The zany Belgian designer keeping fashion fun

Always guaranteed to bring a touch of craziness and colour to Paris Fashion Week, Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck could not help having a dig Wednesday at the megabrands dominating the industry.

Even by the veteran designer’s zany standards, his latest menswear show was a wildly imaginative collection, featuring jackets with tentacles, enormous hats, huge blue goat horns and a bright green gas mask.

Perhaps the most interesting detail was jackets with holes running right through from front to back.

All of it was lapped up by Van Beirendonck’s adoring fans — many of them extravagantly dressed in his past outfits — who see him as a blast of much-needed fun in the self-serious world of high fashion.

The designer purposely went for an intimate setting this season to contrast with the enormous shows put on by billion-dollar brands like Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

“I don’t want to

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Clothing designer Nelson Rivera has been an entrepreneur since age 12

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, MassLive asked readers to identify people who are emerging Hispanic leaders throughout the state, working to make a difference in their own area of interest, be it politics, education, business or the arts.

These are people our readers have identified as inspirational, who may be doing good acts for their communities. They are being recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to inspire change.

Nelson Rivera

Nelson Rivera at MassLive’s Springfield office. (Kamila O’Neill photo)

Nelson Rivera

Age: 31

Community: Holyoke

His story: Nelson Rivera is the founder, designer and creative director of Favela Streetwear, a clothing brand established in 2015.

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Rivera said he has been an entrepreneur since the age of 12, when he began working with his father to sell goods from electronics to

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Jordyn Woods Dives Into Fashion Brand Building, Navigating Criticism, and Beyond

Model-turned-entrepreneur Jordyn Woods has always served major style inspo, whether sporting daring crochet pieces or bold red looks. In January, the star launched a clothing brand, Woods by Jordyn, with the goal of empowering and celebrating every type of body. “We exist with one mission,” reads the brand’s mission statement, “to elevate, express, and exude confidence and individuality by providing attainable luxury garments.”

Woods recently welcomed Revolt TV hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings into the Woods by Jordyn headquarters, sitting down to discuss her journey as a founder and designer, emphasizing that she’s mostly driven by a desire to build a legacy for herself. “I’ve done so many collaborations with different companies, and they were always successful — I sold out a lot of different collections,” she recalled. “I wanted to build something for myself.”

Woods’ history of partnerships with brands includes notable collaborations, such as her partnerships with

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This gender-free and anti-waste fashion brand is empowering its customers to be who they want to be, through style

Fashion designer MI Leggett is making gender-free and anti-waste clothing through their line Official Rebrand (@official_rebrand) that makes people feel more empowered, more embodied, and more themselves. “Style is really a poem you can write every day, say who you are, who you wanna be,” says MI. “It’s a way to turn your inside to the outside. Especially being gender nonconforming, style can be a tool to just construct the self that you truly are.”

The designer believes gender-free garments offer more freedom for self-expression than gendered clothing. “I think about gender-free because of freedom to play, freedom to experiment, freedom to figure out what’s right for you,” says MI.

In addition to making gender-free clothing, MI has also found a lot of fulfillment in repurposing garments, because waste is such a huge problem in the fashion industry. MI repurposes both pre-consumer and post-consumer pieces to

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El Paso veteran opens new makeup studio to build confidence in clients

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – As a young girl, Salathia Graham Tankuh loved doing makeup. She would practice on her friends and family to better her skills as a makeup artist. It wasn’t until she was out of the military where her dream of owning her own makeup studio would become a reality.

Graham Tankuh first arrived in El Paso in 2001, stationed at Fort Bliss as a supply sergeant. She left in 2006 but when she returned to the Borderland, that’s when she started doing freelance makeup work.

She befriended another cosmetologist who encouraged her to take her dream a step further. It was that encouragement that pushed Graham Tunkuh to finally open The Face Architect makeup studio.

“I guess the biggest obstacle was believing that I couldn’t do it and once I got over that, it was off to the races and everything fell into place,” she said.

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