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The Queen City Gives Us the First-Ever Carolina Fashion Awards


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On Saturday, April 24th, The Inaugural Carolina Fashion Awards brought the Queen city out in a sea of blue powered By Level21 Media & Creative Network Studios. With fashion and beauty industry heavy hitters filling The historic Studio 229 On Brevard, the night was set to be unforgettable from the very beginning. Hosted by Ryan Jor El of WCCB News, the evening began with a fashion pre-show showcasing original designs by one-of-a-kind designers like Kitty and Rhodes; with breathtaking artwork adorning the walls, creating a beautiful backdrop, the show featured bold colors, attention-grabbing patterns, and carefully curated designs.

Watch for the Recap Premier (Check your local listings)

 The Awards week of fashion in the Carolina’s took place April 22nd through April 24th.Youtube Recap Premier – May 15th 2021 and I Central Network  Recap Premier Airs- May 16th 2021 

TWENTYONE TV Hosts Yamaris & Jerry took over Carpet .

QC Booths- 360 Experience-

Guests from all over blessed the blue carpet in their fashionable shades of blue cocktail attire, capturing images. As dark blue covered the night sky, the show moved onto the main stage where Media Powerhouse, Radio personality and Charlotte Hornet Host, Jacinda Jacobs continued as host of the awards ceremony where winners were announced in various categories, paying homage to the Carolinas’ best and brightest creatives in the world of fashion and design.

The awards ceremony was the culmination of a week-long fashion celebration that featured several stylish events including the Urban.Street Wear Spotlight- Manifest It Presented By Mr.Soc (April 22nd) and Boutique Chic Hosted By Mrs. North Carolina US Continental at Five13 Studios & The Brown Sugar Collab ( April 23rd). Brought to life by Level 21 Magazine, this year’s Carolina Fashion Awards was in support of The American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer.

Main stage models during Awards Night were from several agencies or independent. Highlighting one agency available during the production was Maevee Modelz Agency a minority owned agency with 4 locations and various models to book for shows, events, and editorials. 

The main show designers for the evening were Demetrius Blayde and Christopher Goff also included in the Carolina Fashion Awards Magazine. 

Demetrius Blayde

Demetrius Blayde started designing back in 2013. He has always had a passion for fashion and design. When in college, Blayde began altering sleeves and reworking t-shirts.With no prior sewing experience he taught himself to hand sew and eventually learned how to use a sewing machine. “I grew up watching anime, and was inspired by the styles and aesthetics that define Asian fashion— from the kimono robes to the silk jackets.” Blayde says. These designs ultimately pushed Demetrius into the fashion industry and inspired the Demi Blvck aesthetic. Throughout the years, the Demi Blvck aesthetic has progressed and transformed, but continues to feel cutting edge and fresh by design. Blayde stated to level21 “I hope that the Demi Blvck aesthetic inspires you in the same way that it continues to inspire me.” 

Christopher Goff

Based in Charlotte, NC, Team Topher is more than just design and fashion.They are a non-profit with roots in the community and strong ties to the city. “We love hard, and push everyone to their potential. Our showcases always consist of our team’s models, and we are thankful to everyone who has dedicated their time and talent to styling hair and applying makeup behind the scenes.” Christopher stated. 

As a non-profit his organization strives to give back to the community while keeping a team building and partnership mindset. Christography’s mission is to support local non-profit organizations while promoting artistic expression, equality, and philanthropy with a focus on youth programs. Team Topher’s mission is focused on the foster care system, and aims to support teens aged out of foster care by providing financial support, professional attire, educational lessons, and a network of opportunities in our local community.

To have been nominated for any of the categories was a definite nod to the greatness of each of these designers, artists, and industry professionals. However, there were select winners by category. To qualify for a Carolina Fashion Award the fashion community must nominate and vote. Professionals must be from NC or SC, currently live in either state or do business with the Carolina Fashion Industry. Nominees must also be involved in the fashion community and have longevity in their field. After the voting period the board of directors with over 15 years industry experience determine the final outcome after all of the previously mentioned criteria is considered.

 With that being stated we give you the 2021 Carolina Fashion Award Winners and Honorees!

Makeup Artist Of The Year

Crystal Jennings

Hair Stylist Of The Year

Christian Cline

Boutique Of The Year

Nyoni Couture

Community Outreach Honoree

Sue Fitch

Social Media Influence

Vikee Koh

Fashion & Tech

Joshua Anglero 

Boutique Designer Of The Year

William Wilson

Emerging Child Model 

Kensyen & Kasyen

Charity Fashion Show

Labor Of Love

Christopher Goff

Fashion Production

The Fashion Excursion

Female Model of The Year

Alexis Rochelle

Male Model Of The Year

Jordan Mitzel

Wardrobe Stylist Of The Year

Maurice Brown

Talent Management Honoree

Gray Models and Talent

Fashion Week Of 2021

Greensboro Fashion Week

Teen Model Of The Year

Kristin Blythe

Child Models Of The Year

Angie & Rosie

Fashion Icon Of The Year

Hade  Robinson 

Fashion Style Blog Of The Year

Melissa Latin

Publication Of The Year

SouthPark Magazine

Model Coach Of The Year

Candice Rushing

Creative Director Of The Year

Michael Lopez

Children Production

CLT Kids

Fashion Weekend

Videographer Of The Year

Laurence Logan

Fashion Producer Of The Year

Christopher Goff

Emerging Designer

Humble Connor

Designer Of The Year

Stevie Boi

Fashion Photographer Of The Year

Kearsten Leder

Foundation Award

Shukura Oni 

Premal Badiani 

Lemond Crayton Hart 

Innovation Award

Toya La’Chelle 

Hudson Brow & Waxing 

Fashion Photographer Of The Year

Kearsten Leder

Leadership In Style 

Designer Diva

Find the Awards information here: @carolinafashionawards // and be sure to catch Jacinda and her husband, Flyty, on V1019 every Sunday on the Flyty and Jacinda show.  Also, check out Ryan Jor El on his show “The Roundtable with Ryan Jor El”.

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