N.C. State student heads to Charleston Fashion Week

CorrespondentJanuary 30, 2013 

Jazsalyn McNeil is busily preparing a new collection for her debut at Charleston Fashion Week as a semi-finalist in the Emerging Designer competition.


Though she’s still more than a year from graduation, N.C. State student Jazsalyn McNeil is already a rising fashion star.

Last year, she was one of the winners of the Belk Southern Designer Showcase and took first place at N.C. State’s Fashion Week. Now McNeil is busily preparing a new collection for her debut at Charleston Fashion Week as a semi-finalist in the Emerging Designer competition.

“The design process for Charleston Fashion Week is totally different than any other collection or designs I have worked on before,” says McNeil. “I have total creative control of every aspect, and there is a lot of planning that goes into the design process. I recently got back from New York, where I was sourcing materials, fabric and trimmings and meeting with different design consultants.”

The annual competition showcases some of the East Coast’s most promising young designers on the runway during the city’s style celebration, March 19-23. The winner will receive a prize that includes a solo runway show at next year’s event, a $10,000 marketing package and $5,000 cash. In addition to McNeil, Durham design team Clarissa Arocena and Bryan Datinguinoo and Victoria Cid of Charlotte will represent North Carolina.

Though it has been a challenge to create a collection with the budget and schedule of a college student, McNeil has found no shortage of support on campus.

“The College of Textiles at N.C. State has the best resources in the world for textile design,” she says. “Every design competition I have won, the judges have commented on my intricate textile designs. I do not know how I could do this without the support from the College of Textiles at N.C. State.”

McNeil is also seeking financial support for her collection and trip to Charleston with an Indiegogo fundraising campaign ( that concludes at midnight Thursday.

“To win Charleston Fashion Week would be the start of what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she says. “It would mean that I have inspired the judges – some of the most important people in the fashion industry – to believe in my vision.”

A few facts from Saks

During February, Saks Fifth Avenue supports charities in the Triangle with their “Saks Loves Your Cause” promotion. Saks will donate 5 percent of purchases to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, or one of two local children’s charities – the Lucy Daniels Center or the Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Shoppers can designate at the register which charity they’d like their purchase to benefit.

Also at Saks on Thursday, shoppers can get a first sniff of the new fragrance from Marni. The perfume will only be available at Saks for six months. For more information, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5365.

Mother and child reunion

Lamb’s Ear in Raleigh’s North Hills will have bright spring looks for both kids and moms at their Kayce Hughes/Pears+Bears trunk show, Thursday-Feb. 9. Available sizes include newborn to 14 for girls, newborn to 8 for boys and women’s 0 to 14. Lamb’s Ear is at 4209-123 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, 919-781-0351.

Purrfect hosts

Cat Banjo boutique in Glenwood South will host local artist Lori Patterson and serve snacks and beverages for First Friday, 6-9 p.m. Friday. Cat Banjo is at 122 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 919-615-1428,

Some winning looks

Worth New York’s latest looks for spring – from businesswear to casual separates – will be in town for a Raleigh trunk show Friday-Feb. 11. Pieces will be available in a variety of sizes from 0 to 20, and attendees can register to win a clutch handbag during the event. To make an appointment, call 919-833-6833 or 919-417-6455, or email or

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