The Black Designers We’re Excited To See At New York Fashion Week

Let's the fabulousity begin! 

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 06, 2017

Fashion Week is upon us, and just like every season, we’re looking forward to the fashion trends, beauty looks and runway moments that are sure to inspire us for at least the next six months. As we get ready to see what’s in store for Spring 2018, we wanted to highlight some of the Black designers we’re especially excited about.

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Detroit-bred designer Tracy Reese has been a longtime favorite at New York Fashion Week, and per usual, we expect tons of bold colors and eye-catching prints among a sea of dresses from the designer.

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With her long-lasting Puma collaboration, singer and style icon Rihanna has pretty much established herself as a bona fide fashion designer. While we look forward to her Spring 2018 collection with the brand, we’re just as equally excited about her beauty

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Hailing from Brooklyn, designer Romeo Hunte’s designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Laverne Cox and Zendaya, who was Hunte’s first celebrity client. Last year, ESSENCE actually named him as a “Designer to Watch” so we’re can’t wait to see what the buzzed-abo

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Afro-Caribbean designer Carly Cushnie is behind Cushnie et Ochs alongside business partner Michelle Ochs, and the brand which is described as “bold sensuality meets minimalist sophistication” gets better and better each season.

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Byron Lars may be under the radar from others on this list, but the talented American designer has been designing since 1991. Every season, we look forward to his signature sheath dresses and other designs that truly flatter the feminine form.

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Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow initially met while working at Diddy’s Sean John label, and eventually left to launch their Public School label in 2008. The brand, which extended from a menswear label into womenswear as well, is continually praised by th

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Shayne Oliver is actually behind the popular streetwear brand Hood by Air, which he cofounded with Leilah Weinraub, but the designer is taking his talents to Helmut Lang this season. We can’t wait to see what Oliver has up his sleeve for the minimalist br

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The self-taught designer has dressed everyone from Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez, and after his New York Fashion Week debut in 2010, he’s still one of our favorite designers to watch.