Last night at Urbàna Teabar in Huntersville, NC, Charlotte’s fashion industry professionals met to mix and mingle. The mixer, coordinated by Jameka Whitten of Charlotte Style magazine & JSW Media Group, was appropriately themed “It's all about YOU in 2010!” Guest began to flow in at 6:30 pm, and they immediately took advantage of this opportunity to converse with others in the industry. The chic yet intimate group of designers, models, fashion publicists, bloggers, marketers and producers enjoyed a fashion viewing of designs from Bella Ropa boutique.
The gathering also gave Charlotte Style magazine a chance to introduce designer Hannalei Taylor to the fashion community. Taylor was recently accepted as a designer contestant for Charleston Fashion Week. CFW has catapulted the careers of several local designers, some even making it to Project Runway. “It was a long application process,” Taylor stated while speaking of her anticipation for the show.
The CFW show will be Hannalei Taylor’s first individual collection. Though she wanted to keep up the suspense about her collection, Taylor dropped a few hints by explaining her inspiration, which is a combination of bridal wear, and vintage toddler’s clothing. Her past experience at a bridal boutique, and her two-year-old daughter influenced her views for Fall 2010. Fun, playful, feminine and sophisticated are words Taylor used to describe her cocktail and casual designs. When asked which designers she was nervous to compete with during CFW, Taylor stated, “I’m too involved to be thinking about anyone else. Once I’m done, then maybe I’ll be peaking at what else is going on!”
Before the evening came to an end, winners were chosen to receive a $400+ beauty bag courtesy of Beauty Fix. The contents included several world-renowned anti-aging skin care products. The two fashionistas that won were very lucky, but everyone left this successful event feeling like a winner.
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