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USC Fashion Week 2012 Sponsor Show


A week or so ago I went to the final event of the week for USC Fashion Week 2012- the sponsor show. The event space, 701 Whaley, was decorated beautifully with real leaves strewn about the floor, crumpled paper balls in various neutral shades, and glittering Christmas lights covered in real moss. The program was just as great. We saw the Student Designer Competition Winner- Jessica Argoe- show her collection again. Then we saw eight looks each from each sponsor. I am sooo happy I decided to attend USC Fashion Week again this year. Each year just keeps getting better and better. It is hard to believe that students from the university actually pull this show off on their own.

Here is a list of the sponsors that showed tonight:
Bohemian
Brittons
Just The Thing
LaRoque
M Boutique
Petal
VanJean

USC Fashion Week Fashion Show 2011

Last week I went to the USC Fashion Board’s Fashion Week Fashion Show. It was the third annual fashion show and the second one that I have attended, and I can honestly say that is was great. I love the 701 Whaley building with all my heart. It is the perfect place to hold an event, and Marquis Bias and all of the other Fashion Board members really know how to produce a great show.

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I got to see some of my friends like Shay from Sheen Magazine, Quinn from Viva la Qbee03, and Eb from Make Me Over Eb. I also got to talk to Keisha from Makeup By Kei Kei. Check out her beauty videos on Youtube for great tips. I also got to see the ladies from Flock and Rally and Alicia Barnes from WOLO. I also want to thank The Shop Tart for taking this lovely picture of me and Dwaun from Shopping Savage. I haven’t spoken to him in like 4 or 5 years.  In the picture I am wearing my flatforms that you can’t see, my Gap maxi dress that I need to dye because it is fading, and my Topshop Kimono. If I got to talk to you and I forgot to mention your name, I’m really sorry.

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A Devine Night Out Was Amazing

A Devine Night Out

Last night I went downtown to A Devine Night Out. It was Columbia’s version of Fashions Night Out and I had a blast. Every store on Devine Street was open and full of people. Shop owners served drinks and snacks as shoppers perused racks of clothes, and restaurants stayed open to provide people with warm food. I wish I had stopped in one of those restaurants. Everyone looked so warm and toasty, but I stuck to the shops. There was also a nice raffle with great prizes from local spots.
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LaRoque Spring 2011 Debuts

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I know we are just getting into the holiday and winter season posts here at TFAS, but LaRoque just debuted her Spring 2011, and I am so proud of her. You might recall that I interviewed Annabelle in her studio last Spring. She had big dreams for her custom brand, and they are definitely beginning to blossom. LaRoque’s spring line is going to be in 17 stores across the Southeast. That is so amazing.

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The clothes are what I would like to call “Southern Belle Goes To Palm Beach Chic”. They are cute, fun, and sassy. Pink, teal, white,and black are the most used colors in the collection next to the yellow and orange printed pieces. The skirts, shorts, tops, and dresses are very preppy and feature LaRoque’s signature bows and ruffles. Annabelle most certainly knows her customer, and I can see them gobbling up this collection.

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The Fat and Skinny Interviews LaRoque!!

Last week, for school, I was given the task of interviewing someone in the fashion industry from my hometown. I turned in my article and finished editing the videos on Monday. On Friday, I interviewed Annabelle from LaRoque. The buzz around town about her was crazy, so she was the obvious choice. For those of you who don’t know who she is, well here is your chance to find out.  I really love her shop, clothes, and personality. She is so great, and I want to thank her for letting me come into her studio to interview her. You can check out her shop and custom made dresses here.




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USC Fashion Board Fashion Forum

I went to the USC Fashion Board’s Fashion Forum Thursday night and it was amazing. I think the best part about it was the fact that the forum consisted of shop owners , designers, a photographer, and a fashion blogger.

I was able to meet so many people and hear them say some wonderful things. Lucky Levinson spoke about his store, Brittons, which is a Columbia shopping institution. I remember shopping there as a child with my mother. The store is over 60 years old. I also met Perry Lancaster from the store as well. He invited me into the store, so I went the next day. It was just as neat as I remembered. I actually bought my mom some earrings from Brittons on Friday. I can’t wait to go back.

Don Oates and Diane Stephenson spoke about the clothing company, Southern Tide. I love this company because it is based right here in South Carolina, and it really showcases “Southern Prep” style. Ralph Lauren has nothing on them. They really focus on the quality of their products. It took them almost 2 years to design the perfect pair of pants, and almost a year to make the perfect tee. Diane’s son founded the company only a few short years ago and now they are in over 400 stores around the country. I truly see them getting big in the next few years. Oh and did I mention they put Lycra in their signature polos and use fabric that is hard to shrink with every wash?

Then my friend Anne Postic from The Shop Tart spoke about blogging as a business. I gained some wonderful insight from her. The thing that really struck me was the fact that she made her blog into an LLC. I had seen other bloggers do that too, so I have been thinking about turning The Fat and Skinny into a LLC operation for some time. I think she lit a fire under me.

Annabelle Cain from LaRoque also spoke about her clothing line, but I don’t want to get into too much detail. I had to interview her for class on Friday, and I want to blog about my experience in her studio.

Travis Teate was the next panelist. He is a fashion photographer based right here in Columbia and is very passionate about fashion and art. It was amazing to hear him speak with such enthusiasm. He is a great guy. Hopefully I can work with him in the future.

Last but not least was Melissa Blanchard from Van Jean. She owns several stores here in the Midlands, but her store Van Jean is her store that sells awesome new designers like 3.1 Philip Lim, Doo.Ri and Tory Burch. The clothes and accessories are amazing. I went to the store on Friday and tried on a Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet that was fab. I also checked out a Philip Lim wallet that converts into a wristlet and can hold your blackberry. Who doesn’t love a store with leopard carpet?

I also want to thank  Marguis Bias for putting on a fabulous fashion week at USC. The events were great, and it was amazing reconnecting with him again. We go way back to Governor’s School for the Arts in high school. He played the flute and I played the cello. Tee Hee!