The finalists for the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Competition were recently announced, and as in past competitions, the Triangle is heavily represented.
Project Runway contestant and N.C. State alum/professor Justin LeBlanc will compete alongside fellow Wolfpackers Rebecca Walker and Tiffany Saini, as well as recent Meredith grad, Cori Spade.
I am so incredibly blessed to have another opportunity to showcase my line and get my name out into the fashion industry, says Spade, who presented at New York Fashion Week in September after winning the Annual Trend*Setting Fashion Show competition. I am absolutely shocked and thrilled to be a part of the Emerging Designer Competition; it is very humbling to see the amount of talent that I am going to be running up against.
The competition is a surreal experience for Walker, a senior at N.C. State.
I have had the privilege of having Justin LeBlanc as my professor in my fashion studio, as well as work alongside him on several Art2Wear committees, Walker says. I have learned so much from Justin in class, and although it is a little nerve-wracking competing against someone who has so much experience, I am excited to learn more from him and gain experience as we both work on our collections for the show.
LeBlancs not the only television competition veteran among the field fellow Project Runway Season 12 contestant Angela Bacskocky of Richmond (she was the first eliminated on the show) and New York designer Ebony White of Bravos Styled to Rock also are competing.
Finalists will show their collections during the event in March. The winner will receive a prize that includes cash, a marketing package, a solo show at Charleston Fashion Week 2015 and more.
Cat Banjo makes holiday shopping a little easier for the fellas this week during Man Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Men can enjoy beer and subs, along with shopping advice and free gift wrapping. Cat Banjo is at 122 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; 919-615-1428.
Local jewelry designer Kenda Kistenmacher will debut new pieces from her Kenda Kist line of earrings, necklaces and more during a trunk show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Swagger Gifts in Cary. The shop is at 2425 Kildaire Farm Road; 919-858-5884.
Thank You Saturday
Shoppers can score gift certificates with purchases this weekend during Cameron Villages Thank You Saturday event. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, customers spending a cumulative $150-$250 will receive a $25 gift certificate, and purchases over $250 will earn a $50 gift certificate, while supplies last. Shoppers should bring their receipts to the Meet Up space between Cantina 18 and Handpicked on Daniels Street.
Cameron Village womens clothing and accessories boutique Madison has opened a second location in North Hills. The shop, which carries budget-friendly dresses, separates, accessories and more, is located near Pure Barre and Black Cat Café at 4421-103A Six Forks Road; 919-977-1541.