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Khristian A. Howell


My Style: Trey Veal, creative director at Coca-Cola

Trey Veal
Veal is wearing a vintage linen blazer, Surge graphic tee, EMG Denim jeans, Dr. Martens boots, Automic Gold earrings and initial ring, a large gold Versace ring, and a J. Crew chain necklace.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Growing up, this small-town boy from rural Georgia figured he’d follow his mom, a nurse, into medicine and become a doctor. But he enjoyed editing his school yearbook and, at the last minute, applied to SCAD Atlanta instead of Emory. Clearly, he made the right choice. He’s currently the creative director, water and active hydration for Coca-Cola North America.

Neighborhood: Westside
Hometown: Sandersville
Style statement: Power dress, but fun
Motto #1: There is no right or wrong in design. Any style can be done “right” with appropriate and thoughtful execution.
Motto #2: So ugly it’s good
Favorite “ugly” fashion trick: Using a nontraditional or even gaudy piece in an everyday look. Black latex in the office? I make it work.
Design in a post-Covid world: Blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds will continue to increase. Companies need to answer the question: How do we bring interesting experiential design into a digital space?
Coveted: My grandmother’s original set of blue Georgia plates—either for entertaining friends or eggs for one on a Saturday
Atlanta vibes: Vintage stores like Highland Row, Rock It Vintage, Westside Market, Atlanta Used Furniture
Style muses: George Michael, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
Scene: Petit Chou, Golden Eagle. The ’70s yacht vibe of the den at BeetleCat is 100 percent me.
Brands leading the way: YSL, Peter Do, Chloé, Target
Best of IG: @70sdinnerparty, @decorhardcore, @vignellicenter, @standards.site
You as a cocktail: Superfloral gin and tonic
As a destination: London

This article appears in our February 2021 issue.

My Style: Elementary school teacher Anna Greene

My Style
Anna is wearing a top from Ace & Jig, pants from Zara, shoes from ModCloth, and a jacket she bought on ThredUp and embellished with faux flowers. She made her own jewelry.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Art teacher Anna uses her creativity—and her “wardrobe crafting”—to bring joy to her students during challenging times. She documents her quirky, colorful style on Instagram @whattheartteacherwears, featuring her collection of “slow fashion” brands like Ace & Jig and pieces she’s stitched herself or enhanced with details like tinsel or flowers.

Lives in Carrollton
Origins I’ve always loved clothing. Becoming an art teacher was a good excuse to take it up a notch.
Stripes or Florals? Both at the same time!
True story The school secretary dressed up as me on Halloween last year.
Art tour you can’t get over Yayoi Kusama at the High Museum of Art
Shopping Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market—and also Instagram
Go-to brands Ace & Jig, Bryr Clogs, Marimekko, DusenDusen
Teacher’s pet or Class clown? Teacher’s pet
Post-school indulgence Ice cream at Butter’dudder in Carrollton
Syllabus Be kind. Teachers are doing it all this year—trying to provide therapy, empathy, and social skills, on top of the curriculum.

This article appears in our December 2020 issue.

My Style: Makeup artist Erica Bogart

Erica Bogart
Moto jacket by Marrakech, pants by Good American, shoes by Kenneth Cole.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

A love of art, people, and working with her hands drew Erica Bogart to the makeup industry. Her business, Bogart Beauty, is known for working with all skin tones for bridal, fashion, and film. On Instagram, the “skinfluencer” shares a mix of beauty, wellness, and travel tips.

Neighborhood Buckhead

Famous faces Chloë Grace Moretz, Zoe Saldana, Shaquille O’Neal, Lauren Cohan, Christian Serratos

Trending Korean beauty brands Laneige, NeoGen, Sulwhasoo, Hanacure

Following @nudieglow, @revolvebeauty, @nicoleisaacs

Quarantine Self-care I drink MUD\WTR—a mushroom, chai, turmeric blend—instead of coffee and swear by the hair-repair conditioner by Save Me From.

Go-to beauty brands Patrick Ta, KOSAS

Desert island must-haves Lip conditioner by Laneige, Supergoop sunscreen, a good blush that works overtime on lips and eyelids

This article appears in our November 2020 issue.

My Style: Rigel Gemini, influencer, music artist, director of analytics and SEO

Rigel Gemini
Gemini is wearing a shoulder piece and choker by Ada Zanditon Couture and a shirt from T by Alexander Wang. Jewelry is by John Hardy and Jan Leslie; handmade Navajo and Zuni turquoise pieces were picked up on a trip to Arizona. Styling by Marissa Motley.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

“My parents are hippies,” says Rigel Cable, better known as Rigel Gemini. “My first name is a star in the constellation Orion.” Born on the first day of Gemini, the data director by day/influencer by night epitomizes cosmic duality in his life and style.

Neighborhood East Atlanta

Breakout moment L.A. Fashion Week. One day, my husband said, You need another hobby that’s not shopping. You’re a good writer. You should blog and share on social. Being invited to be an ambassador for LAFW allowed me to connect with people who were really going after their dreams. It was transformative.

