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CHSFW 2015: Day 4 Runway Review

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Mosa Boutique

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Mosa Boutique may be new to Charleston, but the store has quickly become one of my favorite stops. Not only do they carry a little bit of everything- women’s, men’s, swimwear, accessories and even local art work, but they have a beer & wine bar! That’s right, you can shop while your hubby sips a beer on their comfy couches- perfection! Their debut appearance at Charleston Fashion Week showed that this King St. boutique has something for everyone’s summer needs!

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You may recognize this trendy one piece from a Friday Five post I did on Zinke Swimwear a few weeks ago. It wasn’t until a bit later that I discovered they sold them locally at Mosa! I love when I find a favorite swimwear line sold locally because bathing suits are a must try on! In fact, I’m considering heading down there sometime this week to check out this strappy purple suit. The strappy look is so on trend for swimwear and athletic wear right now. I love how Mosa styled it with the black kimono and a messy fishtail braid!

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We saw the white trend all over the CHSFW runways, and Mosa sure did it right! I love that they have options for everyone, whether you want a boho vibe or a classically chic look. These dresses are great for anyone craving a fresh, spring outfit but they’re obviously great for any bride or graduate! I could even picture the last lace one as a really boho wedding dress- think tousled hair, flower crown, field wedding.

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Mosa also showed a vibrant collection of resort wear that just screams “take me on vacation!” Can y’all tell I’ve got spring fever?! I love the movement of these dresses- perfect for a pre dinner walk on the beach at sunset in Mexico…seriously y’all gotta get some beach in my life, but also gotta get into Mosa first!

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

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I think all of my followers know by now that I love me some Gwynn’s! Being Charleston’s only locally owned department store and carrying some of my favorite brands (think Alice & Olivia, J. Brand, Ted Baker, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo) it’s safe to say I’m a frequent shopper! They’re truly one stop {luxury} shopping at it’s finest- with everything from mens and womenswear to beauty and home decor. They’re always a big part of CHSFW and their show never disappoints! This year, they immediately showed us it would be a hot show with a sexy swimwear look! I’m kind of dying over the necklace they styled with it!

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Each of their looks were impeccably styled, which is such a reflection of the styling assistance that you receive at Gwynn’s. I would 100% wear any of the looks shown here and feel fabulous doing so! They too showed off the all white in a bit of a trendier way, skipping the dresses and going for a modern pants look. I’m OBSESSED with both of these, so on trend but still so classy at the same time!

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Continuing on with the looks right out of Sex and the City, Gwynn’s showed colorful and fun resort wear. If this doesn’t make you want to go on vacation, I don’t know what would! Absolute perfection!

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Of course, Gwynn’s isn’t just for the ladies! They have quite the impressive menswear department, carrying brands such as John Varvatos, Brunello Cucinelli and Peter Millar. They’re the perfect place to help your man find a suit or jacket for a special occasion or a new favorite jeans and tee for everyday.

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Gwynn’s is my go-to when getting my hubby some swim trunks (trust me, I do this often- he loves swimwear!). They carry his favorite brand, Vilebrequin, and always have a great selection!! I’ve also been admiring their spring jackets lately!

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Of course, Gwynn’s had to end the show just as hot as it started! So, they sent two perfectly ripped models down the runway in some fun summer swimwear!! Definitely didn’t need any inspiration to get my butt back into exercising after their show!!

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman

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These two Emerging Designers from Savannah aspire to merge art and fashion. This collection was heavily inspired by street art and tribal motifs, which you can see in the hand painted graphics. They then combined the canvas with lighter fabrics that could form better and highlight the figure of the female body. Their collection was definitely full of statement pieces and I think they did a fabulous job of making wearable art.

Casey Crespo

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Although the designer used only colors of the moon and night sky {read: grey and black}, Casey Crespo’s collection was all about the drama!! Using eco friendly fabrics, she designed this collection to show different phases of the lunar cycle. While simple in color, the bold structure makes each of these a statement piece.

Sydney Smith

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I was totally shocked when I read that Sydney Smith came to CHSFW from North Carolina. I thought for sure she was a NYC cool girl, because that’s exactly what her designs emulate! She was one of my top favorite Emerging Designers of the week and I could see myself wearing almost every piece she showed! I was really drawn to her silhouettes- high necks and longer hems. Plus, she’s totally onto the whole rompers and thigh high boots trend that I rocked on Night 2!

Sara Ellis Clark

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Another North Carolina designer, Sara Ellis Clark, is a girl after my own heart with her wispy “Chloé” style meets 70’s rockstar. I’m currently dying for Coachella and this is pushing me even closer to purchasing those tix! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one into Sara’s collection because she won the Emerging Designer Competition for the evening and went on to compete Saturday night. The designer drew inspiration from a quote out of Jack Kerouac’s  On The Road- “I was at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” With the focus of movement and direction, she used lines, tucks and pleats to represent roads and routes. This is a collection that I not only resonate with because it’s my style, but because what it stands for is very symbolic of where I am in my life right now- movement and direction!

Roy Blake Smith

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Emerging Designer, Roy Blake Smith, designs pieces that are right out of a fantasy! He enjoys pushing boundaries and creating wearable art for women who truly appreciate it. His show started off very dark and then evolved into more deep, colorful dyes. His use of tie-dye was unexpectedly beautiful! What really drew me into his designs were the shapes and silhouettes of the skirts. From the wrap style pencil skirt and the casually sexy slit in the tie-dye skirt to the stunning layering in the finale dress- his shapes were absolutely beautiful!

