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Fashion to Columbia

I’ve been absent, this I know.

It’s really weird how it happened, just sort of all at once. I was blogging here and then opportunity after opportunity began to knock, and responsibility after responsibility began to submit itself and before I knew it, Musings of a Gallivanting Boy had been put on an unofficial hiatus and about a month ago went to a full, official hiatus.

While it sucked abandoning the child I’d birthed and reared, he had completed his assigned task. The point of the blog was to give me a platform from which to launch into other work… and that I’ve most certainly done.

As of now I’m a writer, PR person, and part editor. All of this comes in addition to being a student. Easy tasks they are not but, they certainly are preparing me for a future in this industry. I’m not the only one maturing in fashion though.

It seems that the entire Columbia fashion industry is maturing, and progressing. This past week alone the city was privy to an exclusive Tibi Fall/Holiday Fashion Event as well as the kick off of the Urban Outfitters: Store on Tour pop-up shop. Both events were tasteful, targeted directly to the right individuals and well executed. I really did enjoy them.

Because of the many obligations there’s no way I’ll be able to pour into this blog all of what I once had. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to be able to. But I’m not leaving.

As I never did do show reviews for the Spring 2012 shows – and can we pllllleaassee discuss all of the insane scheduling problems that are cropping up for next year – I do plan on going back and taking an in depth look at some of the collections, so at the very least there’s that to look forward to.

There are other ideas for content but I was once told that if you keep your mouth shut about things, people can’t hold you to your word… so I’m going to try to employ that tactic.

But until the next post.

M

Frame of Mind Trunk Show


A few of the frames from Monoqool at FOM. More photos by Mikelle Street

So last week, not too long after the Mast Store opening, I popped into one of my favorite little shops on Main Street: Frame of Mind eyewear Boutique. Mark Plessinger, the owner, is a really artistic guy with vision and the dedication to see his vision through. Sadly the latter isn’t found in Columbia much.
Anyway, Mark hosted a midweek trunk show showing some of the latest wares from Monoqool, Derapage, Crowbae, Mainhattan and Eight Below Zero, all brands that are only sold in boutiques. There was a representative from Studio Optix there, Jack Erker, who gave me a quick run through on some of the brands and what makes them different, the most interesting of which happen to be the frames made from Mongolian Ram and African Bull horn. Erker was recently also in Huntington Beach and a few other places doing trunk shows.

Frames made out of ram and bull horn at FOM. More photos by Mikelle Street.


A few tidbits:

  • Monoqool- The frames made by Monoqool utilize a patented spiral instead of screws to connect the arms. Another bit I found interesting was the fact that some of the clear frames are actually like transitions lenses. Instead of the actual lenses changing with sunlight, the frames change.
  • Derapage- The Derapage frames also have a signature which is the layered technique. Formed from sheets of steel, the brand has it’s roots in automobiles as the factor which manufactures them is a 3rd generation race car factory in Italy. Some of the newer frames are made from Italian acetate, which is one of the strongest plastics out.
  • Crowbae and Eight Below Zero- Both of these lines are composed of frames made from animal horn, african bull and mongolian ram respectively. Because they are made of actual animal horns, there are no pair of frames that are exactly the same. The frames are all being manufactured in France, and have been made from these animals for the last 4 years. Erker also said that the horns are from animals who’ve all died from “natural deaths.”
Tonight, Frame of Mind will be also hosting another event, but this time for First Thursdays.
DR and Kelsey Granger’s work will be on display!!
Make sure to attend!

Mast Store Opens on Columbia’s Main Street


Mast Store opens on Main Street. More photos by Mikelle Street

So last week I went to the ribbon cutting of Mast General Store‘s 8th location which was at 1601 Main Street. The store is being touted as retail’s return to Main Street as well as a revitalization of a troubled corridor. The effort joins many artistic endeavors already in motion like First Thursdays and makes sure to reinforce the historic feeling that downtown Columbia is known. The building itself was restored to it’s 1927 condition.


