Greenville’s Pearls and Pumps fashion fundraiser

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Last night the North Portico of the White House as well as the Vice President’s residence glowed pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. On Tuesday evening in Greenville, the TD Convention Center ballroom also lit up pink for Pearls and Pumps. Sponsored by Saint Francis Foundation, this pink carpet extravaganza honored all women diagnosed with breast cancer and raised money to support the work of Pearlie Harris Breast Health Center. In spite of unrelenting rain, a capacity crowd of 600 women showed up to partake of the evening’s stellar entertainment, which included a fashion show. Fifteen models who graced the runway symbolized the face of breast cancer. All survivors of the disease, these women represented a diversity of ages, shapes, sizes, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.

I had the privilege of being the stylist for the show, and delighted in pouring over the latest fall trends in abundant supply at Belk, the show’s retail sponsor. To present Belk’s fall fashions, I dressed the models in some of this season’s big trends, like oversized sweaters, sequined sweatshirts, 1960’s inspired shift dresses, and the colors blue and black and white.

Since I believe that clothes speak their own language, my primary goal was to select an outfit for each model that not only matched their personal style but captured their personality. Based on the time I spent with each amazing woman, I developed a strong impression of what clothes and accessories seemed right for them.

I loved the part I played in Pearls and Pumps from start to finish. Thank you to my fearless, fun, and spunky models. I also extend a heartfelt thank you to the stylists at Meghan Diez Hair Salon and Mary Kay makeup consultants who went to great lengths to make the models feel pampered and look gorgeous.

230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Have you scheduled your mammogram this month and encouraged your mom, sister, or friend to do the same? Only fifteen days remain in October.

Favored footwear at New York Fashion Week

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

If you doubted the wisdom of your decision to stock up on a few pairs of boots after the holidays, then find comfort in knowing that boots of every kind reigned this week at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Models walked the runway in taupe suede high heeled tall ones, and short flat ones that buckled and tied. This favored footwear noticeably took center stage at the BCBG, Koonhor and Emerson shows.

Boots, like blue jeans, endure because of their functionality, comfort, and versatility. I start wearing boots as soon as I feel a slight nip in the air, and wear them until the trees start blooming. Boot wearers everywhere have discovered that they often make an outfit.

New Yorkers love their boots, especially this week as the temps plunge into the teens. Even their furry companions follow suit. Check out this adorable Corgi in his pop of red booties.

Even furry friends in New York love their boots.

Even furry friends in New York love their boots.

Fur unfurled at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Monday, February 10th, 2014

I am currently in New York City for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. This mega style extravaganza at Lincoln Center features the lines of 69 iconic as well as emerging designers. Snow and freezing temperatures here cast a perfect backdrop for the unveiling of fashions for fall and winter 2014. Judging from the abundance of fur on the runway in the form of oversized jackets, scarves, capes, and vests, it is clear that Mother Nature acted as the creative muse for designers from the likes of BCBG to Herve Leger. Menswear inspired coats adorned with fur and leather embellishments, also made a strong showing this week. If climate change continues to deal us brutally cold winters, you can be sure that clothes that keep us warm and dry will dominate future fashion weeks throughout the world.

Wherever I looked this week, I saw fur, both faux and real. I also wrapped myself up in fur for my long walks around the city. Here are a few pics of fur wearing folks.

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Suited for Business Fashion Show

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Corey offers her advice on the latest style trends.

Corey offers her advice on the latest style trends.

I recently hosted Suited for Business, a fashion show at the YWCA of Greenville. It marked the culmination of an entire week’s worth of educational and social events to celebrate National Women’s Business Week. Several area women’s organizations joined forces to offer an impressive list of programs ranging from a luncheon with reigning Miss South Carolina to a presentation on the key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur.

I embarked on this ambitious project with three goals in mind: to recognize the accomplishments of women in business, present an array of stylish outfit options for the workplace, and raise money to support the programs of the YWCA of Greenville. My models, successful business women in their own right, walked the runway as confidently as they do business every day. They wore peplums and lace, sleek motorcycle jackets with dresses, plaid blazers and pops of cobalt. Dillard’s, Haywood Mall, provided the fashions, predominately from the lines of Antonio Melani, Gianni Bini and Vince Camuto. Event partners and sponsors such as Events with Amore, Grand Central Entertainment (DJ EmWy), Clay Daniel and Tara Ricci of Hair Bella Salon, and Upstate Event Services, offered their time and talents to create a glamorous girl’s night out for Greenville women.

DJ EmWy of Grand Central Entertainment created the right musical mood.

DJ EmWy of Grand Central Entertainment created the right musical mood.

No fashion show can go on without a photographer! Greenville’s own, Will Crooks, captured the essence of the evening’s entertainment. A current Furman University student,he is also The Guy Behind the Lens for the prominent Greenville, SC street style blog WAC AVE Street Photography. Will’s “…photographic perspective is focused on creating a positive dialogue and image of personal style in Greenville, SC. Will does not focus on capturing the latest trends but rather seeks out strangers who dress in a self-expressive manner while simply going about their daily lives. His snapshots provide personal style inspiration and expand the viewer’s appreciation of varied individual style”. Here is what Will saw through his artistic lens.

Cobalt blue jacket by Gianni Bini enlivens wardrobe basics.

Cobalt blue jacket by Gianni Bini enlivens wardrobe basics.

The ultimate power dress by Antonio Melani

The ultimate power dress by Antonio Melani

Corey talks fashion with Toni Chapman of Sheen Magazine.

Corey talks fashion with Toni Chapman of Sheen magazine.

The Gianni Bini double breasted blazer sweater makes a professional statement.

The Gianni Bini double breasted blazer sweater makes a professional statement.


Leopard print appeared on and off the runway.

Leopard print appeared on and off the runway.