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CHSFW 2015: Day 1 Runway Review

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Charleston Fashion Week is always the perfect kick off to my favorite time of year, Spring!! The weather is just starting to warm up, so everyone is in great spirits and able to have fun with their style after a long winter. Another thing I love about CHSFW, unlike NYFW, we’re also watching a lot of spring styles come down the runway. It’s exciting to see pieces that you can buy and wear now! I really enjoy seeing all of the local retailers that I work with on a daily basis show on the runway. Plus, it’s great that if I see something I have to have I can just go grab it! The emerging designers always present such innovative collections and really put up a tough fight for the Emerging Designer Competition. I love seeing such fresh talent coming and getting their chance to shine here in Charleston. But, my favorite part of the show is always the featured designers and boy did they line up some good ones this year! All this week, I’ll be sharing with y’all my outfits and runway reviews from each night. Thanks to Side Yard Studios I’ve got some amazing runway shots for y’all! Today we’re kicking things off with an awesome first night featuring Bits of Lace outfitted in Croghan’s Jewel Box and Shoes on King, Trés Carmen Boutique, 4 fabulous emerging designers and 2 CFW alumni, Anna Toth and Charleston natives Leah & Rebecca Plante. It was one hell of a first night to say the least!!

Bits of Lace – wearing Croghan’s Jewel Box & Shoes on King

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You may have found me over on Bits of Lace’s Instagram on Tuesday for a little takeover!! I was so thrilled to do it because they show every year and it’s always beautiful, so I knew this year wouldn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved all of the fun bright colors they showed! It kept things sassy and youthful, but still elegant with the beautiful lace. It looks like the high waisted trend is also here to stay! I’m personally a huge fan of this as it’s so flattering to almost any figure. That’s also going to be a big swimsuit trend again this year!

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Color is so much fun, but your classic black and neutral lace will always be in style! I love this barely blush pink set that actually opened the show. It’s so feminine and romantic, sure to make you feel absolutely beautiful! Then there’s this classic black lace look that closed the show, but it’s far from traditional. The pattern of the lace and the cut of the bottoms give a fresh update to the go-to style. These were both so stunning styled with the long robes. Such a dramatic look! I’m seriously contemplating moving to Paris, walking around my beautiful loft like this all of the time and sipping champagne all day- because that’s actually what these looks make me want to do!

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Okay ladies, you didn’t think they’d leave us hanging without any eye candy, did you? Buff boys strutted the runway in Saxx underwear. I can vouch for these as the softest undies i’ve ever felt! Why can’t they make girl boxers?! They’ve also got some pretty sweet prints to choose from!

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Bits of Lace carries a little something for everyone, so of course, they had to get some adorable kiddos on the runway! These PJ’s from BedHead are so stinking cute!! Who says you have to succumb to the character pajamas?!

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Beautiful women’s lingerie, men’s comfiest undies eva and adorable kid’s pi’s – what else could they have, right? Swimwear, that’s what! I love this whole one piece look- another comeback swimwear trend. And those shoes with it!! Bits of Lace keeps it simple and classy with their swimwear, making it the perfect stop for women all over the spectrum.

Trés Carmen Boutique

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Trés Carmen is one of my favorite local boutiques! They carry a great combination of classic southern styles and fashion forward pieces with a little boho chic thrown in- basically they’re exactly my style. Their opening night show had everyone under the tents craving a Miami vacation in the sun! Can you not see yourself lounging on a yacht in these two looks? I’m obsessed!!

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These two looks were styled by yours truly for a recent photo shoot I worked on with Trés Carmen! This BCBG jumpsuit is an absolute stunner! I also love the high neck navy dress. My preggo friend and fellow blogger actually wore it last night to CHSFW and looked fab! These were the perfect looks to pair with fun colored GiGi clutches- I think y’all know by now my love for those!

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Bitch stole mah look!!! This is the BCBG dress I wore for opening night!! LOVE it for daytime with this big floppy hat though!!

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North Carolina native, Amanda Dreeson started the Emerging Designer part of the night off with a bang! With models wearing ram’s horn head pieces and her inspiration coming from fantastical character’s, this was a show that captivated viewers. She specifically used the movie Pan’s Labyrinth as her muse for this collection. Incorporating several different textures from sequins and tulle to faux leather and fur, every piece was fit for a fairytale!

Hazel Cole by Sarah Hazel Cannon & Rachel Cole Cannon

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This sister duo coming from Raleigh, North Carolina absolutely killed their debut on the CHSFW runway! Their use of a grayscale color scheme was so elegant and anything but boring. I loved how they implemented fun faux fur accessories- really taking these back to an old school Russian vibe. But, the real stunner was the finale gown- holy cow!! This was something fit for a Hollywood red carpet! I could totally see someone like Blake Lively or Naomi Watts rocking this number! It’s no surprise that these 2 young designers were the People’s Choice winner for the night!

