The Black New York Fashion Week has arrived! Okay, well maybe not “officially” but as far as we are concerned, it is here! With more designers of color being added to the Fashion Week roster each year, you can only imagine our excitement to see more people who look like us on the runway. Even more important, in this case being behind the scenes creating these beautiful collections as well! With that being said, these are the five African American/ Afro-Caribbean designers you do not want to miss this season at the official NYFW shows!
Formally known as Cushnie Et Ochs, Afro- Carib designer Carly Cushnie, is now making her NYFW debut, apart from long term business/ design partner Michelle Ochs. We are reeling over this Black Girl magic and her mission to empower women, while making them look and feel good. Cushnie says “As a woman, I understand what my customer wants from her clothes. I’ve grown and evolved alongside her over the past 10 years, and I strive to present her with timeless silhouettes that make her feel sexy, sophisticated and powerful — all at once.” Carly Cushnie
We are so here for it!
Since his debut in 2010, Laquan Smith has made quite the name for himself and we are not mad at all! From Queens, New York, Smith was influenced at a young age by his grandmother who introduced him to sewing and pattern making. She even gifted him with his first sewing machine! Today, Laquan’s designs have been seen on everyone from the Queen Bey herself, to Kim K and Lady Gaga (just to name a few.) Still, Smith strives for more. He has hopes of one day becoming a household name known for his ornate ability to embrace a woman’s beauty and curves. His fashion week runway show is one you don’t want to miss this season!
Taking a different approach from the classic style of using your namesake for your label, designer Raul Lopez uses the backward spelling of his first name for this unique line, “Luar.” Drawing inspiration from his Dominican roots and New York upbringing, Lopez creates looks that are avant-garde yet still “natural in color and gender fluid.” Picked as a finalist for the CDFA Vogue Fashion Fund, his pieces have been seen on A-listers like Rihanna, Solange Knowles and Kendrick Lamar! We are prepared for a line unique to any other with his collection.
Telfar Clemons is another dope New York native looking to “blur the gender lines” through his collections. Born and raised in New York, you can see how the streetwear element translates into Clemons’ pieces. The street aspect adds the perfect balance to his high fashion looks. Serving pieces that are clearly executed with attention to detail, we’re ready to see what Telfar will bring to the runway this season.
Launched in 2006, by Haitian born designer Victor Glemaud, the label is set out to be all inclusive. Glemaud’s brand includes everyone regardless of gender, race or size. Glemaud has not only worked with some of the biggest brands in the world such as Disney and Versace, he has also dressed some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Issa Rae and Selena Gomez. Utilizing vivid hues for bold color blocking, he brings an edginess to traditional and timeless silhouettes.
We’re ecstatic about seeing more black designers on the official roster for NYFW this year. Whose collection are you anticipating the most?!
Written By: Dani Elle Moore www.StreetChicTV.com