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During a recent trunk show at Icon Interiors in Charlotte, designer Lindsey Carter (center) posed with models wearing pieces from her Spring 2010 collection.

If you love to be a fashionable step or two ahead of the rest, you need to check out Troubadour now. The line, which made its debut at Charleston Fashion Week in March, is picking up steam.

Designer Lindsey Carter, whose resume includes work at J. Crew, Madewell and a startup luxe golf line Carter Humphries, was featured as a designer to watch in Women’s Wear Daily in September.

Now, Troubadour’s Spring 2010 collection has been picked up by Fleur in Raleigh, Beanie & Cecil in Wilmington, Hampden in Charleston and Gwynn’s in Mount Pleasant (clothing should be in stores by February).

Carter was in Charlotte recently for a Troubadour trunk show at Icon Interiors. As While visitors sipped champagne and noshed cheese straws, Carter shared details of her inspiration. This collection, she said, was inspired by Neil Krug’s photography, specifically his plays on light and gradient color.

The result is a fun, modern mix of sophisticated, chic apparel that works at a Southern cocktail party or big city night on the town (pieces start at $300). There’s the Edie jumpsuit, named for Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame, with its one-shouldered, belted ease and ruched cropped legs. Or the Sophia romper that looks anything but, with a full leg and exposed dolman/bat wing shoulders.

And what to make of Troubadour’s rocker/hunter logo? Carter says the skull represents New York City and her Fashion Institute of Technology training, the antlers are the South, and the anchor represents the sea (she now calls Charleston home).

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Bedouin collar necklace, $578, by Rachel Taliaferro

Looking to give a bit of Charlotte to your nearest and dearest this holiday season? Head over to the Jewelry Artists of Charlotte pop-up shop at Ballantyne Village.

The shop, presented by Patricia Snow and I.C. London boutique owner Shelly Domenech, features the work of 15 local artisans, will be open 11a-7p Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5p Sunday through Dec. 31.  14825 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 120 in Ballantyne Village.

If you’re in Charleston, check out Novel, a pop-up boutique on King Street that is a joint effort from former Charlottean jewelry artist Jane Pope and Lauren Lail of  Library: Archives of Fashion.

Through Dec. 20, the design collaborative will stock the space with the gems from their collections.

In addition, both women will be on hand to style and help customers create unique looks combining pieces from Library’s extensive collection of vintage finds and one-of-a-kind jewelry from Balboa and Jane Pope collections.

10a-6p Monday-Saturday through Dec. 20, 438 King Street, Charleston.

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