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.
The Fashion Board at the University of South Carolina is holding their fashion week activities this week. I went to the fashion show last night and had a blast. I was lucky enough to get a seat facing the models in the area where the photo pit would normally be. I also got to see some of my friends like Eb from MakeMeOverEb, Anne from The Shop Tart, and others.
The show featured looks from boutiques around Columbia like Bohemian, M Boutique, Mary, Just the Thing, Pink Sorbet, Brittons, Unforgettable Jewelry, La Roque, Van Jean, and Coplon’s. They all showed trendy and very fashionable looks. The thing that caught my attention was the fact that Columbia has awesome boutiques with awesome clothes for sale just like Charleston, but the people in my hometown are not known for their fashion sense, so I don’t see many people dressed in these clothes. Hmmm…
The show also had a showing from the school’s own designers who were called Emerging Designers. They were all really good. I think some of the lines could have been edited a little bit more, but they were pretty good. Camille Yanair made a collection using recyclable materials. Each model held up a sign stating what their dress was made of. Emma Graham Designs showed fun and girly dresses. Ellen and Ellie used cool patterns. Everything was very retro. Emily Claire Studio reminded me of NYC or Paris. It was for the cool girl that loves lace. Brad Boltinghouse’s “_aholic” collection was full of dark colors and clothes that used lots of peplum and structure. Some of my pictures came out blurry because the models were walking so so so fast, but I hope you enjoy them. I also had a video, but I don’t think you could see the models that well because of my seat position.