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Hi Fashionista’s and Fashionisto’s!

Welcome to the College of Charleston Fashion Club blog

Here we will be making posts about all things Charleston fashion! i.e. spotlighting fashionable students, the seasons hottest trends, fashion events in Charleston and more!

Fashionably Yours,

Christina Marino and Cloie Ballard

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The Spring Issue: Review

The Spring Issue 2013: CofC Fashion Club: White on White

The Spring Issue 2013: CofC Fashion Club: White on White

The College of Charleston’s Fashion Club held its first ever runway show on April 6th in Stern Center Ballroom. It was entitled: The Spring Issue. Not only did we have red hot models and fierce fashions, but the club was dressed to kill as well. The collections shown were from stores located directly in Downtown Charleston. The stores shown were Banana Republic, White House/Black Market, and Haute Hanger. From these stores, we chose looks for casual wear, interview wear and graduation attire. These three looks are absolutely essential to have in any college student’s wardrobe.

The runways were divided up between men and women’s collections. For the women, I noticed a few particular trends. Denim was extremely popular. A cute denim jacket, especially if its cropped, adds a cute but edgy style to anyone’s wardrobe. The denim jackets shown at The Spring Issue had an extra spice with the  addition of studs on the sleeves. The women’s collections softened this hard denim look by adding strong floral prints. The prints gave a nice contrast and provided a stunning casual look.

The Spring Issue 2013: CofC Fashion Club: Color

The Spring Issue 2013: CofC Fashion Club: Color

Another trend I noticed was the ever popular spring trend of white on white. The white on white trend is perfect because it plays into the softness that is always in style for spring. The final trend presented for the women’s collection, and my personal favorite of the evening, was the soft pastel colors mixed with hard, bold metallic accents. I cannot say enough of how much I’m in love with this style choice. Bold jewelry statements can truly make or break an entire outfit, but match it with the right color shade and you have a bombshell outfit for any occasion.

The Spring Issue 2013: CofC Fashion Club: Denim

The Spring Issue 2013: CofC Fashion Club: Denim

The men’s collection was next. The men were in clothes provided by Banana Republic. This collection was very reliant on geometric strips. This is a very big trend on the runways right now. The color choices for the men’s wear collection were spectacular and ranged from soft, cool shades of blue and purple to bold, deep black and crisp white. Opening outfits were casual wear. They ranged from short sleeved button-ups to a jean pants and a deep navy sweater. The final pieces shown were suits. The suits shown were well tailored and fit the models perfectly. All in all, it was a fantastic show.

I can truly say that the show went off successfully and it was a great experience had by all. If you missed, not to worry because there is always next year! Go out, have fun, and style fashionable my friends.

Josh M.

 

Photos courtesy of Tiffany Greer “With Love Photography” 

Charleston Fashion Week: Review

Charleston Fashion Week. There are no words for how incredible it was. From the mixture of light and sound, to the glorious designers and red hot models that rocked the runways, everything was the picture of perfection. It was my first year attending this prestigious event and it surpassed everything I expected.

Charleston Fashion Week: Spring 2013: Belk

Charleston Fashion Week:
Spring 2013: Belk

Everyone who was in attendance was dressed in their absolute best. Especially the judges, including Fern Mallis and Ashanti wearing Christian Siriano.  Since this still is a trend report, I’ll talk about what the featured designers have in store for us for Spring/Summer 2013. To start off, I’ll talk about the designers whose collections were a big part of the Belks boutique here on King Street.

Charleston Fashion Week: Spring 2013: Christian Siriano

Charleston Fashion Week: Spring 2013: Christian Siriano

The Belks show seemed to be all about embracing the equal sides of masculinity and femininity. It had influenced that ranged from nautical to stunning florals. The use of pastel colors against hard backgrounds was absolutely flawless and kept close to the emerging Spring trends on the runways. This use of pastels and nautical blue and whites are an easy trend to incorporate into your own wardrobe.  Start with a striped navy and white sweater or shirt, not only are stripes completely in this year, but navy and white are timeless colors that can work anywhere you go.

The next designer that was featured in Charleston Fashion Week was Christian Siriano. I am a huge fan of his and have been ever since his debut on Project Runway. His show can be summed up in one word: magical.  His inspiration for the Spring collection was Degas’s Three Ballerina’s. Christian’s outfits were chic and feminine, graceful and demure. It was almost like watching a Ballet. Each outfit was connected yet so different. The color choices bespoke of spring, from the soft pink to the light, mossy greens. His influences and patterns are the perfect choices for Spring this year and can be (and should be) incorporated into any wardrobe.

Overall, the featured designers were incredible as were the emerging designers.  If any of you have a chance to go next year, then I strongly encourage it. Until then, stay cool, stay strong and be fashionable my friends.

Josh M.

For more information regarding Charleston Fashion Week please go to their website at www.charlestonmag.com/fashionweek