Style mantra Fashion is a tool to lift elements about yourself and morph into different aspects of you. One moment, I am a buttoned-up suit, and the next, I am a genderfluid piece with a statement necklace.

Your song Anything Gaga, especially “Telephone”

Rigel Gemini
Rigel Gemini

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Following Aquaria, B. Hawk Snipes, Joey Thao, Alexx Mayo

Shopping staples COS, Mr. Turk, Bloomingdale’s

Alter egos Bright and bubbly vs. dark and wild

Quarantine date night Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race on a Friday night with our dog

Horoscope I see live performance in my future once we can do things together again. I can’t wait to experience the energy of my music with others!

Activism My favorite organizations in support of the LGBTQ+ community are Transcending Barriers, Lost-n-Found Youth, and TLDEF

This article appears in our October 2020 issue.

My Style: Shahad AlQaysi, fashion designer and blogger

Shahad AlQaysi
Shahad is wearing a dress from her own line, the Shaha, shoes by Christian Louboutin, and earrings from Banana Republic.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Born in Iraq and raised in Dubai, style maven Shahad AlQaysi left her career in dentistry to launch her own fashion label, the Shaha, in Atlanta in 2017. She created her line for women like her who come from conservative cultures—but the midiskirts and elegant high-waisted suits appeal to any woman who loves a classic, dressy style. With nearly 800,000 followers on Instagram, she’s sold her looks worldwide and plans to open a retail space in Atlanta in 2021. theshahafashion.com

Neighborhood Buckhead

Culture I used to be hijabi, covering my entire body and only showing my hands and feet. You are either hijabi or not hijabi—but I realized I am in the middle. I consider myself to have moderate style, but I do love wearing turbans. They reflect the more modest side of me.

Fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Valentino

Personal style Vintage, moderate, classic. I always dress up. I am very rarely casual.
Muses Olivia Palermo, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe. Concerning fashion, I was meant to live in the ’50s and ’60s. I love the big dresses and the hair and the makeup—everything.

Shahad AlQaysiGo-to shop Saks Fifth Avenue

Beauty musts Sunscreen without fail. A good vitamin C serum and retinol. My must-have brands are Shishedo and Murad. I love makeup so I must be equally devoted to my skincare routine.

Quarantine looks I get dressed up and wear makeup every day—no matter if I’m leaving or staying. Quarantine could not affect my love for fashion and beauty. I do it for myself.

This article appears in our September 2020 issue.

My Style: Chris Classic, recording artist and entrepreneur

Chris Classic
Classic is wearing a linen suit by Bar III, a shirt by Goodfellow & Co., brogues by Panelli, and a hat from Atlanta’s Fruition Hat Company. Rings are by Pitango and David Yurman.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

New York transplant Chris Classic is something of a creative renaissance man. His claims to fame include an American Music Award (for best soundtrack for the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks) and a viral internet moment in which he transformed an H&M lookbook image of a young Black child wearing a controversial hoodie to an image of him as a king. Now, Classic has a new fragrance line, Savoir Faire. (Its logo also features a crown.)

Neighborhood Cascade

Style The new Black dad. Staples include multifunctional blazers, white tee, jeans, and comfortable lace-ups.

Scents I like to walk into a room and have fragrance pique interest without saying a word. We currently carry three fragrances, blended and bottled by hand—Soul Café, Beau Noir, and a signature scent with notes of sandalwood and leather—and have two more in the works.

Celebrity style crushes Professional basketball player Chris Paul, fashion consultant Nick Wooster

Atlanta shopping Men’s vintage shop the Tough Boot

Go-to accessory Colorful pocket squares by Atlanta brand Igrushi

Chris ClassicOn breaking the internet I was thinking about that [H&M model] child years from now and what he would see when he Googled himself. I wanted to give him the opportunity to see himself with a crown instead of the words on the hoodie. We have the choice to create things that allow others to see us differently.

Advice for Black brands Move in a spirit of camaraderie and collective excellence instead of competition. Be original, authentic, and unapologetic while maintaining elevated standards. We do not have to bend to Eurocentric ideals about the meaning of beauty and luxury. Black-owned does not necessarily mean Black-only.

This article appears in our August 2020 issue.

My Style: Brandé Elise and Danielle Gray

My Style: Brandé Elise and Danielle Gray
On Danielle (left): Suit by Cinq à Sept, shoes by Tom Ford. On Brandé (right): Dress by Prada, jacket by Moschino, booties by Jimmy Choo.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

“She’s weird, and I like it,” described marketing guru Danielle of her first impression of voiceover artist Brandé, her partner in life and business. Yin and yang personified, this entrepreneurial couple’s latest endeavor is a CBD brand, Unoia. “As a voiceover artist, I drink a lot of tea, and CBD honey was born,” says Brandé. “We both believe in holistic and natural healing.”

Neighborhood: Downtown

I love wigs! A good platform heel. Bodysuits. Vintage bathing suits. People tell me I’m too much—Danielle tells me I’m just enough. She gives me permission to be exactly who I am.
DG: Masculine and feminine balance. Lots of prints. No heels! It’s been a journey to get here because I only saw certain boxes to fit into as a lesbian woman.

