[By: Travon Bracey]
After 22 Seasons, The CW announced that they will no longer continue with America's Next Top Model. It was announced on October 14 and I must say that so many people were devastated. The show started in May 2003 on UPN and continued to inspire young, vibrant individuals to pursue in the modeling agency for approximately 12 years now. The show is currently showcasing Cycle 22 and the final episode will be aired on December 4th, 2015 @ 9PM.
Check out the list of winners from Cycle 1 to 21 on ANTM:
[Name | Age | City | Cycle]
Lisa D'Amato 30 Los Angeles, CA Cycle 17 Winner
Keith Carlos 26 Bridgeport, CTCycle 21 Winner
Krista White25 Pine Bluff, AR Cycle 14 Winner
CariDee English 21 Fargo, ND Cycle 7 Winner
Saleisha Stowers 21 Los Angeles, CA Cycle 9 Winner
Sophie Sumner 21 Oxford, England Cycle 18 Winner
Laura James 21 Cambridge, NY Cycle 19 Winner
Adrianne Curry 20 Joliet, IL Cycle 1 Winner
Eva Pigford 20 Los Angeles, CA Cycle 3 Winner
Naima Mora 20 Detroit, MI Cycle 4 Winner
Nicole Linkletter 20 Grand Forks, ND Cycle 5 Winner
Danielle Evans 20 Little Rock, AR Cycle 6 Winner
Jaslene Gonzalez 20 Chicago, IL Cycle 8 Winner
Whitney Thompson 20 Atlantic Beach, FL Cycle 10 Winner
Teyona Anderson 20 Woodstown, NJ Cycle 12 Winner
Brittany "McKey" Sullivan 19 Lake Forest, IL Cycle 11 Winner
Ann Ward 19 Dallas, TX Cycle 15 Winner
Brittani Kline 19 Beech Creek, PA Cycle 16 Winner
Jourdan Miller 19 Bend, OR Cycle 20 Winner
Nicole Fox 18 Louisville, CO Cycle 13 Winner
Yoanna House 23 Jacksonville, FL Cycle 2 Winner
[By: Travon Bracey]
As a Artistic Director, Fashion Critic, and Stylist myself, I always try to find other exceptional people in the fashion industry and to come to find out, Atlanta has a style icon of its own and one of them would happen to be the imfamous Demariyon Futch. I first heard of Demariyon when he released his clothing line, Kings Clothing Co (also known as Flyydotcom), to the world in 2012, however, it gained successful popularity in 2014 after he showcased a YouTube short series entitled 10 Days Until The Return of the King. His highly-acclaimed line gave a new movement to menswear style in Atlanta and nonetheless, he was able to establish a platform for himself that no other stylist and designer in Atlanta was able to do. If anything, I believe that Demariyon saved the fashion industry in Atlanta, and for him to style with the markable BE Magazine, he has definitely thrive himself to become one of the greatest.
Born March 5th 1989 and originally from Thomasville, Georgia, Futch is an alumni of the historically, black college, Stillman College, who graduated with a Bachelors in Mass Communications in 2012. Through his career, he has established many different fields as a Stylist, Creative Director and Fashion Designers, and have gave individuals an opportunity to launch their career in Fashion and Media by working under himself. His style also gives him good representation. Seen on websites such as Fashion Bomb Daily, Futch has been recognized nationally for his work and the style that presents for himself. You may as well say this guy here is truly one of Atlanta's favorites.
To check out his clothing line, visit the website at http://www.kingsclothingco.com
Below is a slideshow of Demariyon's essential and breath-taking style. Check it out below.
Demariyon Futch will also be a cast member on the NEW reality show entitled Industry Guys: Atlanta which is set to premiere on Dream Nation TV in early December. Check out the preview clip at [http://www.dreamnationtv.com/?page_id=1291]
[By: Travon Bracey]
It was definitely that time of the year where fashion was big talk. The Met Gala 2015 was an extreme success this year and the theme of the event was 'China: Through The Looking Glass.' There was a lot of opinions about the different garments that were showcased on the red carpet by celebrities and though, the best dressed of the night was the most interesting thing that people were amazed by (whoever the media picked as best dressed), ArtREV picked the three top best dressed celebrities by: The Style, The Creativity, and Define of Theme. Our three picks were:
Fashion Stylist & Entrepreneur Shawn Michael
Nothing is going to stop this fashion 'DIVO' from achieving his goals in the fashion industry. We had a chance to interview the fashion stylist, Shawn Michael about his experience in the fashion industry and he even shows off his humorous and inspiring personality in the interview and he also tells us why he would be a perfect fit for reality television in the near future.
Travon: Hey Shawn! It’s so great to interview you today for the Fall Issue. Well, let’s get started with the interview. First off, I love your style. Great choice of interest. Where does your style come from?
