State of Lace
Modern Trousseau Charleston Fashion Week Showcase
"There's a story behind every dress," Callie Tein, lace maestro/mastermind behind Modern Trousseau, explains with a dreamy smile while perched on a plush ottoman in her charming Charleston shop. My story with Tein began last autumn when I popped into Hayden Olivia to cover her upcoming trunk show. Tein is one of those women who feels like a long-lost friend within five minutes of meeting. A pro conversationalist, her engaging nature and contagious laugh make her all the more memorable. But Tein's geniality and palpable passion for the craft are just icing on the cake of her nonpareil creations. With exquisite laces (French, Italian, Spanish and custom) in her arsenal, Tein's gossamer confections have consistently set the design bar high. And her new collection was no exception. Pushing the envelope, Tein embraced color and texture, giving signature silhouettes a fresh, playful update. A showstopper and personal favorite (coincidentally named the "Laurel") boasted airy layers of silk chiffon and an ever-so-faint pink ombré hem. My heart skipped a beat as it floated down the runway. Flirty mini frocks and drop-waist gowns with architectural chiffon and hand-pieced feathers were equally stunning. Tein told me in one of her absorbing tales that the company from which the feathers for her regal "Swan" gown came had them previously on reserve for one person only: "Her Majesty." Quite the story for a fairytale collection.
all photos: BlueSky Studios