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Charleston Fashion Week

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil
Photograph by Chris Frick, courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®

Photograph by Chris Frick, courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®

Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Held March 18-22nd, 2014 under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, this five-night celebration will feature more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition™. Accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers and models, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events.

Each night CFW will feature runway shows by five emerging designer contestants, select local retailers, and featured designers. The full featured designer schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 18: Afriyie Poku (2013 CFW Emerging Designer Winner)
Wednesday, March 19: David Hart
Thursday, March 20: Hunter Bell
Friday, March 21: Brandon Sun 
Saturday, March 22: Mark Ingram and Timo Weiland

Photo by Corey Tenold

Photograph by Corey Tenold, courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®

In addition to the schedule above, 20 emerging designers will be competing throughout the week to make it to the finals and be crowned the Grand Prize Winner. Competing for a prize package valued at over $20,000, the Emerging Designer Winner will be judged by a VIP Fashion Panel, headlined by Fern Mallis (the Creator of New York Fashion Week, host of 92Y Fashion Icons series & SiriusXM Fashion Insiders with Fern Mallis), and includes some of the designers above as well as designer Antonio Azzuolo.

Check out the Charleston Fashion Week 2014 Promotional Video. To purchase ticket, click here. For more information, visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

NOIR: A Dark Fashion Event

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by Lowcountry Boil

NOIR: A Dark Fashion Event will combine the best of fashionistas, fashion, music and entertainment.

N O I R finalNOIR: A Dark Fashion Event by Charleston After Dark & ICEBOX BAR SERVICES will take place on Thursday, March 21st from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m at the upscale Five Four Nine venue located at 549 E Bay Street. Enjoy a fashion presentation by Emily Bargeron of Mamie Ruth and and eyewear designer to celebrities, Stevie Boi. There will be performances by Cato K & Tony Roach DjYnot & Jake Butler, Quiana Parler & Carmen Esteves. Dancefx will be on hand as well. Food Trucks will be stationed in the parking lot at the venue with plenty of great eats!

Tickets:

NOIR General Admission – $35 with a cash bar
NOIR VIP – $75 with an all inclusive bar

A not to miss event for a fun and fashionable dark night of fashion, beats & dancing! For more information visit www.noirshow.com.

Charleston Fashion Week

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by Lowcountry Boil

6a00e553f2bbde8833017c36dc93e4970bShowcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007. Held March 19-23rd, 2013 under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, this five-night celebration will feature more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers and models, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. Charitable partners for 2013 are still being finalized, but previous partners have included Center For Women, Lowcountry AIDS Services, and MUSC Childrens Hospital.

The 2013 full featured designer schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 19: Hannah Goff – 2012 CFW Emerging Designer Winner
Wednesday, March 20: neve / hawk
Thursday, March 21: Johnson Hartig of Libertine
Friday, March 22: Debut of SP Smoking Collection by K. Cooper Ray
Antonio Azzuolo
Saturday Mid-Day, March 23: (Bridal) Anne Barge
Saturday, March 23 (Finale): Christian Siriano

For more information on CFW, the full schedule and tickets, visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

Ayoka Lucas Makes A Bold Fashion Statement

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

BY MEGAN WALDREP

Independence is the new black.  Especially for former Creative Director of Charleston Magazine and “fairy godmother” of Charleston Fashion Week®, Ayoka Lucas.  After 10 years of working with Charleston’s biggest magazine, Ayoka has launched a business of her own that includes fashion styling, consulting, trend tracking, and emcee-ing.  With Charleston Magazine being her leading client, she’s also called upon by the likes of Essence Magazine, MTV News, ESPN, and ABC/CBS affiliates. And to think, it all started with a letter to the editor of Charleston Magazine to start her own fashion column.  To say she is a go-getter is an understatement.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Balliet

“Everyone wants to step outside the box at some point in their career!” said Lucas. “This new venture will allow me to work with a variety of people in a number of different ways. I’ve found that over the years people have reached out to me for assistance in many fashion related areas and I am now able to accommodate many of those requests. I’m truly excited about the possibilities of starting new relationships and lending my gifts and vision to new projects!“

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ayoka as a designer for Charleston Fashion Week’s ® first Emerging Designer Competition in 2008.  Since it’s beginning, it has been amazing to see the event grow from 6 local designers to over 20 artists from across the nation.  Grossing over 2.4 million dollars in the 5 day event, CFW has put Charleston on the fashion radar.  National and International attention has been brought to our beautiful city, and for one week of the year, people around the globe look to Charleston for it’s budding talents.  What makes Ayoka stand out is her constant support and love she gives to designers and artists of our city.  Her passion to promote,  encourage, and guide young talent is a gift to all who have been honored with the chance to showcase their work.  What started out as a dream and idea that she pitched and developed years ago has become a reality for the chosen designers to see their looks walk down the runway.

