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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
RUNWAY REPORTS:    Tracy Reese (Sunday at Lincoln Center)  Tracy Reese received a last-minute major endorsement by the way of Michelle Obama, when the first lady wore an iridescent brocade dress by the designer during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. As a result, the Tracy Reese show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week became one of the most sought after tickets of the season. Thankfully, the designer did not disappoint. Reese focused on bold colors: orange, purple, yellow, green and aqua; animal and African prints, and plenty of metallics, to craft together a very wearable collection.
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By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Aya Dixon, 15, has dreams of working for a top design house before eventually branching off to create her own line of couture. Up until now, her only brush with that industry was thumbing through glossy magazines or watching reality shows on television. That changed Wednesday when the Baltimore Design School sophomore got a chance to mingle with the likes of Anna Wintour, popular designer and "Project Runway" judge Zac Posen and other big names in the fashion industry. Dixon was part of a group of 10 students from Baltimore Design School who attended the White House's first Fashion Education Workshop, led by first lady Michelle Obama.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
Tracy Reese (Sunday at Lincoln Center)  Tracy Reese received a last-minute major endorsement by way of Michelle Obama, when the first lady wore an iridescent brocade dress by the designer during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. As a result, the Tracy Reese show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week became one of the most sought-after tickets of the season. Thankfully, the designer did not disappoint. Reese focused on bold colors (orange, purple, yellow, green and aqua)
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August 12, 2014
The catwalk at Baltimore Fashion Week is about to come to life with a ferocious roar -- with the help of designer Tenisha Campbell's wildlife-themed collection. The 32-year-old from Upper Marlboro will be introducing her line titled "Welcome to the Jungle," featuring jungle and tribal inspired prints with the use of orange iridescent fabrics. Campbell started creating clothes in late 2006, but she has been drawing since she was 4. As a designer, she said, she finds it important to offer her clients a variety of styles and sizes.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Just as temperatures began to reflect autumn's imminent arrival on the East Coast, designers in New York City showed their visions for spring 2014 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While many of the collections this go-round seemed to focus on safe, predictable choices, other designers took risks and attacked trends head-on. For those ready to get a jump on next year's styles, here's a primer on the top trends and the best labels of the season. Top trends Sassy skirts: From textured feather numbers in assorted colors to mesh flared skirts from Milly, spring is all about skirts with attitude.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2014
The catwalk at Baltimore Fashion Week is about to come to life with a ferocious roar -- with the help of designer Tenisha Campbell's wildlife-themed collection. The 32-year-old from Upper Marlboro will be introducing her line titled "Welcome to the Jungle," featuring jungle and tribal inspired prints with the use of orange iridescent fabrics. Campbell started creating clothes in late 2006, but she has been drawing since she was 4. As a designer, she said, she finds it important to offer her clients a variety of styles and sizes.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Here are just a few of the tried and true veteran designers we know will have a major impact with their spring collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. BCBG Max Azria (showcasing Thursday, Sept. 6) BCBG Max Azria's fall line was inspired by a Polaroid photograph taken in 1978 in St. Tropez by Helmut Newton. Max Azria calls the collection's inspiration "fearless. " Nicole Miller (showcasing Friday, Sept. 7): With Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Gabrielle Union regularly rocking her looks, Nicole Miller is a favorite of the famous and fashion critics.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Her affinity for sleeveless frocks has caused a buying frenzy and inspired people to turn to workouts for toning their arms. She has become a highly coveted canvas for fashion designers and retailers. She steals the scene in pointed-toe flats, colored cardigans, brooches, and fit and flared dresses. First lady Michelle Obama's sense of style has captured fashion followers, and in the process made ensemble-gazing a national pastime. A regular fixture on best-dressed lists from Vogue magazine and observers such as Tim Gunn, Obama continues to make her mark.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2005
