by Alex Keith
With Charleston Fashion Week fast approaching, tickets are flying for the coveted seats under the white tents at Marion Square. But with so much style to be seen, fringe events are popping up around town to help cure our fashion fever.
Arguably the most fashionable set are the tech-savvy bloggers, snapping photos and typing away as each look makes its way down the runway. Heading to Charleston to document all the action is Carolina Bloggin’, a Columbia-based coalition of bloggers aimed at connecting bloggers from around the state while promoting local businesses. Midway through the week on Thurs. Mar. 22, Carolina Bloggin’ invites 50 bloggers who may register online to a Fashion Pre-Party lunch at O-Ku on King Street from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to rehash all the highlights from the week and discuss styles yet to be seen. Each blogger in attendance will receive a complimentary appetizer, signature cocktail, and complimentary gift bag. Hosted by bloggers Teowonna Clifton of That Teowonna, Ebony Lonney of Make Me Over Eb, Candace Kennedy of Dollface Scoop, and Jai Marshall of The Fat and Skinny, there’s sure to be plenty of coverage of the fashion festivities.
As art and fashion go hand in hand, women’s boutique Salt and Seaweed presents Water and Wood, a look at local fashions, artists, and the creative process. On Thurs. March 22 from 6-9 p.m., local artists Kathryn Barton and Lara Neece of Tivoli Studio will be displaying their contemporary art and screen prints using water-based paint on wood panels, each manipulating the different mediums and materials to create unique pieces. While Neece finds her inspiration in nature, washing her works lightly in color and leaving the natural wood-grain showing, Barton prefers a drip technique, creating layers of color and texture that become the background for her subjects. Both artists will be on hand throughout the event to showcase their wares. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go toward the Lowcountry food Bank’s brand new program, Cooking Matters.