The runway shows have taken over the holy city! That right, we’re taking Charleston Fashion Week. From the tents in Marion square, this year the shows have taken over the city in a form of pop-up shows. BEAU got taste of this new plate.
The experience was everything you would expect from a New York Fashion week event, only this one comes with a modern southern twist. Greeted with a glass of champagne, you walked into a world of fashion! People were getting a last minute nail touch ups at a pop-up nail station, folks were posing by the Lexus Charleston cars and models, and to the corner was the legendary Daniel Velasco doing his famous fashion sketches. Unlike New York, this was a celebration of Charleston Fashion! People were severing looks; from high-end King Street couture, to vintage inspired ensembles straight from the racks of the Holy City Vintage Market. It seems like no matter where or who your outfit was from, you were welcomed into this pool of fashion.
The lights were dimming and we were asked to take our seats; the show was about to begin. While this was a women’s wear fashion event, you could tell the looks were curated to fit the modern southern women. The runway showcased looks not only for the modern women, but for the women who are parents, working moms, women going on vacation or going to an evening event, and even for women who have a more gender fluid style.
“I am so glad that they had looks that blurred the gender lines by showcasing looks that were a little more masculine, but obviously made for a women’s body.” One LGBT community member said. Without a doubt, these looks sent a message of empowerment for those who wear them.
Just as you thought the show was over, the CFW guest where surprised when the drag stars of Charleston took the stage! The House of Gem took over the runway!
This fashion week event was one to remember, but now what is next you might ask? Move over ladies, this one is for the fellas!
This time, the event will take place at the South Carolina Society Hall, focusing solely on fashion and style for the modern gentlemen. A set of runway shows kicks off with OOBE BRAND® featuring an array of classic American menswear for its first ever runway show. Then, UK-based designer Andrew Clancey – a former CFW Emerging Designer and crowd favorite – will thrill the audience with his signature brand, Any Old Iron. His red-carpet ready looks have been worn by celebrities from Lady Gaga and Beyoncé to Ozzy Osbourne and Shawn Mendez.
“Lexus CFW’s first-ever all men’s fashion show allows us to celebrate the modern, fashionable man through our runway and shopping experiences,” said Production Director Jacqueline Lawrence. “OOBE BRAND® will set a high bar, and Any Old Iron will dazzle with its rock-n-roll collection.”
Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail featuring Hudson Baby Bourbon and tasty bites from Martin’s BBQ Joint. Fashionistas can strike a pose at the #LexusCFW step and repeat and check out the latest boldly styled Lexus vehicles. An on-site casino will benefit Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC. Other experiences range from shopping and razor shaves to customized passports and a cigar rolling station. Passport and cigar stations brought to you by Hendrick Lexus Charleston.
Do we need to say anymore? Get your tickets to Lexus Charleston Fashion Week!
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Runway Images by Simon Li Photography