prove fashion careers can thrive outside
By SARAH ACKER
Owner, Sarah Maxwell Design
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
28, 2009 -- Each September as the temperatures begin to cool, excitement
in the fashion world heats up with the start of fashion week.
sites like Style.com
and WWD.com update
their content by the minute, bringing the public the future of fashion.
New York, London, Milan and Paris are swarmed by models, celebrities
and every other fashion-lover who can finagle a ticket to one of
the coveted runway shows. For most of the population, this fashion
fever must be quelled with TV and Internet.
technology continues to make the world more connected, it becomes
increasingly feasible for fashion businesses to thrive outside of
these metropolitan areas. Charleston-based designers are finding
new forums for showcasing their talent and proving that you no longer
need to reside in Manhattan to run a successful design business.
Now, thanks in large part to the Internet, it is possible for us
to access the resources we need without uprooting our lives. In
short, we can live where we love and do what we love.
local fashion labels Sarah
Love by Rachel Gordon have teamed up for the first
Dockside Fashion Show to benefit the Charleston-based Water
Missions International, a nonprofit that provides safe,
clean water to people in developing countries and disaster
areas. Models will walk the runway at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the
Dockside Pier between the S.C. Aquarium and the Maritime Center
at 330 Concord St. An after-party will be held at Shine, a
restaurant at the corner of King and Line streets.
to fashions, the show will feature jewelry and handbags from
Add Libb Designs; Theodosia Jewelry; Cavortress by Julie Wheat;
Library: Archives of Fashion; and Dee Ruel. Runway looks will
be available for purchase at a trunk show scheduled for 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Shine.
show tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets
are available for $40 and include end-of-the-pier seating
with access to a private bar. Advance tickets are on sale
at J.Paulz, Shine, and Salon Capelli.
the wrought-iron gates of Legare Street to the sand dunes of Sullivans
Island, there is no shortage of inspiration in this beautiful area.
The talent and initiative have always been here, but through new
outlets such as reality television and social networking sites,
people all over the country have access to our designs and our ideas.
Charlestons local media have also played a large part in broadcasting
local talent; almost every publication is home to a fashion/style
Charleston designers have cut their teeth in the New York fashion
scene. Local designers have not only attended the most prominent
schools and programs but have also worked with some of the largest
household names in the business. They have the same knowledge as
their peers, and, as we have all seen recently on Project
Runway, they can hold their own against designers from all
over the country.
Charleston fashion community continues to thrive despite the downturn
in the economy. Charleston Magazines Charleston Fashion Week
(CFW) gets bigger and better every year, with international attendance
and a continually expanding Emerging Designer Competition that gives
up-and-coming designers an opportunity to showcase their collections
to the entire community. When Googling Fashion Week,
CFW is one of the top hits. Thanks in large part to this event,
Charleston is now being called the fashion capital of the
restaurants and art galleries have opened their doors to the design
community for countless runway presentations, trunk shows and other
fashion-related events. For the past three years, Chais Lounge
has hosted the Local Color Fashion Show, an event that showcases
designers while benefiting a local charity. Eye Level Art Gallery
just recently held Charlestons second Style Swap, a recession-friendly
fashion event where attendees bring an unwanted (yet stylish) item
from their own closets to exchange for someone elses. Such
events have also allowed for collaboration with local jewelry and
handbag designers who are also finding success in the area.
than mimicking the competition that makes Project Runway so entertaining,
members of the Charleston fashion community are supportive and encouraging.
Many of you may have noticed the Pop Up Shop that appeared on Upper
King Street during the Spoleto Festival this year. Local clothing
and accessory designers, as well as artists and even an interior
decorator, teamed up to create a temporary storefront, much to the
success of the participants and the delight of local shoppers.
all this, though the season finales may come and go, Charleston
has proven that its fashionable reputation is here to stay.
Acker is a Charleston resident and designer who produces Sarah Maxwell,
a line of ladies fashions described as fun, feminine designs
with an unexpected edge. Prior to establishing Sarah Maxwell
last year, Acker studied fashion in Florence, Italy, and worked
for designers Anna Sui and Alexander Wang in New York City.
pushing anti-crime measures
ANDY BRACK, publisher
28, 2009 -- Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. is pushing a package
of legislation that seeks to give police more tools to keep bad
guys off the streets.
have some people who are arrested and out on bail for 13 different
offenses, Riley told the Rotary Club of Charleston this week.
He went on to highlight how a person out on bail later was accused
of killing someone.
For the safety of the community, you shouldnt get out
on bond if youve got a history of violence, Riley said.
We need more tools in the toolbox to be able to deal with
crime and gangs, said Reba Campbell of the Municipal Association
of South Carolina. His proposals take a proactive approach
and weve been very supportive of that.
