Monthly Archives: March 2013

Southern Style Fashion Week

This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 7th Annual Charleston Fashion Week.  In addition to attending the shows, I was thrilled that Ritual Beauty was able to be a sponsor of the model gift bag.  Approximately 200 models arrived in Charleston early last week to walk the runway for 25 designers from all over the country.  After all, nothing quite goes better together than fashion and beauty.  And there was no shortage of either during the event.

Samples for model gift bags

Samples for model gift bags

The event began last Tuesday but I didn’t arrive until Thursday.  Each night, 5 emerging designers showcased a sampling of their designs.  At the end of the night, a People’s Choice winner was announced as well as a finalist chosen by a panel of fashion experts to move onto the finale show.  Saturday night concluded with all the finalists showcasing their entire collection and the grand prize winner being chosen.  Afriyie Poku from Atlanta was announced as the winner of the Emerging Designer Competition as well as the People’s Choice vote for his spectacular menswear collection.

Afriyie Poku announced as the winner of the Emerging Designer Competition

Afriyie Poku announced as the winner of the Emerging Designer Competition

In addition to the emerging designers, there was a featured designer every night.  Hannah Goff, neve/hawk, Anne Barge, Antonio Azzuolo, Libertine and Christian Siriano all showcased their fabulous collections.

On Friday night, there was Rock the Runway, a competition for up and coming models.  It really was exciting to see young designers and models knowing that one day, they may grace the pages of Vogue.

With Cynthia Bailey, one of the judges for the model competition

With Cynthia Bailey, one of the judges for the model competition

It was truly an amazing experience to be a part of, both as a spectator and a participant, and I’m already looking forward to next year!