Catching Up

Sparse posts, mentions of mysterious projects, travel... there's been a bit going on! Perhaps we should catch up before I go on with any other posts, no? I flew up to New York last month for the Architectural Digest Home Show in March, which was a design glutton's dream. Luckily, we have a direct flight from Columbia to LaGuardia, so I was able to fly in, drop my things off at The Carlyle and get to the Pier 94 in time for Marys & Mimosas, hosted by the lovely folks at Modenus. After drinking on an empty stomach and having been up since 4:30am, the logical next move was to meetings on the show floor, right? Don't worry, I still ended up with a mound of information for various projects.

A couple of weeks later the young fashion and public relations talents of Columbia were in the spotlight for the world to see. The Fashion Board at USC hosted their 4th annual fashion week, which included a student designer competition, a doggie fashion show that benefitted Pets, Inc., a symposium with Hunter Bell of Hunter Dixon and a sponsor show that featured local boutiques. The public relations machine created around this week of events hummed more smoothly than many that I've seen created by post-graduate professionals. The same can be said for the styling of models, the decorating of event venues and the logistics that kept the week together. That's right, the entire week is organized by college students.

I was able to attend the sponsor show on the last night of the week, which featured items from local boutiques such as VanJean, Just The Thing and Bohemian, to name a few. The styling was nothing short of fabulous. If you are in Columbia, keep an eye out for next year's event. It's not to be missed! If you're not in Columbia, keep an eye out for these students. Many of them have already completed internships with the top publishing companies in New York, and we are sure to be seeing their handiwork on glossy pages in the upcoming years.



Oh, and this mysterious project? Well...{{{insert drumroll}}}. This summer will bring a new venture for some of us restless creatives around here. During a long conversation with Gretchen Opgenorth after a meeting I'd had downtown, the brilliant idea came about to put together a web publication called Taylor + Huger. South Carolina has a bustling art scene, a slew of design enthusiasts and has harbored a love for all things green and local since well before this was the trend. I have the pleasure of teaming up with Katie Alice Walker, Chip Oglesby and Anne Postic to showcase the upscale and bohemian chic that South Carolina sends out into the world. We are looking for this to be a biannual project that features designers, D.I.Y. projects, Southern-born brands and so much more. For updates on our progress, please head over to our Facebook page and "like" it. We are so excited to bring this to the world!

Phew! Alright. Time for more work. I'll see you around soon. Stay tuned for more posts... it's Indie Grits Film Festival week and the fashion board's VP of Public Relations, Mikelle Street, will be doing some guest posts on the events.

*Thank you to The Shop Tart for this photo. Shame on my camera battery for dying half way through the event!