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):
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!