Charleston Fashion Week 2013

I’ve lived in Charleston five and a half years now and have watched Charleston Fashion Week expand from somewhat of a grassroots, homegrown fashion gathering to a full-fledged, nationally recognized event. An event, which this year, caught the attention of many reputable media outlets, CNN and The Huffington Post included.  Though it’s hard to imagine slim fitting clothes and Southern food going hand in hand, somehow there is something in the culture and energy in this city right now that is bolstering a blooming Southern fashion crowd, as well as attracting names from bigger fashion weeks (Fern Mallis) and designers from larger cities (Janie Bryant & Cynthia Rowley to name a couple).  I was sad to miss being here in person for this year’s CFW, but monitored its progress extremely closely via instagram from a very cold NYC, not without a few pangs of homesickness.  Most amazing this year, though, was Siobhan Murphy, a friend and former office mate who started conceiveing of her first collection back in our Broad Street studio.  To see her tutu-making evolve into Clockwork Orange cum Ralph Lauren-esque amazingness and hit the CFW runway was really impressive! Her collection was so STUNNING, she’s already received a shout-out from Garden & Gun.  (Hats made by Julia Pagan).

We did manage to sneak some Candy Shop Vintage into CFW, who better to rock our Collection than the Charleston Fashion Week Queen (and brainchild) Ayoka Lucas, pictured below with Fern Mallis in our gold Dragonfly Earrings (photo credit Hunter Boone):

Menswear had it’s first big year at Charleston Fashion Week as well, with the sweet and extremely talented Afriyie Poku, a crowd favorite winning for Emerging Designer (pictured below, photo credit Micah Mackenzie):

And over at the Charleston Library Society, menswear was having another Charleston moment in the perfectly preppy Southern gentleman style of K. Copper Ray of Social Primer:

Apparently, it was one of the highlights of the week. So, having missed all this, it was more than perfect to see Siobhan on the tail end of her major week who brought the sweetest belated birthday gift to my daughter Daphne, a mini couture tutu! Daphne was enchanted by it… and who wouldn’t be?  A tutu makes everything more fun!

A Giveaway From The Candy Shop Collection

We’ve partnered with one of our our favorite blogs, bijou and boheme to give away a pair of earrings from The Candy Shop Collection before they go on sale this spring.  This style is called The Dragonfly Earring. They have a wonderful, art deco design and a chic enough to wear with a cocktail dress and fun enough to throw on with a pair of jeans. Head over to Christine Dovey’s blog for details on how to win them:

Christine’s taste is impeccable and even though she has four (!!!) adorable kids, she still finds time to design a kitchen this beautiful, among other things.  You can see why we love her blog!:

A Magical Charleston Weekend

I think I live in one of the most beautiful places in the country and there are many that would agree. Likewise, all my friends outside of Charleston think we spend our weekends on horseback and on boats in between garden parties and luncheons and eating delicious farm-to-table food. That, of course, is the fantasy of Charleston, but every now and then I have one of those magical weekends that makes me think… maybe they are right?  I started this weekend off with a luncheon on Friday hosted by The Gibbes Museum of Art featuring guest speaker Cathy Horyn, the fashion critic for the NY Times.  She had plenty of hilarious stories about decades in the fashion industry as well as insightful commentary on the evolution of the business as it relates to technology.  And it’s fun pretending to be a lady who lunches for a brief afternoon (my friends Lindsay & Jackie, pictured below…)

Saturday I woke up and got my hair braided for a photo shoot with The Glitter Guide featuring Troubadour, my friend Lindsey Carter’s gorgeous clothing line I posted about last month. We were going to be out on the water so I figured a maze of braids was the only way to combat that, as I am curly by nature.  I got to wear her heavenly pink cocktail dress again…  Last time I wore the dress for an event, I squeezed into her sample size, but this time I indulged a bit at one of my favorite off-the-beaten-path Charleston food joints, The Butcher & Bee first so I was relieved to be able to wear my own size.  I’ll definitely be adding it to my Spring wardrobe… can’t imagine a more perfect Easter dress!

It was an absolutely PERFECT afternoon and I can’t wait to see the final feature… you might even spot some Candy Shop Vintage paired with Troubadour’s Spring 2013 Collection on some of Charleston’s leading lades ; )

Nothing like a little champagne in the sun after a day of “work”!

Finally, I ended the weekend with a St. Patrick’s day stroll around Colonial Lake, a more “local” Charleston hang-out with my husband and daughter and ordered our favorite pizza in Charleston (by way of NY of course). It was Daphne’s first time having Grimaldi’s and I think she liked it, can you tell?:

After she went to sleep (if you have or have had a one-year-old you know there is no getting anything done while they are awake!) I posted some more of the beautiful vintage watches we are carrying from The Pedre Watch Company.  I cannot even begin to explain how fabulous these watches are.  They are all true vintage bracelets, set (by Pedre) with brand new watch faces.  The design and quality of each piece is incredible, you really need to check all of them out here.  Also, each one is under warranty for two full years from the date of purchase since the timepiece itself is brand new – a win win!

– Deirdre Zahl, owner & designer, Candy Shop Vintage

A Sweet First Birthday

While this is a little off the topic of jewelry, I thought I would share this amazing birthday cake we had at my daughter Daphne’s first birthday party this past weekend:

The cake was made by Charleston’s Mirabelle Bakery, and was inspired by this cake I found on Pinterest. Sprinkles on the outside and rainbow on the inside and a cute (now) one-year-old to boot. Who could ask for anything more?

-Deirdre Zahl, Candy Shop Vintage owner & designer 

Spring Fashion Preview

Candy Shop Vintage is excited to be a part of Style Girl Jess James’s Spring Fashion Preview in Wilmington, NC this Thursday!

Come enjoy a presentation and style tips for Spring 2013, including a sneek peek at the rest of our vintage-inspired jewelry collection launching this April.  There will also be mini-makeovers, and, of course, champagne and dessert – everything a girl could want!  The Spring Preview Starts at 7:30 PM and doors close at 8:30 PM to kick off the fashion show.  If you live in the area, tickets are $25 and you can buy them here!