Happy April Fools day! You wont find me pulling any pranks today but here is my outfit of the day. Tropical & fun!
And a gorgeous Charleston sunset!
Charleston Fashion Week 2013
By Jeanne Everett
Charleston Fashion Week is a weeklong fashion celebration that Ayoka Lucas started in Charleston, South Carolina, 7 years ago. It usually runs from a Tuesday through a Saturday and this year it ran from March 19th-March 23rd.
Charleston Fashion Week has brought a growing crowd over the years and with it celebrities often too. There is always a panel of judges with guest celebrities who vote on the Emerging Designer Competition: East. The grand prize winner wins $5,000 cash, $10,000 online marketing and promotional package from F22 Designs, Mentoring opportunity with fashion industry leaders during CFW, Professional look-book images of the designer’s Fall 2013 collection by J. Balliet, Runway show at Charleston Fashion Week 2014 , Trade show in New York City in 2013, BERNINA sewing machine compliments of Fashion Fabrics and REEDS Jewelers pendant (valued at $995). A pretty nice package to win as an emerging designer. Hannah Goff won last year’s emerging designer contest and showed this year as well. With that said, the competition works like this: each night from Tuesday through Friday, the audience can vote for their favorite designer showing each night and at the end of the show each night, there is one PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD winner who wins $250 and moves onto the Saturday finale show to compete for the winner of the Emerging Designer contest. Then, Saturday night’s finale show has all the winners from the people’s choice during the week where the judges featured pick the grand prize winner. This year’s judges included; Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week ; Sarah Parrott, Semifinalist for CFW 2011 Emerging Designer Competition, has been on NBC’s The Fashion Star and has her own line ; Nikki Poulous who is another Fashion Star contestant and fashion designer ; Cynthia Rowley, the famed New York City fashion designer ; Fabulous Christian Siriano who was on Project Runway and presents his collections to New York and Paris every year; Cator Sparks who is a designer and writer for Elle Décor and T Magazine ; Brandon Sun who attended Parsons in New York City and worked for J.Mendel and now handles the fur division of Oscar De La Renta and just present at NYFW. Last but not least, there is Robert Verdi. The Front Row panel also included, Peter Davis (Editor in Chief of SCENE magazine), Arlene Goldstein (VP of Belk and VP for Trend Merchandising for SAKS), Johnson Hartig (designer in LA and winner of CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2004), Ashanti (superstar and famous singer, now on Army Wives) and Antonio Azzuolo (famed fashion designer, has worked for top names and been creative design director for Ralph Lauren’s purple and black label).
There is always a model competition too called, “Rock the Runway” and the winner receives $1,000 cash, gifts from local Charleston cosmetic shops and Paul Mitchell, round trip flight to NYC, mentoring with top leaders of model industry, composite cards photographed by Charlotte Elizabeth and a $5,000 Michael Kors watch from REEDS Jewelers. Back to the winner of the Emerging Designer competition: there were some really talented designers who participated but the overall winner of Saturday night’s finale show was Afriyie Poku. I was so thrilled to see his tailored blazers and menswear pieces. He received a serious standing and I was there to stand with the crowd and applaud. He was fantastic! Check out his website at: www.oberimaafriyie.com and be on the look out for him on the runway at CFW in 2014.
I also got an opportunity with Carolina Style Magazine Thursday, to interview Arlene Goldstein, Cynthia Rowley and two of the winners of Belk’s southern designer showcase. It was a fabulous experience thanks to the Publisher, Bridgette and Fashion Editor, Marie Cordella. I talked with them all about fashion in today’s society, how they feel about Belk’s collections and the 125th Anniversary of Belk! One of the jewelry designers that won, Kathleen Murphy was so sweet and down to earth and she responded with, “I mean, when I first found out I won, I asked, Did no one else enter?!” and “Do people really like my stuff?!”. Yes, Kathleen, people really do love your stuff! Expect to see her stuff along with the other winners out in Belk stores early April 2013. Arlene Goldstein is the sweetest and funninest person in the industry I have ever met. Her resume is fantastic and it matches her charm and wit. We ended up talking for about 35 mintues prior to interviewing, she told me about her daughters and her brother and how close their family is and how important it is to have that. She was such a delight! Before interviewing Cynthia Rowley, I was dying inside a little. I love her pieces and as a fashion design student, I wanted to scream but don’t worry, I contained myself. She told me how she looks to cultures and things outside the box to get her inspiration from. Check out her collaboration with Belk in stores!
