Winging It

There’s nothing that I love more than to connect with emerging talent.  Saturday night at Charleston Fashion Week I wanted to represent a few former SCAD students who are creating innovative accessories that are being sold right here in Charleston.  Catie Curran creates her signature jewelry from elytra, the hardened forewings of beetles.  The vibrant color can be mistaken for a man made material, but in fact it’s nature’s beauty.  She is also a metalsmith who creates brass, bronze and jewelry inspired by other elements in nature such as dragonfly wings and branches.  She’s sold at Maris DeHart and apparently they can’t keep her beetle wing earrings in stock.

This custom bag was made by Ellia Wang with an original water color painting printed on leather by Daniel Velasco.  The good friends first met at SCAD and finally joined forces to create this beautiful bag now being sold at the Grand Bohemian Gallery.   Ellia Wang‘s modern accessories are a work of art and Daniel Velasco‘s illustrations are so inspiring.  They are a match made in fashion heaven.

The Goldbug Love Train Cuff is designed by local jewelry designer Mini Hay at Croghan’s Jewel Box.  The rings from Gold Creations are the perfect accent to any outfit.

I’m obsessed with this dress by Rachel Roy and I was excited to wear something from her since her runway show was that night at Charleston Fashion Week.  She was the nicest woman and gave the best advice to the Emerging Designers during the Judge Panel discussion.  Her Frida Kahlo, Mexican beachy inspired show was the perfect way to end Fashion Week and get ready for Spring!

Crepe dress with chiffon overlay by Rachel Roy $169 // Coxa beetle wing neckpiece and beetle wing earrings with rutile quartz $88 by Catie Curran from Maris DeHart // Ellia Wang x Daniel Velasco Sharp Wristlet bag from Grand Bohemian Gallery // 14k gold rings from Gold Creations // Goldbug Love Train Cuff by Mini Hay $160 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Similar shoes by Vince Camuto at DSW $59.95 // RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Luminizer $15 from Anthropologie

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Taking the Plunge

Friday night at  Charleston Fashion Week was Mason Hosker‘s runway debut.   Of course I had to wear a dress by the local designer.  This one was quite special since it was one of a kind and named after me!  The structure of the bodice was the most flattering I’ve ever worn in a plunging neckline. Once you try on a Mason Hosker you’ll understand why it’s important to invest in a dress where fit and quality are impeccable.

I wanted to get a certain kind of updo and Christin at Dry Bar Charleston went above and beyond what I was thinking.  She gave me this modern twist to a retro style, something I could never have dreamed up or found on Pinterest.

With all the creme and blush tones I was wearing it was so easy to pick out a clutch from Taxidermy and jewelry from Ash Hoffman and Croghan’s Jewel Box.

“Andrea” dress by Mason Hosker $895 // “Maris” diamond earrrings $795 and custom diamond and amethyst stacked rings by Ash Hoffman // 18k moonstone diamond Moroccan ring $4,950, 18k morganite diamond hexagonal stone ring $1,840, sterling silver moonstone & topaz bangle $680, 18k diamond bangle $3,200, sterling silver moonstone white topaz bangle $570 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // “Harper” Natural Lizard clutch $895 by Taxidermy // “Aggie” rose gold pumps by Summit by White Mountain $179 from Zappos // “Wally” Phone Case by Distil Union $34.99 from Amazon // RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Luminizer $15 from Anthropologie

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by Christin Phoenix at Dry Bar Charleston

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Marble Top

Last Thursday night at Charleston Fashion Week I got decked out in Maris DeHart to represent their Style Makers tent.  They recreated their Vendue Shop in the middle of Marion Square complete with fixtures filled with items from featured designers – Hart Studio, Catie Curran, Naked Eyes, Ellia Wang, and Lisa Hoang; plus local makers Element Candles and art by Sam Rueter.

Maris DeHart is doing a special collaboration with 2016 CFW Emerging Designer Lisa Hoang for a capsule collection including this marble top that I was so excited to scoop up!  These earrings by Hart Studio were the perfect accent to my outfit.  Her tassel earrings are taking the town by a storm. I swear every other girl I saw at Fashion Week were wearing her earrings.

There’s nothing like piling on some diamond rings by Croghan’s Jewel Box to pair with this Antler Box by Taxidermy.  I definitely felt like a million bucks.

Marble top by Lisa Hoang x Maris DeHart $178, Pants by Do + Be $118, Berg + Betts watch $128, Earrings by Hart Studio $54 from Maris DeHart // Goldbug cuff $250, 14k diamond Tahitian pearl ring $485, Labradorite diamond ring $2,825, 14k moonstone diamond ring $2,900 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Antler Box clutch $695 by Taxidermy // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom // Pink robe coat from The Trunk Show

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Shagadelic

It was a chilly start to Charleston Fashion Week last Tuesday with cold temps that threw everyone’s spring outfits off.  Luckily it was Dandy Boutique’s runway show night and they had this fun jacket and knit dress in stock for me to wear.  I loved helping out Holly McGetrick, the owner of Dandy, with her runway looks.  It was fun styling the retro models alongside Daniel Velasco.

I went for some rose gold accents with this Wise Wear smart bracelet, rings by Gold Creations and Ash Hoffman.  This new 2 Tassel clutch by Taxidermy set it off.  I’m a sucker for anything Taxidermy so stay tuned for my fun bags that I paired with my Fashion Week looks this week!

Dress by Everly $58 and fringe jacket by Traffic People $114 from Dandy Boutique // Sunglasses from Maris DeHart // Earrings by Elizabeth & James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Clear quartz spike ring $50, double row rose gold ring with cz $30, double band rose gold ring with cz $30 from Gold Creations // Diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // 2 Tassel Clutch by Taxidermy $1,295 // Wise Wear Smart Bracelet in Calder Rose Gold $325 from Saks 5th Avenue // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Leo & Sage at CFW

Charleston native Pauline Sokol Nakios made her runway debut with her clothing line Leo & Sage at Charleston Fashion Week.  Her carefully curated collection of luxury knits and textiles are essentials for every wardrobe.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Julep Boutique at CFW

Local boutique Julep mixed it up on the runway at  Charleston Fashion Week with resort ready looks.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Dandy Boutique at CFW

Local boutique Dandy dazzled the runway with their retro inspired looks at  Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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