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STYLING: AYESHA LE BRETON
Strides towards inclusion are strutted across catwalks and behind the seams. The fashion industry has faced ongoing criticism surrounding it’s lack of recognition and support for Black designers, but in the last few years we’ve witnessed gradual progress. As New York Fashion Week kicks off Sunday, more than 20 Black designers are scheduled to showcase their creations—household, and emerging names alike.
Founded in June 2020, the Black in Fashion Council returns to fashion week with a four-day showroom in New York. In partnership with IMG, the showroom will highlight 16 Black designers who will unveil their collections from Feb. 14th to 17th.
Delve into a few favorites below.
Studio One Eighty-Nine
Founded by Abrima Erwiah, a former executive at Bottega Veneta, and actress Rosario Dawson, the sustainable brand works with artisanal communities that specialize in an array of traditional craftsmanship. Natural plant based dye indigo, kent weaving, and hand-batik bring a hand made touch to the designs, that include colorful up-cycled denim numbers, corduroy striped jackets and polka dot dresses. Even-though the two are not directly designing each piece, V magazine recognizes their representation of African artisans. Studio One Eighty-Nine has frequently collaborated with revered brands such as LVMH, Fendi and Opening Ceremony. They will be showcasing their latest collection on Feb. 17th at 3:30pm.
See below for a full list of Black designers scheduled to showcase during NYFW.
Nicole Shante 2:30pm
Undra Celeste 3:30pm
Studio One Eighty-Nine 3:30pm
Chuks collins 6:00pm