Fashion First

What started out as a little sample sale ten years ago — conceived as an opportunity to offer more one-of-a-kind prototypes to the public by collaborating designers Debi Belk of Lele Knitwear and Laura Woodward of Garden Girl — has turned into a holiday tradition. The dressmakers have been joined for the past few years by fellow seamstress Jil Cappuccio, and together the three will host another Lele/Garden Girl/Jil Cappuccio Clothing Sale this weekend at Cameron Church, 1600 South Pearl Street. To celebrate the anniversary of their growing annual concern, they're kicking it off tonight at 7 p.m. with one of the town's most eclectic fashion shows, followed by a pre-sale to die for.

Imagine a mix-and-match of Garden Girl cocktail dresses in fun prints; long and hooded, fake-fur or wool hounds-tooth coats and trendy boatneck tees from Cappuccio; and Belk's signature folk-inspired Lele marled knits in whammo colors — all marching down the runway in eclectic unity, to show, as Cappuccio notes, "how to wear them all together to create your own funky style." And then — then — you get to rush down and have your pick of the ripest pieces on the racks. That in itself is worth the evening's $25 price tag, though you'll also be doing a good deed by helping to raise funds for Dress for Success. But not to worry: The sale continues daily for free, through Saturday, including evening hours on Friday.

For details, visit; purchase tickets for tonight's soirée in advance at Jil Cappuccio, 1433 Ogden Street, or Pome, 1018 South Gaylord Street.
Wed., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2007

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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