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CHSFW 2015: Day 3 Runway Review

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Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton

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Night 3 started off with the youngest guys under the tents totally stealing the show!! I think it’s safe to say that Emerging Designers, Bernadette Jeudy and Roxanne Walton, had the most adorable models of the week, but their designs definitely kept up with the little fellas wearing them! The idea for their line, Préparatoire, began when shopping for Bernadette’s nephew and realizing the lack of stylish options for boys. Their designs are guided by their heightened awareness of color and trim, which you can see in the attention to trim detailing on almost every piece. The collection featured classic styles with trendy details and upgrades to create a modern look. Basically, it gave me some major baby fever so I can start dressing my kiddos right away! I just love the little man look on little boys!

Gabrielle Mandel

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Gabrielle Mandel doesn’t just have fashion in mind when designing, but also what social topic she’s going to portray. The socially conscious designer chose the idea of urban renewal as inspiration for her Fall 2015 collection. How perfect is that for Charleston Fashion Week- one of the oldest cities that is constantly seeing buildings transform! What evolved from this influence was a collection full of darker graphic prints on flowing materials. I can definitely see the urban inspiration coming through her designs!

Dinah Lightsey
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If you know me, you know I love a good swimwear designer and Dinah Lightsey is definitely one to watch! This South Carolina girl is spot on with her attempt to leave a little mystery to the women’s body, as one pieces and high waisted bottoms are so on trend in swimwear! I would absolutely wear any of the suits pictured here and love that they’re so different from anything in stores now. Hello- a swimsuit with an illusion neckline?! Sign me up!!

Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclick

 

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I must say, I’m pretty shocked that this NYC duo didn’t take the cake in the Emerging Designer Competiton! But, they were the winners for the night and they definitely garnered some attention to their innovative designs! The girls drew inspiration from childhood memories of their fathers- one who surfs and one who hunts- to create a collection that takes you from the sea to the land. You could absolutely see this journey in their show and they did an amazing idea of taking that concept and turning it into wearable fashion. My eyes definitely lean more toward the sea portion of the collection, but the entire show was beautiful and unique!

Caroline Hulsey

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This southern Georgia gal, turned NYC fashion student, came back down to her roots and showed CHSFW what she’s been up to the past several years! Caroline focuses on creating classic and functional pieces and generally sticks to a neutral color palette- hello a minimalists dream!! But, her designs are anything but boring! Can we talk about this knit gown?! Tell me a week ago I’m going to love a knit gown and I would tell you you’re crazy, but Caroline quickly proved me wrong with this gorgeous piece of art! Apparently, it took her over 18 hours to make!! Whether back here in the south, or up in the big apple, this young designer has a bright future in fashion!

Belk

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Belk dominated Thursday night at CHSFW, having not only the largest show of the week, but also getting beloved designer, Trina Turk, here!! Their show started out with fresh and springy looks fit for any Easter Sunday. I love this last outfit and the idea of skipping the traditional “Easter dress” and instead wearing a dressy cropped pant and nice blouse. It’s super on trend with this light blue color {my personal fav} and the pleated top.

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They then showed off  another of my favorite spring trends- all white {errything}. A classic all white look is just lovely and Belk proves that you can rock it at any age! How gorgeous are these ladies?! They’ve definitely got something for all of you soon to be brides out there also- think showers, luncheons and rehearsal dinner wear!

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The show then kicked things up a notch with upbeat tunes and models dancing down the runway for some fabulous resort wear! This portion was full of bright colors and looks that could take you from day to night on any tropical vacay!

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Next came safari inspired summer looks! These were full of rich earth tones and boho touches such as fringe and tribal prints. They would also make for great vacation wear and if you’re anything like me would also become staples in your summer wardrobe. I just love an easy breezy boho look in the summer!

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It wouldn’t be a department store fashion show in Charleston without a little nautical inspired wear! Chambray, navy blue, white and sailboat prints were the name of the game!

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This portion of the Belk show was probably my favorite- black and white with pops of neon! I love how they took structured shapes with geometric or striped prints in classic black and white, then accessorized with subtle pops of green or orange. They then paired these looks with on trend chunky sandals, making it super modern. I would wear every outfit from this part of the show- LOVE!

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Before bringing out the big finale, their Trina Turk show, Belk cooled things off with grayscale and metallic looks. I especially loved the men’s look and the twins’ look in this portion. I love relaxed athletic wear get ups that are still totally appropriate for public!

