M2 Boutique kicked off fall with an evening of fashion, fun and celebrity. In its first of what they hope to become an annual event, Fall in Love with Fashion Model Competition & Fashion Review, M2 Boutique featured its fall collections while models competed to win a spot on the All Aboard Fashion Cruise & Showcase. The event was hosted by Carissa Strickland, co-owner of M2 Boutique, and Stevie Boi, celebrity designer. The pair had a fun and organic synergy, as they commentated, keeping the evening's activities light and enjoyable.
Fall in Love with Fashion was held at the Environmental Center at Saluda Shoals Park, on its vast outdoor patio. The scenery seemed to welcome fall with cool air, moderate temperature and falling leaves gracing the background. Attendees were not only entertained by the runway show, but also enjoyed the upbeat sounds of DJ and drummer duo, Deep Pocket and the refreshingly new R&B voice of Candace, an up and coming songstress and USC student. Keeping in spirit with the business of fashion, there were fashion vendors available for guests to shop and browse.
The runway show also doubled as a model competition where a judging panel comprised of local and regional fashion favorites selected five models to walk the All Aboard Fashion runway, and one model to be Fall in Love with Fashion Miss Congeniality 2013. The judges’ panel consisted of Adrien “Vonyetta” Lake, on air radio personality at HOT 103.9; Alicia Zeigler, founder of Columbia Fashion Week, the Columbia Fashion Alliance and owner of FFS Model and Talent Agency; and Angela “Gigi” LaBord, owner of Fancy Girl Creative and founder of Miss Fancy Threads blog.
Notable guests included Nathalie Gregg, author of Leading in Stilettos; Rashon Carraway, fashion and design expert and creator of Mr. Goodwill Hunting blog; and Janet Parker, news anchor at WACH Fox.
“Fall in Love with Fashion is our first major signature event in Columbia. Next year we look forward to doing it even bigger and better,” stated Strickland.
To learn more about Fall in Love with Fashion, visit http://mahoganyme.wix.com/all-aboard-fashion#!fall-in-love/c13gl.