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Berny Martin (Catou)
20 Sep

Berny Martin (Catou)

Berny Martin Founder of Catou Fashion/Midwest Fashion Week & Fashion Community Foundation Bio: For Berny Martin, fashion designer and founder of Catou—an internationally-recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear—fashion has always been a way of life. After earning a computer technology degree from Purdue University in 2002, Martin realized that his true passion had always been fashion. His lifelong dream came to fruition with the launch of Catou in 2005. Martin has shown his collection on runways all over the world, including Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and Munich, and the label has been worn by countless celebrities including Billy Porter, Jim Parsons, Tom Payne, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, just to name a few. Catou has been featured on a variety of...
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20 Sep

Carol Bouwer (Carol Bouwer Hand Bags)

Carol Bouwer Bio: Carol Bouwer is a successful South African businesswoman and television presenter. Carol Bouwer bags are made in Cape Town and we adhere to exacting standards, using the very best materials South Africa has to offer. Our local team has trained over many years and this artisanal mastery will continue to grow as the brand grows. Job creation is at the core of what we do and we insist on keeping all our production local. We believe that it is important to instill pride in South African brands and that premium brands don’t necessarily always have to come from foreign lands. This is a prime example of beneficiation in action. We pride ourselves on the fact that every signature Carol Bouwer...
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20 Sep

Odysseus Shirindza (Arnreuby)

Odysseus Shirindza Bio: With over 15 years in the creative industry - Odysseus Shirindza’s background in fashion design has equipped him with the necessary skills to freely and confidently explore various sectors of the creative industry. He’s a dynamic creative thinker with a solutions-based approach to problems and situations. He’s passionate about change and creating efficient work environments through creative solutions while meeting company objectives and bottom lines. His experience is wide, from working as a fashion designer for multiple local brands, a designer at a leading South African retailer, to working in an award-winning advertising agency as a designer and as customer service for a global online retailer servicing the US market. He has also had the opportunity to challenge himself in...
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20 Sep

Inga Gubeka (Inga Atelier)

Inga Gubeka Bio: Inga Atelier is in a class and concept all its own. Launched in Johannesburg by Creative Director Inga Gubeka, the brand is the next level of cultivating and celebrating the diversity that resides within the continent of Africa. Now with an international following that continues to expand with each collection, Inga Atelier is dedicated to creativity and innovation for the upscale and fashionably forward....
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19 Sep

Heather Marie… (Heather Marie… Designs)

Heather Marie Designs Bio: Heather Marie… a 1999 chemistry graduate of Butler University, who earned a Masters of Organizational Management of University of Phoenix Dallas Campus in 2005, resigned from corporate America in 2019 to pursue her dreams with Heather Marie Designs. Although Heather Marie Designs was established in 2013 to create custom apparel for numerous brands, individuals and several private labels, Heather Marie… reinvented the brand in 2019 with designing luxurious custom fedoras to have rock star, eclectic and classic characteristics that expand wardrobe essentials. Haus of S.E.L.F. (Stylish Eclectic Luxurious Fedoras) have a drawstring inside sweatband for size adjustments which is excellent for those who wear wigs, hair extensions, braids and/or locs. About her collection: Heather Marie Designs presents: COVERED Bespoke Collection. My inspiration...
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17 Dec

Spotted: Discovery on the Runway

*This article was authored by Freelance Writer, Kate Mazzarella-Minshall, and was originally posted on No Strings Attached News. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them." — Marc Jacobs Photo Source: Esscence Taylor Instagram The dream of every model is to get discovered but have you ever wondered how some models actually get discovered? Becoming a model can be daunting. Even when you have the right looks, getting discovered is often challenging; it takes perseverance, discipline and an unwavering commitment but most importantly, the right contacts. It’s not always about being the most beautiful, it takes someone who sees the uniqueness in you and is willing to invest their time and energy in you to unlock your potential. Typically, each model's...
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15 Nov

Designer Spotlight: Elan Furs

The next label to be highlighted in our Designer Spotlight series, as well as to grace the runway at Midwest Fashion Week (MWFW) Indianapolis’ Fashion for a Cause event, is a staple in the midwest fashion industry, and a long-time partner of MWFW. With two locations in the region– one in Indianapolis and one in Morton Grove, Illinois–Elan Furs is a family owned business of more than four generations, dedicating it’s stores to luxury fur, leather and shearling designs that can’t be found anywhere else. With sizes ranging from petite to plus, there is truly something for everyone.   Aside from stocking their showrooms with pieces from esteemed designers such as Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Pisani, Zuki and Louis Feraud, they also...
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30 Apr

