Menswear with a Twist

Ciao, friends & fashionistas!

First of all, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season!

Second of all, let’s talk fashion and the process.

Prompted by recent events*, I am being encouraged to follow through on things I never have before.  For example, tonight I realized I have five unfinished drafts just waiting to be shared. *Face palm*.  I have advised many aspiring designers on visionary and creative movements, but only recently began sketching designs. I definitely haven’t mailed any Christmas cards yet and there is a mysterious pile of laundry in my room I should probably investigate. Whether it is a written draft or mental idea, self doubt or laziness, my trend is to begin in my element, quickly stop trusting my instincts at the first gust of self doubt, and subsequently, abandon all movement, casting it aside it like last season’s runway line. Time to leave this trend behind <boy, bye!> and embrace lasting style, for today and 2017.

What makes the creative process so dynamic for me are the experiences that inspire movement, life, and the elusive whisper of something unseen. What inspires you? I invite you to take a look at some of my fave looks from this shoot with Dinah. Below, observe several looks infused with varying prints and solids perfect for the modern workplace or out and about. Cropped tops, wide leg, contrasts, accompanied by a dash of eclectic, incorporate a structured masculine line with a softer, feminine twist to create an unusual blend of self expression, style and direction.  Both ready to wear and office artsy looks offer several shades of blue, peach, and earth tones.

I hope this inspires you to be bold this season and follow the unspoken voice that prompts you toward all you are meant to be because <you’re fabulous!> & all of the exciting things to come your way.

Thanks for stopping by, fashionistas! Cheers and until next time,  xoxo FS

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*Why it takes tragedy to inspire movement, I am at a loss. Inspired by one of the dearest, colorful and most beautiful of souls, I gravitate toward fashion as a form of self expression, connection, forward change, new ideas, and more. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone experiencing a loss. If you’d like a specific prayer or encouragement, message me and I will reach you back! ❤ Love, FS

 

 

Fashion Events To Watch

Check out some of our fave fashion events coming up in the southeast!

Atlanta
Rag Trade
Are you an emerging fashion designer or passionate about the industry? Stop scrolling and check out Rag Trade and their events. We like this one on July 27th – perfect for you future fashion PR experts.

Raleigh
Redress Raleigh Fashion Show at CAM
Vibing with the eco chic revolution? Check out Redress Raleigh and their latest fashion show August 19th at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh.

Spoonflower
In the mood for a sewing social? Grab your gear and head to Spoonflower every third Tuesday for a Pins & Needles class.

Charlotte
Rising Talent-Music
Have you heard of Jason Jet? Well, now you have some music homework-check out the latest news here.

Fashion
Rock the Curves Fashion Show August 4th. For the deets and to reserve your ticket

The Fashion & Style Industry-The Charlotte Summer Show!
Snag your ticket here.

Miami
Funkshion: Swim Fashion Week Miami
Hotter than ever, Miami Beach’s triannual fashion event is spicing up July with their swimsuit fashion extravaganza this week

Cheers, Fashionistas! Thanks for reading and being your fabulous self.
xoxo Fashion Stoppe

Want to submit your upcoming fashion event? Email us at fashionstoppe@gmail.com!

 

Fashion Faves

Hello, fashionistas! :]

Cheers to a new and fabulous year ahead. I hope you are feeling inspired and rejuvenated for an enlightening 2016. If not, I do hope you find some restoration soon – you deserve it!

To start off the year, I want to share with you some of my fave go to looks-some for winter, going out, and pieces that speak to my heart! I believe what and how you wear something affects who you are, how you feel, and where you are going, whether it’s a conversation with a friend or your personal journey.  Sometimes it’s whimsical, others reflective, perhaps mournful, silly, experimental, loud, distracted or successful. Are these things you think about when you get dressed? Why do you wear what you wear? :]

I’ve been incorporating color into the looks-something that has taken me several years to transition! Black has been my go to for a long time. While I will always love a chic, timeless, or edgy black ensemble, I’m so glad I invited some color back in.  🙂

One thing I will add for us to dwell on as we enter 2016…you are Loved* no matter what! Also, you have a unique and beautiful purpose** now, before, and ahead. Something I wonder about personally day to day, (i.e. what is my purpose in life?!) but we can meditate on these versus as we adventure through life. If not, please enjoy, I hope you are inspired by the fashion. I would love to hear what inspires you!

*”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8

**”For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

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Photos from Dinah Pittman

xoxo Fashion Stoppe

 

 

Trend*Setting Fashion Show Takes City by Storm

The latest looks. Beautiful models. Edgy fashion.  A recipe for the perfect fashion takeover.

The 4th Annual Trend*setting Fashion Show was a culmination of talent, beauty, style and something more. This year’s TSFS raised the catwalk for fashion. Talent strutted style, new looks and beauty to prove it.

On June 21th, over 7 up and coming designers featured new styles for men and women on the catwalk at Zinda in downtown Raleigh.  From southern inspired classics to edgy Vogue streetwear, this show displayed many faces of fashion hitting the streets.

< And hitting the interwebs. With budding designers on the rise, building an online presence is key for their brand’s success.  We feature our top picks below. >

Designers high school and up shared their hottest and most inspired looks. Lines included urban streetwear, a twist on southern classics, daring and dramatic, and playfully edgy.

Models petite to plus size, men and women, pop to flow worked the runway. Talent in Raleigh is unstoppable. The audience and runway’s energy was electric.

