Last weekend I got to sit front row for the Passport for Fashion event in Charlotte, NC. The show, put on by Charlotte Seen, took place at Providence Country Club, and the theme was ‘Carousel’! The night was filled with red carpet moments, silent auctions, a fundraiser for Cookies for Kids Cancer, and an amazing runway show!
VIP/Front row attendees got these amazing gift bags filled with goodies, and Kendra Scott personally gifted everyone with beautiful jewelry from her brand.
The first designer to show on the runway was Charles Josef. His designs were a collection of neutrals and dark colors, with high waists, fitted tops, and long skirts. This dress was my favorite from his collection. I love the neutrals colors, and touch of sparkle on top.
Canvas, a boutique in Charlotte, styled their models in clothing from their store. They showed every-day women’s wear, but ended the show with some dresses that showed off some leg. This black and white dress was stunning, and the styling was perfection. You can never go wrong with black, white, pearls, and a red lip.
Designer Minh Nhut Le of The Saints Affair brought some color and pattern to the runway, but also played with nudes and whites. Her silhouettes were loose, but very clean cut and tailored. My favorite look was the nude and white combo on this model.
Menswear graced the runway from Dillard’s ‘Gentle Giant’ collection. The color palette was white and navy. The fits were perfect, and so were the pleated and cuffed pants.
BND by bienddy was the next designer who llit up the runway. Literally. Her collection had custom prints and light up shoes, bags, and accessories. It was very fashion forward.
The next run of models were styled by Fancy That Boutique. The models wore classy and casual outfits. What I loved the most was that each outfit was styled with nude shoes. This made the outfits stand out, and lengthened the women’s legs. (That was a style tip by the way. ;))
“The Artist Tony Howard” brought some drama to the runway by really bringing out the Carousel theme. This was my favorite look from his line.
Porsche Design even made a special appearance showing off their women’s wear collection full of active wear, tennis shoes, and travel bags.
Vince Camuto by Dillards showed everyday women’s wear as well. What made their collection stand out was the play on florals and loose fitting tops, which is perfect for Spring.
The show ended with a special segment showcasing designs made completely of recyclable materials. Each design was submitted by one designer.
Edelweiss De Guzman‘s design came out in a box, but once it was taken off, the design turned into skirt made from a lampshade.
Sarah Danee showcased two designs. One was made completely out of cut out hearts from an opera program. The second had a perfectly constructed cardboard paper skirt.
This next design looked almost etherial. Logan Patterson’s recyclable design was made up of a bubble wrap skirt, and a shattered glass top and headpiece.
This avant garde men’s design was created by Vinie Tadeo. This recyclable outfit channeled man’s inner Indian.
This second-to-last design was the winner! It was designed by Malou Cordery. Everyone was in awe. The designer took the carousel theme literally, and created an impeccable design.
The last recyclable fashion design was Emily Kramer’s dress, and it was by far my favorite design. It fit the model like a glove and moved effortlessly. It is hard enough to get a design to do that with fabric, but Emily did it completely out of opera programs.
See them in action! Here are some high quality closeup videos of the recycleable designs:
After the show I got to mix and mingle with some of the fabulous designers.
I got a photo with designer Vinie Tadeo.
Emily Kramer was the designer of my favorite recyclable look.
My favorite design.
I snapped a shot with my new friend Vincent E. Voci. He was the sweetest, and I am so glad we made a connection.
I also got to mingle and take a photo with Mrs. South Carolina who was there to support her fundraiser, Cookies for Kids Cancer, all donations went to help the organization that fights to find a cure.
I could not leave without getting a photo with the carousel themed staff.
Lastly, I was able to get a photo with the woman of the night, Rita Miles! She was the producer of Passport for Fashion, and is also the producer for Charlotte Fashion Week. On top of producing Charlotte’s top fashion events, Rita is also CEO of Miles Interiors, which is a custom interior design company with an impeccable portfolio. Rita was the sweetest, and she put on a fabulous show!
Overall, the fashion from the event showcased styles for the everyday woman, as well as avant grade looks! The biggest take away was the muted color pallet, clean lines, tailored looks, and loose-fitted tops and dresses. And the finale of recycled fashion was a display of impeccable fashion talent and design. It was a night to remember!