Johanna Hickey & Orea Guthrie

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These two ladies from Savannah aren’t just interested in creating a beautiful collection; they also want to make it sustainably. They’re passionate about all of their methods being ethically and environmentally sound. They stay true to this by using exclusively natural fibers and placing a special emphasis on craft. So, not only can you feel great about how you look, but you can also feel great about how the product was made! I love their use of on trend printed graphics. The skirt and top look is my favorite and is impeccably styled with the tights, sneakers and coral lip!

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Now, onto the man of the night- Richelle Valenzuela, who will be moving on to the finals for the Emerging Designer Competition on Saturday night!  If you can’t tell from the quality of his work and the modern style, he is showing in Charleston all the way from New York. The pieces were impeccably tailored and beautifully structured. And like, can I get one of those navy studded jackets please?!

Bow + Arrow by Anna Toth

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Featured designer, Anna Toth, is no stranger to Charleston Fashion Week. She was the co-winner {alongside Plante Clothing} in last year’s Emerging Designer Competition and People’s Choice winner. This year she came back to show us what she’s been up to this last year and Bow + Arrow did not disappoint. The fellow South Carolina girl uses all American cotton to create her line of sustainable clothing. She truly caters to the All American girl and brought that out in on jumpsuits and gingham!

Plante Clothing by Leah and Rebecca Plante

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What’s the perfect finale to an opening night of fashion week?! A Plante sister’s show!! These Charleston natives never disappoint in a beautiful show and collection! With models wearing their signature floral crowns, which y’all know I love, every look was beautiful coming down the runway. The sisters make great use of soft, flowy fabrics to create simple, but flirty and feminine looks! I would literally wear everything they showed!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights from Night 1

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Classic B + W

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Yesterday was the first day of Charleston Fashion Week and for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s quite a big to do!! I’ll be bringing y’all my looks from each night of shows and full runway reviews each day. But, to start off the week, I’m sharing with y’all my outfit for the first official event under the tents in Marion Square, the Gwynn’s Raise the Runway Brunch to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. This is such a lovely event for such a great cause and I wanted to wear something equally as lovely!

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What could be more lovely than a classic black and white look with a pop of pretty florals?! Yeah, pretty much nothing! I love how simply chic this outfit is!! I felt confident and fashion forward but understated all at the same time. This is an outfit that you can look back on 50 years from now and still think it’s stylish! I think it’s perfect for a daytime event like this- here’s looking at all you 20 somethings with a million bridal and baby showers to attend this spring!!

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Not only did Gwynn’s hook me up with seats for my hubby and I at this amazing event, but they also made sure I was looking Charleston Fashion Week ready with a fabulous makeup application by Brittany!! (not me Brittany obvi) Gwynn’s only carries absolute top of the line products like Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier, so I knew it would be beautifully done but I had no idea how much fun she would have with it. Since it was St. Patty’s day and all, she gave me a little pop of color with GREEN eyeliner. Yep, you read that right. I’m normally not a colored eye makeup kinda gal, but I absolutely loved this look! It was super subtle, but definitely kept me pinch proof all day! She also did an amazing job with my base makeup (which I’m super picky about) and it lasted me all the way through brunch and the evening of shows and after parties! Basically, they made me feel super pretty- thanks Gwynn’s!!

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As much as I love the clean and classic look of black and white, it is spring and it is fashion week, so I couldn’t just leave it at that!! This was the perfect blank palette to take my new Ted Baker bag for a spin, and it just so happens to come from Gwynn’s so I loved being able to rep them at their own event! Have I told y’all about my recent Ted Baker obsession? It’s been going on for about a year now and I just love everything he puts out! I think I’m just really into all of the U.K. and Aussie brands lately- they know what they’re doing!!

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Just in time for Charleston Fashion Week, I finally took the plunge and made a nice midi ring purchase from Moon and Lola!! I’ve had several before, but they were cheapies and turned color pretty quickly. These are the perfect everyday delicate pieces! A couple of midi rings are a great way for people like me, who don’t love to over accessorize, to still feel like they have something on without being way over the top.

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I just absolutely love this skirt from Trés Carmen Boutique!! Oh, and did I mention it was only $35 dollars!! Is that not a steal?! It’s really a staple skirt to keep in your closet for spring and summer. It could go so many ways and really look flattering on just about anyone! I can’t wait to pair it with a black and white stripe top and my new neon yellow sandals for a little more of a casual look!

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Stay tuned later this afternoon for my outfit from last night and a full runway review from all of the shows!! So excited to share everything with y’all this week!!  XO

Makeup: Brittany at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

Top: Banana Republic {similar in link} | Skirt: Trés Carmen Boutique | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: Ted Baker from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant | Rings: Moon and Lola