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CFW: Emerging Designers Announced


CFW: Emerging Designers Announced

IMG_9821_1_0_0While there are still a few months until the much anticipated 2015 Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week, for now we can get our fix upon the announcements of featured designers, fashion panelists and most recently contestants in the Emerging Designer Competition. Officially named the Emerging Designer Competition: East by Benefitfocus, the event gives opportunity for young designers to show their collections on a nationally recognized runway in front of leading fashion insiders. The Top 20 Designers were carefully chosen from over 170 applicants who applied for this unique experience. Previous winners and contestants have been featured on media outlets such as CNN, VOGUE, Marie Claire, ELLE, WWD and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Their collections have been picked up by nationwide stores such as Anthropologie, BARNEY’S New York and Neiman Marcus.

The fashion panel, that will select the Grand Prize Winner at the end of the week, is again headed by fashion icon and New York Fashion Week creator, Fern Mallis and includes well-known designers Todd Snyder, David Hart, Hunter Bell, Charles Harbison, Lindsey Carter, Katherine McDonald and fashion blogger, Andrea Serrano. The Emerging Designer Grand Prize Winner will receive a prize package worth more than $25,000- the largest grand prize in the competition’s history. It will include a chance to be a featured designer at CFW 2016, an internship during New York Fashion Week 2015 and a once-in–a-lifetime opportunity for a private lunch with Fern Mallis.

The 2015 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists chosen to debut their collections at CFW 2015 are:

Christian Caldwell Tennessee

Sarah Hazel Cannon & Rachel Cole Cannon North Carolina

Sara Ellis Clark North Carolina

Casey Crespo North Carolina

Amanda Dreesen North Carolina

Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik New York

Gloria Forehand New York

Johanna Hickey & Orea Guthrie Georgia

Caroline Hulsey Georgia

Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton New York & Pennsylvania

Annina King Pennsylvania

Julie Le & Sean Mueller North Carolina

Dinah Lightsey South Carolina

Gabrielle Mandel Pennsylvania

Christopher John Rogers Georgia

Roy Blake Smith New Jersey

Sydney Smith North Carolina

Richelle Valenzuela New York

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman Georgia

Elyssa Wingard South Carolina


Visit the Emerging Designer’s page on the Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week website to see more details on each designer and their collection.

Tickets for Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting

Photo Credit: Leigh Moose

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