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Carnaval party to feature 'Studio 54' glitz

By Sarah Francke
Chris Dorst
Jesse Tabit (from left) wears vintage sunglasses from Collage with slacks and a fur coat; Mary Margaret George models a jumpsuit from Collage and red glittery heels from Charlie; Madeleine Johnson Nibert shows off a patterned wrap dress with Kate Spade earrings and a Stella & Dot necklace; Kristin Margolin Anderson wears a sequined top from Collage with black slacks and heels and Kate Spade Jewelry; Shakela Tunstalle's black minidress came from eBay; and Joseph Jenkins showcases a look straight out of "Saturday Night Fever": a pinstripe suit with open purple button-down shirt.
Chris Dorst Shakela Tunstalle wears a strapless black minidress with flared waist, gold accessories and leopard-print spikes, a perfect look for Studio 54.
Chris Dorst Shakela Tunstalle (from left) shows off a sequined top from Collage; Jesse Tabit wears black slacks, a white button-down shirt and sleek red tie; and Mary Margaret George models a purple sequined halter dress from Nordstrom.com.
Chris Dorst Madeleine Johnson Nibert (from left) sports a classic dark green dress with Stella & Dot necklace and Kate Spade bracelet and earrings; Kristin Margolin Anderson shows off a black sequined jumpsuit from Charlotte Russe, paired with earrings from Kate Spade; Jesse Tabit models black slacks with a white button-down shirt and sleek red tie; Mary Margaret George highlights her backless sequined halter dress from Nordstrom.com.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you've always dreamed of partying at one of New York City's most iconic nightclubs, you're about to get your chance. Early next month, Charleston will host an event straight out of the 1970s and '80s.

Studio 54 opened its doors in 1977, and famously hosted New York's elite. Celebrities included Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields and even Pablo Picasso's daughter, Paloma. Actress and singer Lorna Luft described the renowned nightclub by writing, "Studio 54 made Halloween in Hollywood look like a PTA meeting."

On Feb. 1, "Carnaval Studio 54" -- hosted by Friends of the Clay Center -- will transform the Clay Center, sending it back in time with live music and entertainment, dancing, NYC cuisine and possibly even a "celebrity" sighting or two, thanks to celebrity impressionists.

To get the most out of the evening, guests are encouraged to dress the part and mimic the authentic attire and style of the legendary nightclub. The WV Style Team has uncovered a few pointers on how to plan and prepare your outfit for the event.

Guests will see everything from glamorous 1970s-inspired attire to wild and glitzy costumes. If you need to search beyond your own closet or attic for any piece to your outfit, search no farther than Charleston's own clothing shops.

Locally owned shops including Collage and Geraniums provide plenty of options for men and women.

Collage, located at the corner of Quarrier and Capitol streets in downtown Charleston, is bursting with women's sequined tops, a jumpsuit or two, and accessories that would add flair to a men's suit-and-tie ensemble.

In the Bridge Road Shops, Geraniums has beautiful, 1970s-inspired dresses and accessories to glam up any look. You can also head to the Charleston Town Center Mall for inspiration or to complete your look. Be sure to scan JCPenney for menswear and Charlotte Russe for their sequined jumpsuits, shoes and jewelry.

If you want to go all-out for the Studio 54 theme but don't want to buy an outfit you'll only wear once, consider renting your outfit. RentTheRunway.com, a website that allows members to rent designer apparel and accessories on a four- or eight-day basis for a fraction of full price, is an excellent place to find your dream jumpsuit, sequined dress or glitzy jewels. A recommended designer to start with on the site is Mark & James by Badgley Mischka. Their line of dresses available on the site is inspired by unique and eye-catching Old Hollywood gowns. If you're picturing yourself in metallic or sequins, this line will not disappoint.

Designers Nicole Miller and Tibi also display embellished 1970s-to-1980s-inspired evening wear. Additionally, RentTheRunway.com offers more accessories than you could dream of to complete your look.

With Studio 54's reputation for attracting NYC's celebrities and socialites, it's no surprise that the most fashion-forward trends of the 1970s and '80s graced the nightclub each night. Looking back you'll see plenty of fluffy hair, frosty makeup and glitter -- lots of glitter. With this in mind, nail polish such as OPI's San Francisco line will give your look an extra dash of glitter.

Tickets can be purchased through the Clay Center by visiting www.theclaycenter.org, calling the box office or stopping by their downtown/East End location. A single ticket costs $150 and includes an open bar, full menu, valet parking, a silent auction exclusive for Studio 54 guests, dancing and endless entertainment. Proceeds will go to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and the Charleston Ballet.

Sarah Francke is a member of the West Virginia Style Team. The Style Team blog can be viewed at http://wvstyleteam.com/.


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