Since its inception Baker Motor Company: Charleston Fashion Week has made it their mission to showcase emerging designers all across the East Coast. Which is why the emerging designers competition is held in such high regard; seen as the catalyst for launching many a career for up-and-coming fashion designers. This year there are 16 semifinalist competing to win the following prizes: a private meeting with head of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis, private showing in the New York City retail store, $10,000 to launch personal line, as well as a guaranteed internship with New York Fashion Week. Of the 16 designers 7 are either from or have strong ties to the Carolinas, possibly making us a little bias — at least we admit it, right? [insert sweet southern smile]. All in all we wish every designer lots of luck and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top!