Charleston Fashion Week recently announced the eight semi-finalists for the 2010 Emerging Designer Competition: Southeast. Five of the finalists are from the Charleston area, two of them recognizable from the city’s various fashion events — Chelsie Ravenel and Anna Lassiter are models as well as designers. The other Charlestonians include Barbara Beach, Jamie Lin Snider, and Julia Faye Davison. Rounding out the competition are Larika Page of Lithia Springs, Ga., Hannalei Taylor of Monroe, N.C., and Uriel Zamora of Hialeah, Fla. Uriel’s the youngest at 23, and the oldest is Larika, at 31. For the first time in CFW history (well, besides Marysia’s occasional kid’s swimsuits), Barbara Beach presents a children’s line.

All eight designers will debut their spring collections opening night of Charleston Fashion Week in March. Three finalists will advance to the design challenge of the competition (a la Project Runway) which culminates under the tents in Marion Square on March 20. The grand prize winner will receive a free runway show at CFW 2011, a booth at the AmericasMart® Atlanta Apparel Market, a $15,000 website from F22 Design, and $1,000 cash prize. Learn more about the semi-finalists at

In other CFW news, Project Runway finalist Carol Hannah Whitfield will debut her collection during the Bridal Couture Show.

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