Charleston is a city known for its old world charm. Although its deep-rooted historical background is a sure draw for tourists, there is another reason that fashion lovers are drawn to this charming city.
Charleston Fashion Week was founded in 2007. It has grown, over the years, to become known as one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Emerging designers receive the opportunity to showcase their vast design talent and compete against others in their class for the title in the Emerging Designer Competition that may someday take them even further to New York Fashion Week to show off their collections.
You could not ask for a more appropriate setting than Marion Square where it all takes place amongst dazzling history and tradition and culturally magical architecture and design. Charleston Fashion Week is set to take place from March 18 - March 22, 2014.
More than fashion shows delight the audiences that pack the tents. Events include interactive entertainment, stylish after-parties and a chance to shop the Style Lounge with a mixture of items from ash hoffman jewelry to Sassy Shortcake Boutique. Browse the Shops at Charleston Place.
In addition to showings each day by emerging designer semi-finalists, there will be one featured designer in the spotlight. Hunter Bell, winner of NBC's 'Fashion Star' will share her collection and Brandon Sun and Timo Weiland, two Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week favorites, debut their collections for enthusiastic fans throughout the week.
Not only will we view the traditional runway fashions of the season, but as a special segment of Charleston Fashion Week, a Spring Bridal Show will debut on Saturday, March 22, 2014 as the perfect ending to a glorious week. A diverse set of designers will satisfy the taste of every type of bride. On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, there will be a special student show with the Art Institute of Charleston. Local retailers will also be showing off some of their most popular fashions on the runway such as Belk, JLINSNIDER and Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant.
Mother/Daughter night is featured on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, giving mom and daughter the opportunity to take a tour behind the scenes, receive exclusive seating and receive a gift card. There is no better way to bond.
What makes this fashion week such a joyous affair is their charitable efforts. As a spectacular opener, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 'Raise The Runway' is a charity luncheon and fashion show all to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital.
See which models have made the cut in the 2014 Rock The Runway Model Competition.
Above all, Charleston Fashion Week is a great boost to the local economy and builds greater awareness for the ripe talent in the region. In past years, statistics have shown that the event had a $2.4 million impact to the region's economy. Tickets are still available so pack your bags and head to the city where fashion shines brightly, Charleston.