The Future of Fashion

The future of fashion is with Une Belle Revolution so, if our future is held within our youth, then I can firmly say that with the talent coming from UBR, the future will most certainly be stylish. UBR is lead by Ms. V. Kottavei Williams who works tirelessly and passionately harnessing the creative spirit of her young and ambitious students. This unique fashion design program was created eighteen years ago by fashionado’s E. Vincent Martinez and taken over by Ms. Williams in 2012.

So exactly what is Une Bell Revolution and what makes it so special? UBR is Grady High School’s fashion design program - yes, high school. Grady High School is a gem, the shining star within its school district, excelling in the arts: visual, music, photography and fashion.

With Ms. Williams at the helm of the fashion program, her students are operating at a college level. They are learning garment construction, pattern making, special sewing techniques and illustration. By their senior year, UBR students are designing, creating and producing cohesive capsule collections. The annual runway show is a awe-inspiring and energetic celebration of the vision, talent and creativity of our youth.

Since the beginning of the fashion program, graduating designers have gone off to notable fashion schools like the Art Institute of Atlanta, Scad and FIT to name a few.

DOTC -  Doggies on the Catwalk  founder, E. Vincent Martinez presented Ms. Williams with a donation for her program. DOTC was created by Martinez in his Grady High School classroom 12 years ago and in alignment with the DOTC Foundation’s mission of supporting arts programs and fashion schools, the SEAM Grant has been created. Une Belle Revolution is its first recipient.  SEAM - Supporting Education in Apparel Mastery .

DOTC - Doggies on the Catwalk founder, E. Vincent Martinez presented Ms. Williams with a donation for her program. DOTC was created by Martinez in his Grady High School classroom 12 years ago and in alignment with the DOTC Foundation’s mission of supporting arts programs and fashion schools, the SEAM Grant has been created. Une Belle Revolution is its first recipient. SEAM - Supporting Education in Apparel Mastery.


Cultivate - From Ideas to Action with Ragtrade Atlanta

Join the June Ragtrade Atlanta conversation, "When Style Meets Business" this Tuesday evening at Bloomingdales Lenox Square Mall. Learn about what it takes to work in the business of wardrobe. Doors open at 6 PM. 

Fashionado's E. Vincent Martinez moderates the discussion with this fabulous panel:

- Holly Katz Style
Wardrobe & Personal Stylist

- Emily Sistrunk
Photo Stylist & Founder of Pixhouse Studios

- Jaclyn Banner-Akeju
Costume Designer




jason derulo bloomingdales

Luxury menswear label LVLXIII (pronounced Level 13), founded by Atlanta native Antonio Brown will launch at Bloomindale’s Lenox Square as part of an exclusive partnership between the label and the retailer.  Investor and brand ambassador Jason Derulo will be on hand at the launch event to introduce the spirit and inspiration for the fall collection. 

Brown and Derulo participate in a panel discussion led by Dennis Malcolm Byron, contributing writer for Men’s Book Atlanta.  The partners will discuss growing a business from scratch and breaking into the luxury fashion business.

LVLXIII was launched exclusively at Bloomingdale’s earlier this year in four doors including New York, LA and Miami.  In addition to key menswear pieces, the line also includes a shoe collection that will be in stores in spring 2018.  The brand, described as streetwear meets luxury, is part of Bloomingdale’s Lab concept which highlights the latest trends in designer streetwear.



Designer Kenya Freeman of Sylvia Mollie "Makes it Work" on Project Runway

Kenya Freeman, photo: Project Runway

Kenya Freeman, photo: Project Runway

She keeps two notebooks by her bed. As thoughts and ideas make their way into her dreams, she awakes, rolls over to jot them down and goes back to sleep – and possibly dream some more. By morning, as the alarm clock goes off and sleepy eyes open, she glances in her notebook and inspiration is born. Designer Kenya Freeman, of the label Sylvia Mollie, is literally living her dream. Kenya seeks inspiration from everything and everyone. If it’s not coming in her dreams then she finds it in nature, in her surroundings and on the street. Her mind is always wandering and conceptualizing.

Kenya didn’t know she was a designer right away. In the twelfth grade, she signed up for a fashion co-op class where she learned to create mood boards and studied merchandising. This came to Kenya with such ease that her mother enrolled her in fashion school. In her first year in college, she started sewing, watching her designs transform from sketches to garments. Everything felt so effortless. For the first time, Kenya felt like she had been given a gift. She felt like a designer. There is a lot to be said about a mother’s intuition.

