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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR The cover story for this issue was no easy feat to organize; regardless, it proved to be extremely rewarding. It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to cover Art Fusion, a fashion presentation hosted by the notable Aveda Institute of Atlanta. In addition, our very own Francesca Nelo surprised us with the debut of her first collection, Francesca Nelo, an assortment of gowns in flattering silhouettes and appetizing colors. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share her creations with the world - and of course get some insight on her start as a designer. We hope that you enjoy our first of hopefully many collaborations with this talented young woman! I’d like to give a special thank you to the students of Aveda Institute of Atlanta, who contributed their talents to the making of this cover story. I’d also like to thank the young and ethereal fashion photographer that captured the images, Haley Tetreault. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to help me bring my visions to life! I hope that you all enjoy this issue as much I have.

Besos,

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04.27.14 CATWALK FOR WATER From the moment you that walked through the door to see the dedicated, enthused faces of the future graduates of Aveda Institute Atlanta, you knew this would be an amazing show that was full of inspiring, talented artists. || The show started with Frankie Wiles’ paying tribute, with an endearing, inspiring, and hopeful speech honoring founder, Horst Rechelbacher, whom passed away this year. The following event was in honor of Earth Month and also expressed Horst’s ideas of and in the environment friendly intelligence of beauty and art. The Catwalk for Water Event had participants rising to the challenge, creating environmental masterpieces from recycled items. Oh, and there was also with an elemental theme. No trash can was safe during the making of this process. Trash bags were now dresses, cans were embellishments, and water bottles were bracelets. The competition was steep and the judges eventually decided to name a first place winner (Treyonna Rucker; design right), and a second place winner (Shadae Diaz).

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The main show featured designs from students, Mamasoe and Francesca. Each designer brought their own interpretaion of what each elements meant to them.

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SPOTLIGHT Estela sat down with Aveda Institute Atlanta’s educator, Mideyah Parker, to get her insights on life, community, and inspiration. See what she has to say! As an educator what is your favorite part of teaching young artists? Today, I love hair cutting and hairstyling. I love teaching my students how to develop their skill set, to consult with a client and to listen and to figure out what a client wants. Everything we did tonight was for the students and it gave me joy to see it. What would you like to inspire others to do, especially within the youth? I would like to inspire others to believe in themselves and have confidence, and to know that everything that they do is for a greater cause. If you put love and passion into everything you do, that is how you will reiceve your blessing, knowing that they have done something to improve the community. Photography: Eric Snyder

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What has Horst’s message done for you in terms of your life and lifestyle? It’s given me another perspective on life and appreciation. It has taught me that everything is so much bigger than us, and everything we do is for a greater cause. What would be your advice for someone who is looking to start in this field? First, I would say, figure out what you want to do and why you want to do it. This industry is so creative and broad, so you have to see what you want for yourself within the next five or ten years and just go with it.

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Photographer: Patrícia Ferreira Makeup Artist & Hairstylist: Flor Pereira Wardrobe Stylist: Elisa d’Almeida Model: Julia Z. (Best Models) 16


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SPRING Direction & Styling by: Blasina Ware Written by: M.A. Salam Photography by: Haley Tetreault Hair by: Phyllis Marks Marquez Skinner Sun Frankie Wiles (Aveda Institute Atlanta) Makeup by: Isabel Munios Olivia Haynie Models: Francesca Nelo Lane Cobb Charlotte Hinton Gowns by Francesca Nelo Earrings by Express Necklaces by Orchids & Spice 33


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room filled with attractive, smartly dressed artists and their patrons. And me. All seats fill rapidly with people eagerly clutching their programs. The lights dim. Anticipation, electric in its intensity, courses through the crowd. The hostess takes the stage. After a brief but moving eulogy honoring the late founder of the institute, the Catwalk for Water Fashion Show is underway. But tonight is about more than showcasing the burgeoning couture in Atlanta. I’m primed to see the second act which is hosted by Art Fusion. I’m here to interview one of the designers, Francesca Nelo. I lean over to my editor, ”Will I have time to interview her after the show?” “Hopefully, there will be time. She models as well as designs and styles tonight’s pieces.” “Awesome.” I write the tidbit in my pad. “A Jackie of all trades.” My wit is lost in the growing applause. The models take the runway and even a nouveau-chic like me can recognize the makings of greatness on the stage. Tonight’s theme is the five elements: Air, Water, Wind, Fire and Heart. My editor leans over and, without taking her eyes off the runway, points to a sleek, flaunty magenta evening dress and whispers to me, “That’s Fran’s design.” By the third model’s turn at the end of the runway, I’m picking Fran’s design out of the parade of kaleidoscope colors and accessories, unaided by my editor. My earlier assessment was accurate, but unfair. Jackie of all trades is often equated with someone with a wide variety of skills and mastery of none. Not so with Francesca. She is as much a visionary artist as she is a competent tradesman. My late father used to say, “You don’t just sell the steak, you sell the sizzle.” That’s a rough way of describing what Francesca does. Her clothes are a marriage of fun, sleek, sexy and above all wearable. They’re the kind of outfits that make you glad you lived to see the Spring, Even the models themselves seem as if they’re actually enjoying the clothes they’re wearing; as if the hot lights overhead were the late June sun and the scattered camera flashes were like so many fireflies in the dusk.

With little preamble, I launched into the interview. Francesca, to her credit was patient with me. She answered each question equably, a slightly amused expression playing around her mouth. E: Who do you admire in the fashion world? FN: Stephane Rolland, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu. I’m a fan of movement; how the clothing fits is more important than anything else. E: How did you get into fashion? FN: I’ve been into styling for as far back as I can remember. Since I was around twelve, maybe thirteen, I’ve loved sketching dresses. I filled up notebooks with sketches. I’ve always loved the sense of expression in clothes.” (Laughs) I don’t know if that answers your question, though. I started modeling when I was sixteen, and even then I was styling my own clothes and my friends’ clothes. It just seemed to fit, so by twenty-one that’s what I was doing. As well as modeling and going to school. E: Modeling school? FN: My degree is in International Relations. E: Wow. That seems very different than what you’re doing now. Has your area of study influenced your art? FN: Absolutely. I learned a lot about people and how to communicate. I learned from my professor Dr. Rashid Naim to be unafraid; to be precise in what I want and to go after it. I try to translate that same attitude to my styling. E: What’s a dream you want to bring to fruition? FN: I want to unite Atlanta’s fashion scene. I’ve always enjoyed shedding light on other people’s talent. There’s so much talent here, so many different styles. But it’s all over the place. The fashion community here is very fractured. E: What does the future hold for Francesca? FN: I don’t have a formula. I may become a lawyer, but right now, I want to see where fashion takes me. And I want to thank my sister, Jennifer Iwegbue!

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Photographer: Lee Barnes Makeup & Nail Artist: Saj Mack Model: Kyra Saffran Nail Products: Deborah Lippmann Makeup Products: Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics

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Photographer: Lynzi Judish Designer: Marie Margot Couture Wardrobe Stylist: Nicole Schaap (Crème de la Couture) Hairstylist & Makeup Artist: Kadie Murphy Model: Jiana Davis (ANTM Cycle 20)

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Photographer: Leanne Dixon Assistant: Jonny Dixon Model: Amanda (Profile Models) Wardrobe Stylist: Bianca Nicole Makeup Artist: Chantelle Roostan Hairstylist: Micky (Face Addict Hair Junkie) 58


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THE MUSIC ISSUE

COMING JUNE 26TH Submissions opening Monday, May 5th. Email your concepts, moodboards, or music inspired fashion editorials to: estelamagazine@gmail.com

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Estela Magazine: Issue XI