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.

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Keep your Summer 2019 Wardrobe Staples on Trend

Spring has sprung and that summer breeze is starting to blow through. How’s you wardrobe? Is your closet summer ready? Comfort + Style never looked and felt so good this season… Maxi dresses, blazers, the LBD, wide-leg pants - well you know all the staples that should be in your closet but lets give them a refresh by embracing some of the most popular trends of 2019.

Classics like florals and stripes are trended hard on the runways this year. The LBD mets its rival, the versatile LWD! And finally we’re seeing less tight, body-con and more loose fitted and casual dressing.

Atlanta-based fashion designer, Abbey Glass, has been stylishly dressing women with her label which offers the perfect balance of casual to chic. See slideshow above.

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You're Invited: 12th Annual Doggies on the Catwalk

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The Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation returns this year for its biggest show to date. Celebrating 12 years of philanthropic success, The Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation founder and notable Atlanta personality, E. Vincent Martinez, is thrilled to take this year’s event to the next level. Taking place at Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta penthouse office suite at Terminus 200 in the heart of Buckhead for the second year in a row, attendees are invited to experience a crowd-pleasing runway lineup that includes adorable pups, local personalities and coveted luxury brands. 

An unforgettable evening of fashion, fun and philanthropy, Doggies on the Catwalk fashion event will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. and benefits several organizations including Canine Assistants, a non-profit which educates and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Emceed by Tad Lemire, Drex Rener and Kara Wilson of Tad & Drex Mornings on B98.5 FM, this year’s event will feature a cocktail reception and a high-energy runway show featuring the season’s most sought after looks from top designers and brands found at SAKS Fifth Avenue including Gucci, Prada, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and much more.  Guests will also have the opportunity to receive makeup touch ups and sample a variety of fragrances from Dior before the event. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://doggiesonthecatwalk.org/.

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Malan Breton Fall 2019 Collection

Opening the doors to The House Of Malan Breton is like stepping through into an immersive theatrical fashion experience . Breton revolutionizes silhouettes in ways that express modern techniques with couture techniques of centuries past. Taiwanese embroidery techniques are deeply sewn and rooted into the seams as well his soul. Gowns are intensely hand-sequined in rich reds and bold burgundies. Leather adorned in Swarovski crystals and Japanese fresh water dying techniques are a few of the masterful formulas used to create the luxuries of this collection. The metaphor of the snake slithers through the collection as a symbol of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.

Malan Breton on his inspiration…. “What if we could know the stories of the mad man, the other side of life as told by victims, what if we could know the pain, the suffering, the loss and abandon that bring the antagonists to madness? What if in this exploration of the psyche we learn that the evil, the unkind, were once pure? What if we knew their joys and could save them before their last moments. This season I try to tell a story of a Norma Desmond type character, before she loses her stability. Before she throws away her freedoms for unrequited love. Before the world knows her as a diva and a has been. A murderess. What if After Death we see the hearts of those who society drove to madness, before their utter demise. That is my vision this season for my AW19 collection.”

Malan Breton’s AW19 collection is a blissful reminder of better days – and the promise of the return of luxury.

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THE TURKISH GROUP SHOW – NYFW FALL/WINTER 2019

Photos: Elvia Gobbo

Photos: Elvia Gobbo

The snow falling outside couldn’t dampen the upbeat, celebratory spirits of those that braved the elements to support three Turkish designers who made their NYFW debut on the runway of Industria Studios in the heart of the West Village.  Under the simple moniker “The Turkish Group Show”, Buket Özkalfalar, Gökhan İldeniz & Firat Neziroglu, each showed strong visions that truly demonstrated their place in the show, which was sponsored by the Turkish Government as well as the Turkish Textile Council, was truly deserved

Buket Özkalfalar – Buket Ozkalfalar seemed to be channeling a Goth version of the Great Gatsby when her pen took to the sketch pad.  Inventive versions of flapper dresses mixed seamlessly with futuristic frocks, many finished off with red carpet worthy Black evening coats.  Feather accents softened the collection & provided an overtone of whimsy & added yet another dimension to the collection of this notable newcomer 

 Gökhan İldeniz – Gökhan İldeniz presented a casual vision of menswear for his Fall 2019 collection NYFW debut.  Based mostly in denim with a serious dose of hand hewn, artisanal detailing like whip-stitching, patch-work, & inventive dying techniques that gave a broken-in, pre-worn, comfortable feel.  The roughly cut, raw pelt-like furs added a rugged, almost costume like fee

Firat Neziroglu – Menswear designer Firat Neziroglu, presented a collection that was pleasantly conflicted between dressy suiting & artsy-craftsy handmade separates.  In some cases, the dichotomy coexisted on one piece such as the rope closures on suit jackets or the yarn-based details on jackets & at other times, the two worlds were artfully mixed in an ensemble like the heavy, hand woven scarves worn over tailored outerwear & giant, open gauge hand knit cardigans over suiting jackets & trousers.

