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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

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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.

The Red Party

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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.

JAIL BREAK 2: ARTISTS BREAKING OUT

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Entropy Arts & American College of Building Arts are proud to present JAIL BREAK 2 on Saturday, November 12th from noon-11pm at the Old City Jail at 21 Magazine St in downtown Charleston. An all encompassing arts festival established to provide an outlet for local artists to present their work, JAIL BREAK 2 will be held at one of the most unique venues in downtown Charleston where the jail will be converted into a gallery, displaying works by local visual artists and students from the ACBA as well as music and dance instillations from Dancefx Charleston and Annex Dance Company. Additionally, interactive festivities such as live painting, arts and crafts, demonstrations of various building arts by ACBA students and artisan booths will be outside in the main yard of the former jail.

“I started Entropy Arts to focus on presenting innovative performing arts events that showcase collaboration between artists of different mediums including music, dance, visual art, writing, filmmaking and more,” stated festival organizer Andrew Walker. “It was a natural step to host an arts festival where diverse artists and audiences could come together to celebrate the arts.

Shovels & Rope, Photo courtesy: Charleston Magazine

Musical performances include The Hungry Monks, The Brillers, Weigh Station, Elise Testone and The Freeloaders, Shovels & Rope, Entropy Ensemble and more. Food provided by Home Team BBQ and beverages from Ice Box Innovative Beverage Services will also be available throughout the festival. Additionally, there will be an after party at LEAF, located at 15 Beaufain with music by Ryan Bonner and Friends. The after party event is FREE with a Jail Break ticket stub. JAIL BREAK 2 is the perfect experience for all Charlestonians to admire Lowcountry talent, purchase artwork and talk with the artists directly while being really close to the stage for performances. This is an all ages event and artists are subject to change without notice.

Sponsors include Charleston Art Magazine, 101.5 The Bridge, Awendaw Green, Visualive, CHS After Dark, The Music Initiative, Carolina Nightlife, LEAF, Eskimo Advertising & Shuttle Hogs.

TICKETS:
Advance: $12 or $15 at the gate
VIP: $50 includes Premium Open Bar All Day, Private VIP Section by Stage with Portajohn (Only 100 available)
Kids under 12: Free
On sale at http://www.showclix.com/event/JAILBREAK2.

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

Time for Charleston Fashion Week

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Showcasing emerging designers and regional retailers and models, Charleston Fashion Week® will be held on March 22-26th under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC. This five night celebration will feature more than 30 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society and accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. Charitable partners for 2011 include Center For Women and Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Tuesday, March 22 – Friday, March 25 Style Lounge and Pre-Party 6PM, Runway Doors Open at 7PM, Runway Shows Begin at 7:30PM

Emerging Designers:

Tuesday: Marie Cordella, Van Hoang, Veritee Hill, Sarah Parrott

Wednesday: Stephanie Mejia, Mary Labberton, Anjelika Krishna, Cody Sai Adler- McAllister

Thursday: Eleanor Morgan Hoffman, Julie Wheat, Sasha Gil, Michael Wiernicki

Friday: La’Daska Powell, Thea Canlas, Isabel Crosby, Charlotte Hess

Featured Designer:

Tuesday: Barbara Beach, Jamie Lin Snider

Wednesday: Troubadour

Thursday: Hunter Dixon

Friday: April Johnston

Saturday, March 26 – Spring Bridal Show Presented by Gathering – floral + event design Doors Open at 10:30AM, Runway Shows Begin at 11:30AM, Complimentary Champagne Reception 10:30 – 11:30AM SIP Champagne Cocktails, SHOP the Bridal Accessory Lounge & SAMPLE sweet and savory treats

Featured Designer: Heidi Elnora

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Saturday, March 26 – Fashion Finale Style Lounge and Pre-Party 7PM, Runway Doors Open at 8PM 2011 Emerging Designers Finalist Collections, Rock The Runway Model Competition, Rock The Runway Model Comp Winner Announced and People’s Choice and Grand Prize winner announced Fashion Finale

Featured Designers: David Yoo & Larika Page 10:35pm All EDs On Stage and Winner Announced

Ticket pricing is below and can be purchased by clicking here.

-Runway Shows (Tuesday – Thursday): $45 daily GA; $75 daily VIP (Cash Bar)
-Runway Show (Friday): $55 GA; $85 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Spring Bridal Show (Saturday): $45 GA; $60
-VIP includes a complimentary champagne reception and Big Day bites (Cash Bar) Fashion Finale featuring the Emerging Designer Finalists plus Rock the Runway Model Competition: $55 GA; $95 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Weekly Pass Non-Reserved: $210, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale VIP Weekly Pass: $325, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale with a guaranteed reserved seat plus one free drink nightly

Charleston Fashion Week Official After Parties:
-Tues, March 22nd @ Torch Velvet Lounge & Social Restaurant & Wine Bar
-Wed, March 23rd @ NV Dance Lounge, Catch Two2 Secret Party with Mychael Knight
-Thurs, March 24th @ Music Farm & O-Ku
-Fri, March 25th @ Tivoli & Halls Chophouse
-Sat, March 26th @ “LUXE” The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party

Photo provided by Heirloom Creative Photography for Charleston Fashion Week

Presenting sponsor of Charleston Fashion Week® 2011 is the Art Institute of Charleston. Other sponsors include Aloft Hotel, American Airlines, Baker Motor Company, Embassy Suites Historic, The Shops at Charleston Place Hotel, Francis Marion Hotel, gathering – floral + event design, Gentleman Jack, Grey Goose, Jaguar West Ashley of Baker Motor Company, Korbel, Little Black Dress, PDA Video, REEDS Jewelers, Snyder Event Rentals and Technical Event Company. Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show is presented by gathering – floral + event design. Other notable sponsors include The Knot, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Grey Goose, Korbel, Snyder Bar and Technical Event Company.

For additional information about the event, schedules or to purchase schedules, visit www.charlestonmag.com/fashionweek.

 

2010 SPO NSORS PRESE NTI NG sponsor: The Art Institute of Charleston bridal couture pRESE NTI NG sponsor: gathering—floral + event design Aloft Hotel Atlanta Apparel at AmericasMart Baker Motor Company Blue Door Photography Carolina First Bank Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Charleston Symphony Orchestra Cru Catering Embassy Suites Historic F22 Internet Solutions Francis Marion Hotel Freshfields Village Gentleman Jack Grand Ideas Grey Goose ICEBOX Innovative Beverage Services Jan-Pro Cleaning Services Korbel Little Black Dress Wines My TV Charleston Nature’s Calling, Inc. Newton Farms Catering Porsche Production Design Associates Smartwater Snyder Event Rentals Stella Nova Technical Event Company
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