A handful of veteran local designers offer formal and bridal wear in their own showrooms, to loyal followings. Some others offer designs in a range of ready-to-wear sizes, as well as custom-made pieces; others create lines or single looks, and sell pieces to order only. [READ MORE about some of Charlotte’s fashion designers (plus local jewelers, bag makers and more) here.] Runway shows tend to feature a few Charlotte-based designers, but also rely on out-of-town designers, store-brand lines and clothes currently in area boutiques. And they usually keep the scale small; a yearly show raising funds for a particular cause, or two- or three-day “fashion weeks.” Charlotteans in the market for luxe, and with the money for it, can find pieces from the world’s most acclaimed and cutting-edge designers at women’s boutique Capitol. Other locally owned places such as Coplon’s, Taylor Richards & Conger and Paul Simon carry high-end brands, and a broader range is available at the bigger chains in town, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Where Machicao fits in depends on who you ask. Ask him and you get, “In Charlotte, I’m the only couturier” and “I don’t recognize other designers in Charlotte.” เสื้อผ้าเด็กอ่อน ราคาถูก ประตูน้ํา (Couture, if you’re foggy on the concept, is custom-made, fashion-conscious apparel, fitted to the wearer. In some arenas, there are other requirements, but that’s the general idea.) One of Machicao’s dresses from “In the Garden of Memories.” Machicao says he takes more than 50 measurements per gown (and that his prices start at $900 for formal gowns, $1,500 for wedding dresses). And he points out he has shown in New York and Paris: “To me, you are not a designer unless you show in New York or Paris.” Machicao has shown at Tiffany’s Fashion Week Paris – named for a woman named Tiffany McCall, who created the series in 2012 and schedules it near the prominent-designer-and-media-studded (and separate) Fashion Weeks organized by the French Fashion Federation.
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