Style Swap a sweaty, aggressive affair 

Fashion event brings a ruthless crowd to ELA

One thing can surely be said about the September Style Swap at Eye Level Art on Thursday: everyone got the message, and everyone showed up. Your friend, sorority sister, boss, classmate, roommate, and perhaps any other fashionable, even if mildly so, person you've ever met in the Lowcountry was at the big event. We're only exaggerating slightly.

Guests enjoyed sipping complimentary wine from Social and eating decadent cupcakes from Sugar and Cupcake while perusing rack after rack of gently-used designer and vintage clothes, as well as a few too many unfortunate three-year-old outlet style pieces. Upon arrival, volunteers helped guests hang and rack clothes to be put on display for the swap.

From 7-8 p.m. everyone was allowed to look through racks of clothing, accessories, and shoes to get a feel for what items were available and where they wanted to place each of their five tags. Even then, the pressing crowd and warehouse heat made perusing the racks difficult. At about 8 p.m., the cat claws came out as 50 VIP guests were invited to begin "shopping" ten minutes before everyone else. Once an item received five tags, it was taken off the market and a random tag was chosen for a winner.

After about 10 minutes of VIP time, all women were invited to join in and mayhem ensued. Sweaty, focused fashionistas attempted not to spill their wine while staking their claim on their favorite pieces. MC Ayoka Lucas led a few rounds of musical chairs after the insanity died down. Throughout the game, players competed for clothes and accessories from local boutiques and designers. Note for the next Swap: musical chairs is where the real treasures are found ... you'll want to sign up for this game, no matter how ridiculous you may feel in the process. Following musical chairs, winners were announced as guests began to collect their new-to-them styles. At the end of the night, everyone walked away with something, even if it was just a fuzzy orange hat or a pair of earrings.


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