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HAKAN AKKAYA’S GLAM ROCK COLLECTION – NYFW FALL/WINTER 2019

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Was it a 1970’s “Glam Rock” concert or the Hakan Akkaya Fall 2019 collection?  That was the question on everyone’s mind as they sat along the U-shaped runway at Spring Studios on Sunday.  The Istanbul based designer presented his 3rd collection as part of NYFW in the cavernous Gallery I.  The massive space was filled to the brim with an audience dressed to impress, perfectly complementing the show-stopping looks that walked.

 Black, White & Metallic Silver, with a small dash of Metallic Pinks thrown in as an accent, made up every look of the collection of a Women’s & Men’s full designer range.  The cameras & phones went a-flutter when the key looks appeared.  The various looks in Black with Silver studs & spikes for Women proved to be audience favorites as did the range of inventive, body-con dresses, some with incredible sleeve and super strong shoulder details.  A range of Black & White, bold-striped faux furs for both Men & Women had every person in the room taking notice. 

 As the finale walk-around commenced, the entire audience shrieked their approval, only to ramp it up even more when designer himself, Hakan Akkaya, walked the entire runway, nearly floating with pride as he blew kisses to his legions of fans, new & old alike.

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Lela Rose Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear

Lela Rose Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear

Lela Rose’s fashion week presentations (and Resort presentations, and bridal presentations) can make your day. It doesn’t matter how stressed out or sleep-deprived you are; you can always expect to feel fairly revived by the good vibes, great music, delicious treats, and even better cocktails at her shows. The waiters at today’s unveiling were passing out greyhounds—i.e., grapefruit and vodka over ice—and it was the first of many puns related to the main event.

The runway was covered in artificial turf, with a low picket fence around the perimeter and a series of pedestals. It was also the first time this reviewer has ever been asked if I was “okay with dogs” before going backstage. We all had an inkling there’d be something particularly cute about this show, of course: The invitation was a blue first-place ribbon with “Roseminster Dog Show” printed in gold. The official Westminster Dog Show happened in New York tonight, as luck would have it, and as a lifelong dog lover, Rose decided to host her own version. Along with a dozen models, she cast a variety of pups—some show dogs and some who are famous, like Riley Bean, an orange Brittany with 33,000 Instagram followers.

If you’ve frequented Rose’s shows, it wasn’t a huge surprise to see beagles mingling with Dalmatian minis backstage. She’s done garden parties, boat parties, and even a “Tribeca takeover” back in June, which was essentially a parade on the streets of downtown New York. If today’s campy setup distracted from the clothes at times—a few pups were too excited to sit still, and Jenna Bush Hager and Robert Verdi were on hand to deliver witty commentary—a closer look revealed some charming touches. Rose’s fellow dog lovers won’t be able to resist the navy dress with canine cameos for buttons, and there was a black-and-ivory “man’s best friend” print illustrated with bulldogs, Yorkshire terriers, and dachshunds. On a long-sleeve silk dress with pearl smocking along the bust, it looked surprisingly elegant, sort of like toile.

Subtler nods were the coats and box-pleated dresses in multicolored “King Charles” plaids. Silhouette-wise, Rose is feeling for higher necklines, longer sleeves, and leaner, more body-conscious silhouettes, like a slim camel wool dress and a cherry-red pouf-sleeve blouse with matching high-rise trousers. That look was part of the “Non-Working Group,” announced by a model holding a giant placard (a funny riff on the categories in a dog show: working, toy, hound, non-sporting, et al). Earlier in the show, there was a “Ladies Who Lunch” group, and the finale looks were “Cocktail Companions.” Told you it was campy! Rose’s customer will shop from all of those groups, but the best-in-show award goes to the knife-pleated midi dresses and column gowns with peaked pearl edges; they were at once vintage and modern.

Source: VogueRunway

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