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Chicago 2016 Designers

The Ivory Collection

Black Fashion Week  Welcomes The Ivory Collection  to our Houston, TX  Runway on Saturday August 12th, 2017 Owner of The Ivory Collection, an elegant and calm understated luxury brand, Tanya Ivory Mayes loves creating items that bring joy, peace and a sense of wellbeing. “I am inspired by beautiful fabrics and the transformative power of fashion. No matter how you are feeling, the clothes make you feel beautiful; I feel like I was born to do this.”Dresses feature romantic embellished hand beading over sheer or lace bodices in bright colors such as peach, soft blues, grays toppled with the color wine, a must have staple color for the holidays. Each piece in Tanya’s new collection is crafted by hand; despite these meticulous details, the fashions sell at affordable retail price points indicative of the collections quality taste of style. About Tanya Founded in 1991, The Ivory Brand has evolved to encompass visual arts, costume design, fashion, home interior and accessories. Today the multi-talented Tanya Ivory Mayes continues to express her originality & creative design abilities as a fashion designer and fine artist. Tanya is an award winning designer who studied design at the University of North Texas. The Textiles and Costume Institute of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston awarded her the Honorable Mention, as she received the 1996 Ready-To-Wear Fine Arts Fashion Award. The Ivory Collection has been featured in WWD and other publications. Tanya has worked in the field of television and film  assisting  Costume Designer, Stephen Chudeji as a Costumer and extra for the ABC movie, “King of The World, Muhammad Ali: The story behind...

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Anjels Boutique

Anjels Boutique Returns to the  runway for Black Fashion Week USA 2017 Live in Chicago   With over 15 years experience and an MBA in Business Management, Owner Towanna Walker is continuously exploringopportunities to enhance her knowledge and expertise to complement and grow her business Anjel’s Boutique. Anjel’s Boutique carries Ready-to-Wear (RTW), Custom Designer Apparel, Career Wear and Casual/Contemporary Apparel & Accessories. Anjel’s Boutique targets the professional woman who lives in the Chicago land area and has recently expanded reaching many women outside Illinois.  Anjel’s has partnered with Designers in which we collaborate and customize designs exclusively sold at Anjel’s Boutique offering our customer’s one-of-a-kind garments as well as ready-to-wear apparel. Unique & innovative Anjel’s Boutique provide services such as Style Assessments, Personal Shopping, and Special Ordering to customers during regular store hours and by personal appointments. Style Concierges who are trained within the fashion industry are available to customers on a daily basis with emphasis in helping women develop their personal styles. You can find the store conveniently located in the Historic Downtown Community of Homewood, Illinois; 18050 Dixie Highway, 60430. Come out and shop with them Saturday February, 25th 2017 at the South Shore Cultural Center. Purchase tickets at...

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C Marie Designs

C Marie  Designs on the runway during Black Fashion Week USA 2016 Live in Chicago Creator of C. Marie designs, Delta Soror Cassie Marie Dodd is a new up and coming designer originally from Maywood, IL.  Cassie recently graduated from Northern Illinois University receiving a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Public law, and Community Leadership and Civic Engagement with an emphasis in Advocacy. Cassie first began sewing and creating her own designs at her alma mater Proviso East High School where she made her first dress, and her love for gowns grew from there. The new designer has a unique eye for fashion. Her designs feature an array of bright colors and lots of glam. Cassie is the fashion industries, “someone you should know.” FB: Cassie Dodd IG: @warriorgoddst...

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J.Smiths Blklst On The Runway For Black Fashion Week USA 2016 Live In Chicago   J. Smith’s BLKLST Perpetually Fabulous BLKLST is a women’s and girls’ clothing and accessory line. It celebrates African American women’s style through bright colors and bold prints. There is a dual-fascination of color and imagery with prints including Javas, Kentes, and Waxes. BLKLST is created by Jazell Smith, a Chicago based designer who has spent most of her life making women’s apparel. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NewYork and after years as a custom designer, returned to Chicago  and formed BLKLST. The clothes and accessories are all made locally on Chicago’s Southside by minority women. The pieces have simple cuts yet they are quite feminine, elegant, and functional. The collection focuses on style exclusivity and affordability with limited duplications. The simplicity of the cuts allows the line to be more affordable to our customers while maintaining exclusive unique pieces. Each one is a compliment grabber.www.blklsts.com ...

