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Dark and playing the part

WE wield fashion always as a way to tell a story without the use of words and have fun with it. But sometimes, it can be wielded to cause a stir.

By fusing classic techniques with contemporary silhouettes, fashion designer Bree Esplanada presents his collection that is all things quirky, writhing with dark humor—and a little bit of shade.

It’s a capsule collection that I did to feed my soul as an artist,” Bree shared. “For this collection, I was inspired by the tailoring of menswear techniques of the ‘60s juxtaposed with modern feminine couture gowns.”

When asked what the process was like in making the ensembles, he said: “First, I decided on the silhouette which is made up of baggy jackets, pants and form-fitting gowns. Last, I designed the embroidery which are eyes in different sizes to depict that she knows and sees everything.”

Bree envisions the one who dons these ensembles to be the epitome of a self-sufficient woman. “It’s a story of an independent woman who would earn her own money without the help of sugar daddies and benefactors,” he said candidly.

But more than that, this is inspired in a way by a woman’s allure, her talents, her wits and could even be, the tricks up her sleeve—her feminine wiles.

What is fashion, after all, but an avenue to be wild when it comes to expressing oneself and bringing the truth and emotions to life. In this case, this is a collection brimming with self-expression and chock-full of attitude.

“I want people to see my brand as a lingering narrative of dark poetry,” he said.Read more at:formal dresses brisbane | formal dresses melbourne

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Fashion designer gives back in a big way

Fashion designer gives back in a big way
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Bethesda High School graduate Kaycee Marshall has been busy studying fashion design at Kent State University in Ohio, but came back to Indianapolis over the weekend to pay forward a cause close to her heart.

Marshall was born with a malformation of the spine and heart condition, spending her childhood in and out of Riley Hospital for Children and had the opportunity to work with the now medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at Riley, Dr. Chuck Dietzen.

Dr. Chuck, as his young patients call him, founded the Timmy Global Health Foundation in 1997 and as a former pro-wrestler, has sponsored an annual wrestling event for Riley patients for many years.

This year, with the help of Marshall, he decided to sponsor an event in the form of a fashion show.

"Fashion had always been my thing since the first grade," Marshall said. "I was sketching clothes back then. I love that fashion can be anything, it's a way to express yourself — moody, glam, edgy ... whatever you want to be."

The show wouldn't have been possible without the help of local businesses and talent.

With the donation of three designs by Marshall and a group of other local boutiques — Ella Mae's, Blush Boutique, Lil' Bloomers, The Watermelon Patch, Meme's, D's Cleaners and Sweet M's — nine models and current Riley patients had the opportunity to walk the runway at Indianapolis' Incrediplex facility.

Kristen Maloney from D-Zign Salon, Mackenzie Fair from Studio 603 and Mandy Roberts from The Place for Hair all donated their time and supplies to prepare the young models with hair and makeup.

Steven Dean with Soundwaves Entertainment served as emce and Matt Portwood with MP Films was the photographer.

The joy was apparent on the children's faces as they walked the runway and posed with audience members clapping and yelling support.

"The show is entitled 'Once Upon A Dream' because I want the kids to just feel beautiful," Marshall said. "I want them to know that they can do anything they put their mind to and to dream big.

"I'm following my dream and I hope to give back to the fashion industry with models of diversity. Just this year, the first model in a wheelchair went down the runway at New York's Fashion Week and I want to see more of that."

Marshall has plans to travel and study fashion this school year with study abroad programs in Florence, Italy, and New York City.

She designed a pink, lighted tu-tu worn by Macie Bravo and a pink flowered dress worn by Grace Schraufnagel.

Other models included Hayden Cloud, Chad Keown, Emily Smith, Riley Smith, Caden Upchurch, Christin Gregory and Mallory Hackworth.

Marshall also designed a black dress worn by guest vocalist and Danville graduate Brianna Patrick.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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Exhibition explores legacy of black fashion designers

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As a girl, Tracy Reese thought she might be an architect. Then she caught the fashion bug. She knew, of course, that designers who are black like her existed. She used to snap up Willi Smith at The Limited growing up in Detroit. She headed to New York with high hopes. “When I first came to New York my eyes were really opened to the breadth of the industry, but I was looking for our place in it,” recalled Reese, who has dressed first lady Michelle Obama.

