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Art Mag listens in on Project Runway talent

Project Runway talent, local Carol Hannah Whitfield and the West Coast’s Logan Neitzel, sat down yesterday with local media to talk about CFW.  Amidst all the camera flashes and questions, Carol Hannah glowed how “surreal” it is to “come back to where it all started.”  Carol Hannah has been around the fashion block since her last appearance as an emerging designer at CFW 2008.  The South Carolina native is back to debut her first wedding collection at tomorrow’s Bridal Couture event.  Look for “fun details, draping, and the fabric manipulations that I love so much,” she says with a smile.  And what’s most special about this anticipated collection?  Each dress has the spirit and name of a street in Charleston!  We can’t wait to see Cistern-Peach and Haint Blue walk the runway (or is it the aisle?).

This is Logan Neitzel’s first time in Charleston.  He feels “a big sense of community,” and “something real, an understanding,” for fashion brewing here in the Holy City.  This Project Runway veteran will be channeling Tim Gunn’s personality as he coaches the Emerging Designers as they race against the clock for tomorrow’s catwalks.  And what’s next for Logan?  He’s cultivating his market, and looking to develop a “cult following.”

Both designers advise yet-to-be-discovered talent to get out there.  Caral Hannah says  “find what’s special about you, and stay true to it.  The world doesn’t need another designer, but it wants something exciting.”  Practically rules with Mr. Neitzel who urges budding designers to be multitalented, “you have to be able to put your head down and work.  Design is fun.  Answering 40 e-mails a day is not–but that’s real life.”

Cheers to the Charleston Fashion Week 2010 finale this weekend!

Logan Neitzel speaks on Project Runway, his career goals, and his first time in Charleston.


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!