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.



americans in paris cfda diesel fashionado

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue are pleased to announce the fifteenth season of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s Americans in Paris. Diesel is proud to again underwrite the initiative.

The participating designers are:

Ahlem Manai-Platt, Ahlem

Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk, Area 

Becca McCharen-Tran, Chromat

Victor Glemaud, Victor Glemaud

Ji Oh, Ji Oh

Eli Azran, RtA

Sandy Liang, Sandy Liang

Telfar Clemens, Telfar

Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee & Claire Sully, Vaquera

Americans in Paris provides invaluable global exposure for designers as well as sales, marketing and media support necessary to expand their respective businesses. The showcase is  located in a townhouse at 29 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. 

This season’s opening cocktail party to celebrate the initiative was hosted by Emily Ratajkowski and Diesel’s Stefano Rosso on September 29 at the showroom.

Founded in 1978, Diesel has evolved from being a pioneer in denim to becoming a global icon of premium casual-wear. This year, the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary and to commemorate the milestone, the nine Americans in Paris designers were given the brief to apply their viewpoints to a single, signature Diesel item—the denim jacket. The task was to customize the piece as each designer wished while interpreting also Diesel’s storied logo. These exclusive designs are on display in the showroom. 

“Diesel has always put creativity at the center of everything it does. In today’s world, brands need to become platforms for young designers and consumers to meet and express themselves. This is why we are happy to support and work with these young CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers who are interpreting our heritage in unique pieces,” said Stefano Rosso, Chief Executive Officer of Diesel North America.

“Americans in Paris continues to showcase the strength of American fashion on the global platform of Paris Fashion Week,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “This season, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, we have expanded the group to include past alumni of the program in addition to the 2017 finalists.”

Tomorrow London Holdings Ltd is providing additional support through event production, targeted outreach for the designers and managing sales appointments, distribution and retail.

“Tomorrow believes that creativity should be championed and given a platform to reach a global audience,” said Stefano Martinetto, CEO and Founder of Tomorrow London Holdings. “In the constant pursuit to recognize and protect creativity, Tomorrow dedicates extensive time and resource to discovering and nurturing new talent from across the world, hence the partnership with the CFDA and Vogue comes naturally.”


Fashion Lives & Fashion Talks with Fern Mallis

The book is titled: Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis. There's also an interview series by the same name where Fern Mallis sits with some of the biggest names in fashion and has a conversations about life and career. Before all of this, Fern was the executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and she is credited as the creator of New York Fashion Week. Fern Mallis, it's fair to say, is a fashion icon, in her own right. I had the privilege of speaking with Fern during her annual engagement with Charleston Fashion Week where she serves as lead judge and special guest. Fern is such a great storyteller and with her prominent position within the fashion world, her contributions to the industry and the fact that she knows everybody in it (and is so well respected) well,  she had plenty of stories to tell.

Video production by Michael Weston.


Yigal Azrouël revealed as featured designer at Lexus Charleston Fashion Week

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ® (Lexus CFW), one of the leading fashion weeks in the United States, announced its March 13-17, 2018 schedule, and features internationally known designer Yigal Azrouël for Saturday night’s Fashion Finale, runway shows from 12 competing Emerging Designer semifinalists, plus exciting retailer and local designer shows.

Yigal Azrouël, a New York-based fashion designer, will be featured on Saturday, March 17.

Azrouël designs ready-to- wear fashion for the effortlessly cool and confident woman with innovative design, intricately detailed construction and high-quality fabrications.

His creations have been spotlighted in many magazines including Forbes, VOGUE and WWD. Azrouël will also serve on the Fashion Panel under Fern Mallis, who will again lead the effort in determining the 2018 Charleston Fashion Week ® Emerging Designer Competition Winner.

Other panelists include mentor Pauline Sokol Nakios, owner of Lilla P, Charleston’s own fashion favorite, Andrea Serrano and Senior VP of Marketing at Who What Wear, Courtney Wartman.


“We’re excited to showcase such well-known designers at Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ® ,” said
Naomi Russell, executive director of Lexus CFW. “This continues the goal of bringing nationally-
known fashion stars to Charleston, to judge and mentor the competing emerging designers, as well as highlight the strong fashion scene.”

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week ® will take place from March 13-17, 2018 in Marion Square and
throughout Charleston, S.C., and showcases new off-site events, collections from emerging talent
from across the US, renowned designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents such as the Gwynn’s VIP Lounge, shopping in the hip Style Lounge, happening after-parties and much more. The Friday and Saturday night runway shows will also be live-streamed on the Lexus CFW website. Visit for full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, the 12 th annual Lexus Charleston Fashion
Week ® is one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows,
interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. The 2017 event featured more than 40 runway shows, 8,100 attendees, the Emerging Designer Competition, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition™.


Project Runway Finalist to Compete in Charleston Fashion Week 2018

Charleston Fashion Week


Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, the 12th annual Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® (#LexusCFW) is one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after- parties, and press events. The 2017 event featured more than 40 runway shows with 8,100 attendees. Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® 2018 is scheduled for March 13 – 17, 2018.  

