Diversity and opportunity have been a hot topic in the fashion world for many years. In recent times with the spotlight on models of color, designers of color are starting to get even more press than ever before. We have put together a compact list of some of the most creative Black designers that you should check out this spring season. Make sure to let us know in the comments what outfits you picked up!
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Though new to the fashion world, this 11-year-old designer is turning heads. She made history this year by being the youngest to show at NYFW. Her journey started when she was bullied constantly for the richness of her skin. It inspired her to create her line, Flexin’ In My Complexion, which celebrates all hues of Black skin in flattering designs. Flexin’ In My Complexion has a list of A-list supporters such as Alicia Keys and Lupita Nyong’o.
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This Black designer has been serving up fashion since 2013 under his label Pyer Moss. His main target audience is men but has also entered into the female style wear market. He has dressed celebrities such as Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae among others. In 2019 Time magazine named him as one of the most influential people of the year. He released one collection a year but it is always fashionable and keeps his brand in the public eye.
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Fashion is more than just trendy clothing, it is a whole vibe. To bring your look together you need the right accessories, such as a stylish bag. Telfar Clemens is an innovative Black designer that has created a stunning range of handbags. His brand Telfar offers genderless designs that can be found in high society and at soccer games. On par with the style of Birkins, this IT brand is taking the internet by storm. He has been designing trendy bags since 2005 and they retail from $150 to $300 each. He recently collaborated with UGG and even was tasked with creating Liberia’s Olympic uniform.
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For those looking to dress up their curves this spring, LaQuan Smith is the designer for you. He designs overtly provocative and uniquely creative pieces. From bright figure-hugging separates to demure bodycon’s, this New York native offers it all. Most of his creations are evening wear focused, he offers a selection of daytime wear that is a-lister approved. You may have seen his fashions on the likes of Beyonce, the Kardashians, and even Hailey Bieber among others.
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If you are looking for a well-rounded designer that offers a diverse range of spring wear, check out Brother Vellies by Aurora James. From hand-made slip-ons to attention-grabbing accessories, this is the designer intent on breaking the fashion mold. She bases all of her designs on traditional African looks and is behind the 15% Pledge. Not only is she well known in the fashion world, but she also wants to make space for other creators of color to make a mark as well.
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Spring is the perfect time for light gauzy fabrics that flow around your body. Sai Sanko creates intricate designs that are perfect for lounging by the pool or to wear on a romantic night out. The bold colors and rich prints will appeal to women of all ages and backgrounds. She is most well known for her stunning, gauzy Kaftans but she also offers a range of other garments for your viewing pleasure. Rich Aunty fashion has never looked so good.
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African and Black American designers have been leading the charge in trends for decades with little recognition. This spring, consider picking up a Hanifa piece to add to your collection. As seen on Gabrielle Union, Tiwa Savage and many others, this brand is truly art in motion. Although Anifa launched her first fashion show in 2021, her designs have been making the rounds for much longer. She makes structured outfits for all sizes and dreamy outfits for all ages. If you want to step out of your comfort zone and into the Congo, this is a designer worth checking out.
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