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Friday at Charleston Fashion Week

The evening began with a runway show by Savannah based trio Mamie Ruth, Satchel, and MLiz Designs. The Mount Pleasant based boutiques of Swoon, Out of Hand, and Gwynn’s showed spring/summer clothing.

A design by Justin LeBlanc
Leigh Moose for Side Yard Studios

The retail presentations were following by the introduction of the finalists in the Rock the Runway Model Competition. The winners were Paige Daniels and Zachariah Collins.

The main event was the presentation of capsule collections by Justin LeBlanc, Tiffany Saini, Sarah and AnnaKay Winford, and Deanna Ansara.

Justin LeBlanc, winner of Friday’s People’s Choice Award, designs women’s and men’s ready to wear under the label Justin LeBlanc Design. Justine’s color palette was black, grey, and white. He mixes fabrics in geometric shapes to blur the line between art and fashion.

Tiffany Saini designs women’s wear under the label Shareni. Her color palette was a mix of muted purples, magentas, and blues. She uses menswear styling to create sporty women’s wear.

Sarah and AnnaKay Winford a sister team design women’s ready to wear under the label The Winford Label. They titled their collection “The Gatsby Collection”. Their designs combine the fun of the 20’s with the seriousness of the 40’s. Katherine Hepburn would have been very comfortable in their clothes.

Deanna Ansara, winner of Friday’s Emerging Designer Award, designs women’s ready to wear under the label Vincetta. Deanna color palette was a mix of black, brown, beige, and white. She uses menswear-tailoring concepts to create softly draped, flowing feminine clothes.

The evening ended on a tranquil and serene note with a presentation by featured designer Brandon Sun.

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