Charleston Fashion Week March 20-24th to Host fashion, Celebrity Designers, Top Models, Housewives, Stars and More!

For Immediate Release, March 2012
www.charlestonfashionweek.com

Less than two weeks away from the start of the sixth annual Charleston Fashion Week®, the Southeast is abuzz with anticipation for the premier fashion event and many are wondering what new stylish surprises await them under the tents this spring. While the official runway schedule includes more than 45 runway shows, films, music, and pre-parties, the 2012 event also promises to bring star power to Marion Square. Along with the top emerging and featured designers in the country, the red carpet will showcase housewives, top models, and a few up-and-coming NBC reality design stars.

Organizers of the March 20-24 fashion fete now confirm that in conjunction with runway shows, designer competitions, and the Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show, Presented by Gathering Floral + Design, the five night event will include a collaborative runway show featuring competing designers Luciana Scarabello, Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos from NBC’s new alternative series “Fashion Star” on Thursday, March 22. The fashion inspired series that debuts on March 13 at 9:30pm will include the 2011 Charleston Fashion Week® Emerging Designer and southeast native Sarah Parrott.

Other celebrated Featured Designers showing their collections during the week include Emily Bargeron, Rachel Gordon, Mychael Knight, Michael Wiernicki and CFDA’s “Emerging Designer Award Winner” Chris Benz, ELLE 2011 Fashion Next Award recipient Faith Thornburg, and 2011 CFW Emerging Designer Competition Winner Charlotte Hess.

In addition to the nightly runway shows, style will thrive under the tents during the daytime in Pop-Up Shop, presented by Tanger Outlets. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Tuesday -Friday, the shops will feature clothing, official CFW merchandise, hair & make-up design, lectures, book signings, and more.

Perhaps the most notable, yet underrated perk of Charleston Fashion Week® is the engaging social setting. Attendees can mingle with Charleston’s style elite during the pre-event Fashion Plate dinners throughout the city, in the chic Style Lounge, presented by The Shops At Charleston Place, during the event, and at any of the official after parties. As if all this wasn’t enough excitement, live music will accompany shows throughout the week, fashion films will inspire, signature cocktails will be served, and photographs of guests will be taken nightly on the red carpet!

So head to the tents this Spring to witness the next big fashion and modeling stars in the making, catch a glimpse of a few “Housewives”, and “Top Models” making surprise visits throughout the week, and check out what area boutiques are trending for this Spring.

It’s bigger, it’s better, and it's c0ming March 20-24th. To review the official runway schedule, learn more about Charleston Fashion Week® charity partners Lowcountry AIDS Services and MUSC Children’s Hospital, or to purchase tickets, visit charlestonfashionweek.com.

Fashion designer Chris Benz, New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, ELLE fashion news director Anne Slowey, model and actress Vanessa Lachey, supermodel and Real Housewives of Atlanta costar Cynthia Bailey

About Charleston Fashion Week®:
Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, sponsors and models, Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Held March 20-24, 2012 under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, the five-night celebration will feature more than 45 runway shows, the Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East, and Rock the Runway Model Competition. This multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, daytime shopping events, chic after-parties, and charity events. For more information on the sixth annual Charleston Fashion Week® visit charlestonfashionweek.com.

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