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Charleston Fashion Week – Day 2 (or Pride)

So we’ve survived another day of Charleston Fashion Week, and while mentally reviewing the evening in all its glory, what came up was Pride.  Why that particular Cardinal Vice?  It was pride for the locals.

Local Designers JLINSNIDER and Michael Wiernicki came to the CFW runway with their A game last night, and you could feel the love for them both.  Emerging Designers Bob and Kris Galmarini, also of the home team, were the People’s Choice winner and I’m super proud to say that we’ve featured all these bad a** designers in the pages of Art Mag in the last year.  (I may or may not have had a distinct ‘proud mama’ kind of moment as they came on stage last night!)

SHOUT OUT to the folks making this all happen, on stage and behind the scenes: Ayoka Lucas, Shari Knight, Joe Quinn, Misty Lister, Vail Duggan, all the volunteers, models, makeup and hair stylists, EVERYONE.  Bless you all.

Will Willis and Josef Myers of Visualive, Jess James and the King Sing guy

King Sing opened up the evening with a sweet song and dance (moves provided by Visualive‘s own Josef Myers!!) backed up with the instrument of love, the saxophone, and a pretty girl strutting down the catwalk.  Josef was easily my favorite part, just between us.

Retailer Runway Shows

Tommy Bahama

http://youtu.be/Edtunotl-Ik

JLINSNIDER

Jamie Lin Snider is a Charleston Fashion Week success story.  She’s been an Emerging Designer, a Featured Designer and now with her own shop at 539 King Street, she’s back as a retailer.  Her designs have evolved into a more wearable, yet still stunning presentation.

Kudos to the team behind the video that welcomed everyone back to the tents, featuring perennial CFW model and local thespian Peter Galle…a super seductive scene involving a phone booth and a cigarette and some really red lips.

Emerging Designers

Bob and Kris Galmarini got the first standing ovation for their adorable kids line Neve + Hawk.  Seriously, I have never seen people go so crazy.  I thought the Beatles or Elvis Presley entered the room… (can you guess who was People’s Choice??)

Jessica Krupa makes sexy swimwear with an ode to vamp…as in vampire…you know, True Blood, Twilight, people go batty for the winged seducers of the night, and she’s capitalizing on it.  Smart woman.  Good suits.  Very ‘I’m classy and I know it,’ more composed than cutesy as some want to go.

Angela Sum sent elegant, structured, detailed dresses, tops and bottoms down the runway.  The White Witch of Narnia gets an upgrade–she would totally kidnap this lovely, diminutive lady and make her design clothes for all of Narnia.  (SPOILER ALERT: Angela Sum was the winner!  well deserved)

Ra Jang had some interesting looks, I particularly liked the layered tulle skirt in the second look down the runway, but hated the skirt that went over it.  The ladies looked slightly stymied by their Geisha-like shoes.  One lass was swathed in a gold lame skirt and some sort of animal choking the model.  It was great.

Nina Awasum, a Cameroon native, had a limited palette of navy, white/cream with pops of peach, lots of pants, tribal prints, smooth, sleek fabrics that served as a base for knitwear with depth.

Trends I’m noticing:

Giant, Frankenstein-like platform heels.  I’m just waiting for a model to go flying.  Already seen several gals stumble, due to too-large shoes.

Long in the back and show it all up front.  Dresses and skirts with a mini-length in front and dramatic train in back are showing up everywhere from runway to local boutiques like House of Sage.

Featured Designer

drama, drama, drama with Michael Wiernicki

Michael Wiernicki made a dramatic entrance with a slow, methodical beat and model in a burqa…could easily have been the opening scene to a really great doomsday film.  The new line stays true to Wiernicki’s aesthetic and his vision, and his construction has improved greatly.  High fabric quality, lots of tribal prints and images, snakes, lizards, sarcophagi, ankhs, sphinx…a restrained palette and a challenging collection.  I say challenging because most of the audience needed more time to absorb it.  However, Wiernicki fans were all abuzz on Twitter, and your truly among them.  AMAZING.

Score 3 points for the home team.  Kudos to JLINSNIDER, Bob and Kris Galmarini and Michael Wiernicki.  You’ve done us proud.

words: Stacy Huggins

Charleston Fashion Week – Day 1 (or Lust)

Lust?  Why Lust, you ask.  Well my darlings, Charleston Fashion Week, is something akin to the Cardinal Vices, better known as the Seven Deadly Sins, for any fashion-loving lass or lad.  Why?  Because we’ll experience nearly every vice this week, and by Saturday night, we all be nearly dead as well!

So what about the Lust?  Let me tell you.  Emerging Designer Samantha Hyman‘s first look down the catwalk literally made me say, “Yes, please, oh my God, NOW!”  I wanted to jump on stage and steal that jacket right off the model.  As she was only the size of an elongated pixie, I probably could have gotten away with it.

