“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.
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
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!
This collection was eclectic and easy to wear.
A fun, colorful collection with class.
This collection was jaw dropping. A literal take on survival of the fittest.
The swanky side of calm, cool, and collected.
Stylishly daring, this collection is for the Bad Girl/ Bad Boy hidden inside.
Afro beats and chilled drinks. This collection will have you summer festival ready.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Cy Davison- Beyond Reach Media