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Being Stylish with B. Evans

Posted in Substance & Style Profile with tags , , on September 19, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Photo provided by BLTEvans

This week, the District celebrates DC Fashion Week 2011 from September 19 through September 25 with a host of events showcasing local designers and helping them build their brand and awareness for this growing creative community that often goes overlooked. The theme this year is The Power of Style.

One man exerting his power is B. Evans. After a fashion hiatus for several years he has returned to his passion of designing and creating women’s clothing that reflects his love for all things beautiful. In honor of DC Fashion Week, B. Evans answers these four questions for the ladies looking to convey their substance and style.

Q: What is something you’d like to see more women in the District try?

A: I would like to see women anywhere be fashion forward, more creative with their expression of style. Women have the ultimate availability to wear anything they choose…I love it! I think its very cookie cutter here. I would also like women to be more comfortable but conscience, and I’m talking in terms of shaping themselves. You can be Fabulous in a size 20 if the proportion is right and smooth. There was a time when women were concerned about the way clothing fit and flattered.

Q: What should women ask before purchasing a dress?

A: Does this fit and flatter my silhouette?

Q: What is a common faux pas women make when dressing themselves?

A: Thinking every style is for every body type. That’s its okay that your clothes are too tight.

Q: What should every woman have in her closet?

A: Every woman should own a black dress that is flattering, a pair of black patent leather pumps, red lipstick, fabulous trench coat, diamond studs, pearl necklace, black Kidd skin gloves and one custom fitted dress!


Step Up with Mr. Vinson

Posted in Substance & Style Profile with tags , on June 9, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Andrew Lee Vinson is a man of substance and style. A gifted artist, educator and performer he has used his passion for culture to empower and uplift young people. Andrew is one of the talented and most engaging members of Step Afrika!, the first professional dance company dedicated to stepping. As Andrew and his fellow artists prepare for the Step Afrika! home Performance Series June 16 – 20 at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC he found a moment for a bit of Q&A with Substance & Style.

What inspires you to step?    

I am inspired by excellence.       

How would you describe your personal style?

           Funky Preppy                               

As a fashion forward guy, what advice do you have for men who want to step up their game?

Go for a classy look and make you sure you “pop”

When you aren’t performing, where are you most likely to be found?


Who do you currently have on heavy rotation?

 Drake. He’s a beast. I love his new song “Find Your Love” produced by Kanye West.

Stylish for the Irish

Posted in Style on the Streets on March 17, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

 Are you wearing green today – St. Patrick’s Day? If you are being stylish for the Irish send your photo to

A. Wright, Owner of Wrap Masters Kustom Kanes


Princess of All things Policy


Mr. Substance & Style Himself

Baldwin Says

Posted in Substance & Style Profile on December 22, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

David Baldwin Barnes is a young Washington political and social climber. He is also a man of both substance and style. We had the occasion to spend five minutes with Baldwin – as he is called by many – in between his meetings to discuss foreign policy and before dashing off to drink domestic beer at another hip Hill holiday reception.                 

S&S asked – What is the one thing you love most about working in politics?

Baldwin Said – My mother told me she raised me to “eat with princess and sleep with paupers.” The ability to interact with some of the most influential people in the country, and across the world, and gain knowledge and resources to help those without is the most satisfying part of working in politics. There’s a lot of red tape and egos to deal with, but when I can help someone it’s all worth it.

S&S asked – If every woman should have a little black dress, what should every man have?

Baldwin Said – Every man should have a gray blazer— not a gray suit jacket without the pants, mind you. Most people say a blue blazer, but I think they have a limited palate to create. You can make a gray blazer very formal or extremely casual. It can be worn all seasons, with a button down or t-shirt, jeans or slacks, shoes or sneakers, lights and darks, and a variety of patterns… gotta have one.

S&S asked – What do you see as the next big foreign policy issue the US will have to address in 2010?

Baldwin said – Iran’s political state and nuclear engagement will continue to be a major issue for the US and the rest of the world. But I think that China’s growing influence in the international community will be one of the most important issues the US has to confront.

China is inevitably the next global power— from their growing economy, their foothold in international markets, to their influence to sway the course of North Korea and possibly Iran, and their increased engagement in developing nations, especially in Africa, to their impact on the global environment. What will be interesting though is the affect that great civil unrest in China will have on their government. The Chinese people are becoming more empowered to speak out against their government as China continues to gain the attention of the world— it’s as much a platform for the people as it is the government.

S&S asked – You are an avid reader, what was the best book you read in 2009?

Baldwin Said – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. People are often unaware of how their subconscious influences their day-to-day behavior, and Gladwell points out the strengths and weaknesses of split second decisions based on our subconscious.

A topic that I’ve passionately written about is how the media influences our perceptions of culture and how that affects our behavior (see my post on BaldwinSaid). I believe that the media is the biggest educational system of culture, and unfortunately they do a terrible job of presenting accurate images of the non-dominant culture. Many people often only interact with those within their cultural group and the majority of what they learn about other cultures comes from the media. This creates a dynamic where people’s interactions with minority cultures are subconsciously dictated by the images presented to them in the media. This can only be changed by incorporating more diversity within the executive offices of media companies and eliciting quality programming from more minority production companies.

S&S asked – Where is the best place to cocktail while overhearing tales about who is who in Washington?

Baldwin Said – Everybody thinks they’re somebody in DC, so anywhere you go you’ll hear those conversations— although the veracity of the banter is usually questionable. But a place I really enjoy going for cocktails (I’m a creature of habit, so I usually stick with a nice Tennessee Whiskey) is my neighborhood bar The Looking Glass. It is a great place, has a great crowd of people, and my neighborhood has the most character in the city… stop by sometime.

Tony Hudgins | S&S Profile

Posted in Substance & Style Profile with tags on June 5, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

thudginsHis devastating good looks and always dapper attire are equally as impressive as his professional and civic resume. Tony Hudgins is Substance & Style persona fide. By day he is the associate publisher of DC magazine & Men’s Book DC, publications of Modern Luxury Media, LLC, the largest luxury lifestyle publishing company in the country. His evenings are often spent supporting local community organizations including DC Scores as a very active member of their board of directors.

A University of Toledo College of Law graduate, he practiced law for several years before working for an executive search firm and launching two successful businesses. He and business partners recently opened Public Bar.

Tony Hudgins | Four Questions in Four Minutes

Four reasons you give back:

I give back first because my parents taught me that it was the right thing to do and then second because once I started to it felt good. Third I realized it meant you became a true part of the local community and fourth people ask and I can’t say no.

 Three words that describe your personal style:

Strange, eclectic and forward.                   

Two books on your summer reading list:

Hard to say, I don’t to read much but I want to learn more about Colin Powell, Sherman’s march through Atlanta and the Trail of Tears  since I’m part Cherokee. If I find books on that I’m reading them.

 One person you admire:

My mom.

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