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Valley Designer’s Sole Reason Behind Men’s Fashion

Men’s footwear has donned some genius male designers throughout the years. Trying to break the mold is up-and-coming men’s footwear designer, Dianne Halloway. Born and raised in Arizona, Halloway is making a name for herself. As the first African-American woman to venture into men’s shoe design, she is confident that her brand will transcend the stereotypes. With a keen eye for what men deem fashionable and comfortable, Halloway and her collections are one of a kind and the rest of the fashion community are beginning to realize her potential. Dianne sat down with AFM and shared her story and why her designs are perfect for men of sophistication.

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AFM: How did you get started in men’s fashion with a focus on footwear?

DH: I got started in 2010 after seeing the lack of women in the men's footwear industry. I pursued in college and I was an athlete at the time. Changed my major to industrial design and found a great mentor. I've always liked men’s footwear and creating them was just a huge stepping stone and challenge that I've wanted to accomplish.

AFM: Why did you choose Spain as the location to manufacture your footwear?

DH: Spain is such an epitome of authentic goods and materials. Not discrediting the other gorgeous places, but choosing my footwear to be manufactured in Spain brings the rich culture and accents that I believe make my designs stand out.

AFM: Tell us about the idea behind the concierge service and the briefcases? Do all the shoes come in briefcases?

DH: The idea of the briefcase was to bring a different marketing and packaging approach. Not all the footwear comes in a briefcase; they are for our executive club fans—celebrities, high-profile personal shoppers, athletes and fans who we consider part of our executive members club for our brand. I believe it allows the consumer to feel individual and special. The idea of the footwear is luxury. If the client has the money to splurge on the package, then the client should be rewarded. People buying expensive footwear should be gifted with more perks because not only are you spending $500-plus, there’s not much that comes after that. So to spice up the Halloway collection we provide extra perks for our buyers. The thing with our footwear is that it isn't for everyone. So it allows us to have rewards. And the concierge service would be the delivery method for the executive club fans.

AFM: Will you be appearing at any Fashion Week shows this year?

DH: I'm definitely participating in a few fashion shows. My team and I will be attending Magic in Las Vegas and NOLCHA Fashion week in New York City for the Mercedes Benz Fashion week. We will also be appearing in two European fashion shows. The first one is for Brighton Fashion Week in England. We’re doing a collaboration with Phoenix clothing designer GetKinged in September. The second is in Paris, France in October for the “Who’s Next” as a stand-alone designer. I also have plans to be debuting my newest collection (NOIR BOLIVON) for the first time in Tokyo this year.  Being involved in collaboration with GetKinged in the Brighton Fashion Show I think will be epic because it's more of live runway show.  The others will take place in a more private showroom. Overall, I'm definitely planning to have my own sneaker fashion show that people will see as if they were seeing designers presenting their clothing lines at one of the biggest fashion shows so be on the lookout for that.

 

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AFM: Although your shoes aren’t sold in stores just yet, how would clients go about purchasing them?

DH: Right now I am working on some contracts with large department stores. We have samples of the sneakers for our executive club, but not a full fleet of them as yet. Definitely by the end of this year we will be able to broadcast to the world where they can purchase this unique footwear.

AFM: How important is it to you to be the first African-American woman to be designing men’s high-end footwear?

DH: It is important to bring my project to life as of being an African-American woman. A recent independent analysis stated that woman in the field of men's footwear is at four percent, and even a smaller percentage (0.2) of that is minority. As menswear begins to climb, there are a few men designers being recognized for their work which include Thom Browne, Rag & Bone, and Marcus Wainwright & David Nevill are all nominated and awarded as the best men designers of the year at the CFDA. The list continues on with great men designers and what you don't usually see is a woman within those nominations, especially in the field of menswear or men’s footwear.  It's the woman's turn to dress the man.

AFM: Where do you hope men’s fashion footwear will take you?