Thank you to Akkoffi, Katheleen Murphy, Arlene Goldstein, Cynthia Rowley, CFW, Belk, Bridgette and Marie from Carolina Style Magazine!
I just love my new Pixie Mood handbag! It is adorable, soft, roomy and colorful!
This Canadian company is a vegan leather all animal-friendly based in Toronto. They carry fun loving colorful wallets, bags, cosmetic cases in every shape, color and pattern that your imagination could think of.
The creative minds behind this brand are the designers, Kelvin and Chloe who are so friendly and sweet.
I will continue using my gorgeous and colorful bag no matter what I am wearing. But, today’s look that I paired my Pixie Mood bag is below!
Enjoy and check out the Pixie Mood website out and order yourself a non-expensive, good quality, roomy vegan leather handbag! You won’t be disappointed, seriously, you wont.
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Happy Charleston Fashion Week :)
Had lunch today at Oku! Loved everything about the space. I loved the atmosphere, the chic decor with asian flair. The gorgeous branches strung up on the wall are screaming to come home with me! The subtle lighting is stunning as well and a very relaxed atmosphere.
Let’s get to the food part, it only got better. I ordered along w my lunch date, my dad a few items to try & share. We ordered chicken & shrimp dumplings, crab sushi rolls, duck & chicken bento box & steamed buns ( we even ordered a 3rd plate of the buns! So addicting!)
Friday & Saturday nights, Oku hosts a huge dance party!! If you visit Charleston, Oku is the place to be! Prices good, waiters are nice & food os amazing!
Today’s weather forecast is stunning and sunny. Love the cool breeze blowing in my hair while I’m warm and comfy in my DL1961 jeans. Love this brand..made with Lycra and spandex! I layered my look with a silk blouse and a black crew cut tee underneath (remember i said “cool breeze”)!! Enjoy the look and try some DL jeans. Check them out on piperlime too!
Jewelry all my own. New gold basic earrings and gold bracelets all from Versona. Check them out too for cheap and easy pieces that look killer!!
I had the privilege of having lunch with Rafael Cox, Atlanta based designer and finalist on Project Runway! Got to talk to him for a bit and he is so hysterical and so lovely! Check out his designs & follow him on Instagram at @rafaelcoxdesigns!!
Later on, friday night, March 1st, Rafael had a few designs along others on a runway show at Art Institute of Charleston!
I know the Oscar’s were sunday night and I am a tad bit late on uploading a post on what I thought and what I wore and whose outfit I liked. Well, first off, I attended a really fun Oscar’s party at a local grill & bar called, Tabbulis. It is so cute and relaxing. I chose to wore a gorgeous Oscar-isque dress & was so happy with my choice! I got so many compliments!
Now..as for celebrities..my favorite was Charlize Theron’s dress! Stunning in classic white! I also loved Halle Berry’s dress as well. Poor Jennifer Lawrence…she fell on the steps going to receive her Oscar! But i loved how she played it off. That girl is awesome & so talented just like fellow Oscar winner, Ann Hathaway!
This rainy day was spent going out & shopping and a coffee date with a good friend. I am so ready for the beach & spring weather, honestly! I really want to wear my new outfits and sandals. Anyways, when I arrived home just a few minutes ago, i was greeted by a fabulous box & my new Form arrived!!!!
I got it from a designer in North Carolina. Check out her designs via facebook! Marie Cordella is her name :)