OK, check your watches: It's officially fall! And, with a new season, fashion continues to take center stage in the area as local boutiques and other organizations plan seasonal trunk shows to show off new collections or host fundraisers for worthy causes.
Here's a sampling:
- Brown House: The boutique (2567 Fair Oaks Blvd.) will host two events this week. On Wednesday, Troels Engholm, the president of U.S. distribution for Denmark-based Blue Willi's, will be in the store to present the line's fall, winter and holiday collections. If you're not familiar with Blue Willi's, the company specializes in cotton and wool knit sweaters, jackets and coats and jeans that, mercifully, fit (pictured). Then, on Thursday, rep Terri Blake will take customers through the latest fashions from Spanner, a made-in-America sportswear line featuring jackets, pants, sweaters and skirts. Terri also will bring a line of belts that can be custom ordered. Appointments can be made during stores hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info: (916) 973-1693.
- Loehmann's benefit: Loehmann's stores, including the Sacramento store (2555 Fair Oaks Blvd.), will host a nationwide event Thursday called "Fashion Funds Hope" to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. At stores and online (www.loehmanns.com) customers will see plenty of sale merchandise, including name-brand designer fashions. Here's how it will work: Loehmann's will donate $5 to OCRF at the register for an additional 15 percent savings on every purchase. The company also will contribute 5 percent of the day's total receipts. Store hours: 10 a.m to 9 p.m.
- Fashion show: Spoiled Rotten Women's Boutique, which is located in Cameron Park, will host "The Little Give," a fashion show inspired by artist Michael Godard, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Lodge at Four Seasons, 3186 Four Seasons Drive in El Dorado Hills. The show is a benefit for the Janet Nachtman Fund, which assists with paying for mammograms and follow-up care. Tickets are $25 and include light food, wine tasting, a silent auction and, of course, the fashion show. Godard's paintings have been incorporated into much of the clothing that will be featured. Tickets are available at Spoiled Rotten, 3330 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park, or at the door the night of the event.