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Model casting call for runway show in Charleston, SC on November 14th. Please send your name, contact info, measurements (including height and shoe size), full length photo, head shot (no make-up) and list of runway shows you appeared in within the last 12 months. Contact: PilgerModelCasting@gmail.com.

Please submit by October 1st. Selected models will be contacted by October 15th.

Good luck!

Oddly enough… it’s vintage train cases. I found all of these on ETSY (my newest addiction to finding vintage goodies) for awesome prices!

It’s here already….

Charleston Fashion Week® Model Search

Step 1: Models submit an online application by Friday, October 15, 2010.

Step 2: All models selected to participate in the casting call will be notified by Monday, October 18, 2010.

Casting calls will be held in Charleston, SC on two separate dates: Saturday, October 23, 2010, and Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Charleston Harbor Resort Marina, 20 Patriot’s Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

Out of town castings will take place in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA. Charlotte casting will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the Art Institute of Charlotte, 3 Lake Pointe Plaza, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217.  Atlanta casting will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010, location to be determined.

Step 3: Models selected from a casting call will be put into the 2011 CFW model book, which will be shared with all Runway Participants and Designers.

NOTE: Selection in the model book does not guarantee participation in a runway show presentation. Final runway selection is at the discretion of each Runway Participant/Designer.

Step 4: Mandatory model rehearsals will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District, 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, and Monday, March 21, 2011 at the CFW tents in Marion Square, time to be announced at a later date.  Models are required to attend one additional rehearsal, either Saturday, January 15, 2011 or Saturday, February 19, 2011, both held at the Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District, 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Step 5: Each runway participant will review the CFW 2011 model book and select up to thirty (30) models for an in-store casting.  Castings will take place the week of Monday, February 21, 2011 through Saturday, February 26, 2011.  Specific casting date and time will be determined at the sole discretion of each Runway Participant.

If selected from the model book by one of the 2011 Emerging Designer semifinalists, casting call and fittings will take place on Friday January 7 and Sunday January 9th, 2011.  Location to be announced at a later date. Specific casting date and time at sole discretion of CFW and Emerging Designer.

Step 6: Following the in-store castings, each Runway Participant will then narrow down their selection to no more than twenty (20) models to appear in their runway show presentation and two (2) alternate models.

Emerging Designers will narrow down their selection to twelve (12) models to appear in their runway show presentation and two (2) alternate models.

Step 7: Models selected by a Runway Participant are required to attend an in-store fitting(s) with that store.  Fittings will take place on Monday, February 28, 2011 through Friday, March 11, 2011. Specific fitting date and time will be determined at the sole discretion of the Runway Participant.

Step 8: Charleston Fashion Week® will take place Tuesday, March 22, 2011 through Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Models selected for a runway presentation must be in attendance for each show.


All models selected to participate in a 2011 CFW runway show will receive:

  • Gift bag valued at more than $500.00 following the event.
  • In addition, all participating runway models will receive recognition on the 2011 CFW website.

2010 winner: Caroline DeBruhl

2010 Winner: Antwun Whitney

2011 Rock The Runway Competition Overview

Step 1: Models MUST meet all the criteria listed in the Model Search Overview Steps 1 through Step 6.

NOTE: Only models booked for a runway show will be eligible for the 2011 Rock the Runway Model Competition.  This does not guarantee that you will advance as a semifinalist or finalist.

Step 2: Each Runway Participant will select their top three (3) female models and top one (1) male model from their in-store casting for entry into the CFW 2011 Rock the Runway Model Competition based upon appearance, poise, and runway walk during in-store castings.

Step 3: Models selected by a Runway Participant are required to attend an in-store fitting(s) with that store.  Fittings will take place on Monday, February 28, 2011 through Friday, March 11, 2011. Specific fitting date and time will be determined at the sole discretion of the Runway Participant.

Step 4: The top models selected by Participants will then be narrowed down to thirty (30) semifinalists as determined by our Runway Panel of experts. Based on the performance of the semifinalists during the course of CFW rehearsals and fittings, the Runway Panel will select a group of ten (10) female and ten (10) male finalists to compete in the 2011 Rock the Runway Model Competition on Saturday 26, 2011 at the CFW Fashion Finale.

Step 6: Charleston Fashion Week® will take place Tuesday, March 22, 2011 through Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Models selected for a runway presentation must be in attendance for each show.

