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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.
Self-trained designer and owner of San Diego-basedGoga boutiques, Gordana Gehlhausen showcased her collection at CFW 2008. She was later selected and competed on Season 6 of Project Runway. Gordana came back to Charleston to debut her Fall 2010 collection during CFW 2010.
Mychael Knight made his first runway debut post-Project Runway at CFW 2010 with his collection “Carte Blanche.” Since showing at CFW, Mychael’s designs have been worn by Khloe Kardashian and Toni Braxton just to name a few. Last September marked Mychael's return to New York with his 2012 Lost World collection during New York Fashion Week. Mychael headed backstage during CFW's 2012 Spring Bridal Show to debut his first-ever collection of bridal gowns.
Since winning CFW’s Emerging Designer Competition in 2010, the Georgia native was named Atlanta Fashion Award’s “Best Up and Coming Designer” for2011 and has continued to grow her business and clientele. Larika showed her 2012 Spring collection during New York Fashion Week.
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 Georgia resident has been busy this last year balancing her role as mother of two and women’s wear designer. She most recently was selected to compete on NBC’s new series “Fashion Star” which premieres March 13th.
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.
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.
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.
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.