When the lights went up at Marion Square on March 22, the well-coiffed crowd stood in awe of what these novice designers had to show the world. With Charleston Fashion Week serving as the hopeful launching pad for many dreams, Mary Katherine Schweitzer, Siobhan Murphy, Hope Wallace, Kendra Duplantier and Roz Morris put their art out into the world. Each collection outdid the other in so many ways, but the clear winners came from the South.
Siobhan Murphy won for emerging designer of the night and will be competing
tonight for the Emerging Designer winner for 2013. With her Downton Abbey inspired
women’s wear, she brought a rugged femininity to life. Picture velvet waist coasts fit for
a day of side-saddle hunting with the foxes, impeccable tailoring, and volumes of tulle.
Siobhan Murphy calls Charleston, SC home and presented her collection ReTulled to
an oggling and receptive audience.
Every night, the people are allowed to vote for their favorite emerging designer,
and the overwhelming consensus was a big win for Hope Wallace. A studied designer
from Savannah, GA, Hope claimed to focus on research for her pieces. Research into
the art deco movement, which her clothes embodied impeccably. It was a nod to mod
with ultra feminine dresses, blouses and colorblocking elegance. Picture Mad Men in 5
to 10 years. Hope snagged the People’s Choice win and will move on to compete for
the People’s Choice winner tonight.
Of course, talent walked rampant on the runways last night, but the ladies of
South Carolina and Georgia really made fashion come to life. Their pieces were
wearable, chic, and styled to perfection. It’s designers like Siobhan and Hope that make
the fashion world excited for what’s to come.