Black Style Now: Design Icons

These design icons made waves in the fashion industry then and now.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 10, 2014

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Burrows is one of the seminal designers of the 1970's who remarkably has continued to craft a following for his energetic designs to this day.

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Burrow’s signature bold and vibrant style on the runway for Spring 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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A display at the preview of Stephen Burrow's 'When Fashion Danced' exhibit last year at the Museum of the City of New York. 

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From her runway collection, filled with fancy frocks (a Tracy Reese signature) season after season, to her more youthful Plenty By Tracy Reese collection, Tracy Reese has become the black female designer to make her mark in the fashion industry.

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Tracy Reese Fall 2014 runway at New York Fashion Week.

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Vibrant prints are another hallmark of Reese’s eye catching pieces.

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London-based designer Duro Olowu's signature African printed pieces have captured and kept an audience.

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Models at Duro Olowu's Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. 

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Last season Duro Olowu's collaboration with JCPenny's featuring cheap and chic apparel, home and accessories items was well-received by the masses.

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Since 1991, Byron Lars has wowed the fashion set with his flirty and flamboyant pieces. Now, he's taking HSN by storm with his collection of classics at democratic prices.

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Byron Lars Beauty Mark Fall 2011 presentation during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

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Byron Lars Beauty Mark Fall 2011 presentation during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. 

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Ghanaian designer Ozwald Boateng is known for his unexpectedly bold suits and skilled tailoring.

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Models walk the runway in Ozwald Boateng's Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show. 

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A model walks the runway at the Ozwald Boateng S/S 2011 show at London Fashion Week.

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B. Michael is the designers designer. With classic, elegant pieces that never go out of style he's cultivated a following between the ladies who lunch and the celebs who party. His graceful gowns and cute cocktail dresses will grace the catwalk once again this season during New York Fashion Week. 

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A model shows off B. Michael's designs during his spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show. 

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A model walks down the runway at the B. Michael America fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week spring 2014 in New York City.