Diplomacy NYFWM FW Collection

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A new urban men’s line hits New York Fashion Week. The Diplomacy Fall collection by designer Eric Archibald offers a variety of cultured-inspired clothes.

The purpose of this clothing line is to keep a fresh reminder of the art of diplomacy and the practice of consideration and courtesy. The brand firmly believes in individuality. Its logo represents the notion of living by your own rules. The brand states that the panda symbolizes peach, friendship, and strength. Its attire is the perfect representation of street culture, and it’s definitely attention grabbing!

Most of the attire is loose fit, oversized hoodies and spandex with various patterns. It’s ranging from solid colored to plaid and other designs. Its color tones range from vibrant yellow to cool tones such as gray and black.

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[My] "Style Signature" Shoot with Atlanta-based photographer Ralph Collins

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A couple years back, a young photographer caught my eye at the Ragtrade Atlanta runway show. Ralph Collins was framing his shots in an unconventional way by using different angles and suggesting art and movement.

Recently, he contacted me and offered a photo shoot but gave me a challenge at the same time. He wanted to capture "my style" and gave me three parameters to feature: brunch, casual day and formal. This wasn't the challenge! The challenge was that I had to pull from my own wardrobe - yep, my closet. At first I thought damn, I like when I get to play with labels from Saks or Jeffrey Atlanta - I'm tired of what's in my closet. You understand, right? Ralph's request made me think a little harder and appreciate what I already had. For the "formal" look, I knew I didn't want to do black tie so I opted for a suit and tie. Gucci suit, YSL coat and a crisp white shirt from Nordstrom. The safari jacket and green sweater for brunch and for a stylish casual look I went with joggers and a Chanel sweatshirt, sneakers by Tods.

Ralph was pleased with my choices. This is what he said about the shoot: 

The man himself, Mr. Fashionado, E. Vincent Martinez, stands in front of my lens for the very first time and it was a true experience. What is very understated is the level of personal style that the titled "style bloggers" have, due often to the assumption that their style is birthed from the necessity of their profession. With this photoshoot, I challenged that paradigm and requested that Vincent would come to the shoot prepared, given only the parameters of three occasions "Brunch" "Casual Day" and "Formal Dress". When we arrived at the studio for setup, and he began to display the wardrobe, he spoke with such assurance, such understanding in each piece and the meaning behind them and the memories that were attached to them; completely in awe I hung on every word while imagining exactly how I wanted to showcase them. 
Vincent's signature style became clear to me as we began to shoot. Simple staples with characteristics that reflect the functionality in which they're meaning to be used. No item brought simply for the sake of a logo, name recognition, or the need to prove one as "fashionable", but all items brought as a reflection of the necessary functions. 

I'm flattered and humbled. Thank you Ralph Collins. Keep doing what you're doing!

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The Face Magazine Issue 5 Release and Fashion Show

E. Vincent Martinez, The Face Magazine runway. Photos by: Torey Searcy Photography

E. Vincent Martinez, The Face Magazine runway. Photos by: Torey Searcy Photography

Joseph McCrae

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Elias Gurrola

Hamptons Men's Clothier

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From evening wear to menswear to the avant garde, The Face Magazine set Charlotte on fashion fire recently at their Issue 5 Release fashion show. The runway was ablaze with looks from talented emerging artists as well as established brands like Dillards and Hampton's Men's Clothier. Designers Joseph McCrae and Elias Gurrula proved they are NYFW ready with their collections and featured designer Rinat Brodach showed us how it's "done" in New York. 3BlackBird Management models rocked the runway, giving us the modern, chic and edgy woman set forth by the designers. I was thrilled to emcee the show which took place at Le Meridien Charlotte and interact with stylish guests.

