Charleston Fashion Week reveals 2014 Emerging Designer Semifinalists
Allison Nugent – Monday, December 9, 2013
The folks behind Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week have been hard at work, gearing up for the 2014 event scheduled for March 18-22.
Pared down from 175 applicants, the long-awaited announcement of the Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists was made on Monday.
Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top Design 20 will have the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway during the five-day event.
Semifinalists will show their collections in groups of five with hopes of moving on to Saturday's Finale event. There finalists, in front of both fashion industry leaders and a large audience, will compete for the CFW Emerging Designer: East title and the grand prize (valued at more than $20,000).
The 2014 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists are:
Angela Bacskocky, Virginia
Anna Toth, North Carolina
Cori Spade, North Carolina
Deanna Ansara, New York
Ebony White, New York
Felicia Barth-Aasen, Georgia
Justin LeBlanc, North Carolina
Kaitlyn Machos, South Carolina
Leah and Rebecca Plante, New York
Maria-Teresa Peņa, New York
Noelle Stanley, South Carolina
Nkundwe Kasyanju, New York
Paola Ricardo, New York
Rebecca Walker, North Carolina
Sarah and AnnaKay Winford, Alabama
Stephanie J. Perry, Georgia
Terese Brown, Pennsylvania
Tiffany Saini, North Carolina
Yuyan He, Georgia
Zachary Howell, Georgia
In addition to showcasing collections by the emerging designers, the event includes designer runway shows, a style lounge with shopping opportunities and after-parties. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.charlestonfashionweek.com.