Cary, NC — Locally-owned, independent retailer Peachy Keen held its Spring 2015 fashion show, “Peachy in Paris,” on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The house was packed.
Peachy Keen Spring Fashion Show
This was the fourth fashion show that creative director Karly Hankin has created in collaboration with her sister, Jen, and her parents, Donna and Lee Hankin. Every show that Karly produces has a whimsical theme, and I am always eager to see what fresh ideas she comes up with.
The “Peachy In Paris” Parisian theme did not disappoint. Upon entering the store, guests were greeted by a musician playing French jazz piano and an artist creating a floral painting at the front of the stage. The store was transformed with a Parisian theme in black, pink and white from the balloons that floated on the ceiling. There were French phrases on the walls and a large meandering bar of hors d’oeuvres that tickled the taste buds.
They even had a bartender serving pink champagne cocktails.
Real Women for Models
Refreshingly, the models weren’t the typical stick figures that you see on 7th Avenue these days. Real, beautiful women of varying ages, shapes and sizes walked the runway. Smart move when you are selling clothes here in the ‘burbs! Women could see what the clothes were going to look like on their own bodies and could feel happy the way they were. Bravo, Karly!
The message for Spring at Peachy Keen is relaxed. There were flowy tunic tops that skimmed the body worn over skin-tight jeans in various finishes. Maxi dresses reigned supreme.
Longer, lightweight dresses had handkerchief hems in tonal prints. While the clothes were relaxed, they were not sloppy. Many were close to the body at the shoulder and, then, with uneven hems or bias cuts, they draped the body in a flattering way.
Many dresses were worn with belts that were loosely tied at the waist.
The newest fashion staples were the romper and jumpsuit.
Karly showed several models wearing these.
While I may not feel comfortable wearing a romper, both my daughters like them. Peachy Keen’s mission is to dress women from grandmothers to granddaughters, and they make sure they have options that work for a wide range of customer ages and body types.
A Wonderful Evening
The evening concluded with a huge round of applause. Then, Karly’s family and staff quickly got the shop back in shape so that the audience could check out their runway favorites and take advantage of the special show discounts.
We look forward to seeing what the gang comes up with for this Fall.
Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.