CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week®(CFW), one of the leading fashion events in the U.S., is proud to announce the Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists for CFW 2015. Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top 20 Designers were selected from more than 170 applicants who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway in front of leading fashion insiders and more than 1,000 guests. Scheduled for March 17 – 21, 2015 under the tents in downtownCharleston, S.C., the five-day event showcases collections of emerging designers, nationally renowned designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents such as the Belk Tent, and shopping in the night club setting of the Style Lounge, hip after-parties and much more! Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com

The CFW Emerging Designer Competition began eight years ago and serves as a platform for undiscovered talent and connects them with fashion industry insiders. Previous winners and contestants have been featured on CNN, VOGUEMarie ClaireELLEWWD, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editionand other major media outlets, as well as having their collections picked up by stores such as Anthropologie, BARNEY’s New York, and Neiman Marcus.

This year’s fashion panel is again headed by fashion Icon and New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallisand includes well-known designers Todd SnyderDavid HartHunter BellCharles HarbisonLindsey Carter,Katherine McDonald and fashion blogger, Andrea Serrano. The Emerging Designer Grand Prize Winner selected by the panel at the end of the week will receive a prize package worth more than $25,000 – the largest grand prize in the competition’s history, including a chance to be a featured designer at CFW 2016, an internship during New York Fashion Week 2015 and a once-in–a-lifetime opportunity for a private lunch with Fern Mallis.

The 2015 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists chosen to debut their collections at CFW 2015 are:

Christian Caldwell

Tennessee

Sarah Hazel Cannon & Rachel Cole Cannon 

North Carolina

Sara Ellis Clark

North Carolina

Casey Crespo                    

North Carolina

Amanda Dreesen

North Carolina

Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik

New York

Gloria Forehand

New York

Johanna Hickey & Orea Guthrie

Georgia

Caroline Hulsey

Georgia

Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton

New York & Pennsylvania

Annina King

Pennsylvania

Julie Le & Sean Mueller

North Carolina

Dinah Lightsey

South Carolina

Gabrielle Mandel

Pennsylvania

Christopher John Rogers

Georgia

Roy Blake Smith

New Jersey

Sydney Smith

 North Carolina

Richelle Valenzuela

New York

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman

Georgia

Elyssa Wingard

South Carolina

Tickets for Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com. Prices range from $ 45- $155 for individual tickets to front row weekly packages for $1,100.

Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® welcomed 7,500 guests to last year’s event, and this year will be bigger than ever with an expanded VIP tent, a new interactive tent showcasing CFW’s success stories, a week-long series of bridal events, and more. For more information on CFW, bios on the 2014 Top Design 20 semifinalists, and to purchase tickets, visit the website www.charlestonfashionweek.com.

About Benefitfocus:
Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT) is a leading provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions for consumers, employers, insurance carriers and brokers. Benefitfocus has served more than 23 million consumers on its platform that consists of an integrated portfolio of products and services enabling clients to more efficiently shop, enroll, manage and exchange benefits information. With a user-friendly interface and consumer-centric design, the Benefitfocus Platform provides one place for consumers to access all their benefits. Benefitfocus solutions support the administration of all types of benefits including core medical, dental and other voluntary benefits plans as well as wellness programs. For more information, visitwww.benefitfocus.com

About Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week®:
Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. The 2014 event featured more than 40 runway shows, over 7,000 attendees, Charleston Weddings’ Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition™. Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® 2015 is scheduled for March 17th-21st. For more information visitcharlestonfashionweek.com & for the 2014 recap video visit charlestonfashionweek.com/about

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