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The Tale of Brock

His name is Brock
A bit of toughness never hurt anyone.
While at Charleston Fashion Week surrounded by the presences of Ayoka Lucas, Fern Mallis, Anne Slowey, Derek Blasberg, and Mychael Knight an urge to splurge over took me. With the recent loss of Orion(someone stole him from my dorm, I was not negligent), the goodies at the Style Lounge were too tempting(I actually also purchased a pair of shades which are used for viewing fashion shows when sitting front row).
I happened to be wearing The Serpent(far left) as well as Ophelia(far right) and Brock seemed to fit directly in with them. With a bespeckled surface that actually only really shows up in images, he adds just the right amount of weight to a look and has already made multiple appearances out at events.
Everyone welcome Brock to the family.

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Day 1 Emerging Designers CFW

label Sarah Parrott
season Fall 2011 at Charleston Fashion Week

So on Tuesday, Charleston Fashion Week began. While I haven’t been able to go down yet, I will be running down on Friday and I’ll also be there Saturday as well. Sarah Parrott was one of the 4 emerging designers to show for opening night and happened to snag my slot for best show of the night. The color blocked collection featured crop tops, leather, and a sort of minimalistic edge that one wouldn’t expect with pieces in hot pink red and blue. Parrott also snagged the People’s Choice Award but sadly will not be showing the entirety of her collection on Saturday.


label Veritee Hill
season Fall 2011 at Charleston Fashion Week

It was the dark and artistic Veritee Hill collection that managed to get the Judges’ pick of the night. This means that the collection, along with it’s seemingly young Galliano aesthetic, will move on in the competition and will be show in it’s entirety on Saturday. With a bit of black and a bit of latex, Hill designed a collection inspired by Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. It actually was the first look that interested me most, with it’s hand painted fabric, full skirt, and headpiece. The collection shows that Hill has the artistic ability and executing power to be a directional designer.


label Van Hoang
season Fall 2011 at Charleston Fashion Week

There was something soothing about the Van Hoang collection, soothing and ephemeral. From the dies to the flow of the garments, there was a calming sensation that seemed to sink right down into the models themselves. The pieces themselves were well versed: scarves, shorts, sundresses, and even a gown. Hoang would have to be my runner up for best show of the night because the collection presented was one that was very wearable, and seemed to be molded by a disciplined hand.

label Marie Cordella
season Fall 2011 at Charleston Fashion Week

There was something very London about the Marie Cordella collection. While not “quintessentially London” it most certainly seemed like the up and coming establishment of the city reminding me of designers like Jonathan Saunders and Mary Katrantzou. Cordella cites graphic textural and historical inspirations for her colorful collections that seems driven by a short silhouette. While maybe a little bright for fall, the collection most certainly shows talent.


source | fashionwirepress

SPOTLIGHT: Charleston Fashion Week

Here in Columbia, the fashion isn’t all that nationally known. But, if one were to only take a two hour drive away, you would find a city that is the home of the South East Emerging designers competition which has names like Elle, Vogue, Project Runway, Sports Illustrated, and Coastal Living in some way connected. Charleston is quickly garnering the respect of the national fashion industry and it soon will be widening it’s realm of influence by expanding their Emerging Designers Competition from just being a competition for the South East, but the entire Eastern coast of the United States.

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An event that I’ve wanted to attend for years, Charleston Fashion Week seems to only just have been getting started. After having brought $1.7 million dollars to the local economy during the 5 day fashion week, they have visions only of expansion. Anne Slowey from Elle Magazine says

Bringing fashion into the center of the cultural storm going on here just adds another great element and a reason for the citizens of Charleston to turn out in their finest. (Anne Slowey-Fashion News Director at Elle)

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The week serves to promote models, with it’s Rock The Runway competition, emerging designers, with it’s emerging designers competitions, and other brands and labels with the many other shows that are put on. What compounds the greatness of the event are the various charities that benefit because of it. Putting on events like Stiletto Stampedes, luncheons, and auctions, in addition to special fashion shows, benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital, Center for Women, and Lowcountry AIDS Services. Last year, over $250,000 was raised for the Children’s Hospital alone. And with names like Marysia Swimwear, Mychael Knight, as well as Carol Hannah Whitfield, having shown under the tents, the designs are nothing to scoff at.
Mychael Knight shows as a Featured Designer at Charleston Fashion Week 2010

Since I sadly don’t forsee myself being able to muster all of the finances to travel down next year in March(but that won’t stop me from trying) I decided to call and ask a few questions about the week and the direction of it as well as it’s past. Here’s what I found out:

  1. The Reason for Expanding- The Emerging Designers competition expansion was an organic one. After the last couple of years, the competition began to get alot of attention and alot of people were interested. They decided to expand to give more people an opportunity to show their work and what they were capable of. This is why now states along the entire Easter coast may submit online.
  2. On Why the Emerging Designer’s Competition was Started- If you look at the industry as a whole there are only a few major fashion cities that are “design communities.”(London, Paris, Milan, New York). Charleston doesn’t have alot of textile factories and manufacturing companies for designers to create their own lines. In addition to this, in it’s inception, Charleston Fashion Week was being used as a marketing tool to help local boutiques and stores. Saks would now be able to have a place to put on a fashion show that their customers could view and then go into the stores the next day and purchase.
  3. On Changes- Things will now become more 50/50 in terms of attention paid to retailers and emerging designers. Each night there will be 4 retail shows, 4 emerging designer shows, and then 1 featured designer show. Every day, one of the 4 emerging designer semifinalists will be chosen as a finalist. Also all semifinalist will be require to show Fall collections. The methodology behind this is that buyers don’t need to see collections for the current season. They have no use for them. So in order to encourage buyers to attend, emerging designers must show future collections., so there is a reason for the buyers to attend.