Celebrity style crush:
Keyshia Ka’oir
DG: Lenny Kravitz.

My Style: Brandé Elise and Danielle Gray
Danielle Gray and Brandé Elise

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Local shopping: Bill Hallman, Fruition Hat Company, designer Akua Gabby

In the works:
A new late-night talk show called The Comments by Todd Tucker.
DG: Whenever things go back to “normal,” we’ll revive the 4211 Experience, events for networking and creative collaboration.

This article appears in our July 2020 issue.

My Style: fashion influencer Chastity Garner Valentine

Chastity Garner Valentine
Valentine is wearing Brunello Cucinelli coat, Fashion to Figure dress, and Jessica Simpson shoes.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

In 2008, when blogs were first blowing up, Chastity Garner Valentine launched GarnerStyle to share tips and advice with the plus-size community. Today, she boasts more than 300,000 followers on Instagram alone. CurvyCon, her annual event held during New York Fashion Week, draws an international audience of some 1,800 attendees, including the likes of Gabby Sidibe and Venus Williams.

Neighborhood West Cobb

Plus-size pioneer A severe knee injury ended my runway days as a plus-size model. GarnerStyle was born from the couch while I was healing.

IRL Being plus-size can be isolating. People were building an online community, and I could see the industry was picking up speed. In 2015, with my business partner CeCe Olisa, we held the first CurvyCon to connect with women in real life. Part shopping experience and part conversation, the event allows plus-size women to shop like straight-size women, as well as to meet curvy icons and influencers.

Favorite ATL shopping Jibri in Duluth. Sizes start at a 10/12 and go up to 4X.

Go-to Brands Fashion to Figure, FKSP by Style Pantry

Chastity Garner ValentineBeach bound Ashley Graham string bikini, GabiFresh swimsuit, Rent the Runway resort collections, vintage LV train case, three pairs of sunglasses: one luxury pair and a couple of everyday oversize pairs

Signature details Puff sleeves and off-the-shoulder styles

Beauty obsession Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe

Date night The Ritz at Lake Oconee

This article appears in our May 2020 issue.

My Style: Deklah Polansky, creative director at studio’farrell

Deklah Polansky
Polansky is wearing a Burberry coat, studio’farrell T-shirt, Zara pants, Tod’s loafers, and Warby Parker glasses. Jewelry includes a Laura Lombardi necklace with YSL ring as a pendant, a Jennifer Fisher gold ring, and a vintage orange ring.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

After an idyllic childhood in a tiny kibbutz community of 300 in Upper Galilee, Deklah Polansky made her way to MTV in Manhattan. Now, the creative director and partner in Atlanta-based studio’farrell calls Midtown home.

Chops for days I was the design director for licensing at MTV and started the retail store below the TRL studio. Reporting to vice presidents of design and business gave me a keen understanding of how to support consumers’ needs. In 2007, a lead design offer from Coca-Cola made Atlanta home.

Now or Never Founded by my husband, Tom Farrell, in 2017, studio’farrell is a graphic-design agency specializing in visual identities, packaging, and retail experiences. I joined the firm in January 2018 after turning down a corporate role that would have moved us back to NYC.

Design Philosophy I am rooted in timeless style and craft. But I always have my eye towards contemporary, modern culture and fashion. My designs very much reflect who I am.

Deklah PolanskyInspired by German artist Gerhard Richter, iconic graphic designer Jan Tschichold

My Look Classic yet modern

Favorite local hidden gem The hammam at the Loews Hotel spa

Favorite ATL shopping Bella Cucina and Ann Mashburn. I also love the way that Star Provisions curates their merchandise.

Celebrity style crush CĂ©line Dion

This article appears in our April 2020 issue.

My Style: Drew Huggins, Toki Tattoo artist

Drew Huggins Tattoo
Huggins is wearing all vintage.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

In an industry known for attitude, illustrator Drew Huggins is challenging the status quo. His enthusiasm for new techniques and an impressive variety of original images keep this self-taught artist in high demand.

Neighborhood West End

Self-taught I was getting tattooed frequently and started drawing my own. I bought equipment online and began tattooing myself. It just turned into a business from there.

Where to find him Toki Tattoo, McDonough Boulevard

What sets him apart I only tattoo my original designs. Clients can pick from a catalog of my work. The industry in Atlanta is a pretty traditional scene dominated by older white men. Around the country, more private spaces are opening for people outside of the establishment group. This trend is more inclusive, and what I offer is less stressful and easier to access. As long as you’re being sanitary and sterile, this environment allows you to work how you want and experiment.

Uniform High-waisted, baggy black jeans, crop top, combat boots.

Anime muses Bulma from Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha, and Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho

Shopping Rag-O-Rama for vintage and thrift finds. I also love going to Athens to shop. Atomic is a favorite.

Drew Huggins TattooInspired by [Japanese illustrator] Hajime Sorayama, Alien and other sci-fi movies, futuristic styling

On the horizon Large-scale reproductions of my illustrations and embroidered fashion pieces

This article appears in our March 2020 issue.

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