Pre-Father’s Day Bow Tie Pop-up featuring BowTie Mike

Inspired by the creative, busy traveler with an entrepreneurial spirit, AC Hotel by Marriott®in downtown Dallas is proud to host a very special Father’s Day pop-up featuring Dallas-based luxury bow tie designer, BowTie Mike (https://www.instagram.com/bowtie_mike.com), winner of the 2017 Accessories in the Nude designer competition,on Wednesday, June 6, from 5 PM – 8 PM.The pop-up will feature a wide selection of the luxury bow ties and BowTie Mike will be making bow ties onsite. The free event welcomes the public to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for dad. The reception will take place inside the AC Lounge at the AC Hotel – Dallas Downtown located at 1712 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75201 in the historic Mercantile Commerce Building.

Visionary, creative director, and founder of BowTie Mike, Michael Williams, began his journey in fashion as a freelance wardrobe stylist and started creating bow ties after having a difficult time finding the perfect neckwear for a major editorial magazine spread. Using unexpected materials from snack packages to his grandmother’s old high-end dresses, Michael’s hobby quickly became a calling and has since been recognized and won several awards and even caught the attention of celebrity clients including, Denzel Washington and Grammy award winner Bilal.

 With Father’s Day quickly approaching, June 17, AC Hotel’s bow tie pop-up makes it easy to find an exceptional gift for every type of father.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Be Free. Be Bold. Be Empowered. Be Creative.” – Dri’s World

“I want people to be comfortable in my clothes and feel confident at the same time. When people put on my clothing I don’t necessarily want them to transform or be someone they’re not, but be who they want to be – you can’t be judged in Dri’s World unless you’re judging yourself. That’s one of the things I mean by be Free and Bold, if they say that dress doesn’t look good on your body, but you like it and feel like a baddie then, girl wear it!” -Dri

A powerful statement from 17 year old Adrienne “Dri” Stinson, owner and founder of Dri’s World. An Athletic and Urban Apparel clothing line that launched its Summer 2018 Collection in April. The collection ranges from Dri’s World Classic Tees to Dri’s World Summer Crop Tops by American Apparel.

Dri tells us the inspiration behind becoming a business owner at there age and creating the brand.

“My mom and dad would always tell me,  ‘you don’t have to work for anyone, work for yourself.’ So I took that to heart and decided I wanted to be my own boss and handle my own money,” she says.

” I used to play volleyball, but this past summer I had surgery and couldn’t condition for a while. Once I finally got better and went to a couple of practices, it set in and I had to be real with myself. I had honestly fell out of love with volleyball. So I told my mom and dad I wasn’t going to play anymore and they were ok with that. But they asked me, ‘well what now? What are you going to do?’ I told them I had been wanting to get into fashion,” she says.

And with the help of her parents, Dri’s World came to life. Since Dri’s family is heavily involved in sports, she felt it important to make the brand cohesive with athletes, to fuel the athlete in her in some form and explains that.

“The urban side of the brand has a lot to do with my love of the 90’s.  I listen to a lot of music from that time period so I kind of watched the videos and fell in love with the clothing.”

PC: @drisworld

Taking on a business, specifically planning and designing a clothing line, as a junior in high school is no walk in the park. There are challenges that come along with building a brand and staying on track with school work.

“A main challenge would definitely have to be time management. Finding time  to work on Dri’s World throughout the week. School can be stressful and Junior year is most definitely the hardest year in my opinion. Then sometimes I get so caught up in Dri’s World I might actually forget to do something for school,” she says.

Dri wasted no time with her business endeavor. Within nine months, Dri’s World went from and idea to sampling and testing material. She explains her reason for being fully involved and hands on with every decision involved with  her brand.

“I feel that sometimes people get so caught up in the brand name that they don’t think about the quality of the clothing or shoe, or the brand owner for that matter. Like is this person really for the customers or just looking for quick money?”

When we asked Dri where she sees herself in five to ten years she replied, “Hopefully I’m out of college with little to no debt. I’ve always wanted to travel the world so I hope to be going to other countries, and learning and understanding different cultures. I don’t want to do that alone, so hopefully I’m in a good relationship or married by then.”


As for Dri’s World she explains, “I want it to be global. I really look up to Rihanna. She has a clothing, make up, and shoe line called Fenty,  I hope Dri’s World is on that level by then and hopefully one day I could collaborate with her.”

Pictures provided curtesy of @radiantsparks_ enjoy the following slide show from Dri’s World Launch Party.

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Show Me How You Rock It 1.3 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Show Me How You Rock is back with another Little Black Dress! This week we’ll be exploring  a more casually styled LBD. So…

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Cormeshia @shebatty from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.

I have a cheerful disposition, for the most part. I love to laugh, and the word quirky fits me well. My overall style is Rocker Chic, lace and leather are my thing! But, I’m also known to switch lanes and rock Black owned/All black er’thang ethnic fashion. My goal is to always stand out when I walk into room and leave people saying, “Who is that? I like her style!”

