New York City (NYC) has once again proved why it is the most fashionable city in the world.
During this year’s Fall/Winter 2014 fashion week, NYC set the stage for many leading designers to showcase their best work. The Mercedes Benz sponsored event, as usual, gave center stage to old and new black designers interested in showcasing their creative work.
In honor of Black History Month, we have compiled below a short list of four talented black designers who wowed us on the runway. In no particular order, we present to you:
1. Tracy Reese: Reese is no stranger to NYFW. She is a veteran designer and runway favorite.
According to her bio on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week site, Reese graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1984.
She started her career as an apprentice under designer Martine Sitbon and worked for the small contemporary firm, Arlequin. She later became the design director for Women’s Portfolio at Perry Ellis.
Today, she has stores around the world and her designs are sold in top department stores such as Bergdolf Goodman, Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
2. David Tlale: This South African designer is not a novice in the fashion world.
Since launching his brand 9 years ago, he has showcased at many African fashion weeks and is a favorite in the African fashion industry.
According to his profile on MBFW, “In 2009, he was awarded the Fashion designer of the year at the Arise Africa Fashion Awards, and later made his debut at MBFW with a collection entitled “Cultural Intimacy.”
At the just concluded MBFW, he showcased his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, entitled “Elementray Metropolis.”
His ready-to-wear collection was paired with shoes by Emy Mack.
3. Chantell Walters: This is Walters’ foray into the NYFW platform.
According to Judith Davis of the Examiner, Walters was born and raised in London and attended the London College of Fashion, where she received a degree in women’s wear.
She launched her own label in 2009 and was known then for her draped cocoon cardigans signature style.
4. Azede Jean-Pierre: Jean-Pierre was born in Haiti, raised in Atlanta and is now based in New York.
She debuted at NYFW just last year and she is already a favorite of celebrities like Solange Knowles and Angie Harmon.
A dress from her Fall 2013 collection appeared on the cover of Women’s Daily Wear. She was named “The Next Big Thing” last year by the fashion world after having only 2 collections under her belt.
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