Southern gals do it better

by Amanda Bedgood

Design with soul arrives at Hemline for two trunk shows

There's just something about southern style done right. It's that rare blend of feminity and gusto. A kind of refinement that's never boring. It's just the kind of thing the designers do over at Pearl Southern Couture and Jolie & Elizabeth.  And you can check out both at Hemline in Lafayette during their trunk shows.

Pearl Southern Couture is a line of feminine pieces from the hands of Austin's Amber Perley who you can see on this season's Fashion Star. They've carried the line for some time over at Hemline and there's no doubt the country will soon see why. Their trunk show runs from today through Saturday.

Also up for show is the Jolie and Elizabeth line, which has a decidedly more preppy feel in most cases. The designs are straight from a NOLA duo - Sarah Elizabeth Dewey and Jolie Benoit Bensen - so you know they get the Louisiana girl thing.

"Both lines reflect southern femininity at its best," says Hemline manager Stephanie Theriot. "J&E is simple and elegant with their seersucker and silk pieces, while Pearl is traditionally southern and girly."

Sounds like the right combo for this southern girl.