I hope that it takes me into my own lane and higher heights to make history in the fashion world. Because this field is dominated by males, I would like to pave the way for females to be among the top in men’s fashion—a woman who can hang with the boys.  The responses I would want to hear are that "She's the only girl that can compete with the big boys and actually win.”  

For more information on the Dianne Halloway Collections and what she’s up to next visit www.diannehalloway.com.

 

Shady Business: Sunglasses 101

Summer fashion wouldn’t be complete without the perfect pair of sunglasses. These frames can make quite a statement and complete your summer outfit perfectly. Alison Goodman from the Scottsdale Quarter provides some great tips to make sure your shades are as hot as the Arizona heat.

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Tip #1: Shape, Style, and Color  

If your face is round, pick a square frame—it will balance out your proportions. I’d gravitate toward larger, square pairs in shiny black. Gradient lenses (darker at the top of the lens, lighter towards the bottom) are always a plus.

For those with an oval face, congratulations! You can truly wear any frame shape, so take your pick. My recommendation is a pair of cat-eye sunnies in tortoise shell—they’re retro in the modernist of ways. This style is also perfect for those with a heart-shaped face. Think Reese Witherspoon.

If your jawline is more of a square shape, you can rock oversize round frames—opposites truly do attract. If you choose an oversized pair in black, you’ll be channeling Jackie O. in no time.

Tip #2 Protect Your Ojos

UV rays are harsh to begin with, but they are even more powerful in the Valley of the Sun. Sunglasses not only prevent you from squinting (which in turn prevents wrinkles—any little bit to slow down the aging process is a must) but protect your peepers from the damaging rays.

Need an added bonus? Sunglasses are truly the best “do not disturb” sign you can wear if you feel like flying under the radar when out and about. You can thank super stylist and designer, Rachel Zoe for that nugget of wisdom.

Tip #3 Stylin’ Sunglasses

I choose my sunglasses based on my mood and ensemble, and a lot of sunglass devotees make sure their pairs are the standout point of their outfit. Do your favorite colors tend to be bold? Grab a pair of red frames to make a statement. Have a love for all things 80’s?  Get yourself a pair of classic Wayfayer and make Tom Cruise proud. You can even create a juxtaposition between your outfit and your sunglasses. If I’m wearing something especially girlie (think ruffles or a floral print), I’ll put on a more masculine pair of frames. My matte dark green Ray-Ban aviators are my go-to in those cases.

Tip #4 Go for the Universal Option

The one style of sunglasses that can truly work for any face shape is the classic aviator frame. This Top Gun prop comes in every version you can imagine: gold with deep brown lenses and matte colors with black lenses. Black, white, red and green frames—you really do have your pick depending on your taste! The best part about aviators is that they come in every price point. You can find a pair for under $15 at H&M or buy yourself a pair of Gucci’s, which cost you a bit more.  

Tip #5 Be a Trendsetter

This summer, the 70’s are making a comeback. Think large, oversized plastic frames in lighter colors like pale browns, purples and reds, with wire arms. If you want inspiration, check out Diane Lane in the HBO movie “Cinema Verite.” She works this look like no other.

Another great trend for 2014 is embellishments like what we’ve been seeing on clothes for the past two seasons is catching up to eyewear. Sunglasses with floral embellishments or studs are all the rage.   

 

 

Beauty Habits to Break this Summer

The Valley is really heating up and with temps in the 100s, so being poolside becomes a popular activity throughout the summer. Could some of your summer habits be hurting your skin long term? Experts from SebamedUSA.com and Lead Esthetician Michele Fletcher from Hotel Valley Ho Spa (Best of Our Valley 2014 winner) have a few reminders to keep your skin beautiful and healthy all summer long.

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Mistake #1: Forgetting Sunscreen. 

