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Luis Machicao Bringing Haute Couture Down South

Certainly, New York, Paris and Milan remain the undisputed centers of high fashion. But in recent years, the Carolinas have seen an influx of designers with international backgrounds showing elegant, sophisticated lines that prove haute couture has a home below the Mason-Dixon. Continue reading »

Charleston's Alena Fede dazzling the fashion scene

Alena Fede, who launched her U.S. line in Charleston, is engaged by modern eclecticism. After launching herself in Russia, with the line Fede Grada, Fede came to the United States intending to settle in New York, but instead was drawn to Charleston’s smaller, more welcoming fashion community. “It’s easier to get known here,” she says. “It’s a good place to try to translate some of my Russian ideas.” Continue reading »