Photos by Prince Williams/ courtesy of Ragtrade Atlanta.

Strong lines and architectural patterns are things Kenya embraces in her designs and textile choices. Other elements such as shape and texture – the feel and touch of fabric is very important to her – also play a part in the DNA makeup of the brand. Her aesthetic comes from the allure of the classic woman. So who is the Sylvia Mollie “woman?” Well, firstly, she has a name, Kenya calls her “Tony.” “This is a powerhouse of a woman whose classic looks must transition to evening. Everything she wears has to be bold, beautiful and make a statement,” adds Kenya. Flowing fabric and a feminine sensibility, with a conscious attention to silhouette, perfectly balance the brand’s timeless yet modern approach. Strength and femininity are harmoniously woven together within the Sylvia Mollie collections.

project runway

So while Kenya Freeman may be living her designer dreams, it is also fair to say that her future is now – and it’s unfolding on national television for the whole world to see. Her personal life and professional career was uprooted, tested and turned upside down – in the name of fashion– when she was selected as a cast member to the Emmy Award winning Project Runway on Lifetime TV. Kenya is featured on the sixteenth season of Project Runway and said this was the best experience ever. She believes that being on the show will elevate the Sylvia Mollie brand to the next level from the tremendous exposure she receives week after week and though it wasn’t always easy being on the show and working under so much pressure, she absolutely “made it work!” Speaking of “making it work” Tim Gunn is wonderful according to Kenya, going on to say that the warm and nurturing gentleman you see on tv is consistent off air as well. Of course, she was tight-lipped about Project Runway specifics, not able to discuss how far she got in the show or who were the celebrity judges. She wouldn’t even drop hints. This is how Kenya described her Project Runway experience: “It was so many things – it was great, it was emotionally draining, it was fantastic, it was exciting and stressful, I’ve never absorbed so much caffeine, I’ve never gotten up so early - it was a lot of things. A very unique experience like no other and just to say that I am now a part of the Project Runway family at this point is something few can say.”

Kenya Freeman and her label Sylvia Mollie may very well be on their way to designer stardom and making its way to a closet near you. Kenya aspires to see her brand carried in the high end markets such as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf’s but for now, the most accessible place to shop Sylvia Mollie is online at


VIDEO: 10 Years of Doggies on the Catwalk

In celebration of the Doggies on the Catwalk tenth anniversary, enjoy video highlights all the way from the beginning in 2007!

For tickets to the show or to make a donation to Canine Assistants, visit


Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016 Patron Party Hosted by SPANX

On Thursday, June 23rd, Atlanta’s most fashionable gathered to toast to the 24th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares, Atlanta’s most philanthropic fashionable fête set for this August, during a private Patron Party on the ultra exclusive rooftop at SPANX headquarters in Buckhead. Guests sipped on a speciality hibiscus lemonade signature cocktail, sparking rosé and more as they noshed on petite turkey sliders, chilled vichyssoise, steak frites, and macaroons from Dennis Dean - A Catering Company.  

Benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), the annual event is heading back to Phipps Plaza on Monday, August 29th for unforgettable evening featuring a pre-show cocktail reception, silent and live auction, and stunning runway show. Founded by arbiter of style and acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country.  For more information, visit


Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

Looking for last minute ideas to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend? From grabbing a juicy steak and bourbon flight at STK or free brunch at Dantanna’s to gift ideas from The Frye Company, Treehorn Cider and more, we’ve rounded up a few or faves to honor Atlanta dads this year. 

Steak, Bourbon, Flasks and Dads at STK Atlanta: 

On Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th, STK, one of Atlanta’s favorite dining and social destinations known for its chic lounge, dramatic dining room, and vibrant, high-energy atmosphere invites families to treat their father’s to fantastic service, delicious fare and unforgettable bourbon flights. In honor of this celebratory day, STK is offering a 34 oz. Cowboy Ribeye topped with two jumbo grilled shrimp paired with a Bourbon Flight of Bulleit, Woodford, and Bookers and a STK Flask for $85. For more information or to make a reservation, visit

Dantanna’s Treats Dads to Free Brunch this Father’s Day: 

Dantanna’s, a favorite Atlanta dining and drinking destination for more than 12 years, is celebrating dads this Fathers’s Day by treating them to brunch on Sunday, June 19, 2016. With locations in Buckhead, Downtown and Sandy Springs, guests who dine with Dad between 12 and 4 p.m. simply need to order one entree of equal or lesser value and he gets his entree for free. 

