Staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is always a fashionable choice, but all the more so in the coming week.

Coming up is the kickoff of yet another hot Charleston event, FASHION WEEK.

It ‘s running from March 14th through the 18th.  This, the 11th annual installment, now officially known as Lexus Charleston Fashion Week, #CHSFW,  is packing in a slew of chic happenings.

CFW near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

CFW near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

The festival began in 2007, and like many big new events in the Lowcountry, it grows in size and quality each year.  It’s a great place to spot rising stars and the latest sartorial trends.

Last year more than 8,100 people took in over 40 runway shows.  This year organizers are expecting even higher numbers.

One of the most anticipated events is the CFW Emerging Designers Competition, which includes 16 semifinalists.  In the past it’s been a regional event, but for the first time this year, they are drawing competitors from across the country.   Get set for a high fashion bar and stiff competition.

Also very popular is the Rock the Runway event, the model competition taking place next Friday night.  Saturday is Fashion Finale, as well and Mother Daughter Night, when the Emerging Designer title will be announced.

New this year are the new Lexus Runway entrance, as well as the highly anticipated Maris DeHart StyleMakers Lounge.  The latter will play host to numerous interviews and special events throughout the festival.

Fashion Week events are headquartered in and around Marion Square in downtown Charleston, a convenient drive from all our beach rentals Charleston, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

Basically, each evening starts when the Maris DeHart StyleMakers Lounge opens at 5:30, followed by the Belk Tent and Style Lounge at 6:00, and the runway shows starting at 7:00 (6:30 on Friday and Saturday).

Tickets for the runway shows range in price from $50 to $165.  Included in the price are pre-party access at the Style Lounge with cash bar, hip DJ entertainment, and entrance to the clothing, accessories and jewelry retailers in the Belk Tent at Marion Square.  Fashion Village tickets are available for $25 to $50 and include access to the Style Lounge, Belk Tent and live streaming of the runway shows.

For the serious fashionista, weekly packages with premier seating and access to the VIP tent are available for $900 to $1,200.  One of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals would make the perfect home base for CFW.

Here’s a link to the official site, which is jam-packed with content:  http://charlestonfashionweek.com/

The Post & Courier’s Charleston Scene also has good coverage, including more bio information on the emerging designers:  http://www.charlestonscene.com/

If you did book one of our luxury beach house rentals SC this week, you picked a great time to come.  The weather’s lovely  –  in the 70’s  –  and the fashion is, too.

 

Get a jump this weekend on St. Paddy’s Day in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Next Friday is Saint Patrick’s Day, and while many of the events are next week, including the parade downtown, some of the fun already starts cranking up this weekend.

North Charleston is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Parade tomorrow (Saturday, March 11th), with plenty of fun and live music on three different stages.  The event goes on from noon till 6:00 p.m.  http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Special-Events/St-Patrick-s-Day-Block-Party.aspx

Also tomorrow night, you can get in the mood with some serious Celtic music.  It’s the world famous vocal ensemble Celtic Woman, complete with the Orchestra of Ireland, performing their new show, “Voices of Angels.”  It’ll take place at the Gaillard Auditorium downtown, an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals.  Here’s more:  http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/5e37e66f-1a33-e611-80d9-a0d3c1fbbce7/celtic-woman.html

Celtic Woman near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Celtic Woman near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Second Sunday on King near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Also coming up this Sunday is the next installment of Second Sunday on King.  Experience one of the top ten streets in America get even better when it’s cleared of cars and turned over to pedestrians, booths, outdoor eating, strolling dogs and lots of surprises.  I imagine there will be a touch of the green there this time.  It’s Sunday afternoon downtown Charleston, a hop skip and a jump from all our beach house rentals Charleston SC.

Here’s a link to a free parking garage voucher for this coming Sunday, thanks to the City of Charleston :  http://susanlucas.typepad.com/2ndSunMapFront0217W.pdf

So check out the catwalks under the big tents if you get a chance, start enjoying St. Paddy’s… and when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely a Charleston beach house, give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

P.S. Don’t forget to spring forward this Saturday night!

 

 

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