I was a media attendee of Charleston Fashion Week back in 2010 for my job at the Charleston City Paper, so I got to sit front row at the biggest fashion event in the city. Charleston Magazine founded the event, which showcases local boutiques as well as up-and-coming designers. The Emerging Designers competition has gone on to foster designers on Project Runway.
1. Book early. This is a hot ticket item for local fashionistas, so get your ticket for the events as soon as you can. Highlights of the five-day event include the Emerging Designer show, the Art Institute of Charleston student show and the Bridal Showcase from the city’s many wedding dress boutiques.
2. Get a good seat. Front row is really the best seat for experiencing the Charleston Fashion Week fully. But expect to pay almost double for this prime real estate.
3. Scout for celebrities. In past years there have been plenty of celebrity sightings, including Mychael Knight from Project Runway in 2010.
4. Do research on the up-and-coming designers. The Emerging Designer competition is what it’s all about. You never know who’s going to be a sensation the next year, so you can purchase their designs before they’re featured in Vogue.
5. Dress the part. People get very into dressing up for Charleston Fashion Week, so take that most couture outfit from your closet that you’ve never found an occasion for.
Tickets range in price, depending on the event night and where the seats are located. The cheapest seats are $25 for Tuesday and Wednesday back rows and front row VIP packages for the closing event are $295 per seat and include three drinks, food lounge and designer party.