Shawn: First of all, thank you for the interview opportunity and for noticing my style [laugh out loud]. My style is a directive reflection of my personality and who I am, and you know what they say 'you never get a second chance to make a first impression'. I want people to see me and know the type of person that I am. I want that to be my first impression. I want people to look at me and my style to tell them that I am confident, strong, a leader, and so much more. So, being that my style reflects my personality you can say my style comes from the way that I was raised and the morals instilled in me by to my mother making me the man I am.
Travon: What made you want to pursue a career in Fashion and what’s your favorite thing about the Fashion Industry versus other industries?
Shawn: I have loved fashion every since I was a little girl playing dress up in my mother’s boudoir! [laughs loudly]
Travon: I am screaming so loudly right now. Not little girl playing dress up. Boy, boy, boy! [laughs]
Shawn: But, no! Seriously, fashion has always been something that spoke to me. When I was younger, I would steal my sister’s Barbie and dress her up. Fashion is everything to me. Fashion is more like a lifestyle than an industry.
Travon: What sets you apart from other Fashion Stylists?
Shawn: Hmmm [laughs], that is an excellent question. I honestly never sat down and thought what makes me different from other stylists. I’d always just been like hey I’m a stylist I’m here [laughs]. But, no! Really. I think what sets me apart from other stylists is the way I like to style. Even touching on my own style, I’m one whose perspective takes to the look of the gentleman and a lady. When I style, of course, I like to make things modern and sexy but, I also like to make people feel confident and independent. I love for my clients to portray their inner gentleman and lady.
Travon: What do you like better, being a Fashion Stylist or being a Fashion Show Producer?
Shawn: WOW! This is a tough one. I don’t think I necessarily like one more than I like the other. They are really in 2 different ballparks. With being a stylist, I get to make people look and feel fabulous while being a fashion show producer I get to put on a show and create an experience for guest. Through creating that experience, I get to show a whole different side of me creatively. So, they both have are a lot of fun for me.
Travon: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Shawn: Spare time? What’s that? Honestly, I am always working in some capacity. I have so many projects that are in the works for my own brand as well as I do work for other people. However, when I do have time to just chill I like to hangout with friends and turn up. Just ask any of my friends. They’ll tell you I [would] be on [the] twerk team. Most people don’t believe it but, I am really a homebody most of the time. I love chilling at home and just watching my shows on television. [laughs]. Even when I’m just watching my shows, I’m usually getting work down at the same time.
Travon: Who would you consider your fashion inspiration and/or icon?
Shawn: You just have all sorts of tough questions for me. There are so many different inspirations and icons that I look up to. Rachel Zoe, Brad Goreski, Anna Wintour, and so many more [laughs]. My list goes on and on. But, there are some inspirations that I do have in my life currently. Julian Lark, who is Editor-In-Chief of Kontrol [magazine], is an amazing stylist and a great businessman. I love working with him and I get to learn so much from him. All of my friends and schoolmates who are pursuing their dreams and are put in major hard work are all inspirations to me.
Travon: Tell me about a time that you felt that you was unable to accomplish something, but resume to the task and then accomplish your goal within that task and/or project at the end of the day.
Shawn: Honestly, it’s hard to just point out one time where I came across obstacles. I mean, that’s what life is all about. There have many instances where I felt that I was unable to accomplish something at first but, like always I go to a mirror and give myself a little pep talk. I just remind myself that 'I am Shawn Michael' and that I can do whatever it takes to set my mind to.
Travon: How is it like working for Kontrol Magazine, one of the hottest and most popular magazines in the South?
Shawn: I love working at Kontrol Magazine. I learn so much and get to meet so many amazing people. Yeah, it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of long hours but it’s all worth it.
Travon: What’s one thing that irritates you about how people dress in Atlanta?
Shawn: Lord, let me tell you.
Travon: Preach! [laughs]
Shawn: One of the biggest things that grinds my gears about how people dress in Atlanta is how ratchet a lot of the fashion is. For instance, lets talk about leggings. I need for these females to realize that leggings are not pants. Granted I will let leggings slide in certain ways but, females need to learn what leggings those are [what they are for]. Shear leggings cannot be worn as pants and the sooner females learn that the happier I will be.
Travon: Who’s your favorite designer and how has that designer made a big impact to your style?
Shawn: Favorite designer? Well now, let me think. I honestly can’t say that I have a favorite. There are so many designers whose work I just love. I really don’t think I can say that I have a favorite.
Travon: Who’s the most interesting person you’d met in your life that keeps you smiling and laughing?
Shawn: Again, I can’t just pick one [laughs]. There are so many different people that I have met that I have just clicked with and I have a great connection with and that when we’re together it’s all smile and laughs.
