Though we like to think of Charleston as the most fashionable city in the southeast, it’s our sister city, Savannah, that’s styling this week. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is hosting its annual SCAD Style Week this week, featuring a slew of noteworthy designers and style connoisseurs.
Included among these fashion experts is Domenico De Soto, former Gucci Group president, who helped Tom Ford establish his brand, Tom Ford International. De Soto now serves as the chairman at Tom Ford International and will lecture about the lessons he’s learned in the fashion industry at SCAD’s Museum of Art today at 3 p.m. on Tues. April 16.
Later on Tuesday, SCAD School of Fashion Dean Michael Fink will accompany filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland for the screening and discussion of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel at 6 p.m. in the museum.
On Wednesday, the SCAD Art Museum will host several more fashionable lectures. They begin with words from design consultant Keith Granet on “Why Creatives Must Build a Business Entourage” at 11:30 a.m. Following Granet is interior designer Charlotte Moss with “What Sparks Your Creativity?” at 3 p.m. Wednesday night, fashion consultant Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week, will join renowned fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a discussion about their experience in the industry. These fiercely iconic women have much wisdom to impart upon anyone with an interest in design. Their conversation begins at 6 p.m. at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Thursday, get the scoop on Garden & Gun, the go-to magazine for southern culture and arts. The panel discussion will consist of the magazine’s president and CEO Rebecca Wesson Darwin, editor David DiBenedetto, brand development director Jessica Derrick, art director Marshall McKinney, and senior style editor M.K. Quinlan. If you’ve got any interest in the magazine business, get to the museum by 11:30 a.m. Thursday for this talk on “The Future of the Lifestyle Magazine.” In the afternoon, architect and designer Asif Khan will lecture "Seeing and Created" at 3 p.m. in the museum. Neil Denari, architect at NDMA, will follow in the evening with "Apperiences" at 6 p.m.
Friday begins with a conversation between California-based design writer Zahid Sardar and furniture designer Dakota Jackson at SCAD’s student center at 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Gina Sanders, president and CEO at Fairchild Fashion Media will lecture on “The Power of ‘And’” at SCAD’s student center. Over at Poetter Hall, interior designer Nathan Turner will lecture at the same time. Friday wraps at 5 p.m. with a trunk show, “Fleabags,” from Shira Entis.
For more information about what’s going on at SCAD style week, check out scadstyle.com.
Drift, the newest addition to Mt. Pleasant's shopping scene, is opening at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. this weekend.
Owner Russell Robinson created Drift with Charleston’s travelers and beach dwellers in mind. “My fiance and I were in Hawaii for four years, where I managed the Volcom store and she opened a women’s boutique,” Robinson says. “We traveled a lot, and between that and our experience with managing stores, we decided to open Drift in Charleston.”
Their grand opening is 4-8 pm on Sat. Apr. 6. Expect music, giveaways, drinks, and an after-party at Triangle Bar, next door. “For women, we focus on bikinis, especially by Citrine which just launched at Fashion Week. We also have dress tops, jean shorts, and body gloves,” Robinson says. “For men, we have board shorts, T-shirts, hats, and more!”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DriftCharleston843.
Cold temperatures threatened to ruin everyone’s evening, but the crowds at Friday night of Charleston Fashion week surged. It was an excuse to bring out the furs and leather to keep yourself warm.
The first retailer presentation was from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant. They chose to accentuate their show with a live gospel choir dressed in white robes. It was a rather amusing dichotomy that their first look was a leather clad swimsuit model wearing a giant gold cross necklace — we were reminded of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video. The retailer did a fabulous job of presenting what they have in store in an interesting and thoughtful manner.
V2V, the second retailer, trotted out a show of boho chic and '70s styles that any College of Charleston co-ed is sure to snap up.
Emerging designer Mary Katherine Schweitzer told the audience she wanted to show a futuristic and experimental look. What followed was an interesting mix of neoprene foam, fringe, and leather. The clashing combination of textures made for a presentation that we all closely scrutinized — mostly because we all wanted to feel the fabrics for ourselves. While the looks weren’t entirely wearable, they did keep us entertained.
