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Haute Fall Fashion Edition by UK Models

So if I’m supposed to be the gallivanting boy, then it only makes sense that I gallivant right? Well the first event that I’m covering is the Haute Fall Fashion Event. So my opinion of the collections (aholic by Brad Boltinghouse, Indira’s Designs, Adero by Adrina, and Alana B Couture) is pretty much summed up in the above video. I do want to again thank UK Models for inviting me out to the event and look forward to more. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a short video that Jai Marshall of The Fat and Skinny on Fashion, created that includes all of the finale walks.

Check out some images from the show in the galleries.


EVENT: UK Models Designer Debut Showcase

Opening Look from Indira’s Designs at the UK Models Designer Debut Showcase
Photo By: Mark Green of Mark Verks Photography
Model: Ashley(UK)
So, I tweeted about it, I’ve blogged on my personal blog about it and now I’m finally ready to bring the news here, to 803 Markese Street. On this past Sunday, I was in attendance at the UK Model Agency’s Designer Debut Showcase here in Columbia, South Carolina. Scheduled to start at 7:00 PM, the event took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Columbia Marriott, in the heart of our city. I sat front row, VIP representing the blog, and I must admit I did have a really nice time. There were four runway shows: Indira Designs, SC Exotic Creations, The Signature collection, and White House Black Market with a live band, Cassangles, that is based out of Columbia.

See the rest of our coverage below the clip

Look from SC Exotic Creations from the UK Models Debut Designer Showcase.
Photo By: Mark Green of Mark Verks Photography
Model: Lakenya(UK)
I arrived at the event at 7pm, and was shown to the front row. I made a little small talk before things got under way. The first designer was Indira’s Designs who showed a variety of children’s looks. There were a few teen looks and one look for boys. My favorite look of the entire show was the first look. The model, Ashley(UK), looks like a total doll, I just loved it. The second designer of the night was SC Exotic Creations. Models were clothed in all black with edgy earrings. I loved the piece above… you may be seeing them again soon 🙂 The third label was The Signature Collection, who is based out of NC. I was really kind a infatuated with his collection, and his first model, Tulane. She was so beautiful and as you can see she makes the garment move beautifully. The last collection was White House Black Market.

Look one from The Signature Collection at the UK Models Designer Debut Showcase
Photographer: Mark Green from Mark Verks Photography
Model: Tulane(UK)
At the show I met designers, models, as well as photographers and other industry personnel. Marquis Bias, a local fashion guru, was there with Ashleigh Armstrong, a PR girl. They are the President and Vice President, respectively, of the Fashion Board of USC. The organization really is working wonders on the local industry. In addition, I met up with fellow fashion bloggers Jai Marshall and Eb Looney. Jai is currently completing graduate work in addition to running a FAB blog, while Eb is a makeup artist in addition to her blog work. I met a few photographers and all the pictures you see are from Mark Green. We have something else in store for you guys though 🙂

Male look from The Signature Collection at the UK Models Designer Debut Showcase
Photographer: Mark Green from Mark Verks Photography
Model: Tim(UK)

Indira’s Designs:
SC Exotic Creations:
The Signature Collection:
White House Black Market:

PERSONAL: Meeting Columbia Fashion Royalty

My accessories for the night

So if you follow my tweets, or keep up with blog posts here, you may have noticed that I kept mentioning a fashion show that I would be attending. Well I attended and I’m back to tell the tale 🙂 The picture above is one of me modeling what I love to take pictures of after going to events, my accessories. I do need to add to my accessory collection but… that’s griping for another day. Plus it’s late… and there are meetings and internships to complete in the morning. On to the Designer Debut Showcase put on by UK Models.

Goody Bag from Designer Debut Showcase by UK Models

I was made of UK Models during my internship searching phase. Although I was offered an internship I turned it down in favor of the assortment I now have. [edited] I turned down the internship humbly and graciously in hopes of not burning bridges because I really respect the women behind the agency. Look what it’s gotten me… a goody bag! Oh wait do you know what that means?? Oh, I didn’t snap a picture of my front row seat with my name on it… sorry. (That means I was VIP for those not well versed in Fashion Show Seating 101)

The Goods inside the Bag from the Designer Debut Showcase by UK Models

Anywho, down to the actual event. It was at the Marriott downtown. I ditched the $10 valet in favor of parking my own car(uhm… college student here!) before finding the actual ballroom. I told the girl working the door my name, which she recognized and I showed myself in and to my seat. I arrived at about 7 and the show started at about 7:30, so not terribly long of a wait. Plus, I bopped around meeting new people like Teowonna(a political/current events blogger who was just back from a convention in DC), saying hi to associates like Marquis Bias and Jai Marshall(Jai is the fashion blogger behind The Fat and Skinny blog), while meeting people that up until today I had only known through Twitter, like Ashleigh Armstrong(PR Girl who also happens to be Marquis’s VP for the Fashion Board).

Indira’s Designs at the Designer Debut Showcase by UK Models

The showcase was divided up into three parts, the first one being designs by Indira. Don’t critique my video skills too quickly. I decided mid-show to switch to video and then I was kind of, not looking at the screen but in real life. I’ll get better. After Indira showed, the S.C. Exotic Creations line was shown. The designer of that line is Shafeka C. Carter. Afterwards was an intermission before my personal favorite of the night was shown, Signature. The designer, who’s name I got from Keisha from UK Models, is Anthony and sadly couldn’t be present. That’s a good thing for him because I was prepared to badger him until he let me take pieces home then. Last was an extensive selection of pieces from White House Black Market.

My notables:

  • Indira – Look one, I remembered I liked. Sadly, I didn’t capture it on camera. It was kinda like I looked up and said ooohh I likey, wait camera. When I was ready, she was gone. The only other one that stands out to me is the singular little boy. The white pants and button down shirt with the t-shirt underneath. It was surprisingly well down and it’s sad because it was the only one for guys but it looked really well done. I’d be interested in seeing more pieces for guys and more pieces for teens.
  • S.C. Exotic Creations – To be completely honest, I’d seen pieces from this collection when I did backstage work for Alana B. Couture last year. Now I’m not sure if it’s because I was younger and not as exposed but I do remember being alot more impressed by the pieces I saw then than the ones I saw today. That being said, there were these large geometric, silver earrings that came out that I took a liking to. I wanted to pull them off the model as she got to the end of the runway for a photoshoot concept I have. Hopefully the designer will just lend them though.
  • Signature – All I remember thinking was… how can I put that in a photoshoot, what concept can I build around it. And it happened piece after piece. First look out, I wanted it. It was so natural, so effortless, very… earthy like fire to me. Soo elemental. I think that I liked and respected this designer so much because he was the only one that I saw that went for it. Sometimes it worked and sometimes… like with the white jacket piece it didn’t quite strike my fancy. But I still respected him because he had the wherewithal to go for it.
  • White House Black Market – They are a household name. Who am I to judge? Lol