Fashion Week Recap Post

The fashion presence in the Midwest is real and this organization works to make sure we are recognized in this space. I attended my first Midwest Fashion Week show in October last year. It was amazing to see these young designers displaying their creations on a runway. I kept thinking "How cool that they've envisioned this, sketched, created it, and brought it to life on this runway." This year, I had the opportunity to be a small part of the planning process. Berny Martin, founder of Midwest Fashion Week, contacted me after the show in October to share a little bit about his story. He also shared his passion for generating an understanding of cultures and places through style. I thought that...
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30 Apr

MY FIRST FASHION SHOW EXPERIENCE

On March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick’s Day) I took a trip to Chicago to meet the directors of Midwest Fashion Week in hopes of simply getting a press pass to blog about the show. Being an influencer at Fashion Week was one of my goals I set out for the year back in January. Little did I know I would be meeting Berny Martin, founder of the organization. Weeks passed, one thing led to another and I ended up not only receiving my press pass but becoming a member of the media team and hosting both shows on the @officialmidwestfashionweek account! Because of this I was able to share this experience with some of my fellow bloggers and very best friends!...
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10 Apr

Elan Furs

Elan Furs is a family owned business of more than four generations with two locations in the Midwest – Indianapolis, Indiana and Morton Grove, Illinois. Many American and European designers such as Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Pisani, Zuki and Louis Feraud, as well as our own designs, fill the showrooms in fur, leather, shearling and accessories. Sizes range from petite to extra plus for men, women and children. We specialize in custom designs – fashioning unique creations for every whim and fancy. In addition, we can create fashion makeovers for your older or inherited garments. Home furnishings such as pillows and throws, accessories and novelty items, such as teddy bears and doll coats can also be found in our salons. Other...
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6 Apr

Sylwia

SYLWIA is a clean and esthetic line of sophisticated silhouettes. Our fabrics and way of tailoring deliver comfort and practicality, as well as a modern approach to classic rules of accentuating strength and femininity.Through the years, our designs have appealed to many women, from young and chic business professionals to ladies that wish to stay elegant attending luncheons, charity or family events. We take pride in details. SYLWIA designs are made from finest materials with special importance of quality. Our carefully chosen fabrics allow us to achieve a tailored look while also providing wearable comfort. The designer of SYLWIA, Sylwia Wilczynska, started in the fashion world by teaching herself step by step the craftsmanship of designing and tailoring. First, trough her childhood,...
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6 Apr

Darren Buchanan

Fabric da Vinci is truly a modern-day Renaissance man. Difficult is the task to categorize the rapper, designer, gentleman, and scholar; as he is also a globetrotter, entrepreneur, fine artist and leader, among many other things. The creative is obsessed with practicing vertical integration throughout his work. Thus, the interdisciplinary intellectual controls most of the creative process from the direction of photography and video editing to the graphic design, page layout and copywriting. With this said, the polymath seeks to use his content to educate, inform, inspire and entertain his audience ...
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5 Apr

Arela Kharis

A designer coming from the inner city Gary, Indiana.  Once dreamed a dream that would last forever. At once it all began as just a hobby but turned then into a deep Love, passion and way of life. A passion that has lead her down a road to be known as an ambitious, faithful dreamer.  Creating a brand that would eventually be birthed from the meaning of Gods Grace. She seeks to take on the fashion world one step at a time. Keeping those things in mind that has inspired her the most (God-Her Leader/Her#1, Family-who holds the keys& Aaliyah—Ultimate Legend) . She goes on to develop designs that takes on a range from concept ,to urban to an individual of sophistication. She is...
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2 Apr

Katy Newton

Katy Newton is the Art Director and Designer for Pan Narrans Artistry. She is a charismatic multimedia artist and teacher with 4+ years of experience. Katy hold’s a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and currently studies Art Therapy at Herron School of Art + Design. She specializes in effectively and economically creating upcycled ensembles through ingenious craftsmanship of recycled, repurposed and reused materials. Her ensembles have been featured on Indy Style, OffBeatBride.com and in local fashion shows at Indy Convergence and RUCKUS Makerspace. Katy was also featured as the guest presenter and designer for the Indiana Recycling Coalition for the annual REVENT Gala to speak about her ecofriendly craftsmanship and to give attendees an intimate look at several of her original ensembles. She is...
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2 Apr

