Thursday’s Fashion Week runway shows opened with a presentation by Belk’s featuring the clothes of Cynthia Rowley, which can be purchased at Belk’s pop-up store on King Street.
Megan Huntz designs under the label Megan Huntz Dresses. Blues and greys were the dominant colors in updated tie-dye patterns. Magan’s background in industrial design influences the angular shape of her clothes, which are loose and free flowing. It is a silhouette that is flattering to all figure types.
Karen Hulse designs under the label Go.See.Do. The dominant color in her palette was a bright yellow green. Her collection translates a concept of a whimsical outdoor camping experience into mixture of prints and fabrics for the modern city woman.
Afriyie Poku designs menswear under the label Oberima Afriyie. Afriyie stole the show. He received a standing applause from the audience and won both the People’s Choice and Emerging Designer Competition Awards. He is influenced by menswear of the 18th and 19th centuries. He translates the 19th century frock coat into a modern coat for today’s dandies. They are exclusively tailored with interesting closures.
Monisha Pillai designs under the eponymous label Monisha Pillai. She used a color palette of pale blue, burgundy and cream. She is inspired by the female silhouette, which she translates into softly draped asymmetrical shapes.
Kita Nolley designs under the label EXPATRIATE. Kita used a color palette of earth tones. The title of the collection is “Culture Club”. She mixes prints based on ethnic African prints to create tailored clothes for the modern women.