The Magic of Charleston Fashion Week

At 26 years old Afriyie Poku considers himself to be a self-taught designer who draws his inspiration from day-to-day life. His personal style is “fashion-forward with past influences” and he peeks interest with his notably “tall hair.”

As the winner of the 2013 Emerging Designer Competition and the People’s Choice winner at this year’s Baker Motor Charleston Fashion Week, Poku took Charleston’s fashion scene by the silk reins.

And now that CFW has come to a close with the announcement of his win, the greater Charleston area has been thrusted out of the great white tents in Marion Square and back into reality.

Several students from the College of Charleston rip the runway for emerging designers in Charleston Fashion Week. CFW came to a close this year on March 23. (Photo courtesy of Charne Turner)

Dozens of College of Charleston students will be back to their usual routine of staying up late to work on a group project rather than staying up late to meet with designers like Poku in the Style Lounge tent. Students found ways to be involved with the annual extravaganza by interning with CFW, volunteering, working as a runway model for a designer or through media outlets such as the local station, Channel 5 News, who had representatives under the tents every night of CFW.

And each night brought a heap of wonder that opened the eyes of tourist, locals and students alike to the exciting world of fashion innovation.

Poku describes his Fall 2013 menswear collection as a modernization of 18th and 19th century menswear. “Inspired by Ghanian-born British designer Ozwald Boateng’s use of color and refined cuts, I’ve been tailoring apparel since I was in my early teens in West Africa, de-constructing and re-styling garments to set my look apart,” Poku said to Charleston Magazine

And whether the onlookers were inspired by Poku’s nostalgic style or by one of the other 35 runway shows there were a plethora of opportunities to encapsulate the minds of fashion seekers.

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