Spring Fashion Events

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


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When the crocuses are up, you know it's time for spring fashion, and that means events. Mark your calendars for these fashion festivities. Hint: many of these are free.

NOW: Sara Campbell Boutique opening in Newport

If you haven't shopped the classically delightful boutique in Boston's Beacon Hill & South End, not to mention the tony quarters of Wellesley, Concord, & Nantucket, you're in for a surprise. Wonderful, bright frocks and accessories await at the newest outpost, at 117 Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Check it out.

Thursday March 31: Spring Has Sprung at Valentini Gallery, Providence

FREE. 6-9pm. Sip cocktails and preview the Spring/Summer 2011 accessories collections of hot local designer Andrea Valentini, at her studio on Allens Avenue in Providence. Inside tip: mention the invite on Facebook, here, or follow her on Twitter (@abvdesign) and you'll snag $100 off any purchase that night of $200 or more. 200 Allens Ave, Providence.

Friday April 1: Bras for a Cause Fundraiser at Twin Rivers, Lincoln

$30 in advance, $35 at the door. 6-10pm. It's, well, as fashion show of sorts, for a fantastic cause, the Gloria Gemma Foundation. Watch brave male members of the WCR of Greater Providence/Northern RI walk the catwalk in, yes, brassieres. It's the first annual event to raise funds for breast cancer research and services. Don't miss it. Twin Rivers, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. For more information go here.

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Thursday April 7: Glam Girl Gathering at Gloss & Glamour, North Providence

FREE. 6-9pm. Ladies night out at a trunk show featuring accessories from Modern Shades of Grey (Gris earrings shown left) and Mallory Musante Shoes. Plus treats, drinks (Moondust Macarons), and raffles. Gloss & Glamour, 1006 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence, 644-8808. For more information, go here.

Saturday-Sunday April 16-17: Darrien Segal Trunk Show at MUSE, Warren

FREE. Check out charming and distinctive jewelry cast from natural objects in silver and gold, accented with pearls and gemstones. Attention brides: Segal does custom wedding rings and invitations. 420 Main St, Warren, 289-2150. For more information, go here.

Saturday April 16: Fashion Show and Tea Benefit for Jonnycake Center and Unitarian Universalist Church at Lilypads, Peace Dale

$25. 3-5pm. It's a genteel Saturday afternoon fashion show featuring looks from South County spots One More Time and Chameleons, plus a traditional tea. And all for a wonderful South County cause. Lilypads, 27 North Rd, Peace Dale. For reservations call Cindy at 783-8278, or email  [email protected] before April 9th.

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Saturday April 30: MadMen Vintage Cocktail Party at MUSE, Warren

FREE. 6-8pm. As part of MUSE's 5th anniversary celebration in April, they're throwing a party featuring vintage dresses from Pastique, a live DJ and complimentary martinis. Donations and a percentage of sales will benefit the East Bay Food Panty in Bristol. 420 Main St, Warren, 289-2150. For more information go here.

Thursday April 28: Dress for Success RI "A Night in Style" Fashion Show at Providence Biltmore

$50 VIP includes goodie bag, $35 general admission. Cocktails 6:30pm, fashion show at 8:30pm Check out the spring fashion trends from Ann Taylor, silent auction items, and signature hors d'oeuvres from The Biltmore. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Rhode Island, a leading organization offering services designed to help underprivileged women find jobs and remain employed. For more information/tickets, go here or email [email protected]

Friday, May 6: An Evening With Nicole Miller - A Fashionable Gala, at the Chace Center, RISD Museum

$150, $250 patron. More fantastic tie-ins with RISD's upcoming Cocktail Culture exhibit, this time a truly fashionable night of dancers from Festival Ballet modeling the works of one of RISD's most well-known and celebrated apparel designers, Nicole Miller (who will be in attendance). Proceeds benefit the Museum. For further information/tickets, contact Pamela Kimel, 454-6505 or email [email protected]

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Photos: Sara Campbell Boutique, Modern Shades of Grey, Nicole Miller

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