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Charleston Fashion Week 2011 Night One

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.

Charleston Fashion Week Day 3

Thursday was my last day of fashion week festivities. I wish I was ale to stay the whole week, but maybe I will be able to do that next year. Some of the collections that were that night were either a hit or miss with me. Oh well. That is how it should be. You can’t love them all. Oh and notice how my video skills got slightly better by the end of my time in Charleston. LOL!

Eden Boheme-
This store featured really cute and feminine clothing from the store’s owners(Lucinda Race and Anna Lassiter) and other brands like Wink and Sass & Bide. I really loved some of the short sets and jumpsuits.www.edenboheme.com

Tommy Bahama-
Tommy Bahama is not my cup of tea. My dad likes this brand, but I just can’t get into it. I mean how many palm leaf covered shirts can you make.www.tommybahama.com

Copper Penny-
Copper Penny was another cute boutique that I liked. Everything was fun, hip, bright, and trendy. The styling of the model’s was really good. www.shopcopperpenny.com

Hampden Clothing-
I really loved this store too, so much so that on Friday, before we left, I just had to check it out. Everything here is very edgy because they carry lines like Opening Ceremony and Alexander Wang. I see why Marie Claire named this boutique as one of the top 50 store nationwide.www.hampdenclothing.com

Seeking Indigo-
This boutique had ethinic, tribal inspired clothing that wasn’t my cup of tea, but still thought were pretty. They feature exclusive pieces from kavita Bhatari and Gunjan Rahul. If you are into Indian inspired clothes, this is the store for you. www.seekingindigo.com

Pearl was a very chic boutique. If you are looking for womanly, beautiful clothes by Jason Wu, Erdem, and Thakoon, this is the place to go. They have everything to make your wardrobe last from day to night.www.shoppearlonline.com

Mary Porter Couture-
Mary Porter is a local designer who has been making clothes for over 20 years. Her evening wear and bridal dress were gorgeous. Every time a look came out, people would gasp. The collection reminded me of those old movies with Greta Garbo and Ava Gardner.