NEW YORK - In the crazy mixed-up world of fashion, it's not even spring yet, and today, top designers here will finish up a week of unveiling what they will be selling - and what you will be wearing - in the fall. While many of the looks that were fashionable last year will return this fall - tweeds, brocades, plaids, fitted blazers and lots of layers - there are some trends to watch this year. Fuller skirts, embellishments and sweaters of all kinds, some even paired with ball gowns, have been seen on the runways.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Sketches from the world's top designers show a movement for spring 2014 collections toward island prints, airy fabrics and flowy silhouettes - a stark change from the darker hues and overarching Russian themes found in the fall collections shown in February. When models hit the New York runways beginning Sept. 5 for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, many will wear garments with decidedly tropical influences. The islands inspired Annapolis native and "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano's collection, for example.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Just as temperatures began to reflect autumn's imminent arrival on the East Coast, designers in New York City showed their visions for spring 2014 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While many of the collections this go-round seemed to focus on safe, predictable choices, other designers took risks and attacked trends head-on. For those ready to get a jump on next year's styles, here's a primer on the top trends and the best labels of the season. Top trends Sassy skirts: From textured feather numbers in assorted colors to mesh flared skirts from Milly, spring is all about skirts with attitude.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Sketches from the world's top designers show a movement for spring 2014 collections toward island prints, airy fabrics and flowy silhouettes - a stark change from the darker hues and overarching Russian themes found in the fall collections shown in February. When models hit the New York runways beginning Sept. 5 for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, many will wear garments with decidedly tropical influences. The islands inspired Annapolis native and "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano's collection, for example.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Her affinity for sleeveless frocks has caused a buying frenzy and inspired people to turn to workouts for toning their arms. She has become a highly coveted canvas for fashion designers and retailers. She steals the scene in pointed-toe flats, colored cardigans, brooches, and fit and flared dresses. First lady Michelle Obama's sense of style has captured fashion followers, and in the process made ensemble-gazing a national pastime. A regular fixture on best-dressed lists from Vogue magazine and observers such as Tim Gunn, Obama continues to make her mark.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
RUNWAY REPORTS:    Tracy Reese (Sunday at Lincoln Center)  Tracy Reese received a last-minute major endorsement by the way of Michelle Obama, when the first lady wore an iridescent brocade dress by the designer during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. As a result, the Tracy Reese show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week became one of the most sought after tickets of the season. Thankfully, the designer did not disappoint. Reese focused on bold colors: orange, purple, yellow, green and aqua; animal and African prints, and plenty of metallics, to craft together a very wearable collection.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
Tracy Reese (Sunday at Lincoln Center)  Tracy Reese received a last-minute major endorsement by way of Michelle Obama, when the first lady wore an iridescent brocade dress by the designer during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. As a result, the Tracy Reese show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week became one of the most sought-after tickets of the season. Thankfully, the designer did not disappoint. Reese focused on bold colors (orange, purple, yellow, green and aqua)
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Here are just a few of the tried and true veteran designers we know will have a major impact with their spring collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. BCBG Max Azria (showcasing Thursday, Sept. 6) BCBG Max Azria's fall line was inspired by a Polaroid photograph taken in 1978 in St. Tropez by Helmut Newton. Max Azria calls the collection's inspiration "fearless. " Nicole Miller (showcasing Friday, Sept. 7): With Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Gabrielle Union regularly rocking her looks, Nicole Miller is a favorite of the famous and fashion critics.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Aya Dixon, 15, has dreams of working for a top design house before eventually branching off to create her own line of couture. Up until now, her only brush with that industry was thumbing through glossy magazines or watching reality shows on television. That changed Wednesday when the Baltimore Design School sophomore got a chance to mingle with the likes of Anna Wintour, popular designer and "Project Runway" judge Zac Posen and other big names in the fashion industry. Dixon was part of a group of 10 students from Baltimore Design School who attended the White House's first Fashion Education Workshop, led by first lady Michelle Obama.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
Randy Fenoli at Betsy Robinson For years, he's helped brides pick the perfect dress for the big day. Now, television personality Randy Fenoli will be at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection helping women pick out the proper head-turning gown on their special day. The star of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress," "Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss" and "Randy Knows Best" will also star in the upcoming "Randy to the Rescue. " Fenoli has tons of experience from his "day job" as Fashion Director at the famed Kleinfeld bridal salon.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2005
NEW YORK - In the crazy mixed-up world of fashion, it's not even spring yet, and today, top designers here will finish up a week of unveiling what they will be selling - and what you will be wearing - in the fall. While many of the looks that were fashionable last year will return this fall - tweeds, brocades, plaids, fitted blazers and lots of layers - there are some trends to watch this year. Fuller skirts, embellishments and sweaters of all kinds, some even paired with ball gowns, have been seen on the runways.
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