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My Top 10 Fave Things from Chas Fash Week 10

I had a blast this past week at the 10th anniversary of Charleston Fashion Week 2016’s Emerging Designer Competition: East — from the adorable winning models of the Rock the Runway contest to the amazing creativity from the competing designers to the fun accessories and clothing vendors selling each evening in the Style Village. Congrats to everyone who participated, especially the Emerging Designer Finalist winner, Destani Hoffman, and the People’s Choice Finalist winner, Kelsey Kawamoto.

A countdown of my Top 10 favorite things of CHFW10:

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Girl Power: Fashion Icon Victoria Beckham
at Fern Mallis’ 92Y Fern Talks

Who out there is a Posh Spice fan? A Victoria Beckham fashion designer fan? A fan of love and girl power and empowerment in general? A fan of Fern Mallis?

Victoria Beckham interview at Fern Talks at 92Y

You ALL should be of ALL the above!

Last night’s interview of fashion designer Victoria Beckham, former Posh Spice of the all-girl group Spice Girls, by Fern Mallis during her last Fern Talks of the season revealed Continue reading

GET THIS BOOK NOW!!!! And I mean – NOW!
Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis

Fashionistas can be a jaded lot. But earlier this week on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue, the fashion crowd was in fine, packed-room form, no attitude or shade being thrown, only gushing reverence in celebration of one of their own – Fern Mallis, the woman who made New York Fashion Week a thing some 30-odd years ago, and who has taken Fashion Icons, her infamous 92nd Street Y talks, to the next logical step: a book.

Fern Mallis + Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons by Fern Mallis, Rizzoli

Obviously, the Rizzoli-published “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons by Fern Mallis” is well on its way to huge success, judging by the fashion lot crammed into the third floor Monday night. And why not? The former president of the CFDA has reinvented herself in the most magnificent of manners. Designer of the fun Fern Finds jewelry inspired by her fabulous world travels, maker of new fashion capitals worldwide and now holder of all 16 windows at Saks, this buddy-confidant interviewing the fashion greats gets all the good stuff during her 92Y talks. I got to attend a few of them, John Varvatos, Bruce Weber and Bill Cunningham, and yes, tears were shed, both on stage and in the audience (guilty as charged…). I can’t wait to curl up on the couch and devour my signed copy of “Fashion Lives” whole. So many lives, so much to learn!

Fern Mallis + Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons by Fern Mallis, Rizzoli

Pretty much everyone was there Monday night, set to go home with their signed copy — as well as to give Fern a hug and show their love, support and respect.  When I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. All the fashion greats she interviewed on that 92Y stage, from Calvin Klein to Diane Von Furstenberg to Tommy Hilfiger to Michael Kors to Bill Cunningham (who ducked out as I arrived – he works fast!) to… well you name it. If they were in this book, they were there. Even if they weren’t in this book, they were there, like Martha Stewart, Nanette Lapore, Timo Weiland, Brandon Sun, Sela Ward and Tyson Beckford. Possibly the only fashion greats missing Monday night at Saks were those not in the book. But, guess what? We can look for them in Book Two. Yes, there’s going to be a sequel. Now, if this can just be made into a movie….

Wow. To think I can say I knew Fern when. I’m so happy for her success and proud of her achievements, mostly because Fern happens to be one of the most inspirational women I know in the fashion industry. And I respect what she’s done and stands for in the reinvention of herself; we can all take some lessons from her here. Congratulations, Fern, congratulations!

Stan Herman and Diane Von Furstenberg

Stan Herman and Diane Von Furstenberg

Robert Verdi interviewing Michael Kors

Robert Verdi interviewing Michael Kors

Nick Graham with Mary Ellen Barone

Nick Graham with Mary Ellen Barone

Francisco Costa

Francisco Costa

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Fern Mallis + Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons by Fern Mallis, Rizzoli

Yours truly

Yours truly

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

John Varvatos

John Varvatos

 

And the winner is….Charleston Fashion Week!

Love that Charleston finally has a vibrant Fashion Week!

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week‘s five-day fashion extravaganza hosted by the Holy City ended last night to tons of devoted fanfare and was attended by many high powered fashion execs (among the judging panel was NYC Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis and The Manual.com‘s Cator Sparks). Marion Square popped tents to become runway-ready for popular established designers (helloooo, Christian Siriano!) and created an emerging talent base that included designers Serena da Conceicao of Brooklyn, Siobhan Murphy of Charleston and Emerging Designer winner Afriyie Poku of Atlanta, who presented the only menswear collection in the competition.

Emerging Designer Winner Afriyie Poku's menswear.  Photo by Glenn Barnette Courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®

One of the dapper looks from ED Winner Afriyie Poku’s menswear collection. Photo by Glenn Barnette Courtesy of Charleston Fashion Week®

Charleston makes me proud these days. It’s come a long way, baby, since I moved here from the Midwest in the ’70s. Back then, kids taunted my sis and me at the bus stop with the mean mantra of “Go Home, Damn Yankees!” (only we were, ahem, Hoosiers), blue laws kept stores closed on Sundays, including FASHION boutiques, and monsoon-like flooding those first few weeks of our relocation kept us afraid of hydro-planing into the huge Live Oaks that stood solid, planted proudly on either side of the one-lane Highway 61.

Today, it’s been raining like the Dickens down here on this soggy Palm Sunday (I’m back South, taking care of mom + family business) and I’m still afraid of hydro-planing into the oaks as I make my way to a hot yoga class this morning (see how much things really have changed here!).

At least we can go shopping later….

Look, Ma! It’s Me! In Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” column in The New York Times

Bill Cunningham's On the Street in The New York Times

Bill Cunningham’s On the Street in The New York Times

Shucks, BIll. THANK YOU!!!

I was planning to honor the delightful Bill Cunningham with his own “Sighted” FW posting (see next post), when my attention was drawn to his column by P early this morning and, well, what can I say. Yes. There I am.  Continue reading