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For the first time in her life, twenty-seven year old Charlotte based model Adriana Flores is having to figure out how to dress for – and work with - her changing shape. The mom-to-be is pregnant with her first child and shifting from regular catalog gigs with companies like Neiman Marcus and Belk to maternity wear companies – all without losing her sense of style. She points to Blake Lively as someone who is helping her find her own new style, one that is now more structured and showcases her curves. “It’s about looking put together,” she says. “As I like to call it: the looking like you didn’t care but you actually did.”
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William Wilson is his brand. After all, he is the face of his eponymous men’s clothier business, which, for several years has designed custom suits and apparel for clients like Golden State Warrior Steph Curry, comedian DL Hughley, and dozens of pro athletes and celebrities. “I like to be one of the best dressed men in the room,” says Wilson, whose self-described style of “classic debonair with a touch of pow!” has made him one of the most fashionable people in Charlotte. “You date fashion. You marry your style. I think a person's style is dictated by what they enjoy, where they go, their goals in life, and what they think about themselves.” Rarely seen about town not in one of his own tailored suits complete with pocket square, tie clip, and double monk straps, Wilson feels it’s of the utmost importance to dress well every day. “You never know when you may come across your next client, employer, or person that can change your life. The way you look speaks more to your initial credibility than your words.
“Looking back to childhood and college, I was always mixing classic and quirky pieces,” says stylist Erica Hanks. “I didn't care what people thought. And I'm quite sure I've tried every trend out there.” Though her style has evolved over the years, her approach to fashion has remained the same: “Fashion itself is a form of expression. Male or female, young or mature, punk or prep, it's really about letting your personality come through in your sense of style, whatever way you've defined it.” Up next for the married mother of three, who’s mum on her client list (former Bachelorette Emily Maynard and NASCAR drivers and their wives are said to be a select few): producing a runway show during Charleston Fashion Week.
Photos by Michael O'Neill; T. Ortega Gaines; courtesy of Erica Hanks