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Leaving a Footprint: An Interview with Etu Evans
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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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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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 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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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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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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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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15 Nov

Designer Spotlight: Elan Furs

The next label to be highlighted in our Designer Spotlight series, as well as to grace the runway at Midwest Fashion Week (MWFW) Indianapolis’ Fashion for a Cause event, is a staple in the midwest fashion industry, and a long-time partner of MWFW. With two locations in the region– one in Indianapolis and one in Morton Grove, Illinois–Elan Furs is a family owned business of more than four generations, dedicating it’s stores to luxury fur, leather and shearling designs that can’t be found anywhere else. With sizes ranging from petite to plus, there is truly something for everyone.   Aside from stocking their showrooms with pieces from esteemed designers such as Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Pisani, Zuki and Louis Feraud, they also...
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13 Oct

On Set with Carissa Lancaster

Since its inception in 2006, Midwest Fashion Week has provided an abundance of opportunities to individuals looking to get involved in the fashion industry in a region where it is otherwise hard to find. Indiana native, Carissa Lancaster, is one such individual. A small-town girl, now living out her dreams in New York, is just one example of the positive impact Midwest Fashion Week has had on not only those involved but the fashion industry at large. Let’s get to know her a little better and find out what she’s up to now! MDFW: Thanks for coming back to your roots and chatting with us today, Carissa! Can you tell our readers a little more about yourself? Carissa: Originally, I'm from a...
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22 Sep

Trend Spotter: What to wear for Fall 2019?

Days ahead of the official start of the fall season, pumpkin spice lattes are passing through drive-thru windows, and chunky cable knits and heeled booties are flying off the shelves. For the fashion-forward, these pieces may seem #basic and merely touch the surface of the season’s trend potential, but the hottest designers always have a new trick up their perfectly tailored sleeve. Want to set yourself apart this autumn? Take a look at these trends that are sure to take your style from lackluster to leading lady. Animal Print It’s safe to say that animal print is here to stay–and for good reason. While leopard and cheetah print are the safer choices of last year, zebra, snakeskin and tiger stripes take this...
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10 Apr

Beautiful Difference | Diversity in Midwestern Industry

When you think of the Midwest, wholesome images of sprawling farms and quaint towns with small, family-owned businesses likely come to mind. But the truth is, there are a number of thriving cities with booming businesses, exciting nightlife, luxury lifestyle and niche industries–and fashion and beauty are no exception. And as diverse as these niches are, so are the people who dominate them. Far from the coasts which are typically known for diversity, the Midwest has also become a melting pot of race, ethnicity and heritage, creating a culture that is solely Middle America. So, what better way to showcase that than through self-expression–hair, makeup and personal style? From fashion bloggers and beauty vloggers to stylists, designers and models, diversity is...
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18 May

Meet the Designers & Sponsors from Chicago’s Spring Fashion Series

Chicago-MFW Wraps Spring 2017 Season & Plans for Upcoming Events     Above: Modum Magazine interviews the MFW team, designers & sponsors   Just weeks after hosting its Spring 2017 season, Midwest Fashion Week is making plans for October events and taking time out of it busy production schedule to thank the designers and sponsors who helped make the latest season a success. Events took place March 29th-April 1st and combined exclusive fashion presentations with networking, food and female empowerment. Contributors include: Designers Antoinette Stone Ahava Zarembski Daryl Sneed Rong Zhang Shaly Guo Sponsors Holiday Heroes, La Mez, Nelson Westerberg, Mints Medical, ChikAfrik, NookiMooki, Hubbard Inn, The Whitehall Hotel, Chicagonista, LMG Chicago, United in America, Godfrey Hotel Chicago, Modum Magazine, CBS Chicago, Candid Candace, Tricoci University, Ford Model, Rock Agency, The Frock...
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