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Charleston FW Announces Emerging Designer Semifinalists

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Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW), one of the leading fashion events in the U.S., is proud to announce the Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists for CFW 2015. Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top 20 Designers were selected from more than 170 applicants who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway in front of leading fashion insiders and more than 1,000 guests. Scheduled for March 17 – 21, 2015 under the tents in downtown Charleston, S.C., the five-day event showcases collections of emerging designers, nationally renowned designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents such as the Belk Tent, and shopping in the night club setting of the Style Lounge, hip after-parties and much more! Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com

The CFW Emerging Designer Competition began eight years ago and serves as a platform for undiscovered talent and connects them with fashion industry insiders. Previous winners and contestants have been featured on CNN, VOGUEMarie ClaireELLEWWD, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editionand other major media outlets, as well as having their collections picked up by stores such as Anthropologie, BARNEY’s New York, and Neiman Marcus.

This year’s fashion panel is again headed by fashion Icon and New York Fashion Week creatorFern Mallis and includes well-known designers Todd Snyder, David Hart, Hunter Bell, Charles Harbison, Lindsey Carter, Katherine McDonald and fashion blogger, Andrea Serrano. The Emerging Designer Grand Prize Winner selected by the panel at the end of the week will receive a prize package worth more than $25,000 – the largest grand prize in the competition’s history, including a chance to be a featured designer at CFW 2016, an internship during New York Fashion Week 2015 and a once-in–a-lifetime opportunity for a private lunch with Fern Mallis.

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The 2015 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists chosen to debut their collections at CFW 2015 are:

Christian Caldwell Tennessee

Sarah Hazel Cannon & Rachel Cole Cannon North Carolina

Sara Ellis Clark North Carolina

Casey Crespo North Carolina

Amanda Dreesen North Carolina

Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik New York

Gloria Forehand New York

Johanna Hickey & Orea Guthrie Georgia

Caroline Hulsey Georgia

Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton New York & Pennsylvania

Annina King Pennsylvania

Julie Le & Sean Mueller North Carolina

Dinah Lightsey South Carolina

Gabrielle Mandel Pennsylvania

Christopher John Rogers Georgia

Roy Blake Smith New Jersey

Sydney Smith North Carolina

Richelle Valenzuela New York

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman Georgia

Elyssa Wingard South Carolina

Tickets for Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com. Prices range from $ 45- $155 for individual tickets to front row weekly packages for $1,100.

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® welcomed 7,500 guests to last year’s event, and this year will be bigger than ever with an expanded VIP tent, a new interactive tent showcasing CFW’s success stories, a week-long series of bridal events, and more. For more information on CFW, bios on the 2014 Top Design 20 semifinalists, and to purchase tickets, visit the website www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

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Maurice J. Lawyer has written 332 articles for BE Entertained Magazine

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