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CFW continues with Belk Night under the tents in Marion Square.

Last night’s show was a little different. Belk Night featured four Emerging Designers, two Retailer shows, and the Art Institute of Atlanta and Art Institute of Charleston shows, featuring looks by recent grads. The Style Lounge was oh-so-tempting with great regional designers like Francis + Benedict, Autumn & Parr, 3 Little Beads, Royal Peasantry, Barry Beaux, and Bella Decor.

We particularly loved seeing CFW alum Troubadour represented in the Success Tent with three looks on display. One very patient model was flanked by two mannequins; it felt like a museum display of Troubadour’s designs, very chic way of celebrating Troubadour’s success since competing as a CFW Emerging Designer years ago.

The Belk Tent was filled with great hors d’ouevres, drinks, Lilly Pulitzer everywhere, including a live and two lady DJ’s killing it. It also provided reprieve from the ‘noseeums.’

The Belk shows and the Lilly Pulitzer shows were lovely, with looks that you are literally Ready To Wear, but the real artistry was featured in the Emerging Designer and Art Institute of Charleston and Atlanta student shows.

Brendan Combs‘s graffiti-covered street punk clothes were masculine, even the ones on the women. Loads of black, leather,  ripped clothes exposing hips, ass-less chaps over lip-front leather briefs…yes, we said it. It was gutter-punk androgyny-sexy.

We think that Jamie Morrison was robbed last night. Her looks were consistent, dramatic, and very attractive. The structured dresses complemented with asymmetrical flowing chiffon amped up the drama in a modern and empowering way. We would totally wear several of these looks straight away.

Jessica Lache Folks was the big winner of the night, garnering both People’s Choice and the Judges selection, so she will move on to show again at Saturday’s Fashion Finale.

Lauren Stilwell was the final Emerging Designer to take the stage.

Our biggest complaint was that they didn’t show the names and number to text in our People’s Choice after the final Emerging Designer walked. We’d been saving our vote for Jamie Morrison, but wanted to see all the Emerging Designers first, to be fair.

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Posted on March 20, 2016 by admin.

Categories: Review, Wearable Art

Tags: Art Institute Of Atlanta, Art Institute Of Charleston, Belk, Brendan Combs, Charleston Fashion Week, Jamie Morrison, Jessica Lacho Folks, Lauren Stillwell, Voss Water

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