A few weeks ago several of the Carolina Bloggin bloggers, and I held a pre-party for Charleston Fashion Week at O-ku in Charleston. I was so nervous because this was the first blogger event I have ever hosted. It was a really fun party and a great success! O-ku provided some great sushi and chicken skewers. They also created a signature drink for the event, which Teowonna called Carolina Sunshine.. We also had a ton of sponsors like DressBarn, Shop Epitome, Dry Soda, and We Love Colors. Robert Rison from Eclat Designs was the featured designer who showed at our event, and Mayaqoba’s had a few models on hand to show her resort wear as well. It was a ton of fun. I want to thank all of the sponsors helping us put on a wonderful event (not all of them are listed here). I also want to thank everyone for coming out. Photos by me! Click below to see some more!
*Last but not least, Khali from Shop Epitome was gracious enough to provide us with our very own coupon code, CSW25, good for 25% off until May 31! Get Shopping!
During the last day of Charleston Fashion Week, I got up super early and headed out to Charleston Weddings Magazine’s Spring Bridal Show. I got to see a lot of bridal fashion from local boutiques. If you are planning a wedding, Charleston is definitely a great place to check out some fancy gowns for you or your bridesmaids. The trends seem to be the traditional white and cream, and the completely unconventional and daring pale pink and red. Watch the video from the Emerging Bridal Designer Contest winner Calvin James Bryant’s collection. It was fabulous. If I were getting married, he would definitely be someone I would be interested in working with. I hope you all enjoyed my Charleston Fashion Week coverage. As you can see I am still trying to recover and unpack from the week of events.
A few days ago former Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designers JLINSNIDER and Michael Wiernicki became featured designers and local retailers at this year’s Charleston Fashion Week. They have always been personal favorites of mine since I first saw them both present as emerging designers. I am so excited to see the progress that they have made since then. Both designers are graphic and experimental. I feel like their clothes are not for the faint at heart, but I will admit that JLINSNIDER’s designs were more wearable this year. Either way I am still a big fan and can’t wait to see their next collections.
The Charleston Fashion Week 2011 Finale was on FIIIIRRREEE!! I met Fern Mallis, Derek Blasberg, K. Cooper Ray from Social Primer, and other awesome folks. I got to see new friend Brittany Bosco perform her new songs on the runway (check out her music), and got to see who won the Rock the Runway and Emerging Designer contests.
After a few days of recouping from fashion week, I am finally able to write the last two Charleston Fashion Week posts. On Saturday, I went to my first bridal show, which is weird because my mom plans weddings. When I walked into the tent, it was transformed into a wedding reception with snacks and cakes from the various vendors and plenty of blushing soon to be brides…and a few annoyed fiances too.
There were designs by designers and boutiques YoYo Designs, Modern Trousseau, Charleston Wedding Dress by Alena Fede, Belle Couture Bridal & Kira Elizabeth Designs, White, Maddison Row & Bella Bridesmaid, and Heidi Elnora.
Hey everyone. I am still in Charleston enjoying Charleston Fashion Week. Things have been a blast. I can’t believe toay is the last day of CHSFW and my busiest too. I have the bridal show first, then I have the Gilt-y party at the Cynthia Rowley store and more fashion shows at night. Oh and I still have to pack.
Last night’s shows were very interesting in a good way. We had Sucker Jeans who, if you remember from last year, makes seersucker jeans. They seem really neat, I just wish they styled the show better. Then we had Mary Mojo Boutique & The Shoe Fairy. I enjoyed the clothes more than the shoes, but it was still the same old beachy beachwear.
I am writing this to you in my hotel room with one watery eye and a runny nose. I think my allergies have gotten the best of me here at Charleston Fashion Week. Good thing the front desk sells hot pockets and allergy medicine. Hopefully I can churn this post out before the Benadryl sets in!
I was a slack blogger yesterday. I didn’t go to the press lounge for designer interviews. I was stuck in the room doing homework, because some lame teacher assigned homework during Spring Break. Ugh. I did make it to the fashion show last night. On to the reviews… Continue Reading
Last night was another amazing night at Charleston Fashion Week. There were two shows featuring local stores and then four shows showing four new Emerging Designers. The featured designer for the night was another former Emerging Designer from a past Charleston Fashion Week. Let’s get to the reviews.
First things first. I just want to say that last night’s fashion film by Jewell & Ginnie was amazing. It had DJs and Hip Hop. Everybody was dancing in there seats. My new and and old blogging friends were having way too much fun!
The two stores that showed last night were Tommy Bahama and House of Sage. Tommy Bahama was the same old mature beach wear. I wasn’t into it last year and I’m still not. House of Sage was good. It was young, fresh, and trendy. I love that store to pieces.
I’m back at Charleston Fashion Week again! Can you believe that it has been a year since I started on my fashion week journey from Charleston to New York to New York again and now back to Charleston with some Columbia fashion events thrown in? Amazing! I wanted to do a video with me speaking to you all, but iMovie is acting up. Please pray that it starts working again, and if any of you geek squaders know how to make my webcam videos have sound again that would be great. Oh and you guys are totally going to hear me and Eb talking all up in the videos.
Anyhoo… the night started out with a lovely song by Quiana Parler. She was amazing. I mean her voice was the TRUTH!!! I cannot say that enough. Fantastic. I want her cd now. Then we had a runway show by two local stores, Rapport and Copper Penny. The Rapport was full of classic brands and classic looks. While I like classic looks, it just seemed a bit bland, especially when the Copper Penny clothes came out. They sell designers like Tibi, Michael Kors, and DVF. It was lighter, brighter, and fun. After that Barbara Beach, who one People’s Choice last year in the Emerging Designers Competition, showed her lovely children’s wear. I could definitely see myself dressing my children in clothes like that..if I had any children.
Next up were four of this year’s Emerging Designer East Competition. I loved them all and found it quite hard to pick last night’s People Choice winner. Marie Cordella took an academic approach to her designs, which gave them a complex, conceptual look. I loved the bright colors and shapes. Very Solange Knowles. Van Hoang showed a very mature, yet youthful collection full of awesome knits and beautiful hand dyed fabrics. Very ephemeral and light.
Veritee Hill was the judges choice to move on in the competition just as everyone predicted. Her designs were perfect for the theater, Beyonce, or Lady Gaga. I loved how she made dresses out of Latex that looked sexy with out looking skanky. People’s Choice winner Sarah Parrott was also very good. I think she won People’s Choice because her designs were the most wearable and trend on without being too trendy. Plus everyone loved the teal pants.
Somewhere in between all of that they showed a fashion film. While I thought the film was nice, I think most of the crowd didn’t comprehend the fashion film. The thing about fashion films is that they are conceptual. Hopefully they will get it by the end of the week since they will be showing a new one every night. Jamie Lin Snider was the last to show. She was in the top three of the Emerging Designer contest last year. Some thought she should have won. Cathedrals and graveyards inspired her designs. It was interesting to see the light mixed with dark in her collection. I really loved the tribal looking elements and long dresses. Last night was amazing. I wonder how they will top it tonight.