Shop Tart fashion correspondent Mikelle Street — who knows way more than she does about fashion — is back with a post about a local designer, Sergio Hudson. The Shop Tart was grateful that Mikelle could go — she wasn’t available — and, let’s be honest, he does a way better job of writing about this sort of thing. She has trouble dressing herself every day!
Besides, she has just returned from a divine massage at the Grand Floridian’s new Senses Spa and she is feeling more than a little drooly. For those of you who have asked about her health: She is feeling much, much better, thanks to Disney Magic and a little lymphatic drainage from Debbie at Senses. Shop Tart Tip: Once you find a massage therapist who can do lymphatic drainage, do not lose that number! Debbie was phenomenal.
So…here’s what Mikelle has to say about Sergio’s latest!
Sergio Hudson, Holiday Collection
When I saw First Lady Michelle Obama speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention I was enraptured. I really was. I mean in the effort of full disclosure I didn’t get to actually get to sit down there in Charlotte and consume the same physical space as oh so many did; instead I was a few miles away prepping that night’s after party for the convention. But between tasks, I caught glimpses of that shimmering Tracy Reese dress paired with those sensible J. Crew heels.
Yes I waxed on and off about the economic translation of the choice, but in those moments it was the visual impact that meant the most. The strength, the femininity, the — yes, all of this is subjective so feel free to disagree — possible iconic nature of the look, that’s what registered with the visual. It was to that place that Columbia fashion designer, Sergio Hudson sought to take us for his Holiday 2012 “MUSE” collection.
The thing about a local designer with a passion for the industry, especially when they are still running a fairly small operation, is that they pour so much of themselves into each piece they create. That’s not to dismiss the work that it takes to make collections at larger houses but, earlier this month at the debut of the collection, it was clear that each model was wearing a garment that to Sergio was more than just a garment but an ode.
Five pieces in all, the collection was Sergio’s first holiday collection. There was the Gwen in a black wool crepe with its peaked shoulders. Small features, like the stretch lining and built in undergarments, speak to Hudson’s principles: pieces designed for real women. A woman of a certain confidence of course in the case of the June — inspired by fashion stylist June Ambrose — which, done in in a black velvet that fits snug around the torso to prevent it from falling, features a peplum around the natural waist.
My favorite of the collection was the Michelle, though. Yes, it held the same category of shimmer as Michelle Obama’s Tracy Reese, but in the context of the holiday collection, the brocade made me think of the beautiful golden angels that sit atop Christmas trees. A showstopper at any holiday party indeed. [Ed. Note: Or Valentine's Day! What are we doing for Valentine's Day? Can we just have a dress-up lady party, where we all shower love on each other's outfits?]
And then of course there was the Scarlett Rutherford. Need I say anything about it? I always have loved a bit of shoulder drama with a full skirt evening gown.
- by Mikelle Street
So…what are you wearing for the next said of winter parties? Don’t fool yourself. They aren’t over! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Shop Tart is feeling sparkly. And what do you think of the collection? The Shop Tart is in complete agreement with Mikelle about the Michelle dress — gorgeous and infinitely wearable!
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- Sergio Hudson, 1830 Sumter Street, 803-728-1312
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