20 Black Fashion Designers At New York Fashion Week.

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Black Fashion Designers New York Fashion Week

For the Spring 2016 installment of New York Fashion Week, we saw black designers at all levels, in a variety of styles, showing across the city. While the number of designers showing at major venues still remains lower than desired, many of the emerging talents provide hope for the future of black fashion designers.

Brother Vellies

The Brooklyn-based designer introduced handbags for the first time in a rich collection that mixed fabrics, leathers, and furs.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Harlem’s Fashion Row Featuring Fe Noel, The Fashion Deli, and M-Sew

This year’s event saw unique spring looks from a range of emerging designers as appearances by Mary J. Blight and honorees Tracee Ellis Ross, and designer Azede Jean-Pierre, among others.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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DKNY


Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow debuted their first collection for the long-running label.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Pyer Moss


The designer made a bold statement in a show that addressed police brutality and systemic racial inequality.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Laquan Smith


The celebrity favorite designer showcased a variety of looks in tweed in a style that managed to be both edgy and classically ladylike.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Hood By Air


HBA designer Shayne Oliver delivered a series of streetwear looks that blurred the lines of gender and the avant garde.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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KLS Kimora Lee Simmons


The latest installment of Simmons’ high-end endeavor features wearable looks that are definitely celebrity-ready.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Public School


Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow pulled double duty this season at both DKNY and their original line. This season appeared more classic cool and less downtown than in the past.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Telfar


This season saw an even more refined version of his unisex, utilitarian aesthetic.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Yeezy


Considered one of the hottest tickets this season, the post apocalyptic meets streetwear collection drew much discussion and mixed reviews.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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5:31 JÉRÔME


The designer’s classic, cool, and feminine style gave way for the perfect spring/summer transitional looks.

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B. Michael America


The veteran designer featured classic looks in a bright palette.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Cushnie et Ochs


This season we saw more body-conscious styles with a touch of retro sweetness.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Harbison


This season saw a mix of statement details and embellishments added to classic silhouettes.

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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Korto Momolu


This year featured a collection of bright fabrics in elegant cuts. Momolu also used the show as an opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer.

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Rubin Chapelle


Bright, bold, patterned, and perfect for Spring.

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Serena Williams Signature Statement


Back in August, the word class athlete spoke of her plans to expand her fashion empire. This season we saw a series of wearable and relatable looks that fans of Williams will definitely be sporting.

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Tracy Reese


The New York Fashion Week veteran featured more of her distinct, feminine, and cool looks.

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Eni (Hers) by Olorgeasilie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya and Idia’Dega


The latest collection from this unique collaboration line centered around the power of women. The designers drew inspiration from President Obama’s visit to Kenya earlier this year, during which he delivered a speech on the importance of valuing girls and women, in order to build a strong society..

Black Fashion Designer New York Fashion Week Spring 2016
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