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.
“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!”
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 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.