“For close to ten years now, Charleston Magazine has allowed me to document and cultivate the fashion and design community through their editorial pages, fashion spreads, street style features, blogs and of course the greatest accomplishment of my career, turning a simple vision I had into one of the nation’s leading fashion events with the production of Charleston Fashion Week ®.” Said Lucas.  “The ability to take on new projects is an incredible feeling for a creatively driven thinker like me. Growth is essential and I have so much more to give!”

And now it’s time for Ayoka to begin and conquer another chapter of her life.  As you can tell, she is a woman who gets things done while making her dreams and the dreams of others a reality.  I have no doubt that she will continue to be a great success into whatever she puts her energy.  Visit www.ayokalucas.com to keep your eye on what exciting and stylish adventures she will take on next and to inquire her fashion mind to help your style reach the next level.  Guaranteed to impress.

Charleston Fashion Week

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo courtesy: jwkpec.com

With 7000 attendees at sold out events in 2011, Charleston Fashion Week is known as one of the hottest trend-setting multi-media events. The inspiring series of more than 45 runway presentations will take place on March 20-24th in Marion Square under the white tents. Throughout the five day event, emerging designers as well as established talent will strut the latest trends on the runway. Emerging designers presenting include Adrienne Antonson (Asheville, NC), Angela Sum (New York City, NY), Emily C Pollard (Falls Church, VA), Gil Tisdale and Dominique Verona (Johns Island, SC), Hannah Goff (Savannah, GA), Hazel Bae (Pineville, NC), Jessica Patricia Krupa (Toms River, NJ), Jordan Lee Brooks (Rock Hill, SC), Keely Lauren Cansler (Raleigh, NC), Kelly Elizabeth Ruehlman and Amy Cochran Quinn (Raleigh, NC), Ashley Newsome (Savannah, GA), Mikasa La’Charles (Chesapeake, VA), Nancy Faw Crowell (Murrells Inlet, SC), Nina Awasum (Randallstown, MD), Ra Jang (Ridgewood, NY), Samantha Michele Hyman (Brooklyn, NY), Shelley Lucille Smith (Charleston, SC), Tsvetelina Gerasimova McAuliffe (Concord, NC), Vartika Vikram (Charleston, SC), and Bob and Kris Galmarini (Charleston, SC).  The 2012 featured designers are Emily Bargeron, Michael Andrew Wiernick, Sarah Parrott, Luciana Scarabello, Nikki Poulos, Chris BenzCharlotte Hess, and Faith Thornburg.

Photo courtesy: KarsonPhotography

Each night on site, there will be a Style Lounge that opens an hour before the fashion shows plus during the day, Tanger Outlets present Pop Up Shops with boutiques showcasing their duds, official CFW merchandise, stylists demonstrating hair & make-up design, food trucks, lectures, book signings, and more. If guests want to grab a bite before the shows, there are also Fashion Plate Dinners on Tuesday at High Cotton and Wednesday at O-Ku. In addition to the runway shows, be sure and check out the after parties each night from 10pm-2am…

Tuesday, March 20:
The Cocktail Club & The Macintosh (479 King St.) bring 1920s Boardwalk Empire theme with DJ Forge

Wednesday, March 21:
Fish (442 King St.) featuring DJ SK

Thursday, March 22:
Trio Club (139 Calhoun St.) hosts Dance/Glow after-party with DJ Arthur Brouthers

Friday, March 23:
Music Farm (32 Ann St.) has special musical guests McKenzie Eddy, Damon Dash, Boogie DJ, & Sean O’ Connell

Saturday, March 24:
Charleston After Dark and  26 Industries present RAIN at the South Carolina Aquarium (100 Aquarium Wharf)

Charleston Fashion Week supports Lowcountry AIDS Services and MUSC Children’s Hospital. Sponsors for the 2012 event include: Art Institute of Charleston, Cos Bar, Embassy Suites Hotels, F22 Internet Solutions, Ferguson, Francis Marion Hotel, Gathering Floral +Event Design, Gosnell & Company, inventivENVIRONMENTS, Paul Mitchell The School Charleston, REEDS Jewelers, smartwater, Snyder Event Rentals, Tanger Outlets, TD Bank, Technical Event Company, and The Shops At Charleston Place.

