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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.

Revisiting: Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent–profiled in Art Mag Winter 2011

shovels & rope, photo by Sully Sullivan

I’ve been so obsessed with Shovels & Rope lately, the brain/lovechild of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, I thought I’d share the profile we did on them with you again, from the Winter 2011 issue of Art Mag.

They have certainly had a big year.  Hearst was named Singer of the Year, Singer-Songwriter of the Year, Country band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year by the City Paper Music Awards.  It’s hard to argue with that.

Shovels & Rope also landed the cover of Charleston Magazine‘s music issue and a profile on Shrimp Records in November 2011, with another of Sully’s amazing photos!

At Entropy Art’s  Jail Break 2 on Nov 12, I got some fun video of them performing.  They were rocking out so hard the neighbors complained (boo to them)

Personal Favorites: Bad Luck (Michael Trent, The Winner); Long Road (Cary Ann Hearst, Dust and Bones); Are You Ready to Die, Hell’s Bells (Cary Ann Hearst, Are You Ready to Die); 1,200 Miles, Boxcar (Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent, Shovels & Rope).  You can find them all on iTunes.

Charleston Fashion Week®2012 Announces Emerging Bridal Designer Competition!

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CFW 2012 Is Looking For Undiscovered Bridal Designers To Debut Their Collections On March 24th, 2012

For the past five years, Charleston Fashion Week® has served as a platform for emerging talent to showcase their designs and collections to industry experts, press, and the public. In addition to five nights of shows, CFW, along with Charleston Weddings magazine, also hosts a standing-room-only daytime bridal event featuring established, high-end regional and national designers. Next year, the white gloves will come off when the Spring Bridal Show debuts its first-ever Emerging Bridal Designer competition.

The winner will headline his or her own fully produced runway show during the Charleston Weddings magazine Spring Bridal Show, with a collection of 10-12 bridal gowns and/or wedding party wear on March 24th. Aspiring bridal designers interested in submitting should apply online by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com. The competition will be open to residents of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Submissions are due Friday, December 16, 2011.

Charleston Fashion Week 2011: Day 2

Here are some clips of the runway shows from House of Sage, Emerging Designers Stephanie Mejia, Mary Labberton, Anjelika Krishna, Cody Sai Adler-McCallister and Featured Designer Troubadour.  More to come very soon!!

See you under the tents!

Aster Hall presents Alex Leopold & Marcus Amaker

Clear your calendar for Friday night. No, seriously, cancel your plans, let down your blind date, and tell your mom you’ll call her later. Now, here’s what you’ll do instead: head to Aster Hall on King Street. There are two phenomenal artists presenting their work and you really won’t want to miss this event.

piece by Alex Leopold Georgia native Alex Leopold paints captivating and emotional pieces. As you can see from the photos, many elements go into his art, so you should really take advantage of the opportunity to see it in person. The collection on display this Friday is Alex’s third exhibition in Charleston and is entitled Points of Origin. As a former musician, Alex Leopold’s love for music and lyric naturally come forth in his art. Alex mentions that, “even though we live in a digital world, words are at the forefront of every through, spark, emotion, and intention we have.”

Marcus AmakerOn the subject of words, be sure to get a good spot before poet Marcus Amaker takes the stage. He will be performing his original piece Beautiful Strange. If you haven’t had the chance to see Marcus reading his intimate poetry aloud, you are in for a treat. Marcus Amaker was voted one of Charleston’s 15 Most Intriguing People by Charleston Magazine and is a prominent local artist as well as the Editor of Charleston Scene.

Not only will these two artists be celebrated, Aster Hall will be celebrating their one-year anniversary as a venue for contemporary art. This event is completely free, open to the public, and offers refreshments. Aster Hall is once again providing a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself into some amazing art and culture so be sure to raise a glass in their honor!

Aster Hall presents Alex Leopold & Marcus Amaker

Friday June 25 • 5:30-8:30 PM • 481 King Street

Get in Costume for Call and Response!

Many of you have heard about the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art‘s upcoming exhibition “Call and Response: Africa to America, The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo.”  What you really need to know is Art Mag is hosting a COSTUME CONTEST!  And the prizes are well worth creating your best homage to the work of these two phenomenal artists.

Cave and Galembo have never exhibited together before, despite their hand-in-hand perfection.  Leave it to HICA Director and Senior Curator Mark Sloan to have the divine inspiration of pairing these two artists’ work in an exhibit so highly anticipated it has garnered not one but two magazine covers this month!

In their own moment of divine inspiration, Art Mag and Charleston Magazine are teaming up to co-sponsor the opening on Thursday, May 27 from 5-7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  Social Restaurant and Wine Bar will be pouring wine and Djole Dance and Drum Company will be performing.   So put it in your calendars, and get your best festive attire ready!


Artist & Craftsman $25 Gift Certificate

Dinner for Two at Fish for Mercy of the Chef

Lava Salon $50 Guest Certificate

Futurist Membership at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art ($125 value!)

Large Online Ad from Art Mag

Charleston Fashion Week package from Charleston Magazine

I highly suggest going to the Halsey website and viewing the slideshows of Cave & Galembo’s work for inspiration.  They’ve made the Call, now show us your best Response!

Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors!

Charleston Fashion Week: Thursday Night Pics

We gather again to celebrate Fashion in Charleston.  Relaxing in the Style Lounge, cocktails, browsing the fantastic jewelry from local boutiques and designers…thanks for the great digs, Charleston Magazine & Art Institute of Charleston!

Meet us under the tents at Marion Square again tonight for shows from Teal, Mary Mojo, Biton, LaRoque, V2V, Gwenn’s of Mt Pleasant, and Art Institute’s own Ashley Reid.

