BHM: Fashion's Next Best Designers

BHM: Fashion's Next Best Designers
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 22, 2011

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The Designer: Jeffery Williams

The Clothes: Downtown chic. Colors and shapes reminiscent of clothes by Stephen Burrows and Rick Owens.

The Breakout Moment: Winner of season two of Bravo TV’s “The Fashion Show,” and winning a featured spread in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

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The Designer: LaQuan Smith

The Collection: Nonchalance and color come to mind with LaQuan’s glamourous womenswear collection. He also offers a diffusion lined called LQS which is full of neon colors.

The Breakout Moment: Having Andre Leon Talley of Vogue attend his first collection, then being featured in Vogue shortly after. In addition, he designed Rihanna’s catsuit in her “Rude Boy” video.

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The Designer: Terri Stevens

The Collection: Taking thematic inspirations of funk and bohemian influences, she offers a great choice of color and modernity.

The Breakout Moment: Season Five contestant on the hit show “Project Runway.”

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The Designer: Farai Simoyi

The Collection Type: Her sultry collection, “Madame’s Rouge”, is inspired by the controversial role of Fanny the seductress in the French based play, “Sapho”.

The Breakout Moment: Moving to New York City after a summer in Italy and showing at New York Fashion Week.

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The Designer: Jerome Lamaar

The Collection Type: Hot new accessories, well-being meets technology glam jewelry collection. Every necklace is one of a kind and is handmade by Jerome. Each gem is hand selected for its color, shape and energy.

The Breakout Moment: As a former designer for Baby Phat, Jerome decided to create his own fab lane by launching an accessories collection.

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The Designer: Sherita Jennings

The Collection Type: Coming from a family of curvy women, Viscera is a luxury clothing line dedicated to curvy women of all sizes.

The Breakout Moment: Having her collection being featured in both Essence and Uptown magazines.

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Who: Sheila Rashid

Collection Type: Her collection is made with love, innovation, dedication, and she pays close attention to detail offering classic sportswear for young fashionistas.

Breakout Moment: Dressing Keri Hilson

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Who: Dominique Auxilly

Collection Type: Her collection tailors to the urban cool girl, with a sexy street-wear attitude. Don’t be surprised to see seatbelts on sheer spandex dresses.

Breakout Moment: Getting her dresses on female rap sensation Nicki Minaj and Miss America Caressa Cameron

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Who: Samantha Black (Sammy B)

Collection Type: Dresses came short and body conscious tight, served with lots of black and turquoise colors.

Breakout Moment: Having celebs like Kelis and Keri Hilson flaunt her clothing.

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The Designer: Leon Curry who has named his line Ellie Owen.

The Collection Type: Quirky, yet luxurious, outerwear and ready to wear statement pieces.

The Breakout Moment: Dressing Aubrey O’Day on MTV.

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