USC Fashion Week 2013 has come and gone, but it sure was good while it lasted!On Tuesday I went to 701 Whaley for the start of USC Fashion Week and the second annual student designer competition. The competition is a great way to showcase the student talent at USC. The judges (Otis Taylor from The State paper, Amy Flurry former editor at Lucky, and LV Granger from Circa 1332) had a hard choice to make.
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:
Just The Thing
FASHION BOARD ANNOUNCES FEB. 14 DEADLINE FOR DESIGN COMPETITION
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fashion Board at the University of South Carolina announces a Feb. 14 deadline for their
statewide Student Designer Competition. Students chosen to show in the April 10 show, will be announced
on Feb. 29 at the Board’s Carolina Cup preview event, Bows and Beaus.
to all college or university students in South Carolina. Participants will be provided with a venue, models,
hair, makeup, and all aspects needed to put on the show, giving them a way to display their looks to an
audience of 350+ community members including local buyers, press and possible future customers.
competition/ or visit http://fashionboardusc.wordpress.com and click on the Student Designer Competition
From Fashion Board USC:
Ways that you can be a part:
Bring Denim – The denim drive for this week is two-fold. You can either bring denim to the Fashion Board National Lee Denim Day tables in front of the Russell House and the Moore School of Business today between 9-2 or to one of the designated “denim drops” throughout the Week. Denim brought to the Lee Denim Day tables will be donated to local Boys and Girls clubs while denim collected throughout the rest of the week will benefit the Cotton: From Blue to Green denim recycling program which will be converted into insulation for homes.
Buy Baked Goods – In addition to collecting denim today, Fashion Board will also be selling baked goods at their National Lee Denim Day tables. The proceeds from the table will be given to the National Lee Denim Day foundation which will assist in the fight against breast cancer.
Like AE on Facebook – American Eagle has agreed to donate money to a charity of Fashion Board’s choice – in this case National Lee Denim Day – dependent upon the amount of likes we can get on their USC AE Union page.
Spread the word – Feel free to tweet, Facebook, text, and run and tell your friends about a wonderful way to give back to the community. We really need all the support we can get.
Denim drop off locations (all in the Greek Village):
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Zeta Tau Alpha: Michelle McCloskey
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Chi Omega
Gamma Phi Beta
Delta Delta Delta
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!
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.