CFW Tuesday Night Pics

During all the excitement that Charleston Fashion Week has to offer, we managed to snap a few quick photos at Tuesday’s Emerging Designer Competition — enjoy!

See you under the tents at Marion Square

Emerging Designers Make an Impact at CFW

Last night launched the 5th year of Charleston Fashion Week under the tents at Marion Square, and it was nothing less than the stellar team behind CFW has taught us to expect.  Eight designers debuted their collections in the Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast.  There was a wide variety of Womens, Mens, and Childrenswear, and these talented up & comers left it all out on the runway.

There was a bevy of talent and Charleston’s movers & shakers in attendance, like former Emerging Designer winners Marysia Reeves and Carol Hannah Whitfield; Cynthia Rowley, womenswear extraordinaire, Mychael Knight celebrity designer, Ashley Reid designer & Art Institute Charleston instructor and many more.  Suffice to say, we were impressed with the turn out: Standing Room Only.

The Looks

First down the runway was Uriel Zamora, of Florida.  Zamora paired bold primary colors with black, with sky high hemlines, dark eyes, gorgeous, sleek hair and fiercely high black heels.  We loved seeing Eye Level Art’s Caroline Millard on the catwalk!

Barbara Beach had the uber-cute factor in the bag: she designs childrenswear so beautiful you want a child of your own.  The details were abundant and immaculate.  The colors weren’t your typical childrens choices, and could be difficult, but they somehow worked.  Shiny flats with ribbons around the ankles brought you back to your ballerina dreams.

Julia Faye Davidson sent earth tones in flowing, natural fabrics paired with leather details down the runway.  Fantastic hats, feathers tucked in some, great coats, distressed leather boots, sexy thigh high tights, beautiful suedes with a slightly Native American flavor all looked very wearable to yours truly.

Anna Lassiter, of King Street’s Eden Boheme, had boho-chic locked down.  As she tells us in the opening video “I’m a little to girly to be completely Bohemian,” Anna’s designs were the grown up, sexier version of adorable.  Her final look, a bridal gown with ruching and a laced up back was possibly the best runway bridal gown I’ve ever seen.

Hannalei Taylor’s models sported loose trapeze dresses in shades of bright yellow, chocolate brown, turquoise that reminded us of summertime and ice cream.  These lucky girls were also in flat ballet slippers, which has to take the nervous, please-don’t-let-me-fall factor down a lot.  The best look was a fitted plaid shirt tucked into high waisted pants that looked so chic, you wanted to buy the whole look.

Larika Page surprised us; her 50’s glam was a hit.  Silks with tulle divinely draped over, Audrey Hepburn-esque cropped pants, a fun yellow dress with white draping…We loved it all.

If you’ve ever been to a good bar in Charleston, you probably already know Chelsie Ravenell by sight, and what a sight.  His line, Kenneth Beatrice, was a lot to take in.  The men were sporting paint covered shorts and pants, with lots of details all over.  The seersucker vest was the perfect frat-boy-meets-the-city.  Chelsie made some interesting pairings, like structured sweat shorts with a peach tuxedo shirt & bow tie.  Our favorite was much simpler; the bright red shirt dress, dripping in pearls and a wide tan belt was to die for.

Jamie Lin Snider rocked pleats & navy.   The details were flawless and we can’t wait to see more of this girl!  The one downfall was a model who’s shoes were far too big for her, which was completely distracting…all of Twitterverse in attendance agreed.

While the judges tallied votes for the coveted three finalist spots, Gordana Gehlhausen of Goga & Project Runway fame, sent a stunning 24 looks down the catwalk.  Black, grey, varying shades of purple & white, with fabulous accessories and details…the gowns that completed her show were fantastic, save for the poor girl who was tripping over her floor length knit sweater dress.  Suffice to say, she did not make it back out for the final walk.  There was enough fur and fab boots to make the biggest fashionista swoon.  In short, it was great to have Gordana back, even if only for one night.

Ayoka Lucas, style editor of Charleston Magazine enchanted us with her stalling while waiting for the finalists to be chosen.  Rick Jerue, President of the Art Institute of Charleston, did his best Price-Waterhouse-Cooper in handing over the three finalist results: Barbara Beach, Larika Page & Jamie Lin Snider will be competing for the coveted award.  Make sure you stay tuned!

On an interesting back ground note, designers Anna Lassiter & Chelsie Ravenell actually grew up together, and if you were wondering where you can score your very own looks by either, Eden Boheme will soon be stocking Kenneth Beatrice in addition to Anna Boheme!  Make your way down to the enchanting boutique ASAP.  You won’t regret it.

So enough for now, we’ll see you under the tents at Marion Square.

Photos by Christopher Shane

Charleston Fashion Week: Carol Hannah Loves Brides!

On Saturday March 20, 2010, Charelston’s own Carol Hannah Whitfield, of recent Project Runway fame, will debut her first bridal collection during Charleston Fashion Week.  There will be seven bridal runway shows total, and three of which are local designers.

In addition to tasty hors d’oeuvres & delectable champagne cocktails that will be served, Art Mag hears there will be a really cool musical collaboration.  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will be playing rock songs to compliment the Romance Rocks! theme of the Southeast’s premier Bridal Couture Show.

Tents open at 11 am, the shows start at 12 noon, and the Bridal Style Lounge, complete with accessories, will be open until 2:30.  You can get in for only $45, so get over to www.charlestonfashionweek.com and buy your tickets now— and meet Art Mag under the Tents at Marion Square!