Chandler’s “The Little Black Dress: Through the Decades” Exhibit

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Paying tribute to his last name, local vintage expert Robert Black went on a hunt for some of the most iconic and timeless little black dresses in United States. history. From Coco Chanel to Christian Dior to Moschino, every designer has created their own interpretation of the “LBD.”

The new “The Little Black Dress: Through the Decades” exhibit at The Vision Gallery in Chandler takes guests through a timeline of the LBD from the 20’s to today. The collection took months to curate, even up to the last day, and includes looks from fashion houses in Paris, London, Los Angeles and more. Each era presented included five pieces that could easily be dressed up or down and worn today —the epitome of what a classic dress should do.


As you walk through the exhibit, not only will you see the dresses organized by era, but also the economic situations of that time and how it influenced fashion. Hemlines dropped and rose, shapes fluctuated between feminine and masculine, and fabrics varied depending on social classes.

Some of the most memorable pieces were a beautiful 20’s beaded black dress with red and gold embellishments, a fun feathered and black velvet dress from the 70’s, and an updated 80’s version of Travilla’s Marilyn Monroe dress in black.


Black incorporated local designers Joy Li, Galina Couture and Angela Johnson into his collection as well. He asked each designer to create their own interpretation of a LBD. Whether international or local, he chose designers who will still be talked about 50 years from now.  

The exhibit will run until Oct. 25 at The Vision Gallery in Chandler and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No woman would be caught without a LBD in her closet, thanks to Coco Chanel. Whether it’s a T-shirt dress, a shift dress, or made of jersey knit, the importance of it remains the same no matter what decade you’re in.

"One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress."

— Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director for Chanel


Arizona Foothills September 2014 Fashion Shoot: Day and Night

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As the fall season inches in, be ready to go from dashing daytime to the chicest nighttime in some of our most-wanted looks.

Fashion, hair, makeup and styling: Diane Aiello. Photography: Werner Segarra. Model: Ford/RBA. Location: Encanterra.

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Nicholas blush-color dress with split asymmetrical hem, $520. Intermix. Alexander McQueen De Manta clutch bag in powder, $450. Saks Fifth Avenue.


August Low-Fuss Fashion

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Look cool and collected in the heat of summer by choosing pieces with high style and low fuss.

Photographed by Ellen Barnes
Styling/Hair/Makeup by Diane Aiello
Location: Sanctuary on Camelback
Model: The Agency Arizona

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Cha Sor sequin shorts, $210. Nové Boutique. Parker cream-color sequin tank, $297. Saks Fifth Avenue.



Valley Designer’s Sole Reason Behind Men’s Fashion

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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.



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


Shady Business: Sunglasses 101

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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.


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.   


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