Local designer Cayce Collins makes second appearance at South Walton Fashion Week

Cayce Collins

As South Walton rolls out the red carpet for fashion designers from across the Southeast to show their designs at the beach's third-annual South Walton Fashion Week, organizers are happy to present for the second time local designer Cayce Collins.

Collins and her fashions made their debut at SWFW in 2013, as an emerging designer.

Collins and her family live in Destin.

She moved here with her parents in 1982 and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, then Florida State University.

"I moved away a few times, but always returned. I consider this home," she says now.

The designer was introduced to the art of creating her own clothes as a child by her grandmother who taught her to sew.

"She never used patterns and she inspired me to become a lifelong sewer," said Collins.

Collins now has three kids she home schools. She also teaches fitness classes and does alterations and custom sewing from her home.

Her custom creations she will be showing during Fashion Week will be her swimwear, cover-ups, and resort wear, which, living at the beach, have become her favorite things to make.

Collins said growing up at the beach inspires her creations, and is her inspiration to lend a new concept to the swimwear she sees on the beach.

She believes hers have a Bohemian style and she uses a lot of mesh, with many pieces being reversible.

Paired with her cover-ups and resort wear, Collins confidently says that she could outfit any woman for a vacation to the beach.

In addition to designing her own outfits, Collins also manufactures them.

She has had some of her designs in area boutiques in the past, but presently does not. However, she will have a line for sale following Fashion Week. Her designs start at $99.

The Cultural Arts Association's Rebecca Balkcom said designers are selected for the show after a call for designers and models is issued. A panel selects from those who apply.

"A lot apply from across the country as it is evolving into a nationwide search," she said.

This year's call resulted in 16 designers from predominately across the Southeast being selected, as well as 90 models.

"It's growing, and we believe it will continue to grow each year," said Balkcom. "This year's caliber of designers and models are very impressive. I see them seeking us out more and more each year as our reputation grows throughout the country and South Walton becomes known for this event."

Collins' designs will hit the runway Thursday night during South Walton Fashion Week's boutiques and emerging designers' showing.