Step 7: Male and Female Grand Prize Winners will be announced at the CFW Fashion Finale on the evening of Saturday, March 26, 2011.


Each Grand Prize Winner to receive:

  • Fashion spread in Charleston magazine or other GulfStream publication*.

*Photo shoot timing and issue date to be determined and at the discretion of GulfStream Communications.

  • $1000 cash prize.
  • Additional prize information will be released at a later date.

Hmm…while surfing the internet today, I took a look at the Urban Outfitters website and the BB Dakota website. I came upon something very interesting. Both BB Dakota and Urban Outfitters are selling the exact same dress. Now, it is most likely a BB Dakota design, and Urban Outfitters is now carrying the dress line as well…BUT…BB Dakota is selling the dress for $80 and Urban Outfitters is selling it for $68.


This is highly annoying…since several boutiques on King Street sell BB Dakota and MOST LIKELY have to sell is at the $80 + price…where as, Urban Outfitters…just chillin’ down the street, gets to sell it for $12 less. This is bull sh*t. No wonder boutiques are closing down left and right.

Oh, I cannot wait for the temperature to drop. I long for the air to be crisp and hang just slightly in the air when you breathe. There are so many fall trends that I am DYING to wear, but none more than this – the faux fur vest. Fashion has responded to the green and anti-cruelty movements with some wonderful faux alternatives to fur. Some BEAUTIFUL alternatives.

I’m a big fan of the vest, too. Not as bulky as a coat it is easily worn on a nice fall day and is SO flexible! I love this over long-sleeved t-shirts with skinny jeans and killer boots. But it’s equally as stunning with dressier pants for the office. Watch the proportions though when you wear a fluffier, fuller fur. It adds volume so be sure to keep the bottoms slim. I’ve seen it work with a really full skirt and heeled boots, but that usually requires a really tall and slender frame. Keeping the bottoms slim makes it more wearable for more folks.

Check out some affordable faux fur vests that you can find for affordable prices!

Francesca’s – ($44)

Old Navy ($29.50)

Photographer Cyle Suesz continues to produce exceptional work, which can be seen below. Just this morning, he had a photo shoot for Cavortress, the continuously successful eco-friendly vintage line, based in Charleston, SC.  The TOUT models, Marisa Heins and Sandra West looked absolutely stunning wearing Cavortress’s current collection. Check out the photos from the shoot….



Local Color Fashion Show on NOVEMBER 14, 2010

The model casting call will take place on Monday, September 27, 2010

at 4 p.m. at Chai’s on King Street.

EXPERIENCE is NOT necessary, but preferred.

Bring a head shot to the audition…. and good luck!

Photo from 2009 Local Color Fashion Show

Dress For Success

I just came across this blog post from Gregg Hakes blog and wanted to share it with everyone!

Dress For Success

By: Gregg Hake

September 17, 2010

“Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.” – Charles Dickens

One thing should be clear: clothes do not make a man a gentleman or a woman a lady; and, by the same token, a real gentleman or a true lady is always a gentleman or a lady, no matter what he or she wears. The clothes you wear either magnify or cloak your personality and what you wear is in many ways less important than how you wear it.

I relaxed my company’s dress code today in hopes that there might be room for greater creative freedom, not just in apparel choices but in thought and deed. We’ve been heavily engaged in breaking down assumptions we’ve held that have prevented us in any way from making it easy for our clients to do business with us and this fashion statement was freshly pressed to that end.

The fashion choices we make are deeply personal. Like our food choices, they are based part on preference, part on need, part on availability and part on custom. Your clothing is a calling card to your personality, to your mood and to your outlook and your ability to dress appropriately can have a significant impact on how successful you are in any department of life.

It is possible to overdress. It is possible to underdress. At times it makes sense to overdress while it is less commonly advisable to underdress. The key is to dress in such a way that you do not hinder your effectiveness in life. Neutral or helpful is good. Hindrance is bad.

I’ve found that first impressions are important to people but at the same time I’ve always enjoyed the times when I’ve been surprised to learn that my initial impressions were incorrectly formed. Appearances can be deceiving and its worth remembering that fact lest you be caught in a web of prejudice.

In relaxing the dress code at my company I hope that everyone will rise to the occasion and take care to determine what is appropriate. We don’t live in a time like the Elizabethan era where what was worn when was formalized and rigid. That said, the art of appropriateness lives on.