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® is proud to announce the top 12 Emerging Designer Semifinalists for the 2018 fashion competition. This year, Emerging Designers hale from a diverse collection of cities around the country, include a former Project Runway contestant (Kenya Freeman) and features the competition's youngest designer ever–she's 12 years old.

Each Emerging Designer will compete for the top prize March 13 – 17, 2018 under the tents in Marion Square in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. Tickets are now on sale for the hotly anticipated fashion event of the year. Visit the CFW website to purchase runway tickets, nightly passes, VIP packages and more.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of talented applicants of all ages, skill sets and education,” said Pauline Nakios, CFW fashion panel judge. “Each up-and-coming designer chosen will showcase his or her collection on the nationally-recognized runway before leading fashion insiders, influencers and media.”

“Charleston Fashion Week gives aspiring fashion designers the opportunity and platform to present their collections on a professional runway and share ideas with true industry professionals. I am pleased to be a part of the event for the seventh year!” - Fern Mallis, author and creator of New York Fashion Week.

The Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® 2018 Emerging Designer Competition Semifinalists chosen to debut their collections include:

  • Tygerian Burke // Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Kelly Callaway // Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Kenya Freeman // Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tina Gancev // Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sharae Hines // Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Heather Rose Johnson // Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tierra Macon // Los Angeles, California
  • Joan Madison // Columbus, Ohio
  • Kimberly Millar // Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Patresea Peppers // Atlanta, Georgia
  • Emilie Schroeder // Brooklyn, New York
  • Patrick Tai & Terrence Henderson // Charlotte, North Carolina

The 2018 Emerging Designer Grand Prize Winner, selected by a fashion panel of judges at the Saturday night Fashion Finale, will receive an enhanced prize package worth more than $40,000, including the following:

  •  $10,000 cash
  • Once-in-a-lifetime lunch with Fern Mallis in New York City in 2018
  • Mentorship with L2 Apparel and Lilia P. CEO, Pauline Sokol Nakios
  • Featured Designer event or show at Charleston Fashion Week 2018
  • $10,000 website or search engine marketing package from F22 Internet Solutions

The Emerging Designer Competition began eleven years ago and serves as a platform for undiscovered talent, connecting them with top fashion trendsetters including New York Fashion Week Founder and international fashion consultant, Fern Mallis, and CFDA members and top designers like David Hart, CADET, and Tracy Reese. Previous winners and contestants have been featured in VOGUEMarie ClaireELLEWomen’s Wear Daily and on, along with other major media outlets; and their collections have been picked up by stores including Anthropologie, BARNEY’s New York and Neiman Marcus. For more information, including tickets and availability, visit or @chasfashweek.


David Meister Holiday & Resort RTW

David Meister Holiday 2017

As the holiday season approaches, designer David Meister’s new Holiday and Resort collections are a must-have addition to your wardrobe. David designs every collection with the most important thing in mind: FIT. His signature silhouette-enhancing styles and fabrics are designed with the intent to contour and compliment the body, because he knows that women look best when they feel confident.

This time around, David has designed a dress for every holiday occasion, whether it calls for a daytime holiday luncheon, a sophisticated, elegant winter gown, or a glitzy New Year’s eve cocktail dress.

David Meister is recognized alongside some of the most respected figures in American fashion. Meister’s name is synonymous with sophisticated, beautiful, body conscious women’s wear and his list of devotees reads like a who’s-who in the world of fashion, entertainment, and the arts. Meister’s designs are a red carpet staple, gracing the bodies of some of the most recognized women in Hollywood including Sophia Bush, Diane Lane, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Queen Latifah, Fergie, Demi Lovato, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Fonda, Sharon Stone and Octavia Spencer. – among many others.


His lines of day dresses, cocktail dresses, and gowns can be found in the nation’s top luxury department stores including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as top specialty stores, both nationally and internationally. Or, shop David Meister online.

The David Meister Signature Collection of red carpet ready dresses is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman,, Neiman Marcus and

In addition to designing, Meister continues to be at the forefront of the causes and organizations in which he believes. He is a long-standing member and active participant in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and also serves as an ambassador for Dress for Success. Meister was recently honored at Fashion For Life, a benefit for Friendly House in Los Angeles, was honored at the Susan G. Komen Men in Pink Ties event during Breast Cancer Awareness month, at which they are recognizing men committed to raising awareness for the cause. 


Tracy Reese Spring 2018 RTW


“The woman makes the clothes.”

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese presented a collection for Spring 2018 that was bold in color and rich in prints. Featured were wide-legged pants, flowing dresses and over-sized suits - all very chic, very modern and very wearable. But Tracy Reese did much more than present a beautiful collection - she sent a clear-cut message about diversity and how the fashion industry needs to embrace dressing all women. Her models ranged in age, ethnicity and size.

The models were speaking to the audience though we couldn't make it all out, so what were they saying? Tracy told Vogue: “I wanted them to tell their stories about their journeys, their dreams, and their aspirations, in whatever language felt most natural to them." This action just made an already strong presentation stronger and authentic.