Friday Evening at Fashion is Art II
For the second year in a row, contemporary gallery Margo Kaufman hosted Fashion is Art, the official Charleston Fashion Week launch party. Let the week begin!
Fashion week is officially here!
To celebrate, Charleston’s most stylish turned out last night in support of Fashion Is Art II, Margo Kaufman’s second annual official Charleston Fashion Week launch party. The contemporary gallery swooped into the former Nancy Koltes building for the evening, temporarily relocating wares from Novel, a local pop-up shop occupying the space through the end of March.
Impeccably dressed attendees posed for the shutterbugs, sipped bellinis, and caught up on industry gossip while bidding on items benefitting The Center for Women and Lowcountry AIDS Services. Spotted were jewelry designer Dalia Dalili, who managed to make even rain gear sexy with a gold chrome manicure and transparent umbrella; Novel vendor and Library owner Lauren Lail in a Margo tee and fabulous full patterned skirt; 2009 Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast winner Marysia Reeves in a black jumpsuit of her own making; Hampden Clothing owner Stacy Smallwood; and the ever fabulous Jeffery Rhodes, host of the evening’s festivities.
In place of last year’s dresses-turned-canvases, nine featured artists and designers were given Margo Kaufman t-shirts and no rules, save producing a wearable piece of art for the event. Designers such as Erin Perkins and Rachel Gordon got creative with the concept, crafting actual dresses out t-shirts and incorporating the iconic Margo Kaufman logo. Visual artists chose to showcase their talents by painting on tees in bright pops of orange, pink, and red and occasionally adding pieces of fabric and trim. Works from featured artists flanked the walls next to their crafted pieces, giving guests a holistic sense of each participant.
Only 30 minutes into the party, bids were already rolling in with no signs of stopping until the close of the event. Before long attendees were grooving to the beats of DJ CMNDer, who looked very dapper indeed in a brightly patterned button up and hat. At the end of the evening the large space was packed with a very excited crowd eager for the start of the shows on Tuesday.
Until then, we’ll look forward to seeing you all at the tents!