10th Annual Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® announces 16 Emerging Designer Semifinalists

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week®(CFW), one of the nation’s leading fashion events, is proud to announce its Emerging Designer Top Design 16 semifinalists for the March 15 – 19, 2016 competition and runway show.

Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the top 16 designers were selected from a large pool of applicants from across the East Coast who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway in front of leading fashion insiders and more than 1,000 guests each night.

“This year’s applicant pool was the strongest ever. Congratulations to the 16 semifinalists! We are eager to see what the next generation of emerging talent will showcase on the runway in March,” says Jacqueline Lawrence, production director for CFW.

The five-day event, which takes place in Marion Square in downtown Charleston, showcases collections from emerging designers, nationally renowned featured designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents including the Belk Tent, a multi-media, entertainment and shopping Style Lounge, hip after-parties and much more.

The Emerging Designer Competition began nine years ago and serves as a platform for undiscovered talent, connecting them with fashion industry insiders and tastemakers from CFDA members to top designers like David Hart. Previous winners and contestants have been featured inVOGUEMarie ClaireELLEWomen’s Wear Daily and on CNN, along with other major media outlets; and their collections have been picked up by stores including Anthropologie, BARNEY’s New York, and Neiman Marcus.

This year’s fashion panel is again headed by fashion icon and New York Fashion Week Creator Fern Mallis, and will include CFW 2016 Featured Designers Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt of CADET, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind, and Tracy Reese. The 2016 Emerging Designer Grand Prize Winner, selected by the panel at the end of the week, will receive an enhanced prize package worth more than $40,000, including the following: 
• $10,000 cash
• Featured Designer for Opening Night of CFW 2017
• Once-in-a-lifetime lunch with Fern Mallis in New York City in 2016
• Opportunity to intern for a well-known designer during New York Fashion
  Week in Fall 2016
• A private showing of their collection at New York City retailer In Support Of
  in Fall 2016

The Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® 2016 Emerging Designer Competition: East semifinalists chosen to debut their collections are: 
Brendan Combs, Georgia
Destani Hoffman, Alabama
Elias Gurrola, New York
Emily Seifert, New York
Jamie Morrison, North Carolina
JD Noble, Georgia
Jessica Lache Fulks, North Carolina
Jonathan Millner, North Carolina
Kelsey Kawamoto, South Carolina
Lauren Stilwell, North Carolina
Lisa N. Hoang, North Carolina
Michael Mack, New York
Morgan Cook, Georgia
Ricky Lindsay, Florida
Samantha De La Fuente, Florida
Storm Dorris, Georgia

For more information, including ticket prices and availability, visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

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