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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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15 Apr

These Men’s Spring 2021 Fashion Trends Are a Blast from the Past

For a little while now, we’ve been seeing the 90’s trend pop up everywhere in fashion, and this season’s trends for men are no different. Depending on your age, you may recognize a lot of these, and may even feel some stirrings of nostalgia as a result! That said, there are ways to make them work for the moment in a fresh and modern way, without being too “old news”. Let’s take a look at what’s hot this season!   Florals   Tom Ford /  WWD   Florals are definitely in this season for menswear. The bolder the better! Look for neon details, but to avoid that costumed look, don’t go overboard. The florals that are hottest this season are the larger,...
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7 Apr

The Power of Scent: An Interview with Geir Ness, Creator of Disney’s Frozen in a Bottle

Geir Ness has built his fragrance company around the environment that so inspired him while growing up – the mountains near Oslo, Norway. Following his work with large fragrance companies, he returned to his homeland and began a new journey – creating fragrances that brought the scents of his childhood to others. Geir kindly agreed to answer some questions about his role in the fragrance industry, his accomplishments, and where he sees the future of fragrance heading. Here’s what he had to say!   How did you first get involved with fragrance creation? I was doing some freelance work to promote several international fragrances and customers asked me where I was from. When I told them that I was from Norway, they all wanted...
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1 Apr

Midwest Fashion Week Featured in L’OFFICIEL U.S. & Paris

This year L’OFFICIEL Magazine celebrates its 100th year as the official voice of fashion worldwide, and Midwest Fashion Week was honored to be a part of the celebration! This week our recent virtual fashion show was featured in both L’OFFICIEL U.S. and L’OFFICIEL Paris online publications, highlighting five designers to know. This marks the first time in history that Midwest fashion was featured in this publication which has survived multiple revolutions and one World War, never ceasing publication during global turmoil and crises to shed light on the many ways we dress and the beautiful things that fashion often creates.     As a supporter of Midwest Fashion Week, you likely already know that our mission is to share Midwest fashion with the...
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29 Mar

Limitless Creative Exploration: Sustainable Art and Crypto Fashion with Nanu Berks

Few people can say they’ve achieved all of their goals — especially by their early 30s — but that’s exactly what multidimensional artist Nanu Berks has done. Living a nomadic lifestyle since age 14, and fostering her love for art with each new city and personal connection, she has now become the first woman to live-paint and create crypto art in the bitcoin conference circuit, as well as one of the first artists to create fashionable crypto art clothing. I recently had the chance to interview Nanu on exactly what crypto art is, how she uses upcycled materials in her art, and how she thinks the intersection of art and technology will continue to expand. Her insight and experience glean...
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23 Mar

Spring 2021 Women’s Fashion Trends

The weather is warming up, and we’re finding ourselves happily switching coats for jackets, and wool slacks for lighter garments. So, what should you pick up the next time you’re shopping for new items? Here’s a quick list of the spring 2021 trends that you should indulge in. Spoiler: A lot of these were popular in the mid-1990s… Oversized Denim   Victoria Beckham / Source: PopSugar   Wide-legs, high rise, baggy – oversized denim is back. Full-length oversized denim looks best when paired with a heel, and cropped length can be worn with cute flats. To offset the oversized shape on bottom, they are best paired with fitted tops and blazers. Stylist tip: Baggy denim is great, but make sure it fits...
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9 Mar

Could Mushroom Leather Be the Big Textile of the Future?

The leather industry has gotten a bad rap for sustainability and has been proven to have a negative impact on our environment. But what if having a new leather bag didn’t have to mean choosing between pleather, vegan leather, or supporting unsustainable farming practices? You may remember this post we did a while back on Pinatex®, a leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibers, but today we're talking about another alternative—mycelium. MycoWorks has set out to create a replacement for leather made from animal hides with their mycelium-based mushroom leather. This sustainable leather alternative promises to solve the problems of synthetic alternatives. This is great news, as leather from livestock has a huge negative ecological footprint.   Why Search for Another Leather Alternative? Not only...
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25 Feb

Mastering the Runway: A Conversation with Model Scout Pilar Ammons

Model Scout Pilar Ammons knows that not everyone has what it takes to make it in the fast-paced world of modeling—but she's always looking for the next face and willing to help those with an interest. You may remember a bit about her career from this feature on models from the Midwest, but we recently had the chance to sit down with her and discuss in detail her involvement with Midwest Fashion Week, the biggest misconception about modeling, and advice she would give someone just getting started in the world of modeling. Read on to hear her story!   For those who aren’t familiar with your history, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself? My name is Pilar Danette Ammons....
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17 Feb

Leaving a Footprint: An Interview with Etu Evans

A self-proclaimed Lifestyle Architect, Etu Evans’ love of shoes runs deep. As Creative Director of Harlem World Magazine, Founder of Solesville Foundation, and a celebrity shoe and accessory designer whose designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Solange Knowles, Michael B. Jordan and Queen Latifah, he’s a busy man. We recently sat down with the New York-based designer (best known for his purple bottom stilettos) to talk about where his passion originated, how he’s using it to empower others and make a difference in the lives of youth, and what accomplishments he’s most proud of in his career.   Evans with Actor and Community Leader Lee Soulja at the 2020 Black Fashion Matters fashion show in NY / Source: Harlem World Magazine Thanks for...
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12 Feb

Black History Month | Black Designers Who Paved the Way

In honor of Black History Month, we are paying homage to the Black designers who have paved the way in fashion over the last few centuries. Sewing and tailoring have been a part of Black culture for hundreds of years, and while many of these pioneers unfortunately did not receive credit for their talents in their day, we can honor them now and recognize their invaluable contributions to the fashion industry as they always should have been. Let’s take a look at some of the greats by first throwing it back to the beginning of fashion as we know it today.   Elizabeth Keckley   Source: Fashion History Timeline Born in 1818, seamstress Elizabeth Keckley would use her finely crafted designs...
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