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Yamaia featured on the runway during  Black Fashion Week USA 2016  Live in Chicago       Yamaia was born in the USA but was raised in Hawaii and lived in various key markets Washington D.C. Florida, New York, Chicago, London & Milano which provided her with a culturally diverse and exotic upbringing which not only shaped her creative and colour view, but prepared her for international success as a supermodel,designer & entrepreneur. Yamaia started modelling in fashion shows at just 17 when she was selected to become a Hawaiian Tropic model and to represent the island of Lanai. Since then she has built up an impressive portfolio of modelling commissions for agencies and fashion designers, initially in the USA for designers including Michael Costello and Versace. Today Yamaia has expanded her operations into Europe, making Marbella the location for her design/lifestyle studio and her base. It is from here that she personally overseas every part of her business including couture design collections, organising YLUXX Brand Tours, providing expert fashion advice on TRE radio, Individuals,Business and a public speaker who is passionate about women/men empowerment & Creating UROwn Identity for your Life. Recent Work Home & Life Magazine Makeover – Image Consultant/Designer BlackFashionweek USA Chicago IL – Designer/Industry Panellist Lions Golf World Championship Tournament – Designer presentation Swan’s College Career Day – Speaker La Donnas Del Mundo, Art Project by Artenovum, Presentations – Writer/Presenter Yamaia LUXX Showroom, Concept developer – Owner YAMAIA presents YNOT Luxury Marbella Weekend The Art of FASHION at Kasser Rassu] – Presentation/Designer Yamaia styling with Marbella Te Quiero Fashiongyyrl in Mac Models & Casting – Instructor...

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Akese Style Lines

Akese Style Lines On The Runway For Black Fashion Week USA 2016 Live In Chicago   Akese Stylelines  is a unique brand that is focused in designing and making custom handmade and ready to wear clothing and accessories by incorporating an African Print with Western fabrics to create unique classy pieces. The Creative Designer behind the Collection is Ghanaian born Jennifer Akese Burney.she  started sketching clothes at a  very tender age of about 7, and  grew fond of clothes and was especially fascinated by the way the pieces of fabrics  came together to create one piece of item.  She has a BA in Industrial Arts Fashion Design and now  resides in Chicago with her husband and two children. she loves to play with  and create textures, architecture bold silhouettes and  one of a kind pieces.  Her aspirations  come from her  home country, upbringing, and the rich culture she has embraced around her over the years. Akese Stylelines currently  specializes in wedding gowns ,evening gowns,  corporate wear casual wear, club wear ,swim, beachwear,children clothing, accessories such as purses, clutch,African beaded necklaces  earrings and hair pieces recently she has been featured and participated in the following events in 2015 Featured in WWD magazine Featured on ABC 7 Chicago for Black Fashion Week USA 2015 Featured on WCIU for African Festival or Arts. Featured Designer at Black Fashion Week  USA 2016 Featured Designer at African Fashion Week Chicago Featured designer at The Taste of Chicago Featured designer for African night at Michigan Tech University Participating Designer at Randolph Street Festival                                     Featured Designer for African...

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Teresa Fe- Fe Designs

Teresa Fe-Fe Designs On the runway during Black Fashion Week USA 2016 Live in Chicago  Teresa Fe-Fe is the Owner/ Artist Designer and force behind Teresa Fe-Fe designs. She has been in business for 7 years creating Hand Painted Wearable clothing and accessories, which includes Jean Jackets, Custom Purses, Sport Blazers, Boots, Wall Art and a soon to be released line of couture clothing. Coming from a family of talented creators, Teresa Fe-Fe artistic painting designs range from subdue colors to FUNKY, BOLD,” I HAVE STEPPED INTO THE ROOM PIECES.”  Her wearable arts include her trademark Circles and Handprints on her ready to wear or custom clothing for clients.  With having “GOD” given talents her quote is “The Sky has no Limit”. My Mission “is to wake up ones soul when they put on one of my Designs”. Her celebrity clients have included or worn by Mike Epps, Con Funk Shun ,Chante Moore, The Late Johnny Carter (The Dells), Rick Ross, Retired Indianapolis Colts Tarik Glenn, Legendary Blues Singer Mel Waiters and Actor/ Producer/Director Mel Jackson. Her art has also been seen in many magazines such as Jet, Tiara Magazine, Living Social Magazine, Vibrant Magazine, Allezom International Magazine as well as Dunamis Woman Magazine, Currently, her work is commissioned at High End Boutiques in the Chicagoland area and Northwest, IN. You may visit  the Teresa Fe-Fe Designs Studio at 565 w Exchange Crete, IL. Contact: Teresa Fe-Fe to have her CREATE YOUR UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND WEARABLE ART. To learn more about Teresa Fe-Fe connect with her on FB.    https://www.facebook.com/exquisitetasteofart/?fref=ts       To learn more about the designer...

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Berny Martin is the fashion wiz behind his line “Catou” a nickname of  his grandmother whom he decided to launch his company after.  A sophisticated and confident woman, it was she who helped to raise him  and inspired him to follow his passion for design. He has  his Fashion Accredation from  FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology)  in Newyork and travels frequently between, Chicago, Newyork, Indianapolis and Paris to name a few places where his interntional brand is featured.  His Fashion focus has always been  to create sophisticated, well-designed, interesting casual and business wear for men and women; clothing focused on fit.His Fashion blurb reads a little like this is : “My feeling is that clothes can absolutely “make the man” or woman. Exquisitely tailored clothing speaks volumes about the confidence and style of the wearer. Proper fit is everything” ‘At Catou, I choose high quality fabrics from all over the world. The cloth is as likely to have come from Mozembique as Ireland. ‘ ‘My special touches include my signature Catou back collar stripe, contrasting fabric cuffs, or peek-a-boo backs on suit jackets....

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