Back again, for my second evening, March 17! Thursday night was not as eventful, mainly because of thelack of emerging designers and the presence of Belk (a well-known, dominating force). My first night working backstage, each designer had one tent, but last night, comparatively, Belk had three tents. As soon as I arrived two women in charge of the Belk show made me watch the tents (while no one was there) for over two hours. However, 30 minutes in, they stopped back for a few moments, told me to grab a chair to rest while on watch – since it was, in their words, “the calm before the storm.” It was very slow, especially during the first hour, unlike the night before, and I was freezing my butt off because fans were on.
During my time of guarding the tents (ha), I may have done some people watching. There was no work to do; I did not want to be seen looking at my phone too often and appearing unprofessional. There were several people I recognized from last year as being “high up” on the CFW leadership ladder, making the rounds backstage. There were definitely some trends going on between the models backstage, since they too had little to do but sit around and wait. Those trends? Models were trying to keep busy yet comfortable, so several would walk through backstage, go outside, and walk back in, over and over again–all while carrying iced Starbucks drinks and wearing sunglasses indoors. A male model I recognized from the night before took out a huge bag of trash, apparently because he was just that bored… or for the sake of altruism. Also, a hair and make up guy wore a go pro type camera on his hat the entire time. Now, I would like to see that footage.
The most exciting part of the night for me was seeing Andrea Serrano, who runs Charleston Shop Curator. I followed her on Instagram for about a year, so, I of course was “fangirling” inside. She looked so chic and put together! Her hair was in a perfect low bun, and she was wearing sunglasses with lightly-shaded lenses. She hugged the people backstage that she knew and was kind to the people she was introduced to. Her subtle elegance and genuine friendless made her one of my role models to an even further extent.
That is it for my Thursday night backstage at Charleston Fashion Week. Have a great weekend!