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This month, Atlanta menswear designer Afriyie Poku will debut his label, Oberima Afriyie, at Charleston Fashion Week. But those in the know are already watching: Last year, he won Charleston’s emerging designer competition—no small feat with judges including designer Christian Siriano, singer-songwriter Ashanti, and Fern Mallis, who actually created New York Fashion Week. The prize was valued at $20,000.
This past week I had the opportunity to travel to South Carolina to attend Charleston Fashion Week. Having lived in New York and attended numerous Fashion Week showings, I was more than skeptical that a small Southern town could compete with the glitz and glam of the Big Apple tents. But let me tell you—I was beyond surprised at the level of talent, style, design, and media craziness on display in this historic city!