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How A Dress Worn By Actress Ayo Edebiri Earned $3.3M In Media-Impact Value

Ayo Edibiri’s custom Louis Vuitton dress increased its brand value and landed her on The Hollywood Reporter and Launchmetrics’ exclusive 2024 Red Carpet Power Rankings.

Jan 30, 2024

Who Are The Black Designers Beyoncé Exclusively Sported During Her Amsterdam Tour Stop?

Since the beginning of her music career, Beyoncé has rocked Black fashion. When Destiny’s Child first officially formed and up until her own solo career, the superstar wore designs created by her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson. Fast forward to today, and Beyoncé has yet to let up on showing love to Black-owned brands.

Jun 20, 2023

Fashion Nova Removes Dress From Its Website After Allegedly Stealing Anifa Mvuemba's Hanifa Design

A win has commenced for Black fashion designers. Fashionista reports that a design initially stolen from Hanifa’s Anifa Mvuemba has officially been removed. Exactly. — + (@AnifaM) September 6, 2022

Sep 6, 2022

Shannon Abloh Steps Up As CEO Of Virgil Abloh Securities

From Virgil Abloh’s residual influence on fashion to his artistic footprint on culture, it is a difficult task not to see how his life’s work impacted the world. Now, a part of his lasting legacy is living on through his wife, Shannon Abloh, as she will reportedly become the CEO and managing director of Virgil Abloh Securities, a creative corporation founded by the late designer.

May 18, 2022

A Look At The Life, Career And Accomplishments Of Fashion Legend André Leon Talley

On Jan. 18, 2022, André Leon Talley passed away from a heart attack due to COVID-19 complications. The seminal, groundbreaking Vogue editor was only 73-years-old when he passed away in White Plains, NY, according to The Cut. Talley was no stranger to controversy, and made headlines when he detailed how his relationship with Vogue capo Anna Wintour became fractured in his recent memoir, “The Chiffon Diaries.” Perhaps that’s why the magazine was the last to report on his passing — a fact which did not go unnoticed by critics. This is what Vogue thought was appropriate to tweet 30 mins after the death of beloved fashion legend and former Vogue Creative Director and Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley was announced to have passed. Quelle coincidence. Interestingly tasteless as per usual. