We love Fearrington because it has so much to offer! And now there is even more–Dovecote, their retail gift shop has expanded to have a fabulous assortment of women’s clothing. Recently Dovecote hosted a fabulous trunk show for Anarkh, a really cool couture + ready to wear line out of Brooklyn.
I met with Marta, the chief stylist and she explained how their team works, they guide you to try on clothes that you may not choose ordinarily, as they are familiar with the fit and know what will look good on you. Their idea is to have key pieces that you can layer in and are timeless but also with some fashion zing- love that!
I met the designers, Ana and Cee, of Anarkh and they quickly set me up with a zillion beautiful clothes to try. Anarkh had brought to town Fall, ready to buy and also pre-order for Spring 2015. Ana and Cee had just embarked on their multi-week trunk show tour where they will end up in Santa Fe in a few weeks! (read: super fun road trip!) We caught up on New York and chitter chattered about the fashion world, since I used to work in that industry. I loved hearing that they are part of the revival of the garment district in New York, as all of their clothing is produced right in Manhattan! Ana is originally from Georgia (Republic of!) and Cee hails from Chicago, they were so nice and had a breadth of experience and were fun to have as a sounding board as I tried on a bevy of gorgeous clothes.
The task at hand was to find something “editor-ly,” or something I can wear all day long and be comfy + chic and pop on a pair of heels to attend an event or have a date night with my husband. (When I worked in Design, we called it “Day to Date,” genius!) Best of all, the goal was to end up with great, interchangeable pieces that will work perfectly with pieces I already own. Let me give you a quick tour– Cee, Marta and Ana beautiful clothes, look at that pleating on that 100% cotton dress, right up my alley! Pleats, please! I tried on a great boxy, on-trend sweater and the most amazing pair of pants that were a stretchy, washable leather in the front panels and a knit, fitted (and shaping!) in the back. Total party in the front, carpool-line appropriate in the back! I loved them, but somehow they just did not quite fit my daily agenda of running around, meeting with people and ending up on the soccer field or a field trip! They would be a splurge, slightly more fabulous than my regular, practical self… so fab! And I am still thinking about that sweater… Next up, I tried on this cool cotton modal top that had multi-functional draping features by way of buttons, so cool, again, a convertible, comfy, so soft top that would be great with denim, leggings or in this case, stretchy leather pants! First, let me take a #selfie! I tried on a precious puffed-sleeve turtleneck (mock-turtleneck, maybe even, I kinda feel like I am ready for a mock turtle…are you?) with the most amazing black leggings that had all sorts of features… The Leggings were not ordinary in that they have a fin and were extra long, in the theme of fins, I looked like a SCUBA diver when I pulled them long. You could scrunch the fin and give a little twist for a ruffle effect. I am not sure what I love more– a puffed sleeve, a ruffle effect or the color combo of black and navy… We were getting somewhere! So then Marta, Dovecote’s chief stylist, insisted I try on this one-of-a-kind tunic with said amazing finned leggings with a beautiful cashmere wrap. It was a cashmiracle! The wrap made it day-timey with flats… remove sweater and …. slip on imaginary heels and it’s a date! (sometimes, ok, often times, I wear flats on dates, love my comfort, love my flatties!) I was sold and was taking these home. Marta explained how interchangeable the leggings were, scrunched up or down, a little sci-fi, downtown cool girl, or fem with a ruffle, the tunic was perfect and was “pan-seasonal” in that it could go from fall to winter with layers to spring with shed layers… I could see a cool denim or leather jacket thrown atop… cutie bootie wedges beautiful tops for layering for Fall. TDF necklace with fringe benefits!
These caught my eye– there is so much more!
Call Fearrington’s Dovecote to have Marta and her team of stylists set you on your way for the season–
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Fearrington is located just eight miles south of Chapel Hill.