The party began the end of January, when Charleston Fashion Magazine held a meet and greet to introduce this year’s emerging designers. Tuesday, the seventh Charleston Fashion week runway shows began amid a party atmosphere, beginning with a pre-party show and ending with an after show party.
The show opened with a lingerie show by Bits of Lace, a first for Charleston. The lingerie was accessorized by jewelry from Croghan’s Jewel Box and shoes from Bob Ellis. It was reminiscent of old Hollywood. Legend has it that Flo Ziegfeld would buy his Follies girls elegant underwear to project an aura of glamour because what was seen needed to be as glamorous as what was not seen.
The main event was the presentation of capsule collections by Sabrina Spanda, Victoria Cid, Jazsalyn McNeil, Callie Nichol, and Katherine Barron.
Sabrina Spanda, designs under the label Spansen Filles. She is influenced by sculpture, architecture and the designs of Alexander Mc Queen. She mixes leather and fabrics in interesting geometric designs. Her short leather jackets in block colors were wonderful.
Victoria Cid, designs under the label victoria cid. She is influenced by the gothic designs of Alexander McQueen and Viktor & Rolf. She uses geometric shapes and mixed fabrics. The clothes combine edginess in the geometric shapes and a soft feminism in the way the fabric is draped. The result is outfits that are fashion forward, comfortable and wearable.
Jazsalyn McNeil, designs under the label Jazsalyn. She titled her collection “Kingdom come”.
Her clothes tell a story about the woman who wears them. They are about self-expression.
The collection was a kaleidoscope of colors, with incredible prints and modern batiks.
Callie Nichol, designs under the label Semik. Callie won the Tuesday’s People’s Choice Award. Traditional middle eastern women’s clothing influenced her collection. Her designs have a sculptural aspect that channels Cristobal Balenciaga. Her color palette consists of only three colors black, white, and red. These are clothes that are very wearable and would made a woman of any age feel stylish.
Katherine Barron, designs under the label k.barron. Katherine was winner of Tuesday’s competition. She will present her 2013 collection on Saturday. The inspiration for her collection was the magnolia blossom. It was an all white collection with hand painted designs in black. It was simple and very elegant.