Travon: What are your plans after graduating from Bauder College, which is not long from now?
Shawn: YAS [yells excitingly]! Finally, I am coming to the end of my time in school. I have really been in school my entire life and I need a good break to just live life and really pursue my dreams full force. So, when I do finish, there will be big things in store. I will be doing a lot more styling, more shows, and I will have my clothing line in production. My clothing line is definitely something I am excited about. I have always wanted to do my own clothing line and to be in a position where I can make my vision come true is absolutely amazing and a true blessing from God. My plan is to actually launch my clothing line, Luxe, in February which is 2 months before I am done with school. I also am planning a Cancer Gala for the Fall/Winter of next year. So, if people think that I’m really doing stuff now, then when I finish school my calendar is just going to fill up even more.
Travon: If someone was to give you a talk/reality show, would you take the offer and if so, what would you name the show and how would you vision yourself [such as your lifestyle] on the show? Would it be funny, shady, mean, drama-ish or just plain fabulous?
Shawn: Now, everyone who knows me knows that I was made to be on reality television. As for a name for the show, I’m not sure but, I do know what I want it to be about. I want to be on a reality show [with] about a few select individuals who are coming up in the fashion industry. I don’t really want a show that is all about me. I feel like that's too much me even for me [laughs]. This show would be a mixture. There’d be lots of fashion but, of course, there will be a little drama - there always is [drama] when you have different personalities. And you know, if I’m in the mix, there would be so much "SSSHHHAAAAAAADE!!!" [In my Tamar Voice]. Lastly, the show would be nothing but, plain fabulous because 'I am Shawn Michael'. A talk show would be fun also. I don’t know that I would want a talk show all to myself, though. I would want to do something like The View, The Talk, and The Real only with men both gay and straight. I want to be able to debate my opinion on different topics fashion, politics [laughs], even sports.
Travon: What would you tell those that are trying to follow your footsteps?
Shawn: This is one question that I think about all the time. One thing that will always be important to me is being able to inspire others. Those who are trying to follow my footsteps I want to tell them not to be afraid to pursue your dream. I used to be so afraid to go after what I want in life because, I was afraid of failure but, those same feelings are what helped push me. I have come to realize that I can do anything that I set my mind to which leads to another thing I want to tell people. You don’t want to limit yourself. I remember when I first decided to pursue my dream in fashion and I said that I wanted to be nothing more than a Stylist. That has changed so much. Now, I’m a Stylist, I do production, I’m becoming a designer, I creatively direct, and I’m the Location Coordinator [at the time of this interview; Shawn had received a new promotion as the Production Coordinator] for Kontrol Magazine. There are so many different avenues that I plan to pursue. Never limit yourself to anything but, just make sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself and you clearly map out your goals and when you want to achieve them.
Fashion Designer & SCAD Student Sydney Stewart
We got a chance to interview one of the best, upcoming fashion designers in Atlanta, the wonderful Sydney Stewart. Sydney has been a designer since she was young, however, she also specializes in make-up artistry, modeling (print & runway), hair dressing, and wardrobe styling, just to name a few. Read more about why this Metro Atlanta Fashion & Beauty Award Fashion Designer of the Year nominee is above from others in the fashion industry of Atlanta and what inspires her as a designer.
Travon: Hello, Sydney. Congratulations on your nomination for the Metro Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Awards in the fashion designer category. Was you a bit surprised that you got nominated?
Sydney: Hello. Thank you for that. It was truly an honor to have that feeling that people truly saw my work and believed in what I have done and what I am doing. I was extremely surprised. I loved the fact that people felt I deserved something like this. I just truly want to inspire others – “They call me inspirational and I call them my inspiration.” The award show was a quite a show. It was interesting and quite out there. I was not completely conformable in that environment. The people were great – just the show over all was an eventful night.
Travon: What is your biggest accomplishment that you have made so far as a designer?
Sydney: My biggest accomplishment I would have to say is just my features in magazines. Right now, my accomplishment is this client I am working for. He is quite well known and he wants me to make a garment for him to shoot & place in his home and he said when he has his parties and get together(s), it will create a nice vibe and get interest leading to more and bigger clients.
Travon: Not only are you a designer, but you’re also a stylist, a hairstylist, a make-up artist, and even a model. Because you are brilliant at what you do, how do you set apart from others in the fashion industry?
Sydney: I think I am set apart from others just because I do all of that. I offer more than one service. My goal in this industry is to never be an one hit wonder. I want to inspire others that you need to utilize your talents because if you don’t they start to fade and you'll never know an opportunity may occur and your skills are rusty.
