Charleston Fashion Week 2014

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Do you love fashion?  Of course you do!  Do you happen to be lucky enough to live near Charleston, SC?  I hope so because if you do, I have good news for you!

Charleston’s Fashion Week  is coming up soon.  Very soon actually.

When:  March 18-22, 2014 is going to be the date for one of the premier fashion events in the U.S.!

What:  Charleston Fashion Week was named the Biggest Style Event in the South by The Daily South and profiled on CNN, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties and press events.

The 2013 fashion week featured more than 45 runway shows, Charleston Weddings Magazine’s Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, Rock the Runway Model Competition™, and the Mother-Daughter Night (March 19 at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre).  Accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers and models, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events.

Each night Charleston Fashion Week will feature runway shows by five emerging designer contestants, select local retailers, and featured designers, headlined by Timo Weiland on Saturday March 22, 2014.

The full featured designer schedule is as follows:

  • – Tuesday, March 18 Afriyie Poku – 2013 CFW Emerging Designer Winner
  • – Wednesday, March 19 David Hart
  • – Thursday, March 20 Hunter Bell
  • – Friday, March 21 Brandon Sun
  • – Saturday Mid-Day, March 22 (Bridal) Featured Style Icon – Mark Ingram
  • – Saturday, March 22 (Finale) Timo Weiland

In addition to the schedule above, twenty emerging designers will be competing throughout the week to make it to the finals on Saturday, March 22, 2014 and be crowned the Grand Prize Winner. Competing for a prize package valued at over $20,000, the Emerging Designer Winner will be judged by a VIP Fashion Panel, headlined by Fern Mallis (the Creator of New York Fashion Week, host of 92Y Fashion Icons series & SiriusXM Fashion Insiders w/Fern Mallis), and includes some of the designers above as well as designer Antonio Azzuolo.


You, of course!  You can purchase your own Charleston Fashion Week tickets at

About Karen Lee Grybowski

Karen Lee Grybowski has discovered, coached and promoted many of the fashion industry’s top models, such as Carolyn Murphy and Oluchi, at the onset of their careers. She served as the director of scouting for Wilhelmina, Pauline and Elite Model Management and spent 15 years travelling the globe, looking for new faces and empowering young women by helping them develop a sense of health, wellness, style and confidence. In 2009, Karen went out on her own and started the Karen Lee Group (KLG), a scouting firm that places the models it discovers with major model agencies around the world. KLG also offers consultations and workshops for those who desire or need coaching in modeling or who wish to pursue other career opportunities within the modeling industry.

About Sebastian Smith

Born in Biloxi, Miss., and reared in cities throughout Europe, Sebastian Smith has continued his travels into adulthood, always with a keen eye in search of beauty. His extensive portfolio includes work for clients such as Valentino in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria’s Secret and Diesel for Zoot magazine out of Lisbon. He has photographed a number of celebrities, including Stephanie Szostak for Details, Kim Kardashian for Socialite Style and Yara Martinez and Gillian Jacobs for B/W/R and ID public relations firms, and shot a campaign for INGLOT cosmetics that will be featured in Times Square this spring {I just have to interject that I love INGLOT!!!  If you’ve never checked them out before now you should. Here’s a picture from Instagram of one of INGLOT’s eye color palettes I own.  By the way you can follow me on Instagram here and follow the Charleston Fashion Week Instagram account here.}.  Sebastian recently moved to Charleston and now divides his time between Brooklyn and the Lowcountry.

About Christina Zapolski

After walking for Charleston Fashion Week® 2012 as a top-10 finalist in the Rock the Runway Model Competition™, Christina signed with Ford Models. Since then, she has worked for clients including Chloe, Lanvin, Chanel and Bluefly; walked for Mercedes-Benz Swim Week in Miami and Fashion Week in New York; and been featured on the pages of Fitness and Self magazines, among others. The Charleston resident is also a part-time student at Fordham University, continuing her studies toward a degree in communications. Last November, Christina was crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2014.

Where:  Under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC.

Why – Charleston Fashion Week’s Mission & Goal:

  • • To produce, manage, and organize a world-class annual fashion event in Charleston, SC
  • • Showcase emerging designer and model talent, truly becoming a “pathway to New York”
  • • Increase awareness and media impressions for sponsors, runway participants, and local retailers
  • • Increase economic development for the region’s fashion, design, and retail communities

Stay up to date on the latest CFW info by following them on Twitter!  If any of you attend CFW, and I hope you do, please tag me on your photos so I can check them out.  I look forward to seeing them!

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My “rock star look” consisted of a navy tea-length dress paired with navy kitten heels.  My shoes had a small diamond accent on the top to match my sparkly dress and faux diamond jewelry.  This look is very easy for anyone to replicate!


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Go here to enter to win a trip to Fashion Week now!  Hurry,  this event is right around the corner and you only have until January 28, 2012 to enter.  Good luck!