Emerging Designers Rule the Runway at Charleston Fashion Week

Sixteen designers, over four nights, ruled the Charleston Fashion Week runway. This was a collective group of talent that wowed audiences the likes of Fern Mallis, Bibhu Mohapatra, Rachel Roy and a tent full of buyers, bloggers and fashionistas. Designer Andrew Clancy exploded on the runway with his punk-chic army of sequins, while (overall winner) Viviane Hamilton sizzled in red drama with gathers and ruching.

Charleston Fashion Week reviews an overwhelming number of applicants for the coveted runway slots and choose only the very best. These designers bring a fresh perspective and authentic vision to fashion. They are not afraid to experiment, question or express themselves. The emerging designers referenced architecture, foreign cultures and explored the essence of textiles. We saw menswear, womenswear and gender-neutral design. The emerging designer collections are about thoughts and ideas as much as they are about clothes.

As long as Charleston Fashion Week continues to provide a platform, the future of fashion has a home.

Photos: Side yard Studios.