Behind the Scenes at Charleston Fashion Week 2017
Charleston Fashion Week passed by in a blur - in the best way, of course! We presented a runway show on March 15th, and our team had so much fun bringing a little sunshine to the runway. Click through to see how our show came together!
Charleston Fashion Week is held at Marion Square, a small park in the center of downtown Charleston. We got there a few hours before the show to get everything all set up. Each outfit had been chosen specifically to fit each model, so it was important to keep everything organized - right down to the accessories.
Planning everything beforehand helped everything run smoothly the day of the show!
All our bags and jewelry came from the Escapada Living Signature Store in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We got creative with some of the pieces to create the perfect runway look - the gold bracelet shown above is actually a Charleston Rice Beads necklace wrapped around the model's wrist to create a bracelet.
In addition to our "regular" models, we also had two child models walk in the show. These adorable mini models became fast friends and had a great time practicing their runway walks backstage for everyone. They were definitely the stars of the show - both on stage and off!
Hair and Makeup
While the Escapada Living crew prepped for the show, our gorgeous models got their hair and makeup done by Ashley Brook Perryman and her team. The girls had light, sun-kissed makeup, and each model's hair was styled in a loose fishtail braid or a voluminous ponytail. The final look was effortless and beachy with a touch of runway-ready glamour.
A little bronzer (we used this one from South Seas) and rosy lip color gave the models a summer-y glow.
Want to get this look? CFW's hair and makeup director, Ashley Brook, recommends using two ponytails to create the look of one super-full ponytail. Start by running a curling iron through your hair to create some beachy waves. Next, pull the hair from the crown of your head into one ponytail, then gather the remaining hair into a second one right underneath that. You can see a full tutorial here - it's the perfect way to add a little flair to a basic hairstyle.
Once everyone was dressed and ready to go, it was time to line up and wait for our turn on the runway!
How fun are those sunglasses? They're from Quay Australia, one of our favorite brands at the Escapada Living Signature Store.
Want to know a secret? These photos might look warm and sunny, but the weather was actually unseasonably chilly on the day of our show. The models spent a large portion of the evening bundled up in blankets and coats over their resort wear. They handled the cold weather like total pros!
Finally, the music turned up, the cameras turned on, and it was time for our show. Our models walked out to Justin Timberlake's song Can't Stop the Feeling, followed by Light It Up by Major Lazer, then You Make Me Feel Good by Cobra Starship. It was impossible not to smile (and maybe do a little dance) while watching the colorful clothes and listening to the fun music!
All of our models did a fabulous job, and the mini models totally stole the show. How adorable are they?
You can check out all the photos from our runway show + shop the looks here.
Escapada Living's owner, Natalia, came out at the end to thank everyone for coming. We so appreciated everyone being there!
That's a Wrap!
Just like that, our show was over and it was time to head home (after a little champagne toast, of course). Cheers to a successful Charleston Fashion Week!
Thank you so much to everyone who worked on or attended our show. We couldn't have done it without you!