What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?

I was headed out for a casual day with a friend and wanted to be cute, fashionable and comfortable. I’m almost forty, and at my age comfort is always key! I found this all black body con dress on sale ASOS a few years ago. I’m still working on body image issues, but I knew it’d be a good investment. For the outting with my friend, I opted for an eclectic “street” look. I wanted to give off a New York vibe, Brooklyn to be exact. The vibrant colors and street style of this look inspired me.

 How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

Overall, the look made me feel cute and energetic. My head wrap provided an array of vibrant colors. The dress and the stockings provided and element of sex appeal. I didn’t want to be too dressy, so I played the look down with wooden earrings and a rugged pair of booties. I added a splash of sass by applying minimal makeup with a pop of color on the lips.

Photos taken by @a.norell_mua

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Show Me How You Rock It 1.2 – Cape Fashion

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Capes are a cozy and comfy alternative to coats, and sometimes jackets or blazers. Add class to any outfit with a cape or poncho. On this Fashion Friday, we’ll be seeing a cape look! So…

show me how you rock your Cape Ms. Reiko @Godsfaveshoes from houston, Tx!

Here’s how I am still rocking the cape look.
PC: @godsfaveshoes

 

 I’m not ready to let the trend go just yet.
PC: @godsfaveshoes
It’s still great for layering especially in Houston’s indecisive weather.
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Show Me How You Rock It 1.1 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Little black dresses are never out of season or out of style. The second installment in this series is   a glammed up little black dress look.

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. alfena @a.norell_mua from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.
I am a laid back type of girl that really enjoys hanging out with family and friends. I love celebrating the success of my peers and I’m very nurturing. My style is somewhere between classic, relaxed and expressive. I really enjoy being comfortable and cute but I also like to play around with prints and colors as well. When it comes to attending events I always resort to a classic style. I like to switch it up from time to time and keep it fun.
What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?
This look is inspired by my love for holiday looks. I like sequin and I think it adds just enough flare to spruce up a look for any occasion. Whether it be for date night or a company party.
How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

I feel confident and sexy when I’m rocking this dress.
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Show Me How You Rock It 1.0 – The Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, girl! Just show me how YOU rock it!
Kicking this thing off is the most popular item that every girl should have, the little black dress.

Show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Desiree @sumcute from Dallas, Texas!

 Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.

I’ve never thought about putting my personal style into words. I rarely am ever on trend but I may throw in a few pieces here or there to make a statement. I frequent thrift stores and clearance racks, if I like it I buy it and make it work.

What inspires you about this look?
I’m inspired by the quirkiness of my little black dress look. It has sequin embellishments all the way down and across the front of the dress and double shoulder pads, it screams 80’s prom queen and I love that about it.
How do you feel when you’re rocking this little black dress?

When I first tried this dress on I was a little weary, I even posted a poll on my insta-stories asking what everyone else thought about it. Not to my surprise no one liked it…but I still bought it. Once i saw the way it hugged my curves in all the right places, it had to come home with me. I was actually shopping for a Halloween costume and came across this. I had no particular place to wear it but ended up wearing it to my company Christmas party. I felt confident, and cute. The dress is pretty conservative but it’s length and figure forming nature made me feel sexy. I received tons of compliments which boosted by confidence even more. I feel FIERCE in this dress.
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DFW Teen Fashion Week Fashion Show

I attended my first DFW Teen Fashion Week fashion show, this year, with my [nine year old] daughter and we had a blast! DFW Teen Fashion Week held its 3rd Season the weekend of October 8th at Lofty Spaces in Dallas. Hosted by ICONIQ TEENDEVELOPMENT and Lady Jade of K104, a portion of the proceeds raised were donated to the Grant Halliburton Foundation to assist with teen suicide prevention.

DFW Teen Fashion Week is an action packed, two-day event full of music, dance, art,  beauty, and the grand finale the “Oscars of fashion” aka, the DFW Teen Fashion Week fashion show! From the red carpet interviews to the last strut down the runway, this show was fire!

The Red Carpet

The designers were paparazzi ready as they hit the red carpet for photo ops and interviews. Providing a short glimpse of the personalities behind the designs.

Glam by Dasha cosmetics!

The cosmetic sponsor for this year’s show was Dasha cosmetics. I was able to catch grab a quick interview with House of Dasha Owner, Quinn McDaniel to learn a little more about the emerging cosmetic brand.

“We are always ahead of the game. We just launched our Silk Skin foundations which can go from the lightest of the light, to the darkest of the dark – we pasted that test. We have our highlighters, which is -again, we like simple but cute makeup where you don’t really have to over do it to be pretty. You can do it on your own, simple and look like you just got a beat at the makeup store,” she explained. I swatched some of the products while at the show, and will definitely be testing it out (and reviewing) soon!

Message through dance

The NG Pro Dance Company had a powerful performance with a message dealing with domestic violence. Everything about this performance was intense.

