In the past two months, I have been to two local fashions shows. The one in June was produced by UK Models and the one I went to this weekend was held by FFS. It was called the 2nd Annual A GLAM AFFAIR Fashion Show. The June UK show featured some local emerging designers like SC Exotic Creations by Shefeka Carter. The FFS show was a blast from the past with clothes representing different decades and a set of vendors like Tweedlebeads Jewelry, Imagine This accessories store, makeup from Avon and Mary Kay, and a slew of others.
Christmas in July Brittons Fish Fry
July 24 10am-6pm
Bring in canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank
10% discount on clothes
Swap Event Promotes Community Service and Fabulous Clothes
Live life to the fullest, but on a budget at Columbia’s first cocktail swap event, Diva Swap 2010. Diva Swap is a fun, charitable way to swap your gently used items for new-to-you items. Items to be swapped include clothing, accessories and shoes. Join Columbia’s most fashionable women on August 6, 2010, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Embassy Suites as they swap the night away with live music, delicious food and free swag bag gifts.
Diva Swap is not your ordinary swap event. It’s a fabulous way to network and give back to the community. Diva Swap is the perfect reason to de-clutter those closets for charity. Swap attendees are encouraged to bring more than one item to swap so that additional items will be available for donation to local charities and shelters.
Diva Swap swag bag partners include Yogen Fruz in Village at Sandhills and Aloette of South Carolina. Both companies have signed on to provide free coupons and products for all swap attendees. Tickets are available online via http://divaswap.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.shoestringchronicles.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP for the 2nd Annual A GLAM AFFAIR today!
2ND ANNUAL A GLAM AFFAIR FASHION SHOW
101-105 COLUMBIA MALL BLVD
COLUMNBIA, SC 292223
(BEHIND COLUMBIA PLACE MALL, ACROSS FROM MACYS IN THE CAPITOL CENTER)
FREE GIFT BAGS FOR EVERY TICKET HOLDER!
RUNWAY WILL FEATURE MODERN SPINS ON THE 20’S 60’S 70’S AND 80’S!
LOCAL VENDORS FEATURING FASHIONABLE MERCHANDISE!
-IMAGINE THIS HANDBAGS LLC
-AVON BY DORIS WALKER
-MARY KAY BY EBONY LOONEY
-MY THIRTY ONE BY MICHELLE JOHNSON
-SC EXOTIC CREATIONS
AND MUCH MORE!
TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY-SATURDAY AT WELLA PROFESSIONALS SCHOOL BEHIND TRAVINIA’S OFF CLEMSON ROAD
OR ONLINE AT www.ffsaga2.eventbrite.com
OR AT THE DOOR!
CALL 803-728-7997 NFOR DETAILS OR VISIT
I was able to interview Alicia from FFS in Columbia, SC. I was happy that she wanted to do this. I hope you all like this interview.
What is FFS, and how did you decide to start a company like this in Columbia, SC? We aren’t really known for being a fashion capitol.
FFS began as Fortress Fashion Shows. I put on my first show at the South Carolina State Museum to raise funds for 2 of my favorite charities, and had over 300 people in attendance and participation. After the show, the models continued to call and email, requesting help with their modeling careers as there aren’t a lot of options in South Carolina and they enjoyed working with our team. This birthed FFS Model and Talent Agency which now humbly boasts 65 models signed to our talent roster.
What services does FFS offer the modeling / entertainment community?
Fortress Fashion Shows offers the community another option for fun trendy entertainment. There are a handful of reputable fashion event planners in Columbia and we are just proud to be one of them. Our fashion shows are a way for people to meet, exchange contacts, have fun, purchase trendy merchandise from great vendors, and see our models in action on the runway.
FFS Model and Talent Agency offers aspiring and current models an opportunity to practice their craft in a safe and creative environment. Many of our models have come to us with horror stories such as:“eye candy” agencies, adult or night club promoters masquerading as modeling agencies, “modeling farms” that charge the models hundreds of dollars up front for photos and instruction and the models never book a single job with those agencies or even hear from them again after paying their money.
We pride ourselves on offering necessary services at extremely reasonable rates, and actually booking our models paying assignments in the Southeast. Taking a lot of pictures is fun, but it doesn’t pay the bills. Our models are carefully trained, well equipped, and given lots of one on one attention. My models can reach me directly any time day or night.
Your company produces fashion shows. How many do you usually do a year, and do you invite the public?
We have at least 4 fashion shows per year on our calendar (1 per quarter). We do invite the public as well as the friends and family of the models. We encourage anyone interested in fashion to attend our shows to learn about modeling agencies and fashion shows on a local level. We also encourage the general public to attend as a fun and relaxing form of recreation in Columbia SC.
What do you think about the fashion community in Columbia and South Carolina?
My personal and professional opinion is that it is very divided. I believe there are some wonderfully talented people in this state that love fashion. I also believe that due to a few bad apples, we have become territorial and afraid to unite together for projects and events. If some of the brilliant fashion designers, organizers, planners, photographers, MUA’s, boutiques, vendors, etc got together and really worked as a team, we could have a fashion presence in SC that would make major metropolitan areas envious of us. I think Columbia has a long way to go as far as unity, but I do believe we have a fantastic abundance of talented beings in Columbia.
As far as the rest of the state, I believe the trendsetter has got to be Charleston! Ayoka Lucas and Charleston Fashion Week are truly South Carolina’s claim to fame in the fashion world. They give Columbia something to strive for and admire.
I know you are having auditions and a makeup workshop soon. When is that, and how can people that are interested in modeling or are looking for an agent get in contact with you?
We are having an open modeling call this Saturday on June 26th, 2010 at 1pm at the Sleep Inn on East Exchange Blvd off of Garners Ferry Road and a Makeup Application Workshop (taught by Make Me over Eb’s Ebony Looney) that same day and location at 12 noon. Anyone that is interested in participating in either event may contact us through our website: www.ffsmodelandtalentagency.info or by phone: 803 7287997 or by email: Alicia@ffsmodelandtalentagency.info.
Thanks for the interview.
Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to do so! Have a wonderful day!