This weekend was the sixth annual Style Exhibition. The Style Exhibition is a local fashion event put on by 3 Jay Productions every spring which showcases fashion designers from all over the country. The first night is a networking mixer, and then the last two nights are full of fashion shows. This was my third time attending the events, and I have written about it in the past. Because I have seen the event improve every year, I was really excited to see the designers that they had showing during the two nights of fashion shows.
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.
Charleston Fashion Week Day Two showed some very exciting new talent. Bob & Kris Galmarini showed some cutey patootey clothes for children inspired by their own children and Bob’s love of screenprinting. Jessica Patricia Krupa showed some lovely vintage inspired swimwear that really shows off a woman’s curves. Angela Sum, who gets to move on in the competition, showed a very light and airy Rodarte like collection. Many in attendance loved her collection. Ra Jang showed an interesting black and rainbow colored collection that also featured some graphic prints. Nina Awasum showed a very beautiful African inspired collection. I actually met Nina and Jessica last night. They are really nice, and I wish them and all of the other designers well.
When I received the Kaelen invite, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Walking into the studio space gave me quite the surprise. Kaelen Farncombe designed a beautiful collection full of light, airy looks. The colors Farncombe chose are perfect for spring. You can’t go wrong with cream, seaform, tan, mint, and grey. They look good on all skin tones. Continue Reading
Before the show could begin, Lela Rose turned off the lights and played “Imagine” by John Lennnon as a tribute to the victims of 9-11. It was a very moving and touching way to start the day. It also had everyone singing along. After the song ended, the lights turned on and the show started. Continue Reading
The Honor show by Giovanna Randall was perfect, so perfect that the audience kept clapping for her and her clothes as the models billowed down the runway. The light as a feather dresses seemed to fly away when the runway fans hit them. If you are inspired by 60s movies like “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”, you will probably like this collection because the clothes had a 60s schoolgirl look to them. The dresses came either long or short and featured light, airy, and sheer fabrics with intricate cutouts in the front and back.
There were also great suiting items with shorts, button downs, and blazers with the lapels turned in and the collars pulled up. Oxfords in a multitude of colors (think grey, pink, brown, and yellow) went with both the dresses and the pants. The item I want most from this collection is the gold collar that fits around the neck and was worn with almost every piece. I can’t wait to see what Randall does next season.
Yesterday I went to the Catherine Malandrino Ready To Buy F/W 2011 fashion show. It was styled by celebrity stylist June Ambrose. It was obvious that she had a hand in the show when the models came out in all of those spectacular turbans. Continue Reading