Travon: Talk about your experience being a SCAD [Savannah College of Art & Design] student. What are some things that you love about the school and how is it like going to one of the top fashion schools in the nation?
Sydney: Being a student feels like I been there for ages. No, I love the experience and the environment. The fact that the faculty are industry workers helps a huge bunch. They can better equip you than someone who does not. I love how pressured they are to make sure you push yourself to the highest level possible to achieve your goals. Being at one of the top art schools in the nation is an amazing feeling. I got accepted here last and when I first read the letter, I was not as excited probably because I was down about getting the letter so late or maybe because the shock was taking so long to reach me, but I am truly blessed to be here and have professor(s) that believe in me so much that they want to see me achieved my goals and make it in the industry. I have more confidence in myself than ever before.
Travon: Who inspires you the most in your life?
Sydney: My moms mainly because she is the strongest woman I know. All the women who have been like a mother to me inspire me. They uplift me in ways they’ll never know – from my birth mom to my Auntie June, to mother McLaughlin, to mother Dana, to mother Evelyn, to so many more. Each woman in my life has been a true inspiration. My entire clan of brother(s) are my inspiration – they never let me feel like I fail. Alongside family, you all [her supporters, friends, etc.] inspire me. My quote for life is “they call me an inspiration, I call you my inspiration”.
Travon: How did you get started as a fashion designer?
Sydney: I started [designing] at 6 [years old]. Going back to my brother(s) while they were at football practice, I was always drawing – even before [the age of] 6, I always had some type of writing or color item in my hand. Art was first nature to me. As a child, playing alone let my mind wonder and be creative beyond belief.
Travon: What are some of your biggest fears in life and how are able to defeat them?
Sydney: My biggest fears are really just not being accepted but, conquering a fear is to not think of them as fear but, bumps in the road for God has not given me a spirit of fear, because in the eyes of my true supporters. I cannot fail and I will not fail.
Travon: Name some designers that you are truly inspired by within your work? Who amazes you the most and what designer do you feel that needs to be more exposed in the fashion industry (besides yourself, of course)?
Sydney: Casely Hayford hands down, my all time favorite duo. It is a father-son company expertise in menswear. I love menswear and that is where I want to be. Other upcoming designers I love are Khaelah Wallace, Elaine, and Welsey – yes, all SCAD students.
Travon: I remember meeting you for the first time at the Mogul Reality Show event back in the summer of 2013. You was the girl that everyone could not get enough of in the fashion industry of Atlanta. You have such an amazing persona that I can’t describe completely, because you just a god-given angel. Because of that, you have inspired me. What are your thoughts about those that meet you and become inspired by your craftsmanship and also a fan of your work?
Sydney: Thank you so much honey. That means so much. I owe it all to God. He has done great things for me. I appreciate them. It just warms my heart truly when I hear that, because I promise you if I die poor and broke, I would not care – my goal is not riches and fame but, to inspire those around me. I want to be like the greats and make a way for those who are coming – make it a tad easier than it [was/is] for me.
Travon: How was life going up in Brooklyn, New York? Which city do you like best: Atlanta, Savannah, or New York (based on experience)?
Sydney: It was nice from Brooklyn to Long Island. I would say childhood was rough but, good - very grateful. Opportunity wise, I accept and appreciate Atlanta but, New York still holds the key to my heart and London holds the key to my dreams.
Travon: Would you say that the fashion industry is somewhat racist towards blacks? What is your intake on this?
Sydney: It may appear that way since majority of the top designers are European or White America, but fashion is fashion black, white, Hispanic, Asian [because Asians are making their mark] and so will blacks hopefully I can be apart of that mark when the generation coming up does not feel the boundaries built up in this world.
Travon: Which magazine is your favorite magazine: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Instyle, Elle, W Magazine, or Vanity Fair? Which magazine would you not recommend fashionistas like ourselves to collect, but still is a good read?
Sydney: I like Vogue, Paper, Elegant Magazine. I’m big on smaller magazines. Their fashion and prints are so classically nice. I like Vogue for their September issue. All magazines are behind their print after the fashion weeks and after all fashions are released to the public.
Travon: Explain to me why you didn’t that the AGP Productions Fashion Show back in August didn’t go so well for you? What are you doing to make the next show better than the one before?
Sydney: The show did go well. Each year it always gets better. This year was a little messy – last year was better but, I don’t focus on the negatives. I focus on what I did and how to not do that again. Designers fell through that I know not to work with again as well as the host of the show. I won’t work with them again. Like every year, it is a learning experience. Just come to the next show and see how much better it will become.
Travon: What new projects are you working on in the near future?
Sydney: Just building my brand and getting my name out there and doing as many events I can do. My company will go full blown once I graduate in May/June.
*Some of Sydney's Designs From Her Collection*