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    Elysium Salon is Sponsoring and Doing the Hair for The Lowcountry Children’s Center Fashion Show on Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Freshfields Village at Kiawah. Please Join Us for This Great Charity. All proceeds will benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center.

    by  • May 18, 2012 • Hair Tips

    Event Website (HERE) www.dnlcc.org

    Rosanna Krekel of The Fashion Group International will be the host for the evening. Participating boutiques include Coastal Palms Island Apparel, J. McLaughlin, Papaya Island, Pink Boulevard, The Old Rangoon, The Resort Shop, The Spot, Tommy Bahama presented by Palmetto Island and Vineyard Vines presented by Coastal Palms.

    Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which provides hope and healing to abused children and families. Tickets can be purchased on the Dee Norton website or by calling (843) 723-3600. Tickets include bites from Newton Farms Catering; champagne, beer and wine will be available for purchase at a cash bar offered by Java Java.

    Event sponsors include: A Charleston Bride, Alexandra Styles, Apricot Hill, Beachwalker Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Elysium Salon, Gamble Home Services, Java Java, Kiawah Fine Jewelry, Kiawah Island Real Estate, Kiawah Seabrook Medical Care, Newton Farms Catering, Skirt Magazine, The Taylor Agency, Tout Talent.

    Ed Kavishe CEO Fashion Wire Press Interview by Andrea Serrano Fashion Stylist

    by  • May 3, 2012 • Hair Tips

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ed Kavishe at the most recent Charleston Fashion Week in March. He is the founder of Fashion Wire Press, an online media company that licenses and distributes fashion week photos and video from every major Fashion Week all over the world. I was impressed that this globetrotting fashion photo mogul made time in his hectic schedule to be a part of Charleston Fashion Week for the past 3 years. Ed Kavishe makes it all seem so easy being the CEO and main photographer for Fashion Wire Press. Having been to numerous fashion weeks in New York, I know the magnitude and pressure these photographers face to get that perfect picture of the model coming down the runway.

    His passion for shooting runway photography has inspired him to document the fashion outside of the shows on his blog A thing of Beauty. The editors, models, and taste makers that he shoots rival the collections shown on the runway, proving that street style has tremendous influence. Ed Kavishe also features more candid images on his tumblr – instagrams by Ed Kavishe, where he captures runway behind the scenes, the action outside of the shows, and an all access look into v.i.p. industry events.
    READ MORE HERE @ andreaserrano.com

    Hair by Charlotte Belk for Charleston Style & Design Magazine Spring 2012 | Color Palette

    by  • April 27, 2012 • Editorial

    Hair by Charlotte Belk weddinghairbycharlotte.com
    Make-Up Elina Mille bellelina.com
    Photography Travis Teate TravisTphotography.com
    Fashion Styling Anna Stahl & Anrea Serrano andreaserrano.com
    Photographer: Travis Teate, Fashion Editor: Anna Stahl, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano, Hair: Charlotte Belk, Makeup: Elina Mille, Models: Anne Hardcastle and Caleb Ellis from Tout Charleston
    En Plein Air
    Red and white printed long halter dress by Issa from Berlins for Women. Silver bamboo cuff and earrings by Thistle and Bee from Dazzles. Rainbow wedge heels by Kate Spade from Copper Penny Shooz. Blue-and-white check jacket and white linen dress shirt by Scott James. Red paisley pocket square, Khaki pants by Robert Graham and blue loafers by Donald J. Pliner, all from Berlins for Men. Shot on location at Coleman Fine Art.

    INTERVIEW: A Conversation With Damon Dash & Local 172 Pops Up In Charleston | by Ayoka Lucas

    by  • April 17, 2012 • Events, Lifestyle, News

    Charleston Fashion Week with McKenzie Eddy & Damon Dash

    Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) attracts a number of big names from the fashion world but in all honesty, who would have ever thought it would hold court for a music mogul like Damon Dash? It did and even further managed to spark a greater interest for him in the Holy City which has been on his radar for sometime. Over the past few years his focus has expanded beyond what most would attribute to his legacy, rap, and now he is the steam behind a collaborative movement that presents music, art, fashion and multi-media as one, under the name DD172. A new rumor has surfaced since CFW that Dash plans to set up shop right here in the Lowcountry and it’s proving to be true with the private beach party he hosted this weekend leading up to Thursday’s Local 172 Pop Up shop hosted by Visualive and JLINSNIDER. Last week I took the opportunity to chat with Dash to find out why Charleston and why now. Here are a number of in-depth statements I took away from our conversation giving you a peek inside the renaissance mind of Damon Dash:

    On Charleston…

    “This is what my friends say about Charleston, all of them, ‘I love Charleston, I’m going to retire there’. I feel like why do people want to wait to live a good life when their older. Why wait? That should be the trick… to live a really good life and kind of monetize having fun. So I think that also can happen in Charleston. So I want it to be the new New York. ”

    AL: Is that why you are setting up shop here?

