Runway Review

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!

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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

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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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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!!

Amanda Dreeson

 

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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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