Most days when fashionistas look in their closets, they try to select the perfect outfit. The garments we wear tell our stories. Those stories start in the minds of designers who create garmets for us to wear. Recently I attended Posh & Panache a pre-Columbia Fashion Week event in its second year sponsored by M2 Boutique located at 2317 Two Notch Rd in Columbia, SC. The event included inspiring pieces from the racks of the M2 Boutique. From the first outfit to hit the runaway we were drawn into a world of inspiring fashions. There were blouses singing summer with flouncey fronts and creatively cut out backs. Sleek business attire pieces and a beautiful delicate one piece dress disguised as two piece with a dazzling collar were headliners.
The big surprise of the evening was when boutique co-owner Carissa Strickland announced her upcoming clothing line Ella Jo; paying homage to her mom. She previewed two of her pieces one a unique train wrap piece that can be worn around the waist or as cape just to name a few. In addition she previewed a cowl neck inspired blouse ready for any hot summer day. Additional highlights of the evening were two designers in attendance, Karen Lewis of KTL Shoes and Kayla DeWelt of At First Sight Optical, LLC. Both shoe and eyewear designs provided runway outfits with finishing touches. With businesses like M2 Boutique and other designers of clothing and accessories here in Famously Hot Columbia, you can’t help but find fashion forward pieces for the upcoming sizzling summer days and nights. Scroll down to see some of fashions and people.
Joyce M. Rose-Harris is an activist, blogger and published poet. She has mostly worked as a Digital Director during the 2020 election cycle for the Presidential Primary and General Election. Joyce launched PaisleyPerspective blog in 2011 to be a positive and insightful voice. She has poetry published in periodicals and anthologies. Joyce currently serves on the Board of The Watering Hole, which is dedicated to the growth of poets of color. She spends downtime with her husband, Eric.
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