EMERGING DESIGNER SUCCESS STORIES

Karen Batts (formerly Karen Hulse)
Since being named one of the Top Design 20 semifinalists in CFW's 2013 Emerging Designer Competition: East, Karen has gone on to compete on Season 12 of Project Runway and has started creating a womenswear line, which will launch next year. 


Calvin James Bryant
Since being named the 2012 Emerging Bridal Designer, I have been involved in a few weddings and editorial opportunities. Photographer Corbin Gurkin (left) saw my work at the Spring Bridal Show and a bolero I made for her wedding was in Martha Stewart Weddings. Right now I am freelance designing and making dresses through word of mouth. A lesson I learned from winning is that I enjoy working one-on-one with customers and collaborating on their vision for that special day. info@calvinjames.net

Lindsey Carter
Lindsey Carter was selected as an Emerging Designer finalist for CFW 2009, with the debut collection from TROUBADOUR, which garnered praise from Women’s Wear Daily, who named her a “Designer to Watch.” The line has also been featured in E!News, Daily Candy, Garden & Gun, Fashion Week Daily, WGSN, and Stylesight. TROUBADOUR is currently available in high-end US boutiques and internationally in Japan and Beirut, Lebanon. Beginning Fall 2013, TROUBADOUR will also be carried online at the luxury retail giant, Neiman Marcus.

Amanda deLeon
CFW 2009 Emerging Designer semifinalist Amanda deLeon found her calling at the age of 10, when she began making outfits for her dolls. Amanda has since gone on to participate in New Orleans Fashion Week and will present her much anticipated, 2014 Fall/Winter Collection, “LaNouvelle-Orléans,” during New York Fashion Week (NYFW), February 2014. As a fashion designer, Amanda deLeon’s mission is to engineer clothing that breaks the boundaries of traditional beauty.

Nancy Faw Crowell
CFW 2012 Emerging Designer semifinalist Nancy Faw Crowell wowed the crowd with her vintage circus inspired collection & won the "People's Choice" award. Crowell has since been named as a Semifinalist in the Belk Southern Designer Challenge.

Charlotte Hess
Knitwear designer Charlotte Hess stole the crowd's hearts and the People's Choice Award before going on to be crowned the 2011 Emerging Designer Competition: East Winner. Charlotte has since opened a textile studio in Nantucket where she does knit to order pieces from her line and custom work. Her collection can be found at boutiques in Nantucket, MA; Palm Beach, FL; Burlington, VT; Auckland, New Zealand and Glasgow, Scotland.

Jazsalyn McNiel
CFW 2013 Emerging Designer semifinalist Jazsalyn McNeil's presentation wowed more than just the crowd in Marion Square. McNeil was also a 2013 Belk Southern Designer Showcase winner, and her collection was sold storewide at Belk. Since CFW, Jazsalyn has embarked on a partnership with Lectra, the leading provider of integrated technology solutions that addresses the entire fashion collection process. McNeil will be designing two outfits to be used in a worldwise campagin featuring Lectra's technology. Over the past 40 years, Lectra has worked with some of hte biggest names in fashion including Armani, Calvin Klein, Dior, Prada, and H&M.

 

Larika Page
Since winning CFW’s Emerging Designer Competition in 2010, the Georgia native was named Atlanta Fashion Award’s “Best Up and Coming Designer” for 2011 and has continued to grow her business and clientele. Larika showed her 2012 Spring collection during New York Fashion Week.


Sarah Parrott
CFW Emerging Designer Competition alumni Sarah Parrott may be a newcomer to the fashion world, but her talent has caught the eye of industry leaders. Capturing the “People’s Choice” Award with her debut collection during Charleston Fashion Week® 2011, the 31 year old Georgia resident has been busy this last year balancing her role as mother of two and women’s wear designer. She was selected to compete on NBC’s new series “Fashion Star” which premiered in March 2012.

Afriyie Poku
Afriyie Poku winner of the 2013 Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Competition and the People’s Choice competition was just recently named one of 20 people to watch in 2014 by Atlanta Creative Loafing.

Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves
2009 Emerging Designer Winner Marysia Reeves' swimwear has been featured in the 2010 and 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions, VOGUE, Coastal Living, Teen VOGUE, and WWD. The Marysia SWIM collection has been picked up by BARNEY's New York, Anthropologie, and many other high-end boutiques across the country and internationally.


Brooke Watson
Since being named the 2013 Emerging Bridal Designer, I got engaged, took on custom bridal gown jobs, planned my own DIY dream wedding, and got married to my best friend. Through the bridal show, I was connected with the DIY Network’s Mega Dens host and designer Anitra Mecadon (bottom left), who hired me to create her wedding gown.
Right now I am taking on new custom bridal design jobs. Some of the lessons I learned from winning are building relationships are key; family is everything; and you must always believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. www.EmberCouture.com

Carol Hannah Whitfield
After being named one of the finalists of CFW’s first Emerging Designer Competition in 2008, Carol Hannah Whitfield went on to be selected and successfully compete as a finalist on Season 6 of Project Runway, showing her collection at NY Fashion Week. Carol Hannah launched her Spring 2011 Bridal Collection on the runway at CFW’s 2010 Spring Bridal Show. The collection is now available in select bridal salons across the country.


 

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