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

Behind the Scenes with Celebrity Fashion Stylist Alison Hernon

From the Midwest to the Big Apple, celebrity fashion stylist Alison Hernon has done it all when it comes to the fashion industry! When she’s not pulling looks for stars on location, or interviewing celebs for her online magazine, she’s sharing fashion history tips inspired by her own personal style on Instagram. We recently sat down with the PhotoBook owner to ask about her path from magazines to commerce and back to magazines, her favorite trend for F/W 2020 and her best advice for anyone just starting out in fashion. Tell us a little bit about your background  and your ties to the Midwest. I am owner of PhotoBook Magazine and a celebrity fashion stylist living in Brooklyn, New York. I grew...
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7 Dec

Honoring Midwest Music Legend Ron Miner, AKA DJ Indiana Jones

This past weekend the Midwest suffered a great loss upon the passing of Indianapolis-native and beloved local DJ, Ron Miner – better known as DJ Indiana Jones. Getting his start in the local music community as a teenager, Miner continued on to DJ for Hot 96.3 for over two decades before moving to Radio Now 100.9 more recently. He also owned Broad Ripple favorite Casba Bar, which is most well-known for its exclusive Reggae nights. Miner was dedicated to the industry, loved the city of Indianapolis and his passion for the music scene was undeniable. To share his passion with the world, he often mentored young DJs to help them learn the craft. Ron Miner, AKA DJ Indiana...
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2 Dec

These Outerwear Trends Will Keep You Warm All Winter Long

If you’re getting out this winter, you’ll need to keep warm. Here are the key trends you’ll want to sport, whether you’re just taking walks around your neighborhood, or heading into work.   Fringe Details   Gabriela Hearst From moto jackets to denim jackets, it is all about fringe this winter. Remember, with fringe, a little bit goes a long way. To avoid looking like you just stepped out of a rodeo, make sure to keep the fringe in the details. This is one trend that can become too much, too quickly.   Double-Breasted Jackets and Coats   Yohji Yamamoto Classics are definitely in, and the double-breasted jacket is no different. If you can, consider a splurge on a classic brand like...
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10 Nov

14 Fabulous 2020 Fall & Winter Footwear Trends

This fall and winter, don’t be left in the dark. Even though many of us are still staying home and social distancing, it’s no reason to forgo fashion. This year’s fall footwear makes statements. Think chunky heels, over-the-knee boots, and details with some serious pizazz. Want to know what pieces you should add to your shoe closet? Read on.   Tight Over-the-Knee Boots Over-the-knee boots have made a huge comeback this season. While some of the over-the-knee styles are slouchy, most are tight. Especially popular this season are the over the knee sock boots. These boots with stretchy material are both warm and fit a variety of calf sizes comfortably.   Chunky Soles 2020 has certainly been bringing a lot of fashion inspiration out of the...
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4 Nov

Shades of Gray for Mordant Magazine

The following media is part of an editorial shoot for Mordant Magazine's October Issue, Volume 2 and feature clothing by Midwestern designer Berny Martin of Catou. Click here to view the full editorial.     Stylist & Creative Director: Aby Kane Photography: Brian Edsall & Paul Howard Wardrobe: Catou Models: Kevin Daye Khareem Medici MUA Noelle Antoinette Rohan Williams Abdou Lo Daniel Roberts Aaron Brunson Abdul Sarr Earl Denmon...
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26 Oct

Midwest Brands & Designers Using Upcycled Materials

With an increase in wildfires in the west and severe storms in the east and south, it’s important to talk about sustainability. Historically, fashion has been a particularly wasteful industry – especially when it comes to following ever-changing trends. Many fast fashion producers design pieces to last for only one season’s worth of wear, with the expectation that the item will be discarded. There are several problems with this – one being that it adds unimaginable amounts of waste and chemicals to our landfills, waterways, and environment. While sites like Poshmark and ThreadUp are growing in popularity, fashion brands and designers are looking for ways to make their fashion more sustainable. Here’s a list of the Midwestern designers and fashion brands...
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9 Sep

These Men’s Fall 2020 Fall Fashion Trends Are on Fire

Soon, we’ll be having the last campfires of the season, the last trips out in the kayak, and we’ll be moving back indoors. As things cool down outside, things are heating up on the runways as men’s fall fashion is popping up in stores and online. Here are the pieces you need to have in your closet to keep the summer heat turned up through the fall and into the winter.   Fuchsia and Red   Source: Stylecaster   Fuchsia might be an unexpected fall color, but it’s fabulous. Red is also big this season. If you want to really be on-trend, go head-to-toe in these attention-grabbing colors. If you’re feeling like head-to-toe pink or red is too much, invest in a...
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30 Aug

