Suited for Business Fashion Show


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.

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