Reese, along with other noted designers of color, Jeffrey Banks and Laura Smalls among them, spoke at the opening of a new exhibition, “Black Fashion Designers,” at The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. The show offers a glimpse into exactly how impactful designers of color have been through the decades, including Reese, Banks and Smalls. Smalls has seen her dresses worn seven times by the departing Obama.

They also know the challenges of striving for beauty in design while attempting to break through in an industry still dominated by whites. “Designers of color don’t get a lot of publicity and so many of the businesses are not sizable. It’s tough to get recognition,” Reese said, standing amid rows of mannequins spanning decades of diverse black voices in fashion.

Business training

Reese’s father provided initial startup money when she first went into business for herself. “I had to go out and get loans. I did a lot of paper writing. A lot of business planning. I had to have a lot of assistance because I didn’t have business training,” she said. “That’s usually what a banker wants to see, or a financial person. It’s a kind of closed industry. And as difficult as it is for a person of color, you really have to rise through the ranks high enough to grab the attention of the people who are holding the purse strings.”

Smalls, who grew up in Queens, knew at 8 or 9 that she wanted to be a fashion designer. She went to the High School of Art and Design, followed by Parsons School of Design. “When I graduated Parsons, being African-American, it was not easy for me to get a job. It was just not easy. I couldn’t fathom that I would be able to support myself with my own collection. They don’t say anything. I mean, you know. It’s just you don’t get the job. I could tell you a horrible story, but I won’t,” said Smalls, who worked in relative obscurity until 2012, when Obama first wore some of her pieces.

Banks, at 63 the oldest of the three, has focused on menswear over his decades in the business, adding home decor and childrenswear in more recent years selling on HSN. “I was very lucky in that I met Ralph Lauren when I was 16. I started working for him when I was 17, three weeks out of high school and two months before I started college.” Even so, it wasn’t easy.

“I remember when I was 10 years old and talking to a former nursery school teacher and telling her that I wanted to be a fashion designer and she said, ‘Well whoever heard of a black fashion designer,’ and she was black,” said Banks, who was raised in Washington, DC. “I was so angry, even at 10 years old, to think why would someone say something like that? Why should that be an impediment to anything? I think it made me even more determined to become a designer,” he said.


Banks looked to those who came before him, but his eye was on the beauty of their creations, not necessarily their skin color. “Growing up, Stephen Burrows, when I was in high school, he was just starting to design and I thought his designs were extraordinary, and that was way before I knew he was black,” Banks said. “I just thought they were great looking clothes. At the end of the day that’s really what counts.”

Jacqueline Bouvier must have thought so, too. In 1953, she wore an ivory silk taffeta gown to marry the young Sen. John F. Kennedy. It was designed by Ann Lowe, already a noted dressmaker for high society patrons in New York. Lowe was also the great-granddaughter of an enslaved woman and an Alabama plantation owner. She learned to sew at the knees of her mother and grandmother. “Yet she embraced all of the beauty of European couture,” said Andre Leon Talley, the former editor-at-large for Vogue who remains a fashion pundit and served on the show’s advisory committee.

The exhibition is intended as a sampling, not an all-consuming account of black contributions to fashion, but it does offer a wide range, from a modest ivory wedding gown by Lowe (not Jackie’s) to a risque royal blue satin Playboy bunny uniform by Zelda Wynn Valdes. Among others represented: Pyer Moss, Duro Olowu, Kevan Hall, Andre Walker, Lawrence Steele and Patrick Kelly.

And the legacy?

“The legacy is perseverance, and of struggling through many decades of culture,” Talley said. “Struggling black individualism. Struggling in a country that perhaps did not recognize black people as designers. You have a rainbow of success based on innate quality and innate technique. They had dreams, and they put their dreams into fashion.”Read more at:formal dresses

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