WHEN: March 20-24th

WHERE: Marion Square, Downtown Charleston

TICKETS: Click here.

INFORMATION: Please visit www.charlestonmag.com/fashionweek.


		

RAIN- The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Poster courtesy: CHS After Dark

Presented by Charleston After Dark & 26 Industries together with Charleston Fashion Week, RAIN: The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party will take place on Saturday, March 24th from 10pm-2am at the South Carolina Aquarium. The exclusive party features DJ STEVE SMOOTH with performances by DJ Y-NOT- DJ CILO and HEATHER FRIEDMAN plus a A LUXE RUNWAY SHOW at 11pm with LAS OLAS & DANCE FX, produced by designer PAMELA CANELLAS, HOT JAM ENTERTAINMENT MIAMI, JONNY SHERWOOD of JONNY COSMETICS, CHARLOTTE COGGIN BELK of ELYSIUM SALON and directed by ROBIN LEE of ROBIN LEE MODELS. The party benefits Your Power Initiative. To arrange for designated driving services, please contact the SC Bar Car at 843-300-9995.

Photo courtesy: Charleston Magazine

Your Power Initiative was created to help assist diversified inner city and rural area youth of the Trident and surrounding areas of Charleston, South Carolina through life skill training, positive mentoring, job training and placement and healthy lifestyles through sports.

WHEN: Saturday, March 24th from 10pm-2am

WHERE:
The South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

TICKETS: Purchase HERE. General Admission Ticket includes admission to event, all inclusive food & fashion show, $45, VIP RAIN: All Access & All Inclusive includes access to VIP area, unlimited food and drinks & fashion show, $95

MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.RainCFW.com.

Local Designer to Showcase MEW Collection at Charlotte NC Fashion Week

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo courtesy: Sarah Exell of s.l.e. photography

Up and coming local designer Megan Waldrep will be showing her MEW collection on Friday at Charlotte NC Fashion Week. A lover of vintage clothing and classic Rock ‘n Roll T-shirts, Megan launched her first t-shirt collection, Mew Design, during her Junior year at the University of South Carolina. As her personal style developed, so have the designs. With an established business and reputation for a more rock ‘n roll style, Megan presents Mew, her foray into developing full collections that express her new found maturity and outlook on fashion. With the new Mew collection, she has achieved a more refined aesthetic of edgy meets sophisticated.

MEW Designer Megan Waldrep Photo courtesy Bob Mule of Bobtography

For the Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Megan wanted to celebrate her love for Charleston, SC and the rich culture that thrives in the city where she lives. With 150 years since the Civil War, Mew’s influence represents Charleston’s history by bringing looks of the past into modern day life. What you will see is a perfect interpretation of people, places, and events of that time mixed with signature Mew style. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection showcases hints of Civil War style and Rock ‘n Roll as you’ve never seen before.

Megan was chosen as a finalist for Charleston Fashion Week 2008 and a semi-finalist for Project Runway. Let’s see what happens in Charlotte this weekend!

For more information about Megan and her designs, check out MEW online. To purchase tickets or get showing schedules for Charlotte NC Fashion Week, visit www.charlottencfashionweek.com.