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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 https://www.firstgiving.com/CanineAssistants/doggies-on-the-catwalk-2017

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[MY] Year in Review: A Fabulous 2014

What an amazing, wonderful and fabulous year 2014 has been. The only thing better may be what 2015 has to offer... big plans ahead! Thank YOU for being a part of this ride with me and for your love, loyalty and support. Enjoy the photo gallery which highlights the past twelve months. Happy New Year. XO

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About: E. Vincent Martinez / fashionado / #teamfashionado

fashionado is an interactive fashion & lifestyle blog where readers can experience social soirees including fashion shows, boutique grand openings, fundraisers, product launches, and a myriad of other stylish special events. fashionado delivers a little bit of everything and a whole lot of fabulous! With the added bonus of video via fashionadoTV, we have become a sought after media outlet by brands, public relations firms and other agencies, having interviewed the likes of Trina Turk, Stephen Burrows, Candy Spelling, Jeffrey Kalinsky and Gladys Knight.

In 2010, fashionado was named Best Fashion Blog by the Atlanta Fashion Awards and E. Vincent Martinez was listed as one of the Top 100 Fashion Bloggers Worldwide by Sparkah, a marketing firm in NYC.

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E. Vincent Martinez / photo by Steffano Morte

As a former educator, “UrbanCouture,” “Feed the Models,” and “Doggies on the Catwalk” are all products of E. Vincent Martinez’s creative vision and energy as well as his dedication to giving his students unique learning opportunities. Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez came to the United States 40+ years ago. He grew up in Miami where he remained to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Barry University. Later he received a fellowship to spend two years at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He received his MFA in photography in Rochester, NY at Rochester Institute of Technology. After earning his teaching certification at Georgia State University, Martinez joined the Grady High School faculty in 2002 and was named Grady’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Martinez received the prestigious Atlanta Families Award for Excellence in Education, the district’s highest award.

E. Vincent Martinez has been named one of the best dressed Atlantans by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Access Atlanta.

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With over 18 years experience in the broadcast industry as videographer, editor,  producer, and technician, Gil Guillama has worked with Discovery Channel, HBO and Turner Broadcasting just to name a few. Gil brings his extensive production knowledge  along with sharp, broadcast technical skills and a creative eye to fashionadoTV and the fashionado team as a videographer and senior producer.

Nyssa Green is owner of The Green Room Agency for Image Development and  an  Emmy award winning makeup artist.  Her firm represents a host of talented  pros in  hair, makeup, and wardrobe that work in all aspects of media. With a  fierce mix of curiosity and tenacity she has become a top makeup artist,  industry  expert, and TV personality. As a reliable and creative source, clients like  MTV, BET,  HGTV, and CNN have trusted her to create looks for their shows. Her work has also  been in magazines like Vibe, Upscale, Real Simple, WWD,  and People. The  versatility of the entertainment industry has led her to work with  singers, athletes, actors and more, including: Bono, Jane Seymour, Alicia Keys,  Ne-Yo, U.S. Presidents, Akon, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Ryan Seacrest, and many, many more! In addition to running the agency, and working as an artist, Nyssa makes regular appearances on television to discuss, fashion, lifestyle, and beauty.

Tomas Espinoza of Tomas Espinoza Photography is a fashion, portraiture and lifestyle photographer residing in Atlanta. In addition to working on his own independent photographic projects from an artistic perspective, Tomas also works with the top modeling agencies in the nation. Tomas shoots for a range of private and commercial clients to include some of the top publicists in Atlanta. You can also see his work in Modern Luxury publications. For fashionado, Tomas is specifically working with E. Vincent Martinez on an ongoing series of personal style imagery making Tomas not only a regular contributor to fashionado.net but a valuable member of the team.

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Video Promo: Doggies on the Catwalk 2014

It's ALL about the DOGGIES! As much as we love fashion [and cocktails] the show, after all, is called 'Doggies on the Catwalk.' This year's show, now in it's 7th year, is extra special in that all the precious pups on the 'catwalk' are adoptable! I am beyond excited!!

Doggies on the Catwalk is on Friday, May 16 at PDK's Atlantic Aviation Hangar - an amazing space - and as far as events go, this is a

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