For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 404-760-8873 for the Buckhead location, 404-522-8873 for the Downtown location, and 404-705-8873 for the Tavern location. 

Father’s Day Brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate: 

Cypress Street Pint & Plate, one of Atlanta’s favorite, brew-savvy haunts, is serving up a special Father Day Brunch on Sunday, June 19th. In addition to the full lunch and brunch menu featuring popular items like the IPA cured salmon Benedict, Cypress frittata, and breakfast burrito, guests who purchase one entree between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will receive one Father’s Day Special of steak, eggs, and potatoes paired with cellar beer for $10. Full entrees must be ordered to receive the deal; beverages, appetizers and desserts are not included. 

Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th Street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta Georgia. For more information, please visit

Treehorn Cider: 

This Father’s Day introduce cider-loving dads to Treehorn Cider, the local brand at the helm of Georgia’s cider movement. Now available in restaurants, bars and growler shops throughout Georgia, including favorites like KR Steak Bar, The Cockentrice, The Mercury and Hop City KSM,  Marietta-based Treehorn Cider’s high-quality, naturally gluten-free ciders are made with locally sourced, carefully selected ingredients and sustainable practices. With two ciders currently on tap, Treehorn Dry Cider and Treehorn Ginger Reserve, celebrate dad with a sip cider to welcome summer. For more information, including where to find Treehorn Cider, visit:

The Frye Company at Ponce City Market:  

If you’re looking for a gift that is sure to impress Dad this Father’s Day, head to The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store in Ponce City Market. Rooted in tradition, the beloved American boot company is chosen time and time again for its inimitable style and uncompromising quality.  From gift cards and timeless classics to seasonal trends, give dad the gift of beautifully made footwear, bags and accessories with a long and illustrious history this Father’s Day.

The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store is located in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Visit The Frye Company online at

Nando’s PERi-PERi Sauce: 

Turn up the heat this Father’s Day with Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce. The most popular hot sauce from England to Australia, Nandos PERi-PERi is now widely available in over 10,000 of the nation’s biggest retailers including Kroger, Fresh Market and Publix in Georgia.  Packed with flavor, it is made with sun-ripened lemons, onion, a dash of garlic and blended with Nando's special ingredient – the African Bird’s Eye Chilli pepper. PERi-PERi (Swahili for ‘pepper pepper’) is the heart and soul of Nando’s PERi-PERi and the secret ingredient behind Nando’s 1,200 restaurants worldwide. One bite, and he'll be hooked. For more information, visit  

Dads Eat Free at Hampton + Hudson: 

Treat Dad to brunch, lunch or dinner at Inman Park’s newest hotspot, Hampton + Hudson and he gets a free entree. This community bar and restaurant features a thoughtful menu that is packed full of locally sourced ingredients and covers all the bases, from snacks, salads and sharable dishes to impressive entrees, desserts, and late night offerings. And, they offer 20+ craft beers on draft, wine, cocktails and ice coffee on draft. Simply order a an entree of equal or lesser value and dad gets to eat for free. In addition to their expansive craft beer selection, dads can pair their free entree with a $3 SweetWater 420 or $4 Brooklyn Lager. 

Hampton + Hudson is located in Inman Park at 299 N. Highland Ave., Unit L, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more on Hampton + Hudson, visit

Wild Heaven Craft Beers Brewery Tours: 

Nothing beats taking a craft beer loving dad to award-winning brewery, Wild Heaven Craft Beers for Father’s Day. Located in Avondale Estates and founded by lifelong Georgians Nick Purdy and Eric Johnson, Wild Heaven is focused on creating world-class beers designed to offer something new to the beer landscape. A local favorite, Facility Tours are available every Thursday through Sunday with options to taste beer and to take souvenir beer home with you.  Fore more information, visit

Dads Get Free Pizza and Delivery at Atwoods Pizza Cafe: 

Looking for something more casual? Head to Atwoods Pizza Cafe in the heart of Midtown for not one but two Father's Day specials this Sunday, June 19th. Dads who visit can get any specialty or build-your-own (up to three toppings) 8” pizza on the house. Or, for those dad that want to stay in, Atwoods is also offering free delivery all day on Father's Day when ordering from the app using the code DADSDAY. For more information, visit

Atwoods pizzeria and café is located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta on the corner of West  Peachtree and  6th Street on the street-facing floor of The Biltmore building at  817 West Peachtree Street, Suite A105, Atlanta, GA 30308. Parking is available on West Peachtree Street and  6th Street as well as within The Biltmore’s parking deck accessible via 5th Street.