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Walker, Pena, Machos, Spade, and Perry presented their capsule collections

A design by Cori Spade
A design by Cori Spade
Leigh Moose for Side Yard Studios

Fashion has a heart and to make sure it is healthy, fashionistas donned red outfits to promote the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women”.

Sweetgrass is not just for baskets. Students from the Art Institute of Charleston partnered with sweetgrass basket maker Lynette Youson. The imagination and creativity was phenomenal. The students incorporated sweetgrass hats, belts, and trim into their designs. There was a vest made entirely of sweetgrass.

The main event was the presentation of capsule collections by Rebecca Walker, Marie-Teresa Pena, Kaitlyn Machos, and Stephanie J. Perry.

Rebecca Walker designs women’s ready to wear under the label Raw. She used a color palette predominantly of burgundy and rust. Rebecca uses innovative techniques to enhance her designs.

Marie-Teresa Pena describes her designs as avant-garde, edgy, and minimalistic. Black dominated her color palette. The dark gothic clothes were lightened by her unique use of lace.

Kaitlyn Machos, Wednesday’s winner of the People’s Choice Award and Emerging Designer Award, titled her collection “Exposed”. Her color palette was soft muted tones of pale green and blue-green. She uses pleats in ways reminiscence of Issey Miyake.

Cori Spade designs women’s ready to wear under the label Cori Spade.
Her collection was inspired by the craftsmanship and intricate designs of North Carolina quilters.

Stephanie J. Perry designs swim and resort wear under the label SJH2O. Her swimwear is colorful and fun.

The evening ended with a presentation by menswear designer David Hart.

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