges from the ’70s?’ ”
And she’ll also cover the consignment versus donation question. Saturday at Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge (626 D St., 276 880). Cost is $10 at the door. All shopping boutiques are at 720 D St. For information about events or discounts, call About Face at 279 3223, Boutique Blush at 677 8967, Out of the Closet! at 277 6119 or Chez Ritz (333 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 200) at 276 0070.
Chez Ritz will offer these specials all week: a free makeup application when you purchase an express manicure and pedicure for $75 or a solar bronzing for $75.