Epic Image Styling: Fashion Forward Affair Re-Cap

A new season means new styles and trends, and the Fashion Forward Affair in Ft. Worth, TX showed what the DFW has to come this Fall. The show was produced, coordinated, and emceed by one individual, Shon DraeShyn Gardner, and this young man did an absolutely FANTASTIC JOB. The set design, lighting, music, and outstanding fashions all collaborated to a skillfully mastered project. The models were BEAT from head to toe and their confidence illuminated as they strutted down the runway. We truly thank DraeShyn for the opportunity to cover his event, and I loved his hospitality.

The featured designers consisted of Jesse Thaxton, Lafayette Lemon, Misty Chanel, and a duo of Aja Monroe and Mykel Rose. Each designer had their own personality that was spoken throughout the clothes and into the viewers.

Misty Chanel began the show with her full figured line that had the audience very impressed, as the models strutted their curves on the runway my neighbor turned to me and said, “this line is making me rethink losing weight”. Misty’s line will make any person who said full figured women can’t rock form fitting clothes and own their sexiness rethink and apologize. This designer takes her styles outside of the box with her dexterous use of textures, colors, and patterns. She will have a new collection out in 2014 and her styles can be viewed on her Instagram @mvcbymistychanel.

The Men’s Collection featured was The Fresh Collection by Lafayette Lemon. The Fresh Collection was exactly what the name states. This line specialized prints that were all designed by Lafayette himself. The prints represent new fresh things, and men can rock his styles to any event and heads will turn. His line is for the man who wants to make a statement as well an impression. As the line reflects Lafayette’s personal style, his line is one to look out for.

The dynamic duo of Aja Monroe and Mykel Rose composed beautiful pieces composed and inspired by the new thrift trends.
These designers took a style that was something not as fashionable, and recreated it into something to wear and never question its level of fierce. The vintage chic trends are very detailed to a point where your body is a canvas when being worn.

The show was closed with Jesse Thaxton a line that was essential vintage. Jesse’s line is futurism with a vintage design, and every design had its own since of extravagance. The ending piece was a very elaborate and detailed white gown with a head piece that made everyone’s mouth drop. This line definitely left everyone in awe and anxious for the next DraeShyn production.

Draeshyn is also a designer who has a collection making an appearance in 2014.

-Jamisha K. Daniels

Photos courtesy of http://www.saudiamoore.com and http://www.AMPDBYD.com

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