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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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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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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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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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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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