Your Guide to Surviving Charleston Fashion Week

Emerging designers putting the finishing touches on their designs, and beautiful models practicing their runway walk can only mean one thing; Charleston Fashion Week is on our heels. Marion Square will soon be filled with the hottest trends of the year. With all of the hustle and bustle during the week and the city’s most fashionable in attendance, it is important to be prepared for the fun. We’ve got you covered on how to survive and make the most out of your Charleston Fashion Week experience.

Dress the part. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have everything you need to ‘up’ the glam factor for Charleston Fashion Week.
The Everpurse from Kate Spade is not only trendy, but will carry your must-haves during the day. Charge your phone in the SmartPocket of this fashion-forward handbag and have enough battery to post your best pictures to Instagram all night.

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With Lou Lou Boutique’s Minimergency Kit you will always be prepared, wherever the fun may take you. The kit is packed with fashion fix essentials from dental floss to earring backs to double sided tape. You’ll be everyone’s best friend in the ladies room.

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Planning to make it a date night? Not only do you want to look your best for the week, so does your man. Art of Shaving offers shaving consultations on King Street for all of his grooming needs. He will leave looking and feeling like a new man.

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Let the details do the talking with a statement collar from Anne Fontaine. This show-stopping necklace has exactly the right details for everyone to think you are a runway model.

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Heels are always the popular shoes of choice for Fashion Week, but the secret to your feet surviving the night is flats. On your way out the door, grab a pair for Sperry’s trendy flats in your bag to slip on later.

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Keeping your skin hydrated is essential to looking your best during the week. Don’t let having makeup on all day become tiresome to your skin. Use the Shea Butter Foaming Cleanser from L’Occitane in the morning and evening to help remove makeup and keep your face soft and hydrated.

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 Throw on the Trellis Knit Moto Jacket from St. John over your shoulders; it’s the right amount of edgy and chic for cooler night shows, and everyone will be envious of your style.

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Always be ready for your closeup! Stop by the Belmond Boutique as you set out for the evening to pick up last minute mints and bottled water.

Location, location, location. Immerse yourself in Charleston Fashion Week with a stay at Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic district. Book your stay with the Signature Spa package at Belmond Charleston Place and receive a seasonal spa treatment. Your feet will thank you after being in heels all night. A treatment from The Spa, relaxing by the rooftop saltwater infinity pool and a cocktail from the rooftop pool bar is the perfect way to prep for a fun night.

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Late night. Unwind after a fashionably long day by grabbing late night refreshments. The Thoroughbred Club offers fun cocktails, appetizers and desserts that you’ll enjoy while gossiping about the runway looks with girlfriends. If your guy tagged along for the show, stop by Meeting at Market and sit in one of the cozy banquettes for some time together as you grab a beer and catch the game.

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Make sure to stop by Charleston Fashion Week from March 14 to March 18, where The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place will be the title sponsor of the Style Lounge. Show off your accessories and see what will be trending this year. To reserve the Signature Spa package at Belmond Charleston Place call 1-888-635-2350 or click here. 

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Architectural Styles in Charleston

Designated as the first historic district in the United States by the Board of Architectural Review, Charleston has become the #1 City in the World, partly because of its unique, visual appeal. People travel far and wide; some come for the delectable, savory food, while others come in search of Southern culture. Particular features spotted are earthquake bolts, copper lanterns and hitching posts that hint at a bygone era. In the historic district, picturesque buildings and elegant houses have always added charm to the architectural composition of this city.

To celebrate the arrival of the 70th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens this spring, here is a guide to the popular architectural styles found around Charleston.

Georgian
Beginning in 1774 to approximately 1820, the Gregorian style featured rough-faced limestone trim, stone arches and granite pedestals flanking the front door. This elite style is symmetrically designed with decorative molding and cornice embellishing the entry and commonly has two story porches. Drayton Hall, located at 3380 Ashley River Road, was heavily influenced by a range of pattern books, which is often only seen when wealthy individuals wanted to direct construction of their estates. Drayton Hall has never been restored, making it a great opportunity to see original materials and architecture from the 18th century.

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Federal
Growing out Italian Renaissance trends, Federal-style architecture became popular throughout colonies after the American Revolution, and was dominant until about 1820. These buildings are typically designed around a central floor plan, with heavy classical elements detailing the exterior. The elaborate, delicate and elongated details of elliptical fanlights above grand palladian windows and oval shaped rooms give Federal structures its distinctly classic look. Explore the Nathaniel Russell house, located at 51 Meeting, to take a peek inside a prime example of this antebellum trove filled with antiques, artifacts and historical heirlooms.

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Greek Revival
An organization established to provide aid for Irish immigrants, the Hibernian Society’s gathering spot, happens to be the quintessential model of Greek Revival architecture. Six massive Ionic columns support a pediment decorated with modillion style cornice and an arched window. Stepping inside Hibernian Hall, visitors are lead into a larger stair hall, centered by an open rotunda covered by a dome, held by three different style columns, all Greek influenced. Located at 105 Meeting Street, this 1840s stately establishment and its classic ornamentation are hard to not take notice of.

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Gothic Revival
From 1840 to 1880, Gothic Revival architectural styles dominated, drawing its inspiration from the medieval era. Romantic and picturesque, castle-like towers, parapets and pointed arched windows are most identifiable on these structures. Elongated, vertical facades with steeply pitched roofs decorated  by intricate vergeboard transport you to a different time. Gothic Revival in Charleston manifested itself in a variety of forms. From the Citadel to the Old City Jail, and the iconic French Huguenot Church at 136 Church Street, this architectural style continues to captivate in the Holy City.

