Black Designers Showing At New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

From industry vets like Tracy Reese and B. Michael, to talented newbies like Azede Jean-Pierre. Here's a line-up of designer's showing during NYFW.

Dominique Hobdy Aug, 30, 2014

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The budding designer is known for her bold and sporty, yet feminine aesthetic. The newbies' quirky, cool designs earned her the honor of 'Designer To Watch' at our first ever Street Style Awards and even had First Lady Michelle Obama sporting a dress of hers on our August cover. "I believe in creating pieces that give women the opportunity to stand out and be bold," says Jean-Pierre about her designs. We can't wait to see what standout looks she has in the works for Spring 2015.



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Michael is known for his classic, elegant pieces that never go out of style. Between the ladies who lunch and the celebs who party he's got it covered. His graceful gowns and cute cocktail dresses will sashay down the catwalk once again this season during New York Fashion Week. 

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As the creative director of Belstaff, Martin Cooper has given the iconic outerwear line a fresh update. This fashion week Belstaff will debut is newest collection for the luxury British heritage brand.

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No stranger to the extravaganza that is fashion week, industry vet Byron Lars is bringing his eclectic pattern mixed designs to the Harlem Fashion Row runway this season. 

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One half of the design team Cushnie et Ochs, Carly Cushnie's line has caught the eye of fashion elite and celebrites alike looking to the rock a dress that'll draw all eyes in the room. This week,  fashionistas can expect to get a fresh dose of sexy with new designs boasting their signature cut-outs and peek-a-boo parts.

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David Tlale never fails to come up with one masterfully crafted collection after the next, and this season is no different with a collection motivated to give "women back their power and equipping them with a strong and confident sense of allure, without losing their essence and femininity." We're sold.

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Known for her flirty, feminine, yet strongly structured pieces, Deola Sagoe is making her way back to fashion week with a new set of dynamic pieces for the modern woman.

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Columbian designer Edwing D'Angelo is no rookie to the fashion world having worked with celebrities like Tyra Banks and Vivica A. Fox. With a flair for eye-catching colors and designs inspired by his Latino heritage D'Angelo will make his way back to fashion week this season. 

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Charles Harbison, founder and creative director of Harbison is on the move. Having launched his line in 2013 the designer is preparing to show his collection that is known for modernist aesthetics on the runways of New York Fashion Week. 

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Founder and creator of The Way It Should Be, Hassan Pierre is a Parsons School of Design graduate who launched his line in 2009. Stars like Kerry Washington and Selita Ebanks can attest to the fact that his clothes are indeed the way it should be. This fashion week he'll be debuting his newest line of demi-couture designs. 

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Shayne Oliver, the man behind Hood By Air is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of New York Fashion Week. Starting his line in 2006 the young designer took Fashion Week by storm in 2013 with his boundary pushing pieces that earned him the prestigious LVMH Prize For Young Fashion Designers this year.

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Hailing from the Bronx, Jerome LaMaar got his start as Kimora Lee Simmons' intern and was tasked at the tender age of 18 to steer the brand's creative direction as Senior Designer. Now, armed with his own highly-acclaimed line Jerome 5:31, the designer takes on Fashion Week in his native city with a collection steered by his motto: "Simplicity, Structure, Spirituality, Science, Sensuality."

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A veteran in the fashion game, Kianga Peterson has worked with Rocawear, Sean Jean and House of Dereon. This season the designer brings her own line, K. Milele to Harlem's Fashion Row. 

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As a finalist in the ninth season of Lifetime's Project Runway, Brooklyn based designer Kimberly Goldson made an impression on on millions of viewers. Now she brings her urban-chic collection back to the runways of fashion week as one of the designers spotlighted in our Street Style Awards this Fashion Week.

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If Korto Momolu's face looks familiar it's because you may recognize her as the first runner up from Bravo's fifth season of Project Runway. Since the show, the Liberian designer has branched into eco-friendly jewelry design and anticipate a collection, in true Korto Momolu fashion, rooted in African inspiration this season.

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A favorite among stars like Rihanna, Cassie and Selita Ebanks, LaQuan Smith knows how to accommodate the boldness and panache these women want to command when walking in a room. In his signature futuristic style, this fashion week Smith gives us a preview of spring which is inspired by old-Hollywood glam, 3015 style!

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Winners of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Fund awards, and 2014 Woolmark Prize, Public School earned their seat among fashion's elite with their cutting edge menswear design featuring unexpected details otherwise ignored in men's design. Maxwell Osbourne, one half of the duo behind the brand along with former Sean John designer Dao-Yi Chow, merges refined with a hint of New York City ruggedness.

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Rubin & Chapelle are no rookies to New York Fashion Week, as one half of the fashion duo, Kip Chapelle was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Season after season, we can rely on the duo to serve combination of sexy, sophisticated designs with a modern feel, and this fashion week "Miami VIce" was the catalyst for their Spring 2015 collection.

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Menswear designer Sandro Romans draws inspiration from his Jamaican roots, Houston upbringing and New York dwellings. With a design mentality that pushes the boundaries and uses unexpected patterns and materials, Romans brings his newest collections to this week's fashion fete.

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Although Telfar Clemens of Telfar says he is inspired by normal things, one glance at his line shows that his designs are far from ordinary. The Queens native will bring his collection downtown this season for the more down-to-earth set.

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Tracy Reese needs no introduction. The veteran designer will be back again with a fresh collection for the spring.  

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Sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo are the dynamic duo behind William Okpo. Inspired by their Nigerian heritage and named after their father, the pair will bring their smart designs and rich culture back to the New York Fashion Week runways again this season.