Mast Store carries “lifestyle clothing” as well as gifts and candy. More photos by Mikelle Street

While I could go all political right now(which I actually did and deleted) about how Main Street is supposed to be being revitalized and some of the things I see that need to be redone I won’t. What I will do though, is say that Mast Store had over 500 different types of “old fashioned candies” to be bought by the pound. Of course some of the people just grabbed a few of the pieces of candy that were single wrapped for “testing”(which was totally allowed) but I refrained. The two story building was relaxed and comfortable with gifts, colorful t-shirts and outdoor/comfortable gear accompanying the candy. Patagona, Northface, TVA, and Choco are among the brands stocked.

This Thursday(today) Mast Store will be participating in it’s first First Thursday as a part of it’s Grand Opening Celebration. There will be Drawings, informative seminars and old-fashioned fun from today through Sunday(June 5th).
Hope to see you there as I’ll be dropping by.

Runaway Runway 2011


The hat from the Mad Hatter look designed by Miles Purvis at Runaway Runway 2011

This past Friday the Columbia Design League put on Runaway Runway 2011 in the Township Auditorium here in Columbia, South Carolina. The event is the biggest fashion event in Columbia and has only recently moved to the Township after outgrowing 701 Whaley Street.
Punctuated by acts that were just as varied as the creations that served as the centerpiece of the production, the night was most certainly a barrel of entertainment. Even from my volunteer position working the Fashion Club section of the seating arrangement, it was clear that some of the acts, like the one involving local drag queens Patti O’Furniture, Lady La Poodle, Paris Lefaris, and Carla Cox, hit their marks. Even the emcees, Betsy Newman, who wore a dress designed by 2010 Runaway Runway winner Bohulmina Augustinova(commissioned by the 2011 presenting sponsor Palmetto Clean Energy), and Larry Hembree kept spirits high with a few jokes of their own.


The Mad Hatter dress from Runaway Runway 2011

While the competition was stiff, with designers like Molly McNutt of the famed 2010 “Gaga-Monster” Dress returning, there were definite standouts. The panel of judges which included the 2010-2011 President of Fashion Board USC, Marquis Bias, as well as partner at grass roots event organizing firm Flock and Rally, Tracie Broom, and Frame of Mind owner, Mark Plessinger, narrowed the decision down to three looks for the audience to vote on by text the night of the show.
Being the wholehearted supporter I am, I threw my support behind the “Mad Hatter” look designed by Miles Purvis, which came complete with a hat, cane, dress, as well as white wig with neon lights strewn throughout. A few texts, tweets, and short conversations later, I felt I’d done my duty in garnering as much support as I could. Though the Alexander McQueen-esque look was just as beautiful(though it wasn’t a finalist), as was the gorgeous Diet Pepsi evening gown designed by Kyle Taylor Kirchman, there was something about the dedication of the “Mad Hatter” look, which featured the model in gold glistening body paint, that spoke to me. So of course I was ecstatic when the look won.

After the event was the afterparty(where these images were actually taken because I had to work during the show) which was right across the road. It was a very nice, understated affair in comparison to the event and so people really got a chance to see some of the garments up close. The entire experience was amazing and I’m sure the Design League is proud of their first run at the Township. The new location gives the event a chance to grow to proportions it would not have been able to reach in 701 and I can’t wait for the future.



See more images from the show.

aholic by Brad Boultinghouse 2011


Brad Boultinghouse giving his preshow speech
photo by Keri Goff

The model rounded the curve, the mosaic print rippling off of her, the high hem in front of her high enough to reveal the bottom of the bathing suit she wore beneath. It was the same look that was on the promotional image that got me interested in the show, and the same look I’d just seen backstage but as always, there’s something a bit different when you can see the fluidity of a garment as the model stomps down the runway, the dim, intimate lighting only enhancing the overall appeal.
Brad Boultinghouse showed his entire 2011 collection for his label aholic this past Thursday on the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center patio. Attendees came out for a night of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music, and fashion with proceeds benefiting One Good Deed charity, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
The goal is to raise enough money for diapers for one hospital, for one month and update a laundry facility,” Boultinghouse exlained to me a few days before the show. He went on to detail how the $3,000 would buy diapers that would provide effective sanitation and prevent diseases for children, as well as bring the outdated laundry facilities into the 20th century in order to sustain these new diapers as there’s a landfill problem in Africa, where these funds would be headed.


see more runway images by Keri Goff

The collection showed was one that was still very much within the parameters that Boultinghouse set for himself. One look in particular, a grey body conscious cocktail dress with architectural ruffle flourishes, was a dead ringer for a black dress he showed last season. The collection surely wasn’t the same though with a great deal of fragility and even innocence in pieces.

