fashion

el·e·gance

by Rachael Patterson

el·e·gance quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner; style; the quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness.

I’m very aware that fashion has an immense amount grey space when it comes to purpose; There’s no black and white on representation or appropriation. The only fine lines and boundaries you see are in stitching and seams. However, I personally am still suspicious of disrespect towards other cultures, regardless of its innocence over ignorance (some would say those things go hand in hand, anyways).

But as guests flowed through the doors at sixtyfivehundred, the ambience and atmosphere took a wonderful course. Every other greeting I watched was a warm embrace between two or more, laughter was bouncing off every surface in the room, happiness and excitement were tossed around like confetti, and everyone was bowing to the brilliance of the beautiful fashion of Southeast Asia. And as models started to hit the runway, I was instantly on my knees too (to bow and to take pictures). Bright colors dancing around, lengths upon lengths of fabric, garments that bounced around hips, skirts that floated like feathers, jewels and beads that glistened, stitching that grew like flowers into intricate patterns, and a roster of models of all cultural backgrounds were captivating. Each designer brought a unique and gorgeous line to the runway. My jaw was dropping with every click of my camera.


Two hours of exceptional pieces gracing the rugged concrete floors passed all too quickly. My regards and respects to all the designers who poured their time, efforts, hard work and hearts into each and every detail of the show. And a huge shout out to Leah Frazier, who invited the FASH Squad to the this epic event!

Check out more of these phenomenal designers and don’t forget to follow @fashionx!







Lim·it·less

by Rachael Patterson

lim·it·less without limit; boundless

Riley and I played with some architecture last Thursday, and the lines and symmetry and contrast between light and shadow was so satisfying to watch as she moved around the structure. It was almost as if the organized beams of metal were trying to form a cage around her, and her free spirit was breaking through.

It was a vivid reminder for me. To test your boundaries. Push the limits. Reach beyond your comfort zone. Let nothing hold you back, and never be afraid of what’s next. So long as you’re trying, you’re winning.

Move·ment

by Myca Williamson

move·ment 1. a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas; 2. an act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed

Ariel Monticure and Abby Marchesseault; photo by Rachael Patterson

Ariel Monticure and Abby Marchesseault; photo by Rachael Patterson

Movement 1:

It began with just a spark. A spark of joyful madness that ushered me into this idea that has become F.A.S.H. From the very shitty lessons learned to our unimaginable feats, Fearlessly Aspiring Something Higher has become a tiny, yet mighty, powerhouse of women whose hunger and drive is pretty damn limitless.

Because of our desire to build, grow and connect with other creatives, we have formed the most precious bonds with inspiring humans from all around the world and in our very own city of Dallas. 

Movement 2:

Forward Magazine opens with a very special editorial featuring the dance project Avoir Motion's founding members Ariel Monticure and Abby Marchesseault. The piece titled "Press Play" is more than just a celebration of dance. It honors the work of two artists seeking to inspire and enlighten their communities through dance. Check out our IG page to see the them both in action in a special film produced by the F.A.S.H squad. #celebrateForward

Follow Monticure and Marchesseault @avoirmotion on Instagram and Twitter! 

Follow Monticure and Marchesseault @avoirmotion on Instagram and Twitter! 

Com·mu·ni·ty

by Myca Williamson

Com·mu·nity a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals

When I think of myself Fearlessly Aspiring Something Higher, I can’t help but also envision the sisterhood that I’ve been blessed with. As it continues to grow, so does my desire to inspire as many young women as I can reach. The family of friends and mentors I’ve accumulated along this journey are phenomenal women who unknowingly push me to become a more active leader and positive influence in my community.

At the Forward Magazine pre-launch on Feb. 18, I was beyond humbled to see so many of our supporters and contributors not only delving into the pages of The Individualist Issue but also empowering and building up one another. In an industry that often capitalizes on competition and feeds off rivalry, F.A.S.H simply welcomes comradery and collaboration.

