Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Project Runway's Carol Hannah Launches Charleston-Inspired Bridal Collection

Project Runway season six alum Carol Hannah Whitfield has launched a bridal gown collection inspired by her college-town of Charleston, South Carolina.

"Charleston has a Luxe Bohemian feel so [the dresses] are high society meets more relaxed," Whitfield told guests at her launch party Monday night at Michael C. Fina's Fifth Avenue store.

"I wanted to do something approachable," Whitfield added. "I wanted to make something a bride could dance in, that doesn't weigh a hundred pounds or cost $6,000."

It sounds like Whitfield's mission was accomplished, with a well-rounded collection of tailored, light-weight gowns averaging between two and three thousand.

Whitfield cut her teeth selling bridal gowns in a salon before her days on Project Runway, so designing a bridal collection was a return to her roots.

"I was making bridal dresses in high school," the 25-year-old gushed.

"Each dress is inspired by the street in Charleston that it makes me think of," Whitfield told Poison Ivy, noting an off-white, sweetheart-neck embroidered number titled "Hazel Street," and a flowy, Grecian dress appropriately called "Society Street."

Season six friends Rodney Epperson and Logan Neitzel showed up to offer support for their friend, while Models of the Runway season one winner Kalyn Hemphill served as a model (right, middle photo).



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