South Walton Style: Fashion Week proves Northwest Florida is a catwalk contender

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

"I'm artsy-fartsy — all about the fantasy," Knight added. "When I'm judging the shows I'm going to look at the story it's telling and asking 'Is this fashion?' "

The response was so good from designers and fashion lovers alike that 2014 SWFW is already under way, giving even more proof of South Walton's good taste.

"When people hear you're from the south, they assume you don't know anything about fashion," said Knight, who hails from Atlanta. "But we had Scarlett O'Hara, and she made a beautiful dress out of curtains."


Fashion First

Alongside runway shows that featured clothes from nearby boutiques, the headliner event for South Walton Fashion Week was the competition between the emerging designers. Regional designers from New Orleans , Mississippi and even an Emerald Coast native were given an outlet to highlight their talent and creativity. The winner of the competition was awarded $1,500, a custom photo shoot, a spread in VIE Magazine and a six month-long display at Grand Boulevard's Town Center.

Ashlie Ming, a New Orleans designer, was the lucky winner of the Emerging Designer Contest. Ming, the designer behind New Orleans label Blackout, has southern roots, but big-city experience as a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles .

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