Can I say how proud I am of Charleston, my Lowcountry hometown and home-away-from-NYC-home? The fashion world excitement that has surrounded the Baker Motor Company’s Charleston Fashion Week from this Tuesday on has thrilled and enraptured me. Different than the tents at Lincoln Center, yes, but similar in a high-end styly way. Panelists from designers, editors and global fashion mavens, ahem, Fern Mallis, judged the designers each night to pick a semi-finalist with audience members texting in their fave for People’s Choice.
The four to five designers who competed each night presented capsule collections, amid featured designers Afriyie Poku, last year’s winner, Brooklyn-based David Hart, New York designers Hunter Bell, and fashion world darling and rising star Brandon Sun. I want more!
Emerging Designer Angela Bacskocky, who won Thursday night’s runway competition, and Friday night’s ED winner Deanna Ansara are set to throw down in Marion Square tonight with this week’s earlier winners – Tuesday’s designing sisters Leah and Rebecca Plante and Wednesday’s Kaitlyn Machos.
Tonight’s fashion festivities feature Timo Weiland as a guest designer, who will serve as stylish tension builder between the four winners’ catwalk presentations before this year’s Emerging Designer East is announced.
Emerging Designers Noelle Stanley & Sean Olson, who showed their Ambrosia Star Designs, possibly the most sophisticated children’s wear, join Justin LeBlanc of Justin LeBlanc Design as People’s Choice Winners from Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. A People’s Choice finalist will be named tonight at the evening’s end.
Noelle Stanley and Sean Olson