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16 Feb

Black History Month: Fashion Icons That Stand the Test of Time

February is Black History Month and, in its honor, we are dishing on iconic figures in fashion whose reputation and contributions remain pivotal. From designers to journalists to models, their careers tell an impressive story that is inspiring and memorable. Take a moment to learn more about these individuals who have played an important role in not just Black history, but fashion history at large. André Leon Talley You may know him by this trademark robes and capes, but André Leon Talley was so much more than a fashionisto. After discovering Vogue Magazine at the age of 10, his love for fashion was uncovered and he would grow up to become an editor-at-large for the same publication, among others. In...
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30 Dec

Cheers to 2021: A Midwest Fashion Week Recap

What. A. Year. While the world was caught between the pandemic and a “new normal,” fashion persisted and continued to bring joy to individuals around the world. We are proud to play a continued role in this joy and have so much to celebrate as we look back on 2021, and ahead at 2022. Take a look at what we were able to accomplish this year!

January

 
Serena Williams Design Crew
What better way to kick off the year than with a Nike collaboration? Right from the start we set out to help the athleticwear giant find midwestern designers for its 2021 Serena Williams Design Crew.

March

  Virtual Paris Fashion Week F/W 2021 When Spring rolled around, it was time to showcase the Fall/Winter 2021 ready-to-wear collections...
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15 Oct

Men’s Fall 2021 Fashion Trends

*The following article was written by Midwest Fashion Week contributor, Ronda Bowen.

Just as the 90’s are having a resurgence in womenswear this fall, menswear is also rocking the styles of the decade. Colors are bold, shapes are bold, patterns are bold – it’s bold all around. While neutrals are also trending right now, consider pairing some bold outerwear with more reserved shirts and trousers. Aside from colors of the moment, take a look at these other great trends to add to your style arsenal right now. Red Giorgio Armani Red is everywhere for men right now. There are red jackets, red coats, red jeans and pants, red button downs, and lots of people are wearing red on red on...
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8 Oct

Women’s Fall 2021 Fashion Trends

It’s time for our favorite season again – fall. And this year, some of our favorite trends from the past are making a reappearance. That’s right, this fall, it’s ALL about 90s-revival looks. This means that some of your favorite summer pieces – slip dresses, micro-minis, and crop tops can move their way into the fall with the right styling and accessories. Prairie Prints Coach Prairie prints are back – and this time, instead of being rocked with cowgirl boots, people are pairing these pretty fabrics with suede and microsuede boots and textured neutral long cardigans. We can’t think of an easier look to pull of for the fall. To keep it updated, make sure the fit is impeccable. Rib-Knit...
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17 Aug

Fashion Careerist | How to Get Involved in the Business of Local Fashion

Photo Credit: Nick Souyris You know what they say – sometimes you have to start at the bottom and work your way to the top. At Midwest Fashion Week we’re often asked, “how can I get involved in the fashion industry?” and the answer is, there are so many ways! Whether you’re just starting your fashion career, or simply want to get involved in the community within an industry you love, starting at the local level can be a great and rewarding experience. Check out these ways to get involved in local fashion and launch your career from the ground up.   Start a Blog or Ramp Up Your Instagram Activity Blogging and Instagram have taken the fashion world by storm! Sharing your personal...
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14 Jul

Where Design & Beauty Intersect | An Interview with Dr. Ameer Baroudi

If you’ve been following Midwest Fashion Week for long, you’ve come to learn that we believe fashion is so much more than clothes and accessories. It’s about beauty, individuality, design, and creativity that knows no bounds. It’s a lifestyle. That’s where Dr. Ameer Baroudi comes in. A cosmetic dentist and clinical professor originally from Syria, Ameer has a unique look at the world of beauty and design, and how they intertwine to create a story of their own for each patient he encounters. We recently sat down with him to chat about fashion, travel and his experience on the Midwest Fashion Week runway!   Tell us a little bit about your background and your career history. I was born and grew up in...
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7 Jul

Finding the Brands and Designers That Focus on Inclusive Sizing

The human figure comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes – curvy, tall, thin, muscular, short – and more designers are creating fashion that everyone can enjoy – no matter their size. Not only is this important for boosting self-esteem and body positivity, but it also helps our society to get away from the toxic diet culture, which has long been associated with the fashion industry. One of the difficulties in identifying brands that are truly size inclusive is that the definition of size-inclusion can depend heavily upon who you are talking to. For example, one designer may believe that their line is size-inclusive, but those who would like to wear the brand may say otherwise. While there is somewhat...
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23 Jun

5 LGBTQ+ Designers to Watch This Pride Month and Beyond

June marks Pride Month, a month-long celebration for the LGBTQ+ community to honor their history and heritage. It is during this time that we reflect on the countless accomplishments and contributions of this community both culturally and professionally, and one industry that has graciously benefitted from its influence is fashion. In this post we’re taking a look at five LGBTQ+ designers who are claiming their success and making a difference through their work. Let’s show some appreciation and support these talented designers, not only during Pride Month, but all year long!   Faircloth Supply   After studying fashion design in London and San Francisco, Phoebe Dahl created Faircloth Supply, an effortless and sustainable collection of linen casualwear. Inspired by heritage textiles and utilitarian workwear,...
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25 Apr

6 Asian & Asian-American Designers to Watch in 2021

Fashion has always been about self-expression and as a highly personal artform, fosters the perfect environment for diverse creativity and talents to emerge and share their voice with the world. Without this diversity, fashion wouldn’t be the same. You’re likely familiar with the likes of Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Derek Lam, Joseph Altuzarra, Thakoon Panichgul, and Prabal Gurung who have studded the pages of Vogue and L’Officiel for decades, but what about the up-and-comers who are working their way to the top? Here are six Asian & Asian-American Designers to keep an eye on this year.   Danny Nguyen   Source: Facebook   Uncovering his love for design at a young age, Danny Nguyen honed his craft under the teachings of his...
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