Many local models and designers who walk the Trend*Setting Fashion Shows don’t stop there. Produced the last four years and counting by acclaimed model and enterprise owner, Latrisha Valdez-Rushing, the TSFS initiatives are changing the face of fashion in the south. Latrisha recognizes the demands of the industry and gives people opportunities. She recognizes talent and dedication and gives them a chance to shine. (For more about Latrisha, read our exclusive interview below.) Many who participate in the show pursue their talents and become discovered.

Last year’s TSFS put a local designer on the map. In a designer competition, winner Cori Spade shared her looks and now is recognized worldwide for her signature styles. We can’t wait to see what happens this year.

Move over, Hotlanta. Look out, NYC! Raleigh is on the rise. We’ll see you on the catwalk.

What people are saying about the TSFS14:

“The TSFS is a great opportunity to bring local designers together in the Triangle.” – G105 Radio Personality, Kimberlee B.

“Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors.” – Co-Host and Comedian, Jermaine Avery

Exclusive Interview with the show’s producer, Latrisha Valdez-Rushing.

What was the inspiration for the 4th Annual Trend*Setting Show?
I wanted it to be an intimate experience, more like the shows in NYC during fashion week. I wanted it to be standing room only type of crowd. This is why there was limited seating (not an accident).  The 4th Annual Trend*Setting Fashion Show was exactly what I wanted.

And what attendees, wanted, too. When you put a show together, what do you look for in designers? In models?
I seek professionalism first, innovation, talent, passion and drive. Having these qualities makes for a well rounded designer who is going places! Models are another story. I look for professionalism, of course, but also loyalty, consistency, confidence and reliability!

How did you select designers for this show in particular?
It depends on the type of show, but just because the designers clothes fit into the theme of the show doesn’t mean they will make it. I go for more quality than quantity.

What motivates/inspires you in the fashion world?
I’m inspired by the art of fashion! When you see fashion from the perspective of the artist and get what the artist is saying or their story, it’s exciting. I’m also inspired by the innovation of fashion, the trend setters in the game!

What’s fashion life like as a mom and wife?!
Being a wife and mom has changed the way I shop and wear clothes, but I still appreciate other people’s perspectives and style like I always have. Now, I just try to figure out how to be stylish and respect my husband, and also let people know that I’m a stylish mom. Which makes me laugh sometimes, because I never thought I would be a wife and a mom, but that’s a whole other story!

What words of advice/encouragement do you have for designers, models, and talent?
I would say to designers, be yourself and don’t fall into the line of mediocre fashion. It’s ok to shine. We, your audience, wants to see you be different. We are tired of the same ole same ole things.  To models and talent, know that YOU are in charge of your business, which is you! Make good decisions. Get a real mentor that has professional experience in the world of modeling to get advice. You need to keep your morals and values in check! Know everything out there is not good for you. Be careful.

What else do you want people to know about you?
I have a way in which I do things in this business-always uplift people and give them chances. I just want everyone to do the same. Let’s uplift and encourage one another to move the fashion industry in the Triangle area forward. Forward Movement!

Should Trend*Setting fans prepare for a 5th show? Any upcoming events in the works?
Every year I think either: “The next show will be bigger and better” or “I’m not doing another show”. Next year, I’m thinking I will do a show, but it will be a different vibe then I’ve ever done. I do have plans to do an ongoing pop-up retail type event with fashion and the arts. Stay tuned!

Thanks Trish! We can’t wait to see what happens next.

About LaTrisha:

LaTrisha Valdez-Rushing’s, founder of Avance` Enterprise, fashion career began in the early 90’s as a professional model. She has graced the catwalk for numerous designers including Oscar De La Renta, Betsy Johnson, and Fendi. With decades behind her, LaTrisha continues to remain a vital member of the fashion business, known mostly for her expertise of grooming aspiring inexperienced models into “seasoned, recognizable models” ready for the runway.

Keep up with Latrisha:

www.avanceenterprise.net
www.trendsettingfashionshows.com

Featured Designers:
The S.M.A.R.T. Hat Collection
Urban streetwear with a message.
Super. Mighty. Awesome. Righteous. Triumphant.
Featured: We can’t deny our love for the baby tee.

Follow S.M.A.R.T. Hat:
Shop: www.smart-hat.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearSmarthat
Instagram@smart_hat

Demode
A stand-out style with something for everyone. Founded in Raleigh with locations in NYC, Demode is now worldwide. Offers looks for men and women.
Featured: We can’t resist The Vogue Shirt. Available online soon. For what Demode is up to next, go here.

Follow Demode:
Shop: www.demodeclothing.com
Tweet @demodeclothing
Insta@demodeclothing

Models to Watch
Nissha McNeil: This girl encapsulates beauty and positive energy! She is going places. As a model, Nissha believes in, “Embracing curves and being happy in your own skin.” Words to live by.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PlusModelNisshaMcNeil
Tweet: @UnisshaM

Mara Wuliger
A runway and print model, Mara’s effortless poise and beauty make her a natural. Where you’ll see her next: Charlotte’s Fashion Week! More info coming soon.

Meet the Host: Jermaine Avery
Known for using comedy to connect with anyone, anywhere, Avery is an improv and comedy guru. “Comedy brings people together, it’s universal.” Says Avery on his craft. Advice to comedians starting out? “Be yourself and write. Have fun. Don’t take it too seriously.”

Follow Avery at @averyisfunny on Twitter or stop by Tir Na Nog on Monday nights for a stand-up comedy routine.

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