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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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4 Feb

Making the World Beautiful, One Face at a Time

An Interview with D’angelo Thompson, Makeup Artist and Author   D’angelo Thompson is grateful for all he’s accomplished—and he’s come a long way since his family uprooted their southern life and moved to Chicago when he was in his early teens. He is now the author of A 100 Days of Gratitude, Enhanced Beauty, Enhanced Beauty for Teens, and Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming. He is also a Daytime Emmy Award-Winning Hairstylist (2010-2011) and Daytime Emmy-Nominated for Hair and Make-Up (2009-2010/2010-2011). Recently, we had a chance to ask the accomplished entrepreneur a few questions. Let’s dive in!   You're a make-up artist and groomer. Can you talk about how you got started in your career? I always dabbled with and practiced makeup and hair on my younger sister,...
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28 Jan

The Art of Experience Design with Author Donald Burlock

What does creativity mean to you? Does it simply mean “artistic”, or does it mean something more; something that consumes your entire being to transform the life you lead, whether in your career, personally, or both? Indy native and published author Donald Burlock believes it’s something more—and he’s written a book about it to help others unlock their full potential, or what he calls their “superhuman” nature. From a laidback Midwestern life to fashion photographer to experience designer, Donald has quite a story to tell and we were lucky enough to sit down with him for an exclusive interview. Follow along as we chat with Donald about his career journey, the inspiration behind his book, and how he thinks experience design...
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27 Jan

Designers: Join Us in Partnership with L’Officiel Magazine

Apply to participate in the Spring 2021 Virtual Paris Fashion Show by Friday, February 5th!   Over the last year, the pandemic has quickly rewritten the way we live, work and play, and the fashion industry has moved along with these changes and pivoted to align with the new world. With that said, virtual fashion shows have become the norm, giving viewers around the world exposure to designers they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to experience. Midwest Fashion Week is thrilled to announce that it is once again joining the world stage of fashion in Paris to bring together talented designers for an exclusive virtual fashion show! This event will take place in partnership with L’Officiel Magazine in which participating designers* will have the chance for editorial feature. The Details: We...
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26 Jan

Fashion Meets Architecture: An Interview with David Yeager

Fashion is about more than just clothing.   It’s about design, creativity, and emotion. Similarly, architecture can be viewed the same way. We recently sat down with Midwest architect and interior designer David Yeager to pick his brain about where he gets his inspiration and how he feels architecture and fashion intersect. Take a look at this quick interview and tell us, how do you think fashion and architecture collide?   For those who aren’t familiar, tell us a little bit about yourself! I am from Cincinnati, Ohio but my parents and I moved to Indy when I was about 8 years old. I basically always had an interest from a young age in designing and building things in architecture and interior design. For schooling, I...
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19 Jan

Fashion Diversity: Indigenous Designers To Watch in 2021

Deeply inspired by their heritage, indigenous peoples around the world use their unique skills such as toolwork, weaving, dye techniques, and intricate design to tell beloved stories of their culture. As a result, beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces are put into the world like works of art. Unfortunately, their craft and creativity is all too often appropriated by fashion houses without credit of origination. With 2021 fully ahead of us, let’s give credit where credit is due and make this the year of fashion diversity by supporting multicultural designers as often as possible! Start by taking a look at these indigenous fashion designers and clothing brands that you need to know—and be sure to give them a follow on social media to...
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15 Jan

Serena Williams Design Crew 2021

Nike is currently partnering with Midwest Fashion Week to look for super talented up-and-coming Designers in the Chicago and greater Midwest area for an Apprenticeship Program to create a capsule collection for famous athlete, Serena Williams! The link below has all the info to apply directly. They are considering all qualified Apparel, Graphics, Footwear, Color, Materials, Accessories, 3D and Digital Designers. This is a paid six-month apprenticeship program that will run from early June through November, 2021. Nike will invite the top 40 applicants to a three-day Virtual Design Combine in March 2021 where you can put your design chops to the test. From there, Nike will select the top 10 Designers to participate in the six-month paid Design Apprenticeship at the Nike World...
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22 Dec

Are Pineapples the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Fashion?

Dr. Carmen Hijosa / Source: Ananas Aman With the textile industry ranking as one of the top greenhouse gas contributors in the world, insurmountable waste being added to landfills, global wildfires, and ever-emerging evidence of global warming progression, sustainable fashion is quickly becoming a hot topic in the fashion world—and it seems as though it hasn’t come quite soon enough. As a result, designers around the world are looking for new ways to manufacture, and are producing collections made from natural and recycled materials. One such material? Everyone’s favorite tropical fruit: the pineapple. Or rather, pineapple leaf fibers.   Developed by Dr. Carmen Hijosa of Ananas Aman, the natural vegan material Pinatex® is making waves in the textile industry...
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