Runway ignites with hot summer styles

FashionSOUL explodes with fashion, art and culture

Enemy to Fashion Photo Credit: Justin Smith Photography
Abbeydale Photo Credit: Joey Richey
Frock Shop Photo Credit: Adam Frers

Queen City summer fashion is heating up with the third annual FashionSOUL. Coordinated by Joey Hewell, this event was a fantastic mix of local fashion and talent at Amos’ SouthEnd on May 5 benefiting the Humane Society of Charlotte. Featuring all local designers and boutiques, salons and makeup artists — fashion and art came together with performances by Spiral, VESS and DJs serving up great music throughout the show. Drag favorite Angela Lopez lit up the expansive runway/stage combination along performance art pieces by Queen City Theatre Company and Culture Initiative presenting their project “Where It’s At!”

The interspersed fashion show featured current collections by local designers and boutiques: Andre Jarred of Styles by Andre, FLOW by Tara Davis and V.Vill by Cigi Guz. I was very pleased to see collections show menswear and I would like to highlight those lines: Enemy to Fashion, Frock Shop, and House of Abbeydale.

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Enemy to Fashion

Spearheaded by Creative Director Caleb Clark, Enemy to Fashion takes repurposed surplus materials (generally militaristic in origin) and creates amazing bags, jackets, shoes and other wares. A recent transplant, this local designer has been designing and sewing since he was a child. He prides himself on a label that is all American made and produced with all salvaged materials from across the country from quilts to military tents, parachutes and straps. This collection offered a fantastic array of composited bags, screen-printed shirts with their signature all-seeing eye logo and a particularly bad-ass studded leather jacket any leather daddy would kill for. For more information, visit enemytofashion.com and pick up a bag from their e-store.

Frock Shop

Making her first foray into menswear offerings, Caroline Cook of Frock Shop is very excited to cater to a new demographic with her hugely successful Frock Shop concept. Frock Shop is a clothing resale venue in Plaza-Midwood’s MoNA Gallery that hunts down classic and chic clothing from across the country. Her trademark is clothing revival and with this collection she featured retooled footwear and hand dyed garments in fantastic spring pastels. You can look out for her first menswear trunk show event in June. For more information, visit frockshoprevival.com or her shop in MoNA at 1200 Central Ave. in Plaza-Midwood.

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House of Abbeydale

David Watkins is seriously the coolest guy in Charlotte fashion. A Queen City native, his primary interest is that men look good. For him, fit and quality is his primary goals in a garment. Newly on his own, the first collection from House of Abbeydale was definitely fitted to a “T” as he used “regular” models of friends and family to show that everyone can look their best. His made-to-measure studio is opening up soon in Plaza-Midwood, but you can schedule an appointment with him at houseofabbeydale.com which will also offer select ready-to-wear items in the future as well. : :

Coming Up in Fashion:

Coming next issue will be my summer editorial featuring all the looks to keep you looking cool in the summer heat.

• BRIEF A Fete for Fashion: Date Change! Aug. 11 at eXtravaganza.
• Charlotte Fashion Week: Sept. 12-15 at the Blake Hotel.
• Charlotte SEEN Fashion Week Sept. 17-22 at the NC Music Factory : :

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