Belk- Trina Turk

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How do you really kill it on Thursday night at Charleston Fashion Week?! Oh, just have a Trina Turk show- NBD!! As a longtime fan of the brand, I could not have been more excited to see her show!! Bonus: I was seated right across from her and could see every look and reaction (all good Belk, so don’t worry!!) In typical Trina Turk fashion, the show was fun and upbeat with lots of bold prints and bright colors. I think it had everyone in the audience craving a little sunshine!

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It wouldn’t be a proper Trina Turk show without some of her signature swimwear- my personal favorite of her designs! I just love how festive they are for summer or a vacation somewhere tropical!

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How did I get left out of this fan club moment?!

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She totally loved it and we all totally loved her!!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights

unnamed-11post shoot with the lady behind the lens- Susan Lloyd Photographyunnamed-10if you saw me at CHSFW, it was prob like this
unnamed-8with the lady of the night- Trina Turk (hate you tent lighting)
unnamed-12ran into Harbison with some of my besties that night, so photo was a must- he’s the nicest ever! #redeyes

 

Back in Black

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Top: Hilton Hollis | Jeans: AG Jeans | Boots: Sam Edelman from Belk | Bag: Clare V. | Necklace: Peyton William

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Cuts & Kimonos

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Notice anything new or different **insert hair flip** That’s right, I chopped off all my long locks!! This is literally the shortest my hair has ever been in my life, well minus that time when I was 2 and the hair was just growing on my head, and I could not be happier!! My long hair was just getting to be such a bother and a bore. I feel like this sassy new do is so much more ME and significant of where I am in my life at the moment. Normally, I cry for at least 2 days after I do anything major to my hair, but this time I haven’t shed a single tear! My hairstylist, Ashley Fisher of Ash & Co, is just the absolute best!! Not only is she a super cool chick that I immediately clicked with over our mutual love for trash reality tv and obsessive beauty product buying, but she truly is an artist at what she does. When I sit down in her chair I feel fully confident in what she’s about to do. I basically just give her an idea of what I want and say “but you do what you think” which for a crazy control freak like me is HUGE!! In a nutshell I’m obsessed with my new hair and Ashley!! Another thing i’m obsessing over lately is KIMONOS!! If you’re like me, you kind of thought that they were only for summer, but boy were we wrong!! I’ve seen more kimonos in stores lately than ever and I’m loving the concept of layering them for fall! It’s perfect if you’re in an area, like Charleston, where the weather is 40 degrees one day and 75 the next. Also, a kimono purchase is definitely a logical one because it can take you into summer! They’re perfect to layer over tanks with cutouts or my favorite way, as a bathing suit cover up. But, to keep up with the cool autumn weather, I decided to layer  over a long sleeve tee. This outfit would have been your basic fall look, boots and a pike, borrrinngg. But, the kimono spices things up to make this boho fabulous! I absolutely love the contrast of colors with the turquoise and rust and also the contrast of styles. The 7 layer beaded necklace is a little preppy and the kimono very boho but when put together balance each other out perfectly! This is my ideal autumn attire and a great look for any fall activity!!

Kimono- Entro c/o StyleDwell {similar here} | Top- Piko from Tres Carmen Boutique {available here} | Necklace- Tres Carmen Boutique {available here} | Jeans- J Brand | Boots- Frye from Belk Towne Centre

Bloggers Take Belk

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Belk of Towne Centre has given us bloggers some pretty fabulous opportunities lately and the latest of those was the chance to attend a CYNTHIA by Cynthia Rowley fashion show and chat with the designer herself! You can read more about my experience with the sweet and stylish lady here, but of course I’ve got to tell you all about what I wore! Now, you’ve seen a summer variation of how to wear this skirt before, but it so easily can transition to winter as well. Instead of wearing the hot pink crop top I did in the warmer months, I chose to pull out the black in the skirt with this structured black crop top. Then, I traded in my strappy sandals for these KILLER thigh high boots! These have quickly become my favorite shoe for fall and winter! They lengthen and slim your legs automatically (which if you know me, you know I love). You can throw these on with a simple pair of skinny jeans and black tee shirt and voila! go from frumpy to fabulous!! They truly are the ideal winter accessory to expand your wardrobe. I wanted to add a big chunky necklace, but not one with too much color, so this collar necklace was perfect! To add a little pop of color in with the black, I carried this bright purple clutch, which coincidentally matched perfectly with my blogger babe partner in crime, Tara, of Northern Lights- Southern Belles. Don’t we just look like a Belk commercial?! We’re hoping for billboard hehe

Images via Shauntae Young of Sky Photography

Top: BCBG from Trés Carmen Boutique | Skirt: Jealous Tomato from StyleDwell | Boots: Sam Edelman from Belk | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Clutch: GiGi New York from Gwynn’s