Another year of Charleston Fashion Week has come and gone and we are all sad it is over! After months of planning, picking models, music and making accessories it all comes together in about an 8 minute show. We love teaming up with our desginers in the store as well as new and emerging ones too. This year, we teamed up once again with Allison Long of Bella Bridesmaid for a golden goddess, sunset color themed show. Pictures from that are coming as well, but I wanted to share our finale look with you all. Charlotte Hess, the winner of the CFW’s Emerging Competition in 2011 and MR teamed up to create this one of a kind knitted bridal coat for our finale piece of the show. Last year, we worked with our good friend and talented designer Carol Hannah Whitfield to bring you the black dress that went with our theme….we love stepping out of the box. SO what went into making this one of a kind gown? Months of planning and lots of time hand knitting and crafting this fabulous item went into this showstopper.
Back in August I contacted Charlotte about the possibility of collaborating on a finale look for the Spring Bridal Show. She was more than accomodating and was very excited to be stepping in to the bridal scene and when I explained our theme she went right to work on sketching. We received our sketches in November and were so excited! Charlotte sent several over with knit swatches and different techniques she could do for the coat. We all decided ivory would be the best color ( since it is bridal) and it would look in tune with our overall theme and golden headpieces we were working on. From there, we had 2 separate conference calls ( she lives in Rhode Island) about the general idea of what the coat should be like. We also wanted Charlotte to be as creative as she wanted to, so we had no idea what it would look like exactly until it arrived.
We had one more conference call touch base in the beginning of March to see how the coat was coming along and to talk about when it would be here and who would be wearing it. Charlotte was also in the process of showing her collection at CFW’s Finale Night as well so in addition to creating our coat she was also making over a 20 piece collection! She is one busy lady! Before we knew it, CFW was here and all week long we had model fittings at the shop. Charlotte flew in late Wednesday night and came to the shop on Thursday for a first fitting with our model. It would be the first time we saw the coat, ever. We were so excited we could barely contain ourselves. We chose Nikki, one of our models, to wear the coat. She was tall, skinny, had amazing long brown hair and was perfect for the overall look we were going for. We first put Nikki in a silk jersey knit sheath gown with her custom gold leaf headpiece, gold coined necklace ( straight from Elle’s closet) and then the coat. It was perfect. The length was great, the fit dead on and the overall look came together just as I had hoped back in August when I first called Charlotte. After a couple excited “yeah’s “Charlotte pinned a couple “tweeks” here and there and then we waited until Saturday.
CFW Bridal Show morning we were ready to roll. We had a driver pick Charlotte up at the last minute right before the shows started to help put Nikki in the coat. Since Charlotte was still putting the finishing touches on her collection for CFW that night, this was so AWESOME of her to take time out of her busy day to come to the tents and be there to see her creation rock the runway. Nikki was the last model to get dressed then it was time for the lineup and before we knew it the show started. We all were dancing backstage and having a great time, Charlotte was just as excited as we were about the overall look and feel of our show. It was so great that she was just as excited as we were!
initial sketches of the coat
HUGE thank you to Charlotte Hess and her team for all of their hard work on this coat! We loved collaborating with you!