The fashion game is dominated by big names who are mostly of the white persuasion. Threads that are adorned by mainstream artists are often Gucci, Fendi, Prada – you know the rest.
Slowly, black designers are getting their due and rightfully so since much of our style is often duplicated without credit being given to the originators.
Let’s learn about some young black designers who are slaying at major fashion events:
Taofeek Abijako is a Nigerian-born, 19-year-old designer who has just debuted his fashion line.
Being the youngest to do so, the founder of the line Head Of State+ premiered Genesis at Men’s Fashion Week in New York on July 11.
“Genesis is the translation of Afro-futurism portrayed by the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun Ra through the lens of West African youth – while at the same time celebrating the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and drawing parallels to modern time. The continuous homage to Fela Kuti is also portrayed,” Abijako explained.
20-year-old Kyemah McEntyre wowed the internet with a fresh and funky twist to African print by using the Ankara pattern and producing a prom dress.
In February 2017, McEntyre debuted her new line at New York Fashion Week.
The 30-year-old Queens, New York native had his first major break when he featured his “Water Goddess” line in February 2010.
Smith didn’t let a dream deferred, railroad his aspirations. In 2005, he applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design and was not accepted to either of the famed institutions.
He took the supposed rejection as a stepping stone and instead, interned at the New York Magazine BlackBook. It was there he received the opportunity to work with fellow designer, Elizabeth Sulcer.
Dreams do come true.
Brooklyn, New York native Romeo Hunte debuted his men’s Ready-to-Wear collection in New York City at the Dream Hotel. Hunte’s career started off quite uniquely. He rejected two athletic scholarships in order to become a designer.
Fast forward to 2016, Hunte was named as “Designer to Watch” by WWD and was honored by Essence Magazine as “Designer to Watch.”