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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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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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