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
“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.”
This year’s winner is Michael “Bow Tie Mike” Williams. Mike has been designing bow ties since 2005 when boredom inspired his creativity.
“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.
Photo Credit: Cy Davison- Beyond Reach Media