News > CFW Friday Night Recap 3.22

The tents and style lounge at Charleston Fashion Week on Friday Night were alive with street style chatter, talk of the evening’s Emerging Designers, Rock The Runway Modeling Competition and attending celebrity fashion panelists.

After three days of show-stopping fashion, the crowds at Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week only wanted more – and more was exactly what they got.

Mary Katherine Schweitzer

The show opened with Manhattan-based Emerging Designer Mary Katherine Schweitzer, who showed an ultra-modern women’s wear collection that blended color-blocked cutout separates with pleated and fringed neoprene dresses. Her blouses, jackets, skirts and shifts were each tailored with high shoulder silhouettes that evoked a strong feeling of masculinity and futurism.

Siobhan Murphy

Siobhan Murphy

Immediately after, Emerging Designer and winner of Friday Night’s semi-finalists, Siobhan Murphy, sent a whimsical collection of white and black structured chiffon gowns, lace tutus, and velvet skirts and pant suits down the runway, that were as romantic and ethereal as they were dark and eccentric. Inspired by couturier designers Alexander McQueen and Madeleine Vionnet, Murphy’s playful twist on couture textures and silhouettes had the audience turning heads and snapping photos of her women’s ready-to-wear collection.

Friday night’s People’s Choice winner, Hope Wallace, received the strongest reaction from the crowd with an intoxicating collection of swim and resort-wear reminiscent of the Pop Art and Art Deco periods. Each piece that went down the runway burst with chic and playful geometric lines paired perfectly with a contrast of pastel and primary colors. The ladies in the crowd were nodding heads, smiling, clapping and taking photos of her collection, which was not only amazing, it was the most wearable of all the emerging designer collections that went down the runway.

Roz Morris

Emerging Designers Kendra Duplantier showed a contemporary collection of women’s wear, composed mostly of a slate blue, black and white color palette. Her pieces were simple and clean, but lacked the show-stopper quality seen in the previous contestants. Finally, Roz Morris sent out what she described as a snow storm-inspired collection with medieval pieces that blended silver metallics, bronze and blue pastels into her gowns, flowy dresses and empire waist skirts with dramatic lace headpieces to convey her concept.

Aspiring models competing for a chance to win a cash prize and serious industry connections in the Rock the Runway Competition also strutted their stuff in front of a highly critical audience, but did an incredible job of wowing the audience with their walks and gorgeous profiles. Nearly all the models received loud shouts and cheers, but it was female model Makenna Reeder and male model James Hong, who stole the judge’s hearts and took away the grand prize.

Anthony Azzuolo

The night closed with featured designer Antonio Azzuolo’s menswear collection a.a. Antonio Azzuolo. The expert tailor and former Design Director for Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Black Label showed a collection of tailored jackets, printed short suits, fitted checked trousers, unbuttoned shirts and styles that could be worn be either men or women.

words and photos: Sonia Hendrix 

Posted on March 26, 2013 by admin.

Categories: Review, Wearable Art

Tags: Ayoka Lucas, Baker Motor Company, CFW, Charleston Fashion Week, Cynthia Bailey, Siobhan Murphy, Wearable Arts

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