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Italianate
Inspired by traditional Italian villas, the Italianate style was prominent from 1837 to 1900. Masonry, stone and stucco are typical facades found on this distinctive architectural style. Tall, slim arched windows are paired with decorated crowns and cornice elements. Often recognizable are square cupolas adorning the low pitched hip roofs. Wide overhanging, emphatic eaves supported by corbels are defining characteristics from this Romantic style. The Colonel John Algernon Sydney Ashe House located at 26 South Battery Street was constructed in 1853 and exudes sophisticated Italianate architecture.

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Queen Anne
Multiple gable rooflines, wrap-around porches, delicate spindlework trimmings and bay windows are all defining features of Queen Anne architecture. From 1880 to 1916, these asymmetrical yet interestingly elaborate and eccentric designs appeared in Charleston with textural variations, plans and tend to feature rich, bold paint colors. A stunning example of Queen Anne architecture is the Wilson-Sottile House, located at 11 College Street. Now owned by the College of Charleston, this house showcases the ornate and unique nature of Charleston architecture.

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Charleston Single House
A unique and vernacular form of house, the Charleston Single house is not a singular style and can be made of any material. Taking into consideration limited space on the peninsula, these one room wide structures take up very little space. Typically, front facing piazzas – a double height porch – are added to the house as a means for more airflow. The oldest documented Charleston Single dates back to the 1730s but these recognizable houses can still be found on practically every street in Charleston.


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Art Deco
The Riviera Theater, located at 130 Market Street, is a Charleston example of the iconic Art Deco Style that started in the 1920′s. Combining modernist styles with rich materials, Art Deco’s eclectic style was influenced by geometric forms of Cubism. Art Deco is not a singular style, but rather a collection of various styles that was in reaction against Art Nouveau in Europe. Featuring sleek modern materials of smooth-facing stone, Terracotta, steel, aluminum and glass, this style was seen as financially practical and endured throughout the Depression due to the simplicity of its design. After being purchased by Belmond Charleston Place in 1997, the Riviera Theater underwent a $4 million restoration that preserved 90 percent of its original interior.

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Explore the rare and iconic architectural styles of Charleston’s private houses and gardens found in some of America’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Manicured lawns and glimmering gardens make for a botanical and visual wonderland. The 70th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens will run from March 16 until April 22nd.

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Spring Festivals Roundup

The South is a glorious place in springtime, and captivating Charleston, drenched in history and culture is the shining star. The flowers are in brightly-colored bloom, fragrance of mouthwatering cuisine wafts through the air and the temperature hangs in the 80s beneath sunny skies. Here is a list of festivals to help you discover all that Charleston has to offer this spring.

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Charleston Wine + Food
Embark on a culinary journey during the 12th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Surround yourself with a cornucopia of savory flavors as your experience events, demonstrations and parties, infusing world class cuisine with Southern charm and culture. Enjoy delectable moments with the country’s top chefs, winemakers, beverage experts, storytellers, artisans, and more. With a five-day menu of more than 100 events, Charleston transforms into a cultural buffet sure to please any palate. Feast your sense March 1-5.

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Charleston Fashion Week
Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007. From high-energy runway shows to a stunning see-and-be-seen crowd, you can enjoy five nights of chic apparel and attitude under the tents of Marion Square. Be the first to witness some of the most cutting edge and trendiest styles. CharlestonFashion Week runs March 14-18.

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Festival of Houses and Gardens
Set within the city’s historic district, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, art, gardens and culture. Festival attendees enjoy the rare opportunity to go inside approximately 130 private historic houses as well as distinctive gardens and notable properties. For 70 years, this festival has been educating those who wonder what treasures dwell behind Charleston’s magnificent carved doors and intricate wrought iron gates. Explore Charleston’s rich history and culture from March 16 to April 22.

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Cooper River Bridge Run
Lace up your running shoes for the 40th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. One of the world’s largest 10,000 meter runs, people of all ages and fitness levels put their strengths to the test. The race course begins in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard, crosses the beautiful Cooper River Bridge and finishes in downtown Charleston. Get filled with the feeling of pure adrenaline by participating in this healthy and fun event. The Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on April 1.

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Volvo Car Open
Attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 70 of the world’s top tennis players, the Volvo Car Open is one of the hottest tickets in professional sports. The nine-day event is the largest women’s-only tennis competition in the world, but is more than just a tournament. During the week fans are entertained with a variety of festival-like activities such as a smoothie emporium and evening with happy hour and live music. Game, set, match is April 1-9.

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Spoleto Festival USA
Since 1977, this acclaimed arts festival has illuminated the city of Charleston with performances by talented artists from around the world. For 17 day, participants delve into a wonderland of art, delighting in more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music and jazz. Now approaching its 41st season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Be thrilled Mar 26 to June 11.

Piccolo Spoleto
Produced by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this companion festival is the perfect complement to Spoleto Festival USA. Running simultaneously as Spoleto, visitors are introduced to artists primarily of the Southeast region. Visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film are all to be expected May 26 to June 11.

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Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Celebrating the rich Gullah Geechee heritage of the Lowcountry, the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival provides the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the area. Event-goers can indulge in an array of fun-fill activities, while soaking up the culture of this unique population through skits, storytelling, gospel music, African drumming and dancing, demonstrations and lectures on the history of sweetgrass basket making – the oldest art form of African origin in the United States. Get up close and personal with traditions and culture on June 3.

Spring is the perfect time to visit Charleston, and with special event packages available, Belmond Charleston Place will place all the many culinary, fashion, and artistic wonders Charleston has to offer, right at your fingertips.

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