Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Contest

Hey everyone! It is raining here in Charleston aka The Chuck, but I am having a last. I opted to skip the interview session today so I could bring you an update on the fashion show from last night. It was CFW’s answer to Project Runway. Eb and I had a blast looking at what each designer created for the show. Sorry if the camera is a little shaky, and sorry for the one shot that was sideways. I don’t know why my camera did that. If you know how to fix that, please help me out. The panel of judges are Mychael Knight, Gordana Gehlhausen and Carol Hannah Whitfield from Project Runway, Elysa Lazar, Ashley Reid, Ayoka Lucas, designer Cynthia Rowley, and Anne Slowley who judges the last segment of the competition. I hate that I am going to miss her.

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Uriel Zamora-
His show was amazing, no TRESMAZING! He was inspired by one of my favorite artist, Roy Lichtenstein, so he created these sculptural looks that reminded me of Lady Gaga and Beyonce. I wish the judges had picked his line to move on. 🙁
Barbara Beach- One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
I wish I had her footage but my camera actually ate some of her footage so again I am confused at what happened. Sorry about that, but she showed cute and preppy childrenswear. The kid models look adorable.
Anna Lassiter-
Her collection was so Boho chic, but it was done very well. I could see this collection selling. In a major store.
Hannalei Taylor-
Her clothes were really cute, fun, and girly. The plaids and lace reminded me of her interior design past.
Larika Page- One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
Her clothes were so amazing. I am so happy for her because her collection was scultptural, elegant, wearable, and classy.
Chelsie Ravenell-
He showed a line for men and women. It was very preppy meets urban, but not in the Pharrell or Kanye way. It was a mix of downtown skate and basketball(two of the designer’s pastimes) inspired deconstructed looks. I thought it was OK, but it could have been better. I heard one of the judges, whose name I shall not say, say what was right on my mind. I thought to myself, “How do you create looks for an original collection if you are just going to destroy and spray paint Levi’s?” He didn’t make those jeans. OHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Jamie Lin Snider-One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
She is a Las Vegas native living near Charleston. Her bio said that she likes to create looks that bring “a city edge to Charleston’s sophisticated, Southern charm.” What I saw were not edgy, but elegant clothes inspired by the past. The only thing I didn’t like, where the cheap shoes that were too big for the models’ feet. They all stumbled, slipped, and walked slew footed down the runway. That took away from the beauty of her clothes.

Julia Faye Davison-
I am not gonna lie. I was intrigued to see what she would create, but thought I would probably not like it because she said her collection was a mix between two cultures. It was a reverse Pocahontas themed collection based on “a regal Englishwoman and a proud-spirited Native American man [who fell] in love”. Umm… yeah. Color me surprised! I actually liked it. The best thing about the men and womenswear collection were the paneled and fringed leggings.
The three finalist have to take a certain number of white button down Oxford shirts and create a garment inspired by Alexander McQueen.
The main show of the night featured contest judge and Project Runway finalist Gordana Gehlhausen. Her GOGA collection featured some incredible hand knitted dresses and lots of lace and ruffles.The whole collection reminded me of a women who was into Anna Sui when she was younger, but wants the same look just a little more subdued.
Jai From The Fat and Skinny

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