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Stylin’: Raleigh couple will debut line at Charleston Fashion Week

CorrespondentFebruary 13, 2013 

Raleigh designers Bryan Datinguinoo and Clarissa Arocena, who design ready-to-wear women's line Elena Viana, are about to make their runway debut in the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer competition.


Though they’ve been a romantic team going on five years, Raleigh designers Bryan Datinguinoo and Clarissa Arocena didn’t expand their partnership to a professional one until recently. Now the pair, who design ready-to-wear women’s line Elena Viana, are about to make their runway debut in the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer competition.

Their professional collaboration began when Datinguinoo started assisting Arocena, a design student at N.C. State, with some of her work.

“I would help Clarissa with her design process here and there, and with her other endeavors, like the 2011 Vitamin Water Fashion Show in Raleigh,” he says. “In 2012 we decided to fully pursue designing a line together as a duo. Our show at Charleston Fashion Week will not only be our debut collection, but it is also our debut as a design team.”

The pair join Jazsalyn McNeil of Raleigh and Victoria Cid of Charlotte to represent North Carolina in the Emerging Designers competition. The annual competition showcases some of the East Coast’s most promising young designers on the runway during Charleston’s style celebration, March 19-23. The winner’s prize includes a solo runway show at next year’s event, a $10,000 marketing package and $5,000 cash.

After designing as a team for just a year, Datinguinoo and Arocena decided to enter the Emerging Designer competition and were chosen among 20 finalists. To help fund their collection and the trip down, they’ve set up a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to solicit donations. The campaign runs through March 2, and donations can be made at

Preparing the collection has been stressful, especially with school and other obligations, but the two have enjoyed the challenge.

“It has been a roller-coaster ride of joy and nervousness, with lots of designing, producing garments and getting everything ready for the show,” says Datinguinoo.

Walk like an Egyptian

Durham designer Darrel Doziea will bring his latest looks to the runway at the Egyptian Invasion Fashion Extravaganza at the Durham Armory Saturday. The show begins at 6 p.m. and includes giveaways and a live band performance. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $25 for VIP seats; and are available at

Wedding bliss

The wedding planning season continues this week with The Wedding Affair at North Hills. Held in the ballroom of the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills hotel, the show will host more than 20 local wedding vendors – such as Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique, Fink’s Jewelers and English Garden – 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will receive swag bags, door prizes, mimosas, hors d’oeuvres and more. Tickets are $12 or two for $20, and brides-to-be get free admission with the promo code TWABRIDE online at

The big dance

David’s Bridal will give one lucky teen $10,000 for sharing their best prom style tips in their Prom Style Star contest. Through March 3, teens can record and upload a prom style advice video to YouTube and then enter the video URL at to enter. Voting begins March 4, and the winner will be revealed April 29. Finalists will receive a prom dress from David’s Bridal, a tux rental for their date from The Men’s Wearhouse, a $250 Visa gift card and have their video posted to the David’s Bridal site, in addition to competing for the $10,000 grand prize.

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