The 11th annual USC Fashion Week began on Friday with a Boutique Crawl in downtown Columbia, where shoppers had the opportunity to shop with a discount at retailers that will be featured in the Finale Show. It was followed on Saturday with the Midlands Heart Walk, which took place on Colonial Life Arena Intramural Field and raised money for the American Heart Association. The week-long event is put together by the Fashion Board, a student organization centered on growth in styling and passion for design, and aims to help its members succeed in the fashion and retail industries. USC Fashion Week will run from March 26 to March 29 and will celebrate the designs of both students and retailers in Columbia alike. Check out the rest of the events happening this week below.
Fashion week kickoff
Fashion Board will take on Greene Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday to kick off the week’s events. Stop by their table for coffee or tea and other free trinkets.
Student designer showcase
This event, taking place at 701 Whaley at 7 p.m., will feature presentations of designs and collections by USC students and will be judged by America’s Next Top Model’s alumna Bianca Chardei, department chair Mark Rosenbaum, USC alum and Miss Universe stylist Marquis Bias and Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts.
Fashion career networking with Marquis Bias
From 10 to 11 a.m. in the Carolina Coliseum on Thursday, USC students will have the chance to network with Marquis Bias, a USC alum who has worked with Vogue, America’s Got Talent, Nordstrom, Coach and many more.
Finale show and silent auction
USC students will take on the runway on Thursday at 7 p.m. at 701 Whaley as they model designs by local retailers in Columbia. Attendees can participate in a silent auction and enjoy refreshments to conclude Fashion Week.