There are those (often men) who say that they don’t really care about what they wear, but then when you look at them from one situation to the next they somehow end up not just fitting in but often matching what others around them wear. I was recently in a small town where every guy had a baseball cap on with sunglasses perched atop the cap. I was convinced of a fashion conspiracy, but were I to ask about it I’m sure that every one of them would have said that they put no thought to the ensemble.

There is no harm done in caring about what you wear, neither is there any problem in my book with not caring much about what you wear, unless your lack of concern gets in the way of you delivering the greatness that is yours to give. Clothing fitly chosen, like words fitly spoken are an aspect of your aesthetic and there is no reason to decrease the odds of someone receiving you due to a poorly composed aesthetic.

At the end of the day, it’s not so much what you wear but the goods you deliver that tell the tale. If you don’t have the resources to wear what you would like to wear, don’t be ashamed. Do the best you can with what you have and you can’t go wrong. As Albert Einstein said “If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies…It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.”

Check out some of the photos below from the runway show at the NV Fall Fab Fest. Models are look fierce and the designer’s new collections are superb!

Photo Credits: Glencoe Photography


A big congrats to TOUT model Brooke Hohman for being a top 5 finalist in the FORD MODELS Next Fresh Face Contest. She traveled all the way up to NYC for the final audition and check out the link below to see some behind the scenes footage of her photo shoot!


NV Fall Fab Fest

Join all of Charleston’s fashion crowd for the NV Fall Fab Fest on Thursday, September 16th at the upscale nightclub NV on Market Street. The dance lounge will be hosting a fashion show for The Charleston Cancer Society.

Doors will open at 9 p.m. and the first model will walk the runway at 10 p.m.

For admission, fashion-lovers will have to purchase a $10 ticket that will automatically enter you into the event’s raffle.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $30 which include champagne, seating during the show, and access to the private VIP only bar/lounge.

To purchase tickets for this event, e-mail VIPNVlounge@gmail.com

The runway show will feature:





Hair and make up by: TABULA RASA

Stop by Las Olas this weekend (Sat. and Sun, 4th & 5th) for their annual bathing suit sale!

50-75% off all premium bathing suit lines! L’Space, VitaminA, Volcome, Reef, and Hurley

All BOARDSHORTS are 50% off!!
Free beer while it lasts!
Come check out King Street’s original Red Neck Hot Tub!!
…The suits won’t last long….

Where: Las Olas
441 King St
Charleston, SC

Photo by: Cyle Suesz

Local fashion designer Julie Wheat is taking Cavortress, her Southern label known for daring yet demure pinup-style looks, to the Midwest to compete in St. Louis Fashion Week September 7-11, 2010. Event sponsor Alive Magazine selected Cavortress as one of twelve semi-finalists. Online voting by the public determined who moved on to the final round.

Thanks to supportive fans who participated in the online voting competition, Cavortress is one of 6 finalists who have been invited to move on.  Finalists will show their collections at St. Louis Fashion Week September 7, 2010 at 6 p.m. A panel of judges evaluates the runway presentations to determine one, top winner of the Project: Design! competition. The winner will receive a grand prize, including a state-of-the art website and a fashion spread in Alive Magazine.

This is Project:Design’s fifth season and an opportunity for emerging fashion design talents throughout the country a way to share their work with the public,’ says event creator Dwight Carter, of Rock Uniform PR. Two former Project: Design! contestants are currently on Project Runway Season 8.

Labels such as Cloak and Dagger, Diesel, and Black Halo have graced the runway at previous St. Louis Fashion Week events. Cavortress is the only clothing line selected from South of the Mason Dixon Line in this year’s competition.

Photo by: Cyle Suesz

More about Cavortress:

Cavortress is Charleston-based, ladylike yet licentious line of eco-friendly clothing and accessories designed by Julie Wheat. Each piece is constructed with at least 80% vintage, recycled, or deadstock materials. Cavortress can be classified as proper not prim, refined and renegade, designed for the urban debutante, punk rock love child, and rockabilly-hipster.

Cavortress garments are available online at www.cavortress.com and at House of Sage (link to:www.houseofsage.com) in Charleston, South Carolina.

For more on St. Louis Fashion Week, visit www.alivemag.com/fashionweek/

Contact: info@cavortress.com, 843.557.4082, www.cavortress.com
Where:  Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO
Time: September 7, 2010 , 6-10 P.M.
Tickets:  $10
Afterparty:  Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue, St
Louis, MO,  immediately following event

Photo by: Cyle Suesz