Todd Snyder New York

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Immensely successful NYC designer, Todd Snyder, was featured on Friday night. Before starting his own label, he worked at the helm of Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. Now, his namesake label is sold internationally at stores such as Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Barney’s, but this was his first time making his way down to show at CHSFW! His menswear collection is modern, but simplistic for a classic minimalist look. AKA- I wish these were women’s clothes because I so dig his style. He keeps men looking stylish and comfortable, believing “form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” {and I don’t know any man who would disagree} It was a real treat to see him show on the CHSFW runway and I can definitely draw inspiration from his designs for my own wardrobe!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights: 

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CHSFW 2015: Day 2 Runway Review

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Mosaic

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I hadn’t heard of this Lake City boutique, located about an hour outside of Charleston, until a chance encounter with owner, Leah Norwood, at the NYFW Nicole Miller show. Upon hearing about her store and the high end brands she carries, I quickly learned that small town didn’t mean small time! On night two, Mosaic Clothing made their Charleston Fashion Week debut and the show did not disappoint! They started out with airy bright whites- perfect for your spring travels.

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Can we talk about this killer Mara Hoffman suit?! Seriously considering this one for my own summer wardrobe! Does this not scream Miami?! And the models braid!!! The entire look is just killer!!

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Mosaic then took things in an edgy/boho direction with fringe layered over bold graphic prints. I especially love this last look! It looks effortless styled with black gladiators, but could easily be dressed up with a pair of black heels.

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The last look was my absolute favorite of the night and definitely one of my top from the week! They took a super on trend high waisted black two piece and “Almost Famoused” it up with a shag throw situation, fabulous fringed heels and THAT HAIR!! I was in absolute 70’s heaven when she came down that runway!! Mosaic Clothing killed it with their first ever CHSFW show and I’m now officially dying to get in their store {and to explore Lake City}.

Ike Behar

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Ike Behar, aka every Charleston prepster boy’s dream, came back for it’s second Charleston Fashion Week! The Miami based company has a store locally here on King St. that is run by local men’s fashion expert, Taylor Eubanks. He styled this show to perfection, combining classic menswear staples with innovative and fresh concepts. I really enjoyed his use of their ties as belts; the pattern play in the first look with the “belt” and jacket was fabulous!!IMG_7020 IMG_7047 IMG_7075

Ike absolutely killed the hat game on the runway!! The models had this swagger about them that definitely had something to do with their perfectly tailored jackets and sassy hats!

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What would a menswear runway show be without a tux?! Ike did formal wear perfectly in my favorite tux jacket color, navy. Bonus: there was a man bun involved!!

Annina King

IMG_7335 IMG_7367 It’s no surprise that Annina King uses the words “feminine and strong” to describe herself, because that’s exactly what I would also say about her Fall 2015 Ready to Wear collection. The emerging designer says she uses influence from nature, “everything from a bare winter branch to storm skies and trees,” to inspire her designs. It was definitely a very wearable collection, with fits that would flatter women of any shape or size!

Elyssa Wingard

 

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Lowcountry native, Elyssa Wingard, was by far my favorite of the evening!! It wasn’t just me either because she went on to be People’s Choice winner in the Emerging Designer Competition f0r Wednesday night. I loved her bright and fun Resort collection! The prints and colors were so perfect for summers in Charleston and the movement of her gowns was absolutely stunning! The entire crowd gasped when her opening gown came down the runway. Bravo Elyssa!! I can’t’ wait to see what more comes from this Charleston girl!!

Julia Le & Sean Mueller

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This design duo are both still students at North Carolina State University, Julie pursuing a degree in fashion and textile management and Sean in studio art. Considering their interest in visual arts, it’s no surprise that they are heavily influenced by Jackson Pollock’s action paintings. Upon seeing the artist’s work in Florence, Italy, the two decided to bring that to the runway. What became was a beautiful collection of flawlessly structured pieces featuring that signature paint splattered look. Julie and Sean have successfully combined art and fashion in their Fall 2015 collection shown at Charleston Fashion Week, and they haven’t even graduated college! I know these two have a bright future in any arts they decide to pursue!

Gloria Forehand
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Gloria Forehand not only wound up winning the Wednesday night portion of the Emerging Designer Competiton, but also went on to win the whole shebang!! No surprise that this designer comes to Charleston Fashion Week from NYC with a degree from F.I.T. Gloria has lived in the U.S. since she was 21, however, it was her Korean roots that inspired this collection. The quality of her work is undeniable and I definitely think that her gowns are red carpet worthy!! Fern Mallis even mentioned she could picture her working for someone such as Carolina Herrera- which has to be a huge honor for an emerging designer!

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Christian designs specifically for the real life woman- one who isn’t afraid to have fun with fashion, but also wants it to be comfortable, functional and affordable! Anyone else love hearing about designers like this?! I loved all of her stand out pieces and could definitely see myself wearing most of her collection!

Harbison
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The Harbison show is quite possibly the highlight of Charleston Fashion Week for me!! Not only did he dress BEYONCE for the Kanye West x Adidas show at NYFW, but Queen Bey’s got it right- his designs are out of this world!! Bonus: he’s also superrr nice and down to earth! I love how his collection perfectly embodies the strong and feminine of the women. His more structured and color blocked pieces {looking at you Beyonce coat} really stand for that strength. Then, the more flowy fabrics with ruffled edges and in soft colors, really show the more feminine side of a woman. The show was just absolutely flawless and I’m officially dying for some Harbison in my life!! He’s definitely going to go far and fast!!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights Night 2

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