Ripping the Runway

The runway was blazing! There were toddlers, tiaras, grunge, swimwear, everyday wear and couture.

The Judges’ Verdict

The pressure was on for judges Willie Johnson, Keosha Piper, Xzandria Sanders, and Ronald Jones II as models hit the runway to showcase the designs and their skills. The 2017 award categories were (FFOF) Future Face of Fashion, FFOF Peoples Choice, FFOF Mr. and Mrs. Personality Awards; Female Icon, Male Icon, Peoples Choice, and Producers Awards. Results from the show can be found @DFWTeenFashionWeek on Instagram.

For more information visit www.dfwteenfashionweek.com

Accessories In The Nude 2017 Fashion Show

“If you aren’t wearing the right accessories, you may as well be nude.” -Meko Krout.

For nine years, Accessories In the Nude has produced the highly anticipated A.I.N. Fashion Show! On Saturday, July 22nd, at the Esé Azenabor Fashion Gallery, A.I.N. held its annual showcase where the 2017 Accessory Designer winner was announced. Six local designers also showcased their collections.

Out of a necessity to support fashion production, creator/owner, Meko Krout founded A.I.N. in 2008.

“We started off wanting to do a fashion show, then decided to branch off into helping other designers build their brand,” she says.

According to Krout, wardrobe designers get highlighted more. “We wanted to focus on accessories and make it a competition,” she says. “Our goal is to help designers build their dream and keep building. The winner receives  money  towards their business.”

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s showcase will be donated to the  non-profit organization, The Birthday Party Project! TBPP  provides birthday parties to homeless children in the metroplex.

Krout explains that, “The decision to donate a portion of the proceeds is because we always want to give back. The Birthday Party Project gives back to children! They have birthday parties for homeless children! I try to have people visualize. How did you feel when you had a birthday party experience growing up? Everyone should have that experience. I thought that was something fun, and something everyone would want to jump on.”

“It is a blessing that we continue to grow,” says Krout. “Shout out to my A.I.N. team, especially [Executive Producer] Willie [Johnson].  I think he loves the brand as much as I love it. We couldn’t do it without him, and the entire team; the makeup team and everyone who steps up and assists.”

Master  of Ceremony,  Housewives of Dallas star, LeeAnne Locken kept this fashionable event rolling, while DJ M*Knight rocked the house, setting the stage for the show.

The competition!

This year’s winner is Michael “Bow Tie Mike” Williams. Mike has been designing bow ties since 2005 when boredom inspired his creativity.

Last year’s winner, Tina Peters announcing Bow Tie Mike as this year’s winner.

“I was bored with seeing the same style of ties over and over again,” he says. “I wanted something that stands out. Something to draw people’s attention; get people going. I wanted to do something to put smiles on people’s faces. This tie took five days to create,” says Bow Tie Mike.

Mike is a humble, yet appreciative artist. “Bow ties are my life. God is good!”

Look for Bow Tie Mike @bowtie_mike on Instagram

The show!

Six designers. Six collections. Plucked from Dallas’ Fashion Scene. Indigo 1745, Yvonne Johnson, House of No Lady, Jamel Hawk, RADKEEM SIMS, Uyo by Udoh Atelier and Josette Couture made up the montage of futuristic, innovative, avant-garde looks that set the runway on FIRE!

Indigo 1745

 

This collection was eclectic and easy to wear.

 

Yvonne Johnson

 

A fun, colorful collection with class.

 

House of No Lady

 

This collection was jaw dropping. A literal take on survival of the fittest.

 

Jamel Hawk

 

The swanky side of calm, cool, and collected.

 

Radkeem Sims

 

Stylishly daring, this collection is for the Bad Girl/ Bad Boy hidden inside.

 

Uyo by Udoh Atelier

 

Afro beats and chilled drinks. This collection will have you summer festival ready.

 

Josette Couture

 

This lady sings no blues. The Josette Couture collection by Josette Gollatt is classy and feminine, with just enough drama.

“I love black. Black is beautiful baby, and white is alright. And what makes us both the same is the Red, the Blood. That is where I come from, says Golatt.”

Gollatt is not new to fashion. Her experience spans from her childhood and continued throughout adulthood.

Gollatt says, “I started sewing at nine with my lunch money. I started then.”

Even as a young girl, Gollatt knew that she had a gift, so she did-away with patterns.

“I wanted to experiment, so mistakes weren’t mistakes,” she says.

“It’s great when someone else loves what you love, and it’s ok if they don’t. That’s the cherry on top, because when you’re designing, you’re in your own headspace, in your own zone and you have to do what comes out of you first -not concerning yourself about anybody else.”

Finally, if you love fashion, you will not miss the 2018 show. Stay in the know. Follow A.I.N. on Instagram @ainshow.

For more information about being a part of the A.I.N. Showcase, visit Accessories in The Nude Showcase or e-mail Meko Krout at mekokrout@accessoriesinthenude.com.

Photo Credit: Cy Davison- Beyond Reach Media