CFW launches 8th annual Emerging Designer Competition

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week (CFW), one of the leading fashion weeks in the U.S., is launching their eighth annual Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus. CFW's Emerging Designer Competition started as a local competition for Charleston-based aspiring designers but has grown into a pathway to national success in the fashion industry. Ayoka Lucas, style director for CFW, states “The ED competition serves as a platform for undiscovered talent and connects them with fashion industry insiders who are looking for the next top designer. We have seen EDs go from the CFW runway to being featured on CNN, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, WWD and other major media outlets. Plus many have had their collections picked up by stores such as Anthropologie, Barney's New York and Neiman Marcus.”

CFW's Emerging Designer Competition: East is now accepting applications through Oct. 14. Semifinalists will be chosen and notified by late fall. Semifinalists will show their collections on the runway, March 17-21, to an average of 1,000 attendees per night, including industry experts such as fashion icon Fern Mallis.

“CFW provides a unique platform for emerging designers from the East Coast; I especially love that it fosters new talent and gives aspiring designers an opportunity to present their collections and ideas on a professional runway,” said Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, host of 92Y Fashion Icons series and SiriusXM “Fashion Insiders.”

The grand prize winner will be selected and announced on the final evening of CFW 2015 and will be awarded a prize package valued at over $30,000. For more information, rules and regulations, please visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com/backstage/designers.

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