Spotlight on Sustainable Fashion | Dawn Murtaugh’s ‘Jean Therapy’

There's no denying that fashion is art, uniquely allowing each wearer to express themselves through color, shape and texture–but for Dawn Murtaugh, fashion is art of a whole new kind: textile art. The Indiana-based artist is using old pairs of denim to create beautiful gallery pieces and tell a story about just how much the textile industry is negatively affecting our fragile ecosystem. As the world's second greatest source of pollution, the textile industry is known to produce upwards of an entire garbage truck full of waste per second. Midwest Fashion Week Director and fashion designer Berny Martin recently came across Dawn's beautiful collection at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and we knew we needed to share her art...
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26 Aug

Women’s Fashion Trends We’re Loving for Fall 2020.

As the summer days start to wane, and we move into crisp morning breezes, we’re all starting to get antsy for pumpkin spice lattes, transition outfits, and evenings spent taking in the cooler air. Naturally, that means it’s also time for my personal favorite item to come in the mail – the September edition of Vogue. While many of us are still spending the bulk of our days working from home, it’s still good to keep up with fashion and what’s “in” – if only for the sake of our own mental health. We’re starting to see the 80’s and 90’s trends of seasons past die down, and style this coming season is once again more eclectic...
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12 Aug

Shop Midwest: J.Benzal

When we think about boutiques, womenswear typically comes to mind; small shops stocked with the latest trends, home goods and accessories. But more than a decade ago, a stylish man with an eye for detail and a background in textiles and design saw a growing need for menswear in Indianapolis and decided to try something different – and J.Benzal was born! A private label menswear boutique with three Indy-area locations, J.Benzal takes men’s desire to be fashionable and stand out with an edgy and sophisticated style, and makes it affordable and accessible in the Midwest. We recently sat down with owner and designer Ben Diallo for a quick interview about his brand, what makes J.Benzal different, and the one piece that every...
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6 Aug

These Designers Are Making Masks and We’re Here for It

Why settle for a plain blue mask when you could have a fabulous designer mask? That’s the question many fashion designers have been asking. From 2021 prom dresses that will have matching masks to masks complete with satin and ruffles, designers know that for the foreseeable future, the right mask will be the perfect finishing piece for your outfits. Here are some of the designers we’re watching.   Tokyo Twiggy Source: Tokyo Twiggy Instagram Tokyo Twiggy is an Indianapolis-based fashion designer. Her mask designs, all made from custom textiles, are colorful and fun–plus, they’re reversible! All of her masks are machine washable and come up over the nose as well as cover the chin, making them as safe as possible....
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20 Jul

Black Fashion Designers You Need to Know | Part II

In part one of our Black Fashion Designers You Need to Know series, we met some amazing fashion designers you may not have previously heard of. From Berny Martin at Catou to Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with AAKS and from Carlie Cushnie to Fe Noel, these fashion designers are bringing the heat to both the runway and print. Now, it’s time to continue our list of the black fashion designers you should know–let’s dive in!   Laquan Smith Laquan Smith started his brand in 2013 when he was just 21 years old. He learned patternmaking and sewing from his grandmother and developed a passion for design. Laquan Smith loves glamour and he creates garments with an amazing attention to detail from his studio in Long...
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8 Jul

Melissa Lockwood | Garments Made from Salvaged Fabrics

Sustainable fashion is a hot topic in the industry right now–and for good reason. The fashion industry alone is responsible for a staggering 10% of annual global carbon emissions. That's more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined(1). Additionally, nearly 60% of synthetic fabrics are made of fossil fuels and 85% of that material will end up in landfills, where it won't decay or decompose(2). As designer collection launches become more frequent than just seasonal, the problem is accelerating and designers are looking for ways to slow the damage it is causing the environment. Melissa Lockwood is one such designer.   Melissa Lockwood is a conceptual artist and the self-taught fashion designer behind IQTEST, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. A...
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1 Jul

Black Fashion Designers You Need to Know | Part I

You’ve added new books to your “to read” list. You’ve added social activism tasks to your “must-do” list. You’ve learned the names of all of the black representatives in your state. Now, it’s time to get familiar with the black designers who will have you looking fabulous the next time you’re ready to dress to impress. Ade Hassan Ade Hassan launched lingerie and hosiery company, Nubian Skin, in 2014. She wanted to fill a need for women with darker skin to have lingerie and hosiery with four skin tones to help women find their own “nude” color to wear under other garments.   Akosua Afriyie-Kumi Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded AAKS to share weaving techniques from Ghana with the world at large, while also creating a sustainable...
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30 Jun

Wild Fashion | Creators Magazine

The following images and media are part of an editorial shoot for Creators Magazine and feature clothing by Midwestern designer Berny Martin of Catou.   Clothing provided by The Confessional Showroom NYC Designer: Catou Model: Livi Packard Photographer: Sophie Sahara Videographer: Brandon Giraldo Stylist: Anna Sproul Assistant Stylist: Dymond Holmes Makeup: Lauren Paige Producer: Lauren Kho...
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23 Jun

Give Me My Flowers While I Am Still Alive By Sean Patrick Watters

The following images are part of an editorial shoot for Ryker Magazine and feature clothing by Midwestern designer Berny Martin of Catou. To see the full shoot and learn more about its beautiful inspiration, click here. Clothing provided by The Confessional Showroom NYC Designer: Catou Photographer: Sean Patrick Watters Models: David de Jesus, Seth Hill, Gaël Carmans Agencies: Soul Artist Management & DNA Model Management Styling: Michael Stallings Floral arrangements: Emily Scott Retouching and layout: Marco Massa...
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12 Jun

While We’re Social Distancing, What’s Happening to Fashion?

I’m not even the least bit ashamed to admit that most of my fashion over the past three months has been with comfort in mind. In fact, between you and me, yesterday was the first time I’d left my home in those said months, and it was for a doctor appointment. While I’ve bought some new clothes, its been garments that are much more attuned to gardening and outdoor adventures with kids than my usual garb. I can’t be the only one with heels on timeout, and with boutiques largely still closed to the public, one has to ask: What have been the effects of COVID-19 on the fashion industry?   Boutiques Have Gone Online and into Exclusive Facebook Groups Many of the...
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28 May

Accessories Trends for Late Spring and Early Summer 2020

Accessories are the frosting to your outfit. They can switch something from a casual look to something more formal and polished. What should you consider adding to your accessories closet as we round out spring and move into summer? Here are some of the top items you should look for.   Face Masks   Image Source: Hollywood Reporter Face masks are here for the foreseeable, but you don’t have to settle for humdrum when making a statement that you care for others’ well-being. Matching your mask to your outfit or to the occasion is becoming more common. Dressing up for an anniversary date outdoors? Why not sport a mask made from faux-glitter cotton? Heading to a park for a quite picnic...
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1 May

Downsizing Your Wardrobe? Here’s What to Keep and What to Let Go

A lot of people aren’t just spring cleaning, they’re quarantine cleaning. If you find yourself among them, then you might be looking at an overstuffed closet wondering which pieces you should keep, which pieces you should store, and which pieces you should let go. Here’s a guide to help you make those tough decisions – especially helpful if you’ve been experiencing a bad case of decision fatigue. What to Let Go Letting go of things – especially if we’ve had them for a long time – can be difficult. I’m a big fan of starting with the hard things first. As you’re sorting through things, here’s a list of things to repurpose, recycle, sell or donate: Anything you haven’t worn in the...
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20 Apr

How to Style Tie Dye in 2020

Whether you create the tie-dyed garments on your own or you purchase them, tie dye is having a moment again. After receiving attention on the latest season of Project Runway, many fashionistas are stocking up on garments that have received this fabric treatment. Before you deck yourself out in head-to-toe starburst designs, it’s important to consider how best to wear your new tie-dyed garment.  Here are tips on how to best style tie dye and avoid looking like you’re wearing a costume.   Accessorize with Tie Dye When you don’t want to make too big of a splash, or if your office is more formal than most tie dye garments, consider accessorizing with tie dye. A cute tie dye tote or fun tie...
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27 Mar

Men’s Spring 2020 Wardrobe Trends

Last time, we talked about the trends for women that we’ll see this spring. Now, it’s time to talk about men’s spring wardrobe trends. If you’re ready to start rocking the looks that say, “warmer days are on their way,” then you’ll want to take a look at these 2020 men’s spring wardrobe trends. Utility   Photo: GQ   What’s better than a couple of pockets? Lots of pockets. The more pockets the better – and not just in terms of having room to stash items. We’re seeing lots of utility pieces – mainly jackets – coming down the runway this season. Not only is a good utility jacket a fashion statement, it’s a practical wardrobe piece.   Open Collars   ...
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6 Mar

A Dozen Women’s Spring Trends to Shop For in 2020

Despite the snow on the ground in some areas of the Midwest, spring is just around the corner. So put your puffer jacket and velvet details to the side for a minute and get ready to talk about what’s coming around the corner.   Crochet Photo: Filippo Fior/GettyImages   Crochet details are heating up the runways and print spreads as we head into spring. To make the crochet-trend workable, consider a crochet sweater over a cute camisole, crochet cardigan, or even crocheted hem on a skirt.   Leather/Vegan Leather Versace/GettyImages   Leather and vegan leather are showing up everywhere – from floor-length trenches to dresses made of the material. If you’d like to work this trend into your spring wardrobe, consider a...
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28 Feb

Shop Midwest: Lesley Jane

Located just north of Indianapolis is the quaint village of Zionsville. Bakeries, restaurants and retail shops line the charming brick streets, but you’d never guess that this small town is home to a boutique reminiscent of something you’d uncover in Paris. None the less, that’s exactly what Lesley Hunt has created. Inspired by her impeccably dressed grandmother, who was a dressmaker for more than 70 years, Lesley has an eye for fabric and fit, offering something truly unique to the Midwestern fashion scene. Her store, Lesley Jane, has an ever-changing collection featuring the latest trends bought in small quantities so you can be sure that your purchases are one-of-a-kind–and a visit to her store is a treat in itself! Let’s learn...
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21 Feb

Top 6 Evening Wear Trends from the 2020 Oscars

While many are still talking about the best and worst dressed stars gracing the 2020 Oscars red carpet, there’s room for a tangential discussion: trends in eveningwear. While few of us in the Midwest will wear a gown like Sandra Oh’s to galas and other black-tie events, we can still take inspiration from the event to use when selecting – or commissioning – our own gowns.   Sequins and Beading Bring the Bling     From Scarlett Johansson’s Oscar de la Renta gown to Brie Larson in Celine, the Oscars red carpet was filled with shimmer and shine. When it comes to sequins and beaded details, it’s most successful when the dress shape is more traditional – the more beads or sequins on the dress,...
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31 Jan

Shop Midwest: Lola Blu

The Midwest may not be known for fashion, but it is chock full of amazing designers, stylists, fashion influencers and small business owners–and when it comes to small businesses in fashion, boutiques are a fashion maven’s BFF. Their unique selections and affordable prices provide great style options for every budget, and offer easy access to fashion in even the smallest town. In the Shop Midwest series, we will uncover some of the Midwest’s hottest boutiques, so you’ll know where to find the latest styles, while also supporting local businesses–the best of both worlds! First up: Lola Blu Boutique, located just north of downtown Indianapolis in Broad Ripple Village.   Off the beaten path of Broad Ripple Avenue lies this hidden gem, in...
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14 Jan

New Year, New Style: Winter 2020 Trends for Men

Last week we took a look at the trends women need in their life this Winter, but today we’re switching gears and chronicling styles for the gentlemen. No surprise here, suits and outerwear reigned on the runway this past Spring, so we’re breaking down each trend in more detail so you can easily pull it off in your everyday style. Let’s dive in!   Military Coats     While not particularly new to the scene this season, this trend is quickly becoming a Winter staple. From camo pieces to peacoats and bomber jackets, the military coat offers a piece for every individual style with an air of sophistication and touches of individuality in each pairing. We’re loving an all-black look featuring a longline peacoat, or...
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9 Jan

New Year, New Style: Winter 2020 Trends for Women

While we all begin dreaming of Spring just after the holidays, the truth is, it’s only been Winter for a few weeks and there are so many trends to be taken advantage of while it lasts! Forget everything you think you know about cold weather style, ladies (hello, oversized sweaters and leggings–we’re looking at you!), because we are reviewing some of the hottest trends, direct from the runway that can easily be translated in the Midwest. Let’s dig in!   Fuzzy, Furry Outerwear   Photo Source: Denim & Street When temperatures drop, there’s nothing better than cozy outerwear that makes you feel warm and toasty like a polar bear, and that’s what this trend is all about! Sherpa, shearling, wubby, teddy...
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