So, here’s to celebrating with a badass tribe of leaders and creators. Get your tickets to the launch of Issue TWO at midnight! We look Forward to seeing you there :)

Joy

by Shambreka Ward

Joy a feeling of great pleasure and happiness

Since our humble beginnings in 2015, F.A.S.H has been a joy to develop and grow. From early mornings to late nights, slaving over concepts, wardrobe, and color schemes, it somehow never felt like work. That’s when I knew I had found my niche...my element..my true sense of joy.

 

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.” These words really shook me and helped me realize that you have to trust the process and redirect your initial definition and expectations of the root of true joy. Joy should come from the struggle AND the triumph. So, in everything I do and strive to be, joy must be at the core. It’s my hope that our creation reaches heights we could never imagine and ignites an unstoppably wild fire of joy not just within ourselves but in everyone that wants to fearlessly aspire to something higher.

In·dulge

in·dulge allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of

by Myca Williamson

I'm not sure of the exact moment I fell in love with traveling this globe, but I can tell you it's a blazing romance I'll lust after forever. 

In March 2017, my daddy and I embarked on the most incredible journey to the end of the world. Literally. After 24 hours in the air and a 6-hour layover in New Zealand, we finally landed in Perth, Western Australia.

For two weeks, I left my work with the FASH ladies back home, prepared sub plans for my students, turned off nearly all social media and chose to delve into the newness of an experience I knew I'd never forget. I can honestly tell you that it felt weird not Snapchatting breakfast by the Indian Ocean, tweeting photos of our wine tours and cave visits or posting live music shows on my Instagram story. But, it was wildly exhilarating to simply live and experience. 

In a digital age, where our lives are inundated with constant updates and endless feeds, it's vital that we allow ourselves to genuinely be OK with indulging in life's most precious moments, even if that means being disconnected from the rest of the world to connect with yourself. 

Art

by Shambreka Ward

Art the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination

Some say makeup isn’t a form of artistry, and if you’re only scrolling Instagram and Twitter, you just may feel that way.

Art is something that I feel can’t be critiqued. It’s your personal expression of your imagination, so how could anyone possibly criticize that? I say this to address the unnecessary judgement that’s become prevalent in all forms of art. I feel the very beauty of art is its ability to stimulate innovation and can sometimes make more impact than traditional academic intelligence. Art. It soothes. It releases joy and pain. It unites. It inspires. It speaks...speaks to the soul. For me, makeup artistry is an outlet. No matter how fast the relentless wheel of worry and uncertainty turns in my mind, I know I can turn to art, my art, to reinforce my gift and right to create. Unapologetically.

Be·gin

by Myca Williamson

be·gin start; perform or undergo the first part of an action or activity

Is it just me or is there just something oddly exhilarating about ushering in the unfamiliar? I know a good majority of us bought new 2018 calendars, wrote our annual resolutions and tried to envision what this year could possibly bring after a nebulous 2017 took Hugh Hefner and our beloved Chester Pennington.

The reality, though, is that we can never see what’s coming. It’s impossible to for us to prepare for the unknown or anticipate the unforeseen hurdles that befall us all.

photo by Rachael Patterson, model Lucy Gerbert

photo by Rachael Patterson, model Lucy Gerbert

We can, however, begin. That is, begin to lay the foundations of the greatness we’re destined to attain. Begin the pursuit of the dream that’s begging to meet reality. Begin asking the toughest questions that demand answers. And, yes, begin again when you fail. It is inevitable, but it is also your greatest momentum.

I can’t quite tell you what 2018 will bring for the F.A.S.H squad, but I can tell you that our family of creatives begins and begins again every day. Every lash, flash and piece of steamed clothing is a mini, yet mighty, piece to the ultimate puzzle that is Fearlessly Aspiring Something Higher.

photo by Rachael Patterson, model Lucy Gebert

photo by Rachael Patterson, model Lucy Gebert