Columbia-based fashion designers vie for Belk showcase

April 30, 2013 

Two Columbia clothing designers, Annabelle LaRoque, owner and designer of LaRoque Studio Boutique on Devine Street, and Heather Menzie Gressette, owner and designer of Eden Blake LLC, have been selected as finalists in Belk’s 2013 Southern Designer Showcase Competition.

The two will be among 31 designer presenting their collections to Belk judges at the company’s headquarters in Charlotte on May 22. Winners of the competition will have their designs featured at Belk stores around the country and sold on, according to a news release on Tuesday.

Here is a list Belk released of all of the designers:

Kari Bryde, Little Rock, Ark.

Rhonda Wyman, Union Mills, N.C.

Jill Johnson, Vacaville, Calif.

Lori Cunningham, New York, N.Y.

Emily Elizabeth Scott, Wilmington, Del.

Emily Papuga, Charleston, S.C.

Jessica Fulks, Atlanta, Ga.

Anne Hughes, Charleston, S.C.

Stuart McClean, Atlanta, Ga.

Annabelle LaRoque, Columbia, S.C.

Ali Howell, Atlanta, Ga.

Heather Menzie Gressette, Columbia, S.C.

Sheree Crumpton, Fairburn, Ga.

Marie Rhodes, Starr, S.C.

Maria Harper, Jonesboro, Ga.

Julia Davidson, Summerville, S.C.

Charlene Dunbar, Lilburn, Ga.

Andrea Young, Woodruff, S.C.

Darrius Curry, Lithonia, Ga.

Orean Collier, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chiarra Joseph, Valdosta, Ga.

Diane Wallace, Knoxville, Tenn.

Ashley Anderson, Jackson, Miss.

Heidi Murphy, Sevierville, Tenn.

Perla Segovia, Atkinson, N.C.

Hanh-Lucy Dang, Dallas, Texas

Bradley Rhyne, Charlotte, N.C.

Dora Yim, Richardson, Texas

Tsvetelina McAuliffe, Concord, N.C.

Regina White, Chesterfield, Va.

Chantrelle (Elle) Parkinson-Cue, Raleigh, N.C.

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