SM: We know, we know – you hear this a million times but 90 percent of premature skin aging and discoloration is caused by exposure to sunlight. Applying sunscreen daily is the easiest way to prevent sun damage, protect your skin, and not to mention look younger. Try using products that offer Broad-Spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, and an SPF of 30 or greater like Amarte Ultra Veil. ($45, amarteskincare.com)

MF: Many women avoid using SPF on their face because they think it will create breakouts or wrinkles, etc. You really need to stop avoiding it and find products that already have SPF in them. Your face needs to be protected from UV rays just as much as the rest of your body. Facial SPFs are great alternatives to sunscreen.

Mistake #2: Skimping on Sleep

SM: Your skin and body go into repair mode when asleep. This is why sticking to a regular sleeping routine will not only keep you well rested, but will help to renew and regenerate new skin cells. Try incorporating just a glass a day of soy milk into your daily routine as this can help improve the structure and firmness of your skin, as well as soften those crow’s feet. And for a quick fix, try Repêchage’s Eye Rescue Pads! These natural infusions combined with moisture replenishing, anti-aging powers of seaweed are the ultimate “10-minute vacation” for eyes. ($9.00, www.Repêchage.com).

Mistake #3: Baby Oil

MF: For some reason tanners believe that baby oil is one of the best and most inexpensive oils to use for tanning. Although it may be inexpensive, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for your skin. You should never use baby oil on your skin to tan. There’s nothing in it that protects from the sun. Educating yourself on tanning lotions and oils is the best way to go. Especially look for ones that already contain SPF.

Mistake #4: Pigmentation Products

MF: You need to be wary of products that are used for skin pigmentation because they contain Retinol. When you’re in the sun, the best thing to use is an SPF lotion. I know it sounds repetitive, but in this heat, SPF is necessary. Products with exfoliating agents when used in the daytime can do more damage to your skin. Those are best to use at night when you go to bed.

Mistake #5: Waiting To Moisturize 

SM: Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture to maintain a healthy pH balance of 5.5. For optimum moisture, slather on Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream immediately after cleansing or a hot shower, before the skin cools and your pores begin to close ($19.95, www.SebamedUSA.com).

 

5 Tips For An Amazing Sunless Tan

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Summer around the corner, keeping your skin safe in the sun is always in style! Instead of baking your skin and leaving it at risk for skin cancer try using a sunless tanner. Dr. Marc Malek has 5 go-to tips for creating the perfect sunless tan. 

1. Get Rid of Hair

Laser Hair Removal is very beneficial in permanently removing hair. This procedure works best for people who have thicker, darker hair, but it will work for all hair types. The laser works by selecting the darkest and coarsest hairs, so someone who fits these characteristics will see better results. It takes about 3 to 5 sessions on average, and it's a great procedure to have done in the winter because you cannot expose your skin to the sunlight 6 weeks before or after it's done.

2. Use a Scrub

Your skin can become dry and flaky during the winter. To refresh it for the summer, use a scrub to slough off dead cells and reveal smoother, more luminous skin. Look for products with Vitamin A and glycolic acids, which have great exfoliating properties. I recommend the Exfoliating Body Wash by Glytone and the St. Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub.

3. Amp Up the Self-Tanner

Keep your skin moisturized and invest in a quality self-tanner if you are feeling pale. Jergens Natural Glow and Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam both work great and are affordable.

4. Schedule a Pedi

Treat yourself to a spa pedicure! Paint your toes a pretty color to celebrate the summer and attract attention on the beach. Chances are your feet will be dry and in need of some TLC after being trapped in boots all winter.

 

5. Moisturize

Make sure to regularly apply lotion to your tan. You want to prevent skin from cracking and it will also help he color last longer. 

 

For more informormation on Dr. Marc Malek and his services that he offers go to http://marcmalekmd.com/

 

Summer Wardrobe Staples

Summer is finally here! 

The gorgeous sunny days, the exciting nights, the trips to the beach and all that great summer reading - it all adds up to great memories and laid-back summer fun. And, for most of us, summer is the time to enjoy breezy styles and pared-down looks, without all the layering associated with cold-weather fashion. 

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