Daniel D

Remember Daniel D?  Crazy-awesome violin boy?  Yes, that talent was back.  It didn’t wow me quite as much as last year, seemed like there was more back up music than necessary, but whatevs.  He can fiddle anytime he wants.

Another musical note.  Holy Bass, Batman.  Turn it down please!  The whole place was vibrating, I thought we were at PURE Theatre for a second.

Style Lounge:  Was great to see Angie of rosita jones in the tent…snagged another bottle of nail polish–make sure you 1. read my profile on her and 2. go visit her in the back of the Style Lounge, conveniently near the bar!

It’s all about the kids this year.  There’s like, quadruple the amount of children’s clothing this year.  Barbara Beach clearly started something in 2011.  (check out this video from last year!)

Pint-sized model for Poe Studio

Retailers Runway Shows

Poe Studio‘s kiddies were cute enough to almost make you want to have children.  They used copious amounts of tulle to make “cotton candy” and “popcorn,” as the circus theme is getting some serious play in Charleston lately. (time for something new, whatdaya say, folks??)

Palm Avenue was decidedly less Lilly print and more color block, with hints of Lilly.  Very wearable clothes.  The bathing suits were killer.  I will be getting one soon.  Nice work ladies.

Emerging Designers

Mikasa LaCharles wants you to own who you are, and she sure does.  This sparky gal from Chesapeake Bay, Virginia won the crowd over with sheer enthusiasm and ownership.  Rock it, girl.

As  I mentioned already, Samantha Hyman was by far and away my favorite.  She had a Victorian look, with a slight Helena Bonham Carter flavor, which gave the clothes just enough sinister to walk the line between staid Victorian and sleek, chic modern.  Why she didn’t win is beyond us.  Truly.

Tsvetelina Gerasimova McAuliffe of Concord NC won the night, and while the images of her clothes look great, the details from the front row left me a little less wowed.  For instance, this fantastic blue gown was sullied with some silver chain that looked like an afterthought.  Sans that, we have a solid A+ Winner.  Congrats Tsvetelina.

Locals Gil Tisdale & Dominique Verona were the People’s Choice winner, with some obvious crowd support in the audience.  Nothing like cheering for the home team.

Check out Olivia’s favorite emerging designer, Adrienne Antonson:

I had to peace out before the Featured Designer show, for the Faces For Radio show at Voodoo, but The Digitel’s Katie Thompson has a good run down of the rest of the evening here.

Okay, loveys, I’m heading to Marion Square to pick up my media badge for tonight’s madness.  Stay tuned for videos, pics, interviews…what will the Cardinal Vice be tonight?????

Follow me on Twitter for up to the minute musings and more: @chasartmag (follow @shuggins1229 for more snark)

words: Stacy Huggins

Charleston Fashion Week: shop, prep, primp and strut

Okay my darlings, real talk time.

We love you, but its time for everyone to swap the cheeseburger for a turkey burger and get some cardio in by doing a mad dash down King Street.  Why?  Charleston Fashion Week is almost here!

The CFW madness, image: Karson Photography

We are particularly excited to:

1. Plan some crazy outfits.  Charleston Magazine Style Editor Ayoka Lucas promised me that this is THE week for ANYTHING in your closet that’s too crazy for Charleston…you can wear it for Charleston Fashion Week!

Adrienne Antonson

2. Emerging Designers.  Olivia is particularly stoked to see former Charleston resident Adrienne Antonson, now of Brooklyn, NY, and her sculptural designs.  She also spent some time raising llamas.  Yes, llamas.  We met Mikasa LaCharles at the meet and greet last night, looking impossibly fresh after a 6 1/2 hour car ride to get here.  She’s got some gumption, ladies and gents.  You know how we like gumption in the South.  Also looking forward to Bob and Kris Galmarini, of Neve Inspired, who will send their precious children’s looks down the runway on Wednesday.  Check out our profile on them!

Designer Chris Benz

3. Fashion Industry Stars.  CFW is calling them Special Guests, but when you are talking about Fern Mallis, Industry Star is more appropriate, me thinks.  Heard of New York Fashion Week?  You can thank Fern for that.  Chris Benz is another Special Guest, Parsons alum and winner of the 2004 CFDA Emerging Designer Award.  Check out his website.  Me like.

4. After Parties.  Camille Key and Lamar Bonaparte know how to throw a party.  The brains behind Charleston After Dark and 26 Industries team up to bring you RAIN, the grande finale of CFW after parties.  Get your tickets and head to the Aquarium.  It promises to be a swanky, sexy night, judging by the promos.