Local Fashion Spotlight: Escapada

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo by Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

With Spring here and Summer just around the corner, it’s high time to get styled for the season. Inspired by the city where the designs are created, Charleston’s Escapada captures the essence of effortless femininity with easy luxe-for-less pieces perfect for an exotic escape, a relaxed day at the beach or an effervescent night on the town. Recently showcasing a variety of tropical-inspired resort and beachwear in vibrant tones and lush comfortable fabrics, Escapada offers the modern woman a brand filled with naturally chic attire. With a contemporary take on classic silhouettes, the flowing and flattering printed dresses accentuating a woman’s curves and best assets are a great addition to one’s wardrobe. Bold abstract printed tunics, flirty ruffled rompers, elegant off-the-shoulder jumpsuits, and softly draped dresses will take a woman from day to night and from the beach to the city streets allowing her to embrace the versatility of her lifestyle. Whether sipping a refreshing cocktail poolside or sailing along the Caribbean coast, Escapada’s vibrant collection of effortless styles will bring out the globetrotting goddess in any woman. An array of fresh, youthful, and colorful Escapada garments inspired by the culturally rich island lifestyle will accent any exotic global journey. Experience the sensation of Escapada, turning any day into an glamorous getaway.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

A brand with a conscience, Escapada is committed to making the world a better place. Through the donation of a portion of its profits, Escapada supports global charities, which enhance the lives of those in need, educate the minds of children and aid environmental causes. As a premium resort wear brand, Escapada confirms that women of all ages identify with it’s designs and sensibilities and has become an instant success, outperforming its established competitors. Escapada will continue to expand its global lifestyle brand with the launch of an accessories and home accessories collection. The company strives to continually look ahead and explore new and innovative lifestyle improvements to help women discover their inner beauty and serenity.

Escapada, a Charleston, South Carolina based lifestyle brand, was started in 2009 by its Founder and Creative Director, Natalia Castillo, who embraced her own passion for global travel through visionary designs for the modern woman. Recently showcased at Charleston Fashion Week, Escapada exudes a relaxed, yet vibrant aesthetic and is a must-have in beach and resort wear. Escapada is carried in over 550 exclusive boutiques and resorts throughout the country including Cheeca Lodge Resort and Spa, Palmetto Bluff Resort and Spa, and many luxury resorts throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Tahiti.

Escapada can be found locally at:

Photo provided by Fashionwirepress.com

Kiawah/Seabrook:
Coastal Palms
585 Freshfields Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.1992

Mount Pleasant:
Mary Mojo Boutique
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd # 104
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
843.388.2868

Downtown:
Sally Bette’s
74 N Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401
843.937.6211

For more information visit www.escapadaliving.com.

Mexico, and Tahiti

Hampden Clothing: One Fierce Boutique

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Stacy Smallwood

Written by Alexis Comer:

Located on the bustling retail mecca of King Street, Hampden Clothing is just what your inner fashionista is thirsting for in Charleston. I attended a Charleston Fashion Week kick-off event at Hampden recently and checked out the designs of A.L.C., Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, and Charleston’s own Marysia Swim while sipping a cocktail with live house music in the background. The store had been set up specifically for this 4-trunk event showcasing cutting edge designers by devoting separate areas of the store to each designer who in turn had their own style and aesthetic.

The store looked amazing and the atmosphere was a preview to the of excitement of Charleston Fashion Week, just six days away. Ayoka Lucas, Style Editor for Charleston Magazine, was on the scene as were a bevy of fashionable ladies, taking in the unique clothes, shoes, and jewelry. The event’s success and flawless execution are a testament to Hampden’s exceptional influence in the Charleston fashion world.

With the vision to create a boutique that offered trendy pieces, emerging designers, and wardrobe staples, founder Stacy Smallwood established Hampden Clothing as the Southeast’s newest destination for personal style. A native of South Carolina, Smallwood has had an interest in the creative arts since her childhood. Following college at Vanderbilt University, Smallwood leapt into the rigorous and well-respected buyers training program at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. There, she was mentored by some of the best buyers in the business and carefully honed her retailing and customer service skills. Smallwood rose through the ranks as an assistant buyer for designer sportswear and department manager of Ladies Shoes.

Hampden Clothing stocks designer and contemporary clothing from the most emerging, hard to find designers such as Opening Ceremony and Dagmar to the hottest designers of the moment like Alexander Wang, Yigal Azrouel, and more. Hampden Clothing has been regulary mentioned in Elle, Lucky, InStyle, Vogue, and was featured as one of the Top 50 Stores in the Country by Marie Claire Magazine. With two locations and an online website, Hampden Clothing offers customers a unique experience including all of your favorite designers along with impeccable customer service.

Hampden Clothing
314 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-724-6373

Charleston Fashion Week: Aspiring Designers Competition

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by Lowcountry Boil

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