The fashion marathon begins tomorrow with Charleston Fashion Week. Tuesday – Saturday several shows will be walking down the runway every night. In it’s 10th year, the tradition continues with local boutiques having a strong presence on the runway. The retail scene is growing strong and it’s always nice to see a mix of new shops with the more established stores that represent Charleston’s new identity.
Tuesday, March 15th
Bits of Lace always kicks off the 1st round of shows on the opening night. The well established lingerie store will be collaborating with TAXIDERMY accessories and Shoes on King for a colorful and sexy show of intimates and accessories that pack a punch.
Ibu will debut a brand new collection of global glam clothing and accessories paired with Brother Vellies shoes. This 1 year old store on Lower King is making major waves locally and nationally with no stop in sight.
Trés Carmen is the James Island based boutique that carries sought after brands that the locals are shopping for. They’re mix of casual everyday wear and cocktail dresses gives the ladies plenty of options.
Mt. Pleasant based boutique 7Gypsy is your destination for everything boho chic. From floral maxi dresses to fringe everywhere, the shop stocks up clothing and accessories for your inner gypsy.
Wednesday, March 16th
Lake City based boutique Mosaic is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Charleston. They stock up on fashion forward women’s clothing and accessories that rival any big city boutique.
National brand Ike Behar has been outfitting well dressed men everywhere for decades. Their Charleston outpost offers classic tailoring for the distinguished gentleman.
MOSA Boutique which is located on Upper King, stocks up on contemporary men’s and women’s clothing. Modern silhouettes and on-trend clothing is their main staple as well as offering some of the hottest accessories in town.
Friday, March 18th
New kid on the block, Beckett Boutique recently opened last fall but is quickly making a name for themselves. Always offering a fresh color palate with up and coming brands, their chic shop embodies the modern woman.
Charleston’s only local department store, Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant offers everything under the sun. They maintain a wide variety of clothing and accessories for men and women with their frequent buying trips to NYC.
Saturday, March 19th
House of Sage is the go to shop downtown for trendy looks that won’t break the bank. Their boho vibe mixed with streetwear will keep you hip all year round.
Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Hair and Makeup by Ashley Brooke Perryman, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Produced by Inventive Environments, Models – Allie Newman, Colton Donaldson, Anna Holloway, Morgan Brown, Savanna Stephens, Jeffrey Sledden
Valentine’s gift ideas from local shops in Charleston.
1st Row: Voluspa candle in Aurantia and blackberry $35 from Stella Nova Charleston PH: 843-884-3838 // Julie Vos Mosaic necklace $179 from Shirtini PH: 843-259-5243 // “Always and Forever” art print by Rifle Paper Co. $24 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927
2nd Row: Minimalist ring holder in navy $18 from Open Door Shop PH: 843-872-6469 // Lace bra $154 and lace thong $82 by Marie Jo from Bits of Lace PH: 843-531-6625 // Gin Fizz by Lubin perfume $160 from Lily PH: 843-577-7633
3rd Row: Lindsay Cowles bowtie and cummerbund set $270 from Noddy PH: 843-872-6094 // Rose Gold heart earrings $45 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // What I Love About Us book $12 from Lulu Burgess PH: 843-405-1221
Life’s little luxuries don’t always have to break the bank. This week I round up some of my favorite items from local boutiques starting under $40.
Clockwise: Kilsmos goatskin chair, light $600 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Cabochon blue topaz and diamond starburst earrings $1,250 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Fringe boots by Sam Edelman $175 from Shoes on King PH: 843-718-2190 // Vintage crystal clasp pearl bracelet $36 from Lulu Burgess PH: 843-405-1221 // Marie Jo Alessandra Shapewear Bodysuit $207 from Bits of Lace PH: 843-531-6625 // Criss Cross Ring $55 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Barocko candle $65 from Lily Charleston 843-577-7633 // Lilac purse by Meli Melo $517 from Beckett Boutique PH: 843-405-1105
Nightgown/cover-up by Celestine $203 and swimsuit by Eres $506 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // 14K Gold charms $295-$1,350 each, 14K gold triple link charm bracelet $3,650, 14k gold Griffon ring $925, 14k gold twisted rope band $350, 14k gold rope ring $150 and $300, 14k Charleston Gates pendant necklaces $295-$690 each from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Sandals by Ivy Kirzhner from Shoes on King PH: 843-718-2190
Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova
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Lace Bra by Empreinte $167 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Lace Top by Heidi Elnora from Southern Protocol // Jeans by Signature 8 $68 House of Sage PH: 843-573-7256 // Jeweled Earring used as a button from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Poppy Ring $250 and Petal Earrings by Daphne Olive $88 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Ring $268 from The Hidden Countship // Snake Skin Suede Shoes by Prada $698 from The Trunk Show PH: 843-722-0442 // Bag by Ted Baker $160 from Warren on King PH: 843-725-9144
Beauty: Terracotta 4 seasons bronzing powder and lip gloss #420 by Guerlain, nail polish by Yves Saint Laurent from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776 // Lipstick in “Ring of Fire” $20 from Birchbox
Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley, Style Assistant – Reed Sieber, Shot on location at The Vendue
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Clockwise from top: Dress by Mink Pink $79 from House of Sage PH: 843-573-7256 // Zippered makeup bag $8 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Creed fragrance in Spring Flower $175 Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776 // Relic flower band with diamonds by Jennifer Dawes $1,625 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Floral sneakers by Bucketfeet $74 from Shoes on King PH: 843-718-2190 // Empreinte Melody Boyshort Panty $118 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Daisy post earrings $105 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Birch Floral iPhone 6 case $36 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927
Clockwise from top: Bobbi Brown beach body oil $32 from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776 // Peak heart necklace, gold dipped by Dog Eared Jewelry $68 from Simply J Boutique PH: 843-641-0224 // Produce Candle in Wildflower from Candlefish $18 // Elizabeth and James Monroe Earrings $125 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Prima Donna Diamond Short Wrap Robe $260 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Branché Silk Charmeuse Eye Mask $42 from Lily Charleston PH: 843-577-7633 // Light peach Inca cuff by Lizzie Fortunato $195 from Hampden Clothing // What I Love About Mom book $10 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892