Siobhan Murphy, from Charleston, said she imagined an Autumn trip to the English countryside to a house full of demented ballerinas for her collection. We collectively braced ourselves for a wild show. However, it was more demure than the description. Murphy likes to work with tutus, but we much preferred everything else in her collection not covered in tulle. Rich velvet jackets with interesting pleating and full-length silk gowns would be welcome in any socialite’s closet. Bowler hats, black eyes, and a droog in a tutu nodded to “A Clockwork Orange” and brought together the “demented” aspect of her presentation. Murphy would go on to win the judge’s choice for the evening.
The Rock the Runway model competition broke up the emerging designer shows and we all cheered for our favorites. Makenna Reeder and James Hong would later go on to win.
We could easily see Hope Wallace’s collection on the streets of Charleston. She intended the white, yellow, and blue color blocking to give an art deco feel, but we saw it more as a coastal look — the white short shorts and jacket combo was a perfect summer fête by the pool outfit. The audience must have thought the same as they voted her for the people’s choice winner for the evening.
Kendra Duplantier showed our favorite look for the evening. Her final look was an asymmetrical jumper with one sleeve and half-covered in a lightweight skirt, which reinforced the pants under the dress trend we’ve been seeing in editorials for the spring. Her looks showed a minimalist approach to dressing that we think would be popular with a more mature client. Leathers, light blue fabrics (was that silk or denim?), and a muted palette came together for a cohesive and sophisticated collection.
Roz Morris talked about ice caves, John Singer Sargent, medieval armor, and “art come to life” in her video and her presentation that followed was just as convoluted. Fabrics resembling chain maille, tie-dyed skirts, and leathers created some clashing looks. The shape of Morris’ gowns were lovely, but the fabric choice was too jarring for us.
The featured designer of the evening was Antonio Azzuolo. He showed his Spring 2013 menswear collection. We were most interested in how he changed the typical three-piece suit by draping the vest into something that almost resembled a robe. We also applaud his decision to use female models to rock a few of his looks.
We didn’t see the same maturity from the emerging designers on Friday as we did on Thursday. There were a few too many unfinished hems and crooked seams among the looks, but we’ll be interested to see what they’ll be showing in the years to come.
Find photos from the night here.
Wednesday night's Charleston Fashion Week show had the three Bs: Babies, boobs, and buff dudes. And really, that's all you need at a fashion show, right?
We jest, of course. There were plenty of great clothes at the show — they just tended to get upstaged by their models every now and then.
Jamie Lin Snider started things off with a delightfully vampy show that did not disappoint. An Emerging Designer finalist in 2010, Snider owns a vintage shop on King Street, and she's been busy crafting an all-new collection for spring/summer. The line was diverse, with everything from a full-skirted, backless 1950s-esque green dress to a high-necked sheer gown with strategically placed embroidery. There wasn't a weak link in the show.
Next up was the Ike Behar show, hosted by a King Street menswear store. Although I'm no expert on suits, I will say that they're pretty awesome when worn by adorable little boys. Ladies also whooped for the shirtless dudes, of course.
The Emerging Designer Competition started off with Serena da Conceicao, an FIT-trained Brooklyn-based designer who draws inspiration from her Brazilian roots. Conceicao's training and years of experience were evident in her polished collection inspired by the power suit. Seabrook Island's Lulu Long, the only semi-local designer in the competition, was up next with her children's collection. Once again, the cute kids stole the show, but the clothes — screenprinted T-shirts, cargo pants, basic dresses — looked like they could have come from the mall.
Korean-born Hyemin Cho, a SCAD grad now based in New York, presented a mostly black collection with clean, almost boxy silhouettes and splashes of stained glass-like color. Then Durham couple Clarissa Aroncena and Bryan Datinguinoo gave us their line inspired by the Industrial Revolution's working class — but the tweed pants and plain button-ups just felt boring. The night's competition wrapped up with Cassidy Elizabeth-Mae Brown, a Florida-based SCADer who called her inspiration "Tribal Royale." Models sporting massive headdresses and dramatic gowns had the audience hollering for more. Brown went on to win the people's choice award, while Serena da Conceicao was the judges' pick.
The night ended on a high note with a show from local children's line neve/hawk. The kids were cute, but they didn't upstage the well-crafted clothes, from striped legging and gold velvet shorts to sweet little harem pants and structured coats. We just wish they made them in our size.