Catou

Berny Martin is a fashioner designer, a style consultant, and a custom tailor. As a fashion designer, the inspiration for the clothes I design comes from everywhere and anywhere I go. From the corner market to the farthest corners of the world. I love to travel and gather colors and textures and looks from exotic places. I also like to stay close to home – and walk through my neighborhood and watch the people around me. I closely study how people choose to express themselves. Or could better express themselves. I like museums and art fairs and festivals. Anything where creativity is allowed to flow. Fashion design allows me to create pieces entirely outside of my own personal area of expression…...
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2 Apr

Sujata Gazder

Sujata Gazder designs apparel for women who express themselves and celebrate their femininity. A hint of mystery mingled with a dash of pep make her designs much sought after by women who want to make a statement about themselves. Her elegant ensembles are timeless, combining tradition with a contemporary edge, the classic with a spicy twist for a fresh, luxurious look. Sujata has presented her signature collection at the American + International Designers Show in New York City. She has designed costumes for the cast of the daytime television show “All My Children” as well as one of the stars Susan Lucci. In September 2006, Sujata was featured in Chicago Magazine as one of the “Rising Stars of Midwest Fashion”. That same...
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2 Apr

Bhavana

Bhavana Jain, PharmD, has launched BhavyJ Designs, a woman’s wear line that offers unique and versatile pieces for the modern professional woman. Practicing as a Pharmacist for 12 years at a local hospital in Chicago, Jain decided to pursue her dream of launching her own fashion line. She started taking fashion classes at College of DuPage while working full time in Pharmacy. She then starts putting the pieces together to create her brand. Three years later, she has now launched her own line, BhavyJ Designs, which offers unique and versatile pieces for the working woman. In this new collection, Jain is offering both a denim line, a more formal line and accessories to complete the outfit. Bhavana Jain currently lives in...
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2 Apr

First Impression Clothing Press Kit

Bold fabrics, limitless concepts, and meticulous research all go hand and hand with her ambition and drive to create something fresh and modern. With 5 years of design experience, Briana has presented First Impression in various trade and fashion shows across the city, and have had clients such as Karlton Humes (@NotKarltonBanks) share and support her designs. The Indy-born designer is a self-taught seamstress with beginnings in fine art and visual communications.Inspired by ideas that resist all “norms”,Briana discovered fashion to be the epitome of self-assurance and point of view. ...
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2 Apr

Spring 2018 Showcases

Midwest Fashion Week Announces Holiday Heroes and International Marketplace Coalition as Charitable Partners for Spring 2018 Showcases Region’s most prominent fashion event returns to Chicago and Indianapolison April 14 and April 20, respectively CHICAGO (March 27, 2018) — With the spring season right around the corner, many Midwesterners are anticipating the return of the region’s most prominent fashion event, Midwest Fashion Week. A showcase of the latest seasonal trends by some of the industry’s brightest up-and-coming designers, this series draws hundreds of influencers, local celebrities and general public, with proceeds going to a designated charitable organization. Today, the Indianapolis-based production company is releasing details regarding dates and not-for-profit partners. The schedule will be as follows: The...
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25 Mar

Defining Your Personal Style

Personal style is elusive, and ever-evolving. Besides I’m sure, if you are like me, you also appreciate a handful of different styles. But which one truly speaks to you? That’s where this simple guide comes in. I share some steps to discovering the particular look that speaks to your most fashionable self. 1. What words would you use to describe your style? (Examples: quirky, polished, bold, experimental, cheerful, comfortable, sleek) Take a moment to think about the overall vibe of your style. What are some descriptive words that come to mind? For example, if my daughter, Emma were to answer this, her answers might look like this: “quirky, playful, colorful, athletic, and casual.” These words will help you recognize an overall theme or feeling...
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25 Mar

Authenticity is the new chic.

​“In order to be irreplacable one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel In a City saturated with so much energy, vibrance, and inspiration sometimes it’s easy for your own creative energy to get lost in the noise of it all. How do you stay relevant, and stay true to yourself at the same time? If you’re in the creative industry like me, you know this struggle is REAL and it’s a never-ending battle you’re going to have no matter what. This is one reason I love expressing myself through fashion. With fashion, the possibilities are endless. You can take the trends and bend them to your favor--using them as guidelines to create something totally new and different and so you. I’ve...
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