Riley has been pushing legislation that will allow courts to deny
bail to someone who is arrested for a violent offense while already
out on bond for a different offense.
bill protects our communities by allowing the court to deny bail
if no conditions can reasonably assure the safety of any person
or the community if the offender is released, according to
a written explanation in the mayors legislative crime packet.
judges can deny bond if they think someone poses a threat to the
community, but in reality courts often dont, according to
an explanation of S. 6, a bill currently in a Senate subcommittee.
While the idea merits consideration, the state needs to be cautious
about overfixing a problem for the whole state that
may only be a problem in Charleston, warned state Sen. Brad Hutto,
Another of Rileys proposals passed the Senate earlier this
year, but may face more difficulty in the House, Hutto said. The
bill, S. 191, would allow police to conduct warrantless searches
of people on probation and parole in an effort to stem criminal
It is well established that criminal defendants who return
to the same environment as before are likely to repeat their criminal
activity, according to a position paper on the bill. This
bill is aimed at reducing recidivism by attaching as a condition
of granting probation or parole that a criminal defendant consent
to warrantless searches of his/her person or property by law enforcement
officers, and probation and parole officers.
If criminal defendants know that they can be searched day
or night by law enforcement officers, they are less likely to engage
in criminal activity.
While such searches in California have been found constitutional
by the U.S. Supreme Court, there are questions about the rights
of non-parolees or non-probationers who might get caught up in a
search. What if, for example, police conducted a warrantless search
on someones home when a parolee was inside? Wouldnt
that invade the owners property in violation of the Constitution?
Wouldnt such a law also tend to create an environment for
potential harassment, even though the proposed law says the statute
couldnt be used for harassment?
It could be used abusively with some police officers,
Columbia attorney Tom Turnipseed admitted, adding that people on
parole or probation didnt have their full rights back when
they were allowed to return to a community.
Other features of Rileys crime-fighting package include stopping
convicted criminals of possessing handguns or assault weapons; a
new offense for possessing a gun while selling, making or possessing
drugs for distribution; a mandatory minimum sentence for anyone
convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill; and a truth-in-sentencing
measure that requires convicts to serve at least 85 percent of sentences.
State legislators need to take appropriate steps to ensure that
communities are safe and that police need to have to tools they
need. But lawmakers also need to ensure that safety concerns are
properly balanced with privacy and constitutional issues. What may
work for California may not necessarily work for South Carolina.
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Cooper AARP to host mayoral candidate forum
three candidates for mayor of Mount Pleasant will take part this
week in a forum that the East Cooper chapter of the AARP is offering
for local residents. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. in the
cafeteria of Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd.
Joe Bustos, Gary Santos and Billy Swails will be asked a series
of questions formulated by the chapter board and will be allotted
a certain amount of time for answers. Bill Sharpe of Live
5 News will be the moderator. Members of the audience wont
be allowed to ask questions during the forum, but there will be
an opportunity afterwards for the public to meet and speak with
Pleasant voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to elect a mayor and
four Town Council members. Sixteen people are running for the four
County plans Oct.
5 sale of delinquent tax properties
Charleston County Delinquent Tax Division will hold its annual delinquent
tax sale on Oct. 5 for unpaid real estate and mobile home property
taxes. The sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. in council chambers
on the second floor of the Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building,
4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston.
last day to pay delinquent property taxes is Oct. 2. Property owners
who have delinquent real estate or mobile home property involved
in the upcoming sale are asked to contact the Delinquent Tax Division
at 958-4570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
interested in bidding at this years tax sale can find the
current list of properties, as well as some frequently asked questions
and answers, online bidder registration information and tax sale
online. Bidders can also register in person before Oct. 5 at
the Revenue Collections Department in the Public Services Building,
suite B110. On the day of the sale, bidders will have to register
in Public Services Building room A-214.
is free, and you do not have to register to attend the sale.
with questions about the sale can call the Delinquent Tax Division
at 958-4570 or e-mail email@example.com.
Lowcountry Indie Short Film Festival
Greater Park Circle Film Society will screen a new collection of
independent (indie) short films on Oct. 10 at the Olde
North Charleston Picture House, 1080 E. Montague Ave. in Park Circle.
The films will be show in two blocks, one beginning at 5 p.m. and
the other at 7 p.m.
James Sears, executive director of the Greater Park Circle Film
Society, say the festival is designed to showcase local filmmaking
talent. The array of films fits well with the emerging art
scene in North Charleston and our mission of showcasing regional
cinematography, he says. The Carolina Film Alliance is co-sponsoring
theater opens 30 minutes before the show, with tickets available
at the door for $5 per set ($2 for film society members). After
each set of films, the filmmakers will discuss their work. The 5
p.m. set, along with producers/directors, includes Fiore
(Owen Hamilton and Corey Corbett), Le Croisement (Brad
Jayne), Vertigo (Blake Williams) and Dust
(David Smith and John Barnhart). The 7 p.m. block includes Steamed
Milk (Rodney Rogers), Bottom of the Glass (Jenna
Brown and David Smith) and Patrol ( John Ford).
information about these films, along with the final list of films
and their descriptions, can be found at http://parkcirclefilms.org/.
