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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would buy diapers that would provide effective sanitation and prevent diseases for children, as well as bring the outdated laundry facilities into the 20th century in order to sustain these new diapers as there’s a landfill problem in Africa, where these funds would be headed.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)

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.