Black Fashion Designers at NYFW

Black Fashion Designers at NYFW

ESSENCE.COM Feb, 07, 2011

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Who:Tracy Reese
When She Launched: 1996
What She’s Known For: Soft, feminine womenswer with a romantic edge.
Career Highlights: Designer for iconic designers like Martine Sitbon and Perry Ellis. Marc Jacobs was a colleague of hers.

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Who: Stephen Burrows
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Who: Rachel Roy
When She Launched:2005
What She’s Known For: Sophisticated and sexy womenswear for the modern woman.
Career Highlights: A collaboration with Jones Apparel Group, a smart and savvy business deal which led to her Rachel Rachel Roy affordably priced collection.

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Who: Duro Olowu, here with his wife Thelma Golden.
When He Launched: 2004
What He’s Known For: Chic dresses crafted from bright, bold African prints
Career Highlights: Taking the fashion scene by storm in 2004 and creating a frenzy for his “Duro” dress in 2005, a fashion editor favorite.

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Who: Carly Cushnie (right) and Michelle Ochs (left)
When They Launched: 2009
What They are Known For: Sleek, sophisticated and decidedly sexy dresses with clean, modern lines.
Career Highlights: They’re debut show in 2009 which had fashion journalists like Robin Givhan and Sally Singer buzzing.

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Who: B. Michael
When He Launched: 1998
What He’s Known For: Sleek, sexy and glamorous gowns and dresses for women.
Career Highlight: Developing a devoted star clientele which includes everyone from Halle Berry to Venus and Serena Williams.

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Who: Twins, Idyll and Ayaan Mataano
When They Launched: 2008
What They’re Known For: Everything from fluid caftans to feminine pants that echo the vibe of their native Somalia without aping it.
What This Season Will be like: Appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show, along with other famous twins Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, to discuss their line.

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Who: Byron Lars
When He Launched: 1991
What He’s Known For: His iconic shirts which reinvented the traditional mens button down for women.
Career Highlight: His electric debut onto the fashion scene which saw fashion trade publication, Womens Wear Daily, anoint him as “Rookie of the Year.”

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Who: Mimi Plange
When She Launched: 2008
What She’s Known For: Lush, dramatic couture dresses and jackets.
Career Highlights: Designing custom pieces for European and Arab royals who have become huge fans of the brand.

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Who: Telfar
When He Launched: 1991
What He’s Known For: Androgynous pieces which can just as easily be worn by men as they would women.
Career Highlights: A collaboration with Doc Martens which yielded his sling-back style men’s boots.

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Who: B. Michael
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