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This past week, I got to check off one of my top bucket list items: attending New York Fashion Week. Not only did I attend, I had the honor of being a part of local designer K. Cooper Ray’s Social Primer presentation, where he debuted his solo line of ties, bow ties, and blazers to the fashion world.

Cooper’s line was inspired by the city of Charleston and all of the preppiness found on the College’s fraternity row. So we brought the color, the character, and the charm of Charleston to New York in a Greek-inspired presentation (full of the hottest male models/men I’ve ever seen). The room was packed with the fashion elite: editors from GQ, Women’s Wear Daily, LA Times, Charleston Magazine- everyone was there. The presentation was a huge success. Yay for SP!
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Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray

Mara Hoffman

During my free time, I was able to attend a few shows in the tents at Lincoln Center, including Mara Hoffman and Vlov-Qing Qing Wu. Sitting second row behind Justin Doss of GQ and Jay Alexander from American’s Next Top Model was pretty darn thrilling. My fashion dreams came true.
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But the most amazing part of my New York experience? It wasn’t the models or the fashion. It was seeing the support and love from the Charleston community at the Social Primer presentation. Charleston-based makeup artist Ashley Brook Perryman was on site for makeup and grooming, Charleston Fashion Week‘s Model Coordinator Joe Quinn helped with set up (well into the wee hours of the morning) and production, Charleston-boy Matthew Accetta, now at Sports Illustrated in New York, helped with ironing and steaming. The fabulous Ayoka Lucas stopped in to show her support, as did CFW 2012 judge Cameron Silver and local model Justin Walczuk. It was incredible to see so many familiar faces in a room almost 800 miles away.

The SP Family


New York was everything I had hoped it would be: glamorous, exciting, and awe-inspiring. But I must say, I’m glad to be back in my Holy City where pedicabs roam instead of budget-breaking taxis, Bud Lights don’t cost an arm and a leg, and the bars don’t care if I’m on “the list.”
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Words: Janae Tanti 

Posted on September 14, 2012 by admin.

Categories: Wearable Art

Tags: Ayoka Lucas, K. Cooper Ray, New York Fashion Week, Social Primer

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