While Boultinghouse did say he’s nervous about how his pieces will be received, he himself knows that they aren’t for everyone. That black shift dress with the white block of fabric layered over it, and those herringbone shorts, along with the rest of the collection are one of a kind pieces going to customers who don’t have to worry about going out and finding another girl with the same look. These of course are customers who have no qualms in matching the softness of a simple white cotton dress with the rough appeal of the spiked wedges that comprise one third of Boultinghouse’s entry into accessories.


see more backstage photos by Keri Goff

The collection as a whole was a consistent one, a solid one and even above average for Columbia fashion. Though possibly a tad confusing as all seasons are shown in one presentation Brad Boultinghouse ensures cohesion by telling one story, one that he says is his own, and seems to include a bit of retro sensability. I only await future collections from him.


(Sarah Hines, Christian Barker, Melissa Brown, Hallie Lipsmeyer, Me)

Grit and Glamour 2011

On this past Saturday I attended the Grit and Glamour Gala at the Columbia Museum of Art. It really was an amazing event with performances by the Unbound Dance Company, as well as The Swingin’ Richards, and MaryLiz the Princess. The museum was divided into different sections like the Piano Bar, the Hemp Bar, as well as the Coffee Bar. The largest space was in the expansion area of the museum where Izms of Art had painted the walls in graffiti. There were markers for us to add to the work but I, as always, couldn’t bring myself to do it.
All and all it was a great event benefiting a great cause. There was enough food to probably feed twice as much as we actually ate and there would be no way for me to even guess how many attendees there were. Of course there were a few familiar faces like the women of VanJean and Just The Thing, as well as The Shop Tart(who you can thank for the picture of me), and Otis Taylor of The State. Cori Hanky of Garnet and Black accompanied me and so when we get them back most of the images will be from her.



Cori Hanki and I via The Shop Tart

MAGAZINE: Wink Summer 2010

Screenshot of Wink Magazine‘s Summer 2010 cover.
So, one of the things that I decided would happen once I returned home for the summer, is that I would attempt to inject some local fashion tidbits into the blog. We focus alot on international fashion, and the big names, but everyone does that. Not everyone lives in Columbia, South Carolina, and can or will report on the industry here. Well I’m proud to announce that while back for the summer, the first issue of a fashion local magazine that I know about, has come out. Wink Magazine is a Columbia based online publication that covers South Carolina fashion and lifestyle. Have I met with someone from the staff yet? No. Do I want that to happen really soon, OF COURSE!
Check under the clip for more coverage and the actual digital issue.

Charleston Fashion Week Spread in Wink Magazine‘s Summer 2010 issue.

This issue of Wink, sadly had no clothing editorials in it. What it did feature though was a two page spread on books that may be of interest, where Courtney Web discussed, among others, Dead in the Family(a book in the series that the HBO series True Blood is based off of), as well as spreads on great places to vacation and a 4 page spread on gardening tips. Charleston Fashion Week was also discussed in a two page spread with pictures featuring Mychael Knight, of Project Runway fame, and Larika Page, the winner of this years Emerging Designers competition put on by Charleston Fashion Week. The highlight was done by Eb Looney, of Make Me Over Eb.

Eb Looney‘s beauty pictorial in Wink Magazine‘s Summer 2010 issue.
The only editorial included was this one, a makeup spread by Eb Looney. I met Eb when I took her makeup class. I learned there that she is known for her “natural look” and that is evident by this spread. The looks that she presents are summer looks, that compliment the features of the two models featured. She utilizes Mary Kay in the spread. All in all though, the 30 page digital issue of Wink Magazine was nice. Whereas I would have hoped for more “fashion” I am satisfied with what was presented.

View the issue here!