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USC Fashion Week Show

Models backstage in Laura McCall’s pieces
photo by Keri Goff/The Daily Gamecock

Hey guys I’m so sorry it took me soo long to get this video and coverage up but things have been hectic. Last Thursday was USC Fashion Week’s show. Fashion Board put on the show which is held annually in 701 Whaley. There were 8 retailers from Columbia including Britton’s, LaRoque, Coplon’s, Just The Thing, M Boutique, VanJean, DeLibel, and Bohemian. The featured student designer was Laura McCall(see the Tumblr for our review).

There were alot of people from the local fashion set like Jai Marshall of The Fat and Skinny on Fashion, Anne Postic of The Shop Tart, Cori Hanky of Garnet and Black, Dwaun Sellers of The Shopping Savage, Tracie Broom of Flock and Rally, Keisha Moore of UK Models, Alana Britt of Alana B Couture, as well as those involved in Fashion Board like Marquis Bias and Ashleigh Armstrong.


Photos by Keri Goff/The Daily Gamecock

Other Retailers

Photos by Clarence Jackson


Summer’s Day: Editorial Exclusive

photo Keri Goff
styling Mikelle Street
model Lauren Malstrom

It has to fit within my story,Marquis Bias, the president of Fashion Board, says idly playing with his Alexis Bittar bracelet while scanning the options at DeLibel Boutique. A model stands off to the side in a white knit dress, waiting as he selects her second look. She is the second to the last model of Marquis’s day of fittings.

Today marks the beginning of USC Fashion Week. Put on by the Fashion Board at the University of South Carolina, USC Fashion Week is about education, social outreach, as well as fashion. The week will culminate in a fashion show featuring local retailers like DeLibel Boutique, Coplon’s, LaRoque, VanJean, Just The Thing, M Boutique, Britton’s, and Bohemian, as well as student designer, Laura McCall.

Today, the fashion week kick off will be held on the Russell House Patio from 11-2. There will be music as well as merchandise like t-shirts, koozies, sunglasses, and pens, available to be purchased. Marquis himself as well as other fashion board members will be there.
On Wednesday, the board will put on a Bake Sale to be held on Greene Street and in front of the BA Building that will benefit SisterCare. That night at 7PM in the Public Health Building, Jess James of Style Swap will be speaking.

Thursday is the finale with a 72 look fashion show held at 701 Whaley at 7:00PM.
The night of the show will be Marquis’s last night as two year President of Fashion Board. “I guess in a way it is [my grand finale]” He says staring off. A local stylist, Marquis continually keeps projects, big and small in the works and will now be able to focus more on those since he shall be turning the reigns over to current Fashion Board secretary, Melissa Karl. “I’m very excited,” Marquis says in regards to the new E-Board. “I think that we have a great new team, and it puts my mind at ease knowing that I’m leaving and the organization will be in good hands.” In reference to Melissa specifically Marquis states, “I’m particularly pleased with my successor because I know that she shares the same vision I have and have had for the organization.”

The shoot presented in this post was a shot conceptualized by me in order to promote local fashion businesses during the week of USC Fashion Week. Since the week is the closest that Columbia has to a Columbia Fashion Week, I thought that it would be the best time to do a Spring shoot highlighting the trends that we saw internationally by utilizing the garments we see locally.

I must of course say thanks to all involved. Keri Goff took the images and Lauren Malstrom modeled for us. Both of them attend USC. While the only local designer featured was Annabelle LaRoque, who is most certainly a favorite of mine, all the pieces do come from local boutiques. Thanks go out to VanJean, Revente, Sid&Nancy, Just The Thing, Handpicked, and Frame of Mind, as they all allowed me to pull pieces for the shoot.

EVENT: CCCR Gala at Coplon’s

On this past Saturday I attended the Center for Colon Cancer Research Gala that was apart of the Unmasking Colon Cancer campaign at Coplon’s. The 5th Annual Gala, the event featured New York designer Carmen Marc Valvo. While present I did see Anne Postic of The Shop Tart as well as Ebony Looney of Make Me Over Eb and local stylist Brian Maynor. The event was beautifully executed with catering by Duvall Catering and planning and execution by Celebrations. I’d like to say thanks to Meredith of Red Horse Publicity for all of her assistance as well as Cori Hanky of Garnet and Black Magazine for coming with me and taking pictures.

USC President Harris Pastides, First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, designer Carmen Marc Valvo
More images and video below the clip

I did take a video but the quality wasn’t so good, The Shop Tart did manage to get Carmen’s finale speech though.
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G Magazine’s Fashion Greenville

So I mentioned it in passing but I have yet to really get into the meat and heart of the situation have I? Well this weekend, October 22nd and 23rd, Greenville, South Carolina will be hosting G Magazine’s Fashion Greenville. The event is the first of it’s kind to happen in Greenville and already boasts 65 models walking in 4 shows. Sponsored by Wireless Communications, people involved include Lynne Curtin of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Rachel Roy who will be showing her RACHEL Rachel Roy Collection that will be sold at Macy’s. Others to show include Gregory Ellenburg, as well as Coplon’s and Hampden Clothing(see the full schedule below the break). Tickets are still available.
I really look forward to the event. The tents are going up tomorrow, although I don’t think I’ll be able to arrive until Friday. From what I’ve read I’m already excited, and the PR contact who’s working with me is great, so that always makes things so much better. I won’t make any promises on how coverage will go but I’m thinking… videos posted the night of. I mean I do want you to watch me gallivant 🙂

The Schedule is as follows with local designers in bold.

6:00 PM: Doors open – general seating
7:00PM: Beija-Flor Jeans featuring Lynne Curtin Designs
7:15PM: Monkees of the WestEnd
7:30PM: Rush Wilson
7:45PM: Trousseau
8:30PM: Doncaster
8:45PM: Augusta 20
9:00PM: Hampden Clothing
9:15PM: Hincapie Sportswear


6:00PM: Doors open – general seating
7:00PM: Southern Tide
7:15PM: Plaza Suite
7:30PM: The Runway
7:45PM: Gregory Ellenburg
8:30PM: Smith and James/Chelsea’s
8:45PM: Sassy on Augusta
9:00PM: Pedal Chic
9:15PM: Coplon’s
9:30PM: Macy’s featuring RACHEL Rachel Roy
10:00PM: Fashion Greenville VIP Celebration at Devereaux’s hosted by Lynne Curtin of Real Housewives of Orange County. VIP ticket required.