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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

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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


JLINSNIDER Opens Tonight!

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Earlier this week, Art Mag sat down with Jamie Lin Snider, Charleston Fashion Week alum and proud new business owner.  Tonight she will celebrate the grand opening of JLINSNIDER on Upper King Street with her inaugural ‘First Friday’ fete.

First Friday at JLINSNIDER:

Local artisans will sell their handcrafted wares in the courtyard, music will fill the air, bevies and nibbles served, and loads of vintage and avant garde threads to browse (and buy!).  Snider says the inspiration came from similar events in Las Vegas, LA, NYC, and the like, where it was always the biggest night out of the month.  The galleries and shops all participate and the pretty young things come out to play.

While the French Quarter district of Charleston certainly knows all about First Fridays and art walks, hopefully Snider’s endeavors will bring that to the trendy Upper King Street area too!

Look for the Jamie Lin Snider artist profile in the Fall issue of Art Mag, coming out October 1!

539 King Street, 843.751.6075, 6 – 9 pm, jlinsnider.net

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