Style Exhibition 2011

Another event that I went to last week was the Style Exhibition. It was put on by 3Jay Productions here in Columbia, SC. It was a three day event, but I could only attend one day. I went to the networking event expecting to meet some of the designers who were showing in the fashion show the next day. I got to meet two of them and speak with some vendors.

michi knitwear

Michi Knitwear

The two designers I met were Valeri Reaves from MyMyApparel and Michele Walden from Michi Knitwear. Both designers make straight and plus sizes, so you know I got excited when I heard that. Both designers were also wearing their wares, so check out the post pictures for a looksee. I also met Gloria Qualls who makes Earth 2 Earth natural beauty products from scratch.

 

MyMeApparel

MyMeApparel features comfortable, yet stylish jersey knits with fun details. Michi Knitwear is handmade knitwear that features intricate designs and details. Earth 2 Earth products are natural beauty products that smell so good. I wanted to buy some right then and there, but I didn’t have my cash with me. I can’t wait to try some. Check out all of their websites for more.

Ebony from Make Me Over Eb and Gloria from Earth 2 Earth

Ebony from Make Me Over Eb and Gloria from Earth 2 Earth

Now I am probably going to get a lot of slack for saying this, but I just have to say it. When people have fashion events, they expect you to have a bomb behind event. They expect it to be classy and chic. I know 3Jay Productions meant well, but they have to come better, and it isn’t just them. Everybody that has a fashion event in Columbia has to do their best at all times. The USC Fashion Board’s fashion show was a fab event in a fab location, and I am sure their budget wasn’t bananas like NYFW.

You can do a lot with a little bit of money, trust me I know. Having your event at an old house that doubles as a daycare during the day and event space at night isn’t going to cut it. Having a makeshift bar in said house’s bathroom isn’t going to cut it either. I always say that the fashion center in South Carolina is Charleston, and I will continue to say that into Columbia steps up to the plate. We have got to do better. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Jai From The Fat and Skinny

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