Born in London, leading fashion photographer, model and television celebrity Nigel Barker originally planned to become a physician. But when he was 17, his mother entered him into a televised model search and he became one of three finalists. This opened the door to a decade-long career modeling for such designers as Giorgio Armani and Jean Paul Gautier in London, Milan, Paris and New York.
It was during this time that Barker’s love for fashion and photography grew, and in 1998 he made the leap to the other side of the lens, opening his own photo studio in Manhattan. Barker’s photographs have been seen in a wide variety of publications, including GQ, Interview and People, and his advertising clients have included Beefeater Gin, Sean John, Pierre Cardin, Nicole Miller, Land’s End and Lexus.
Since 2004, Barker has been a permanent judge on the hit TV show, “America’s Next Top Model,” which now airs in 123 countries and is entering its 10th season.
Since her explosion onto the fashion scene in the early ‘90s, Misa Hylton has helped shape the images of some of today’s hottest stars, including Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Chris Rock, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah and Kimora Lee Simmons. Her adventurous spirit and vision have made her one of today’s most sought-after stylists. Her stylings have appeared in Vogue, W, InStyle, Essence and The New York Times.
Hylton has appeared on MTV’s House of Style, VH-1 and E! Entertainment’s Grammy Fashion Review, and has served as fashion editor for The Source magazine and featured guest editor for Trace magazine. She has consulted for luxury brands such as Evisu, Fendi and Versace.
In 2007, Hylton launched the Madison Star online boutique, www.MadisonStarCouture.com, which offers the gamut from high-end couture to casual wear by new and innovative designers. As she prepares to launch her own line of denim clothing, Hylton will no doubt continue to expand the boundaries of fashion for years to come.
Trendsetter Tony Shellman traces his love for fashion back to his childhood in Seattle. After high school, he attended the world-renowned Parson’s School of Design in New York City, studying marketing and product development. Upon graduation in 1991, he worked for Urban Issue, Walker Wear and the European denim collection, Razzy.
In 1994, Shellman and partner Evan Davis they launched the Mecca, USA clothing line. Endorsements from some of the biggest stars in hip-hop resonated with young consumers, and propelled the brand to success.
In 1996, under the FILA banner, Shellman, Davis and a third partner launched ENYCE, which soon became one of the most recognizable names in urban street wear. After selling ENYCE to Liz Claiborne in 2003, Shellman knew it was time to recreate urban wear. The result is PARISH NATION, his most recent fashion venture.