Businesses lend hand
to help Chicora students, projects
recently clocked 450 hours of community service helping out with
projects at the Chicora School of Communications. Nine local businesses
and organizations provided more than 100 volunteers to assist with
twelve projects for Chicora at the annual Day of Caring, sponsored
in the Lowcountry by Trident United Way.
volunteers help paint at Chicora.
volunteers at Chicora came from William M. Bird, the Naval Nuclear
Power Training Command, Chernoff Newman Advertising Agency, MWV
(formerly MeadWestvaco), S.C. Federal Credit Union, Charleston Young
Professionals, Kapstone Paper, Global Financial Services and E.I.
Dupont Hytrel. The groups worked in the schools garden, cleaned
up the playgrounds, added flowers to the schools new picnic
area, arranged classroom libraries, organized closets, sorted school
donations, painted murals and read to students. They could also
be seen eating with students during lunch and playing with students
outside at recess.
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benevolent societies rose to prominence in South Carolina and the
nation in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil
War. Voluntary in nature, these societies frequently emerged from
existing antebellum reform groups or from soldiers aid societies
of the Civil War. By the 1790s the first female benevolent societies
appeared in communities across the nation to augment efforts at
relief for the poor that were conducted by local governments. Dominated
by women from the middle and upper classes of society, female benevolent
societies not only helped the poor but also were an outgrowth of
the religious fervor of the Second Great Awakening, which sparked
a renewed interest in helping the less fortunate.
the best-known and most active female benevolent societies in antebellum
South Carolina was the Ladies Benevolent Society of Charleston.
Formed in 1813 and inspired by the motto I was sick and you
visited me, the society initially provided home health care
to the sick and poor of the city in response to the effects of the
War of 1812. The leadership was provided by Sarah Hopton Russell
and her sister, Mary Christiana Hopton Gregorie, women of means
who had the time to dedicate themselves to charity work. Members
of the society were well connected, from the upper class, and tended
to be Episcopalians. Careful not to become an auxiliary to a mens
organization, members of the Ladies Benevolent Society controlled
their own finances, as is evident by their charter stating that
the treasurer had to be an unmarried woman. ...
the 1820s womens associations successfully competed for charitable
money with established mens groups, such as the South Carolina
Society. Although charity was seen as womens work, men controlled
the public policies and most of the institutions themselves. The
religious rather than the political aspects of charity opened the
door for women to become active participants in society. By 1861
the Ladies Benevolent Society was raising $4,000 annually, and its
meetings were held in public spaces traditionally occupied by men,
such as the commissioners conference room of the Charleston
before the first shots of the Civil War, women began transforming
their female benevolent societies into soldiers aid societies.
In Charleston groups such as the Soldiers Relief Society and
the Ladies Charleston Volunteer Aid Society began rolling bandages
in January 1861. Within months South Carolinas women had formed
150 aid groups. Wayside hospitals popped up along railroad
lines to care for wounded soldiers being sent home.
the war many of these societies transformed themselves into Ladies
Memorial Associations that commemorated the Confederate dead.
women were able to make charity work their career, but
society deemed their work as an extension of womens roles
as wives and mothers. In this way, female benevolent societies and
other voluntary associations gave women the opportunity to participate
in public life without challenging the social and legal boundaries
of the womens private sphere. Female benevolent societies
and, later, womens associations compiled valuable skills that
would prepare women for a full and active political life, culminating
with the winning of woman suffrage in 1920.
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The 29th annual
Taste of Charleston is big so big, in fact, that one day
for the event just wasnt enough. This year the Taste, which
is sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, happens
over a three-day period, Oct. 9-11 (thats next weekend), and
involves four separate events that raise money for local charitable
efforts. Heres a list of festival activities. To buy tickets
to one or all, visit
this Web site.
Chef Competition: Watch local chefs go toque to toque at 6
p.m. Oct. 9 at the Culinary Institute of Charlestons Palmer
Campus on Columbus Street downtown. Tickets: $20.
of the Kitchen: On Oct. 10, again at the CICs Palmer
Campus, local culinary stars will offer demonstrations and CIC
chefs will take participants into the schools kitchens for
some hands-on culinary instruction. Wine and beer classes and
a Taste of the CIC buffet lunch are included. Tickets
are $45. Theres a morning session at 10 a.m. and an afternoon
session at 12:30 p.m.
of the Arts: Gallery Row art shops on Broad Street will be
open for patrons to browse and enjoy artwork while enjoying a
sampling of appetizers from some favorite Charleston restaurants.
The event gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
(Main Event): More than 40 local restaurants will serve samples
of their best fare on Oct. 11 at Boone Hall Plantation. There
will also be a Waiters Wine Race, a selection of specialty
and imported beers, cooking demonstrations, a Best of the Taste
contest, several local bands, and a Kids Corner (complete with
a petting zoo). Things get rolling at 10:30 a.m., and tickets
of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand
like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1743
Today through Oct. 4, various locations. Tickets are now
on sale for the annual arts festival, which highlights black artists'
contributions to dance, music, literary arts, visual arts, theater
and the overall cultural community in Charleston. Schedules, tickets,
more info: http://www.mojafestival.com.
Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30
through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus,
66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating
the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style
and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
Energy Workshop: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Quadrangle
Shopping Center (Weight Watchers building), Highway 17 west of the
Ashley. Free program sponsored by the S.C. Solar Council and the
Sustainability Institute. SCSC Chairman Bruce Wood will lead the
program, and local solar vendors will be on hand to offer information.
Registration not required. More
and Politics in the Park: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1,
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Mix and mingle with candidates
for Mount Pleasant mayor and Town Council at this event sponsored
by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $30; includes
food and beverages. Registration.
4 Paws: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 1, The Landing on Shem
Creek (former site of The Trawler). Fashion show featuring local
retailers to benefit the Charleston Animal Society. The finale will
be a pet parade featuring animals for adoption. Door prizes, freebies,
food and cash bar. Go
online to see a list of items that the animal society is requesting
as donations. Admission: $5 at the door; tickets also available
in advance from Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center at 971-2860.
Tour: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3. As part of the National
Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society, the S.C.
Solar Council is organizing a solar tour in Charleston to showcase
local homes and businesses that have decided to use solar energy.
For more information about the sites and locations, learn
American Festival: Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4, Wannamaker
County Park, North Charleston. Formerly called the Festival Hispano,
the 18th annual festival, sponsored by Charleston County Park and
Recreation Commission, will feature Latino culture. Festival includes
live music, folkloric dance groups, Brazilian martial arts, a salsa
dance contest, crafts, events for kids, and food (including tamales,
empanadas, chorizo, arroz con gandules, and jerk and curry chicken).
Cost: $10 per person, or six Greenbax (free for ages 12 and younger).
Tickets/info: 795-4FUN or check
ONGOING AND SOON
Spirit": Various times, Oct. 7-Oct. 18, Sottile
Theatre at the College of Charleston, 44 George St. Charleston Stage
will present Noel Coward's classic ghostly comedy just in time for
Halloween. The plot in brief: Charles is celebrating his second
marriage when the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, shows up to join
in the celebration. When his old wife and his new wife cross paths
at a séance, spirits and tempers fly. Tickets: Online
or call 577-7183.
Bear Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Hampton Park.
Free, family-focused event hosted by the Park Angels, the volunteer
group of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Events will include storytelling,
face painting, crafts, music, a parade with children and their dressed-up
teddy bears, and a booth where children can plant seeds. Food and
drinks will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring their
own picnic fare. More info: 724-5003 or visit
Branding Seminar: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Wescott Plantation
Clubhouse, 5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville. Sponsored by the
Summerville chapter of the American Business Women's Association
(ABWA), the program is open to the public and will ABWA members
Shauna Heathman of Mackenzie Image Consulting and Cheryl Smithem
of Strategic Marketing & Charleston PR, experts on personal
image, strategic marketing and public relations. They will be discussing
the significance of building an effective and appealing personal
brand to help you reach your career goals. Cost: $20 ABWA members,
$25 nonmembers; price includes dinner and tea or water. Register
by Oct. 3 by contacting Kathy Berman by email
or at 795-9751.
Forum: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Charleston Marriott.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerces Annual Growth Forum
will have recommendations from the city of Charlestons Green
Committee (CGC), which is advising the city in the creation of a
local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. Charleston
County Deputy Administrator Kurt Taylor will provide an update on
major road projects that are being funded through the half-cent
sales tax program. Cost: $45 chamber members, $60 nonmembers. To
this Web page.
Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Dill Sanctuary, 1163
Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of the Charleston Museum will host their annual family picnic,
which includes nature walks, live bluegrass by the Eagle Creek Band,
a Lowcountry dinner (fried chicken, ham, red rice, etc.), a
touch tank with marine animals, games, hayrides and demonstrations
by experts from the Center for Birds of Prey. Cost (all-inclusive):
$15 FANS member adults; $20 nonmember adults; $7 for children; free
for ages 5 and under. Advance reservations are required; call 722-2996,
ext. 264, or register
online through the calendar.
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