Black Designers at NYFW this Season

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Fashion week is on and popping

As I sit here and peruse thousands of beautiful photos of expertly designed pieces in beautiful colors, I could not help but wonder where and who are the Black Designers?

We discovered that for this month’s staging of the event, 70 Black designers will be presenting their collections but from that number, only 9 are officially listed on the NYFW website. 

Today, The Haute Lifestyle will be shedding light on 7 of those Designers we found on the NYFW website (thus far) to give them some recognition.

House of Byfield

The Jamaican born designer Carmichael Byfield who launched in line in the Netherlands, known for his bold prints and jovial personality will be back on the Runway with a special guest the world’s first down syndrome model Madeline Stuart! He will be presenting his Fall 2018 Collection. Big ups to you Carmichael! We are excited to see your bold patterns and colors “jaminate” the runway.
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Source | Jason Nocito/ Courtesy of Telfar
Telfar Clemens was the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in February. Since then, he’s been focused on more quality fabrics focusing on a “fully realized look“. The Designer known for his “gender-fluid” pieces staged a mini rock concert for his presentation in February. We are definitely looking forward to his originality on the runway. 

Romeo Hunte Fall 2018

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In his February collection, three words were used to describe his Designs: Glamour, Skiing, and Lumberjack! Who would think of mixing such opposite trends? Romeo of course! The overall impression one gets from Romeo Hunte’s FW18 is that of casual glam, one that doesn’t need the traditional signifiers of a glamour to be glamorous.

Negris Lebrum

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Lenoir est Joli is the tagline of his brand that all started with a T-Shirt. The brand is deeply rooted in LeBrum’s love for black and he has really made it a powerful statement. Negris Lebrum is known for introducing retro classic collections. This season the brand featured African-American models with natural hair portraying a modern 70s look. We love a good throwback and is always interested to see how a Designer can revamp a classic.

Cushie et Ochs

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Designers Ochs and Cushnie built a successful business (now 10 years old ) on architecture inspired dresses with a cool tone and cut-outs. Since then, they’ve expanded the brand to include shoes, bags, and activewear. What’s admirable about Ochs and Cushnie is they’ve always stuck to their guns and evolved their sellable formula without compromising the aesthetic that they love so deeply.

Datari Austin

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In Spring 2011, Datari launched his eponymous collection to rave reviews. Perfect for the modern woman, Datari’s debut showcased ultra-feminine pieces layered with intelligent nostalgia, charm, and luxury; a distinctive look that the designer has since become known for.   

Datari’s eye for detail and extensive knowledge of color, fabric, and Silhouettes continue to be evident each season as he consistently reveals timeless, wearable pieces that evoke sophistication and elegance. Datari’s approach is deliberate, combining modern craftsmanship with vintage shapes, creating a look that is clearly his own.

Pyer Moss

Source | Yannis Vlamous / Indigital.Tv

The Brooklyn-born Jean-Raymond founded Pyer Moss in 2013, after freelancing for Marc Jacobs, Theory and Kenneth Cole and launching a political T-shirt line when he was only 15 (which he later sold to Urban Outfitters). Pyer Moss, which began as a men’s line and evolved into unisex and women’s offerings, has since drawn celeb fans like Rihanna and Issa Rae, along with football star and activist Colin Kaepernick, who wore a custom T-shirt from Jean-Raymond (listing the names of unarmed victims killed by police) on the cover of GQ.

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