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These Men’s Fall 2020 Fall Fashion Trends Are on Fire
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 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. And, paparazzi alert: one of her mask...
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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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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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17 Dec

Spotted: Discovery on the Runway

*This article was authored by Freelance Writer, Kate Mazzarella-Minshall, and was originally posted on No Strings Attached News. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them." — Marc Jacobs Photo Source: Esscence Taylor Instagram The dream of every model is to get discovered but have you ever wondered how some models actually get discovered? Becoming a model can be daunting. Even when you have the right looks, getting discovered is often challenging; it takes perseverance, discipline and an unwavering commitment but most importantly, the right contacts. It’s not always about being the most beautiful, it takes someone who sees the uniqueness in you and is willing to invest their time and energy in you to unlock your potential. Typically, each model's...
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9 Dec

Indy Highlights: Fashion for a Cause 2019

A few weeks ago, the Circle City’s best dressed and most influential assembled at the Indianapolis Artsgarden for Fashion for a Cause–a runway show featuring designers with ties to the Hoosier State–all in the support of this season’s charitable partner, the Fashion Community Foundation. Upon entering the beautiful, all-glass structure which sits over the busy streets of downtown Indianapolis, music was bumping and energy was high. Due to the later-than-usual date (mid-November), the Artsgarden was decked in gorgeous holiday garland and sparkling lights, adding an extra touch of excitement to the venue. Ticket lines were long, due to high demand, and there was standing room only, well before the start of the show. It was a full house and a...
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22 Nov

Backstage with DaNisha Greene

  When you watch a runway show, your attention is set on the designs coming down the catwalk, and rightfully so, but there is so much more that goes into runway production than first meets the eye–and a number of dedicated individuals backstage that made it all happen. We had the chance to catch up with Fashion Creative and Fashion Show Director, DaNisha Greene, to uncover how she made her way in fashion and what it takes to make it in the industry. Here’s what she had to say!   Hey, girl! Thanks for taking the time to sit down and chat with us! You’ve worked with Midwest Fashion Week for many years but for those that don’t know you, why don’t you...
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20 Nov

On-stage with Allyson Pruitt

Over the last thirteen years, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of talented individuals in the fashion industry. Some global, some national–and some local, who are from right here in the Midwest. For this season’s Fall show in Indianapolis, Fashion for a Cause, we will work with one such individual. Allyson Pruitt is a personal stylist, entertainer, blogger, and self-proclaimed “hype woman”, and we are lucky enough to once again have her as our emcee for this event. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Allyson attributes her love for entertaining to her charismatic and talented family who always supported her interest in singing and dancing as a child. As she grew older, Allyson began to uncover a love for...
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18 Nov

Designer Spotlight: Mau et Cie, LLC

The last feature in our Fall 2019 Designer Spotlight series is the uniquely talented, Maria Mauro of Mau et Cie, LLC. Getting an early start in fashion design at the age of eight when she first learned to sew, Maria later taught herself to crochet and fell deeply in love with the craft. Following her passion into adulthood, she began making garments for her children and decided to start her own label, Mau et Cie, LLC. With an incredible energy and love for the art of crochet, Maria crafts haute couture pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind. From gowns to tops and pant suits, her collection incorporates a strong design with intricate details that make her collection a must-see on the runway....
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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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14 Nov

Designer Spotlight: Catou

If you don’t know the next talent in our Designer Spotlight series, do you really even like fashion? We’re talking about Designer, Founder/Director of Midwest Fashion Week, and family man, Berny Martin of Catou. Dedicating his line to men and women’s professional wear, this fashion design icon has grown from Indiana-based designer to internationally known in just over a decade. Take a moment to learn a little more about Berny and his amazing accomplishments, and don’t forget to snag your tickets to Fashion for a Cause, taking place in Indianapolis on November 22, 2019.   Like many in the fashion industry, Berny’s love for design started early. He recalls crafting his first design as a child with the help of his grandmother:...
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12 Nov

Designer Spotlight: Dorshelle Guillaume

In our last Designer Spotlight, we introduced you to bridal designer Shawna Marino of Shawna M Designs and in this post we’ll meet another of the designers set to take the stage at MWFW’s Fashion for a Cause later this month. We’re talking about Dorshelle Guillaume, a Haitian American designer who dedicates her self-named fashion label to producing high quality, creative and detail-oriented products. Let’s learn a little more about this talented young professional!   As a young child Dorshelle discovered an interest in fashion design and decided by the age of nine that it was her calling. After years of taking community classes, she went on to graduate from Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts...
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7 Nov

Designer Spotlight: Shawna M Designs

As sweaters and leather leggings grace the streets this Fall, the runways have hit fast forward and jumped ahead to Spring/Summer 2020 collections, and this is especially true for Midwest Fashion Week as it returns to Indianapolis later this month. With a focus on custom, limited quantity bridal and formal wear, Indiana native and designer behind Shawna M Designs is just one creative set to show her new collection at Indy’s upcoming Fashion for a Cause event. It all began with a custom flower girl dress designed for her in her childhood and grew to become her very own private fashion label – take a moment to learn a little more about Shawna Marino!   After earning a double major from Ball...
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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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