Fashion Week reveals emerging designer semifinalists

  • Saturday, December 21, 2013

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week (CFW) announces the long-awaited Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists for CFW 2014. Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top Design 20 were selected from the 175 applicants who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway. The five-day event showcases collections by emerging designers, spectacular designer runway shows, glamorous style lounge and after-parties. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

Scheduled for March 18-22, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week will continue its mission to serve as a pipeline to career success for undiscovered talent in fashion design. CFW, in its eighth year, offers aspiring designers exposure and mentorship from fashion industry leaders. This year’s fashion panel includes New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, fashion designers Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos, and Cator Sparks fashion industry journalist; Editor in Chief, TheManual.com.

Semifinalists will show their collections in groups of five each night — Tuesday through Friday — 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 chosen to début their collections at CFW 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 Peña, 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

Tickets for Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week’s are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com. Prices start at $35 for individual “A La Carte” tickets to nightly runway shows and includes admission to the Style Lounge for the pre-party, DJ entertainment, cash bar, and shopping with exclusive accessory and fashion retailers and designers. The Front Row Fashion Insider VIP (think front row, with perks) tickets range from $175 to $295 and includes admission to the Style Lounge PLUS a luxurious seat, early admission to the shows, complimentary drinks, access to the new and exclusive VIP food lounge and more.

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week welcomed 7,500 guests to last year’s event, and this year will be even bigger. Don’t be the one who missed out. For more information on CFW, bios on the 2014 Top Design 20 semifinalists, and to purchase tickets, visit the website www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

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