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.
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!)
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.
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:
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?????
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words: Stacy Huggins