    “100%. It just makes sense. Kind of like when McKenzie (Eddy) and Raquel (M. Horn) came into my life, they became somewhat of my muses. They are from Hilton Head but they lived in Charleston. They have the lay of the land. When I come out there I already know exactly where to go and I’m already built in. There is an outlet already set up. It’s not like I have to tell people in Fashion that they would have to set things up. There’s already a Fashion Week. There’s already a desire and a demographic and there is an opinion leader out there (in Charleston).”

    “I feel like Charleston is the New York of the South. Like Hong Kong is the doorway to the rest of China and America is the door way to the rest of the world. This is the reason why I want to set up shop.”

    DD172 & Visualive BBQ Beach Party

    On Charleston Fashion Week…

    “I was really impressed with the event. I was impressed with the infrastructure and execution. I see the videos and the editing. Your moving a little quicker than some people in New York. A lot quicker. I completely see what you are trying to do and it falls in place with what I’m doing.”

    On his new television network…

    “I’m also launching my television network and I thought ‘You know what would be ill is if I gave it to the South before I gave it to New York.’ So I’m going to do my launch officially for my new television network in Charleston.”
    On his art movement…

    “Charleston is a good address. I have a gallery in Hong Kong, a gallery in Charleston which I’m opening up now, New York on the Lower East Side and Harlem. These are places that I really love, it’s a good perception and I like every bit of it. It’s actually a no-brainer.”

    On Local 172 Pop Up Shop…

    “I’m bringing a lot of vintage clothing lines. We have stores in our galleries in New York. A vintage store called Local 172. So we will be bringing all of that good New York vintage at a good price point. And we are going to bring some art. Raquel is going to do an art exhibit and she is from the South so I thought it was fitting. Mckenzie is going to perform, she is the president of my record company and also an artist. So the story is good that they are bringing it home. Also putting Ben Fagan in business. We had a show for him in New York, we have made records and videos and all of that. So they are also trying to bring artist that are in Charleston that deserve to be seen by everyone else and giving them a platform as well which I think is admirable. I like that a lot.”

    More on music…

    “I’m also about to get my country music on for a little while. Like, why not? I already did rap, I don’t really need to do that no more. I did the rock and roll thing- The Black Keys. That was easy. That was a breeze and I’m not trying to be cocky but it’s just that it inspired me. So now I’m like let me see if I can crack some country music. It’s going to be fun. Like a metropolitan cowboy… like a new kind of country. We call it ‘young country’. So it’s like people from Charleston and the South will have the ability to have producers from the North, like New York and filmmakers, and the platforms to perform in NY and see what happens when that goes down. I’m also going to bring the newest stuff. Like the rawest coolest stuff from New York I’m definitely bringing to Charleston. To me, it’s like if you perform in NY you have to perform in Charleston.”
    Live music with Kat CHR, Rachel Kate and Ben Fagan

    In a nutshell and in his own words when all is said and done, Dash just wants to “flavor Charleston up a little more.”

    Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action this Thursday, April 19th from 7 – 11pm at JLINSNIDER hosted by DD172 and Visualive. Local 172 has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out NY and Vogue Magazine and will deliver vintage, art and music! Admission is free!
    charlestonmag.com a conversation with damon dash


    by  • April 15, 2012 • Did You See This?, Events, News, Products, Specials


    Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, this luxurious salon makes every guest feels part of this great southern city. Renowned as Charleston’s epicenter of hair, beauty, fashion and make-up, its contemporary and old-world charm leads the Southeast in advance education.

    Elysium’s first class salon and education facility sets the standard in advance education. The Elysium Education Center offers advance classes in Hair Cutting, Hair Color, Editorial, Wedding and Advance Hair Styling, Make-Up, Classic Barber, Brand Building, Creative Marketing and Client Building.

    Passion is the core of our philosophy at Elysium. Our mission is not only to style our clients, but also to ignite and nourish their passion for style, beauty and fashion.  We are especially passionate about attracting talented students and stylists for the Elysium Education Center.

    Not only can licesened professionals attend our day classes. The Elysium Education Center has been training and graduating aspiring hair stylists for the past 10 Years. Train on the job with a daily curriculum, apprenticing under licensed Master Hair Care Specialist, with credited hours to The South Carolina State Board. After 1900 Hours, apprentices can take the South Carolina State Board Final Exam to become a  S.C. licensed hair stylist. After this intensive training, our stylists become trained to execute all hair services and work on the floor with an ever-growing list of clientele. We prepare you to succeed in the salon and in life.


    For Information On Applying For Classes or Hair School, Please Call (843)937-0700


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    Charleston S.C. 29401

    Elysium Salon Stylists & Contact Information

    by  • April 7, 2012 • Hair Tips


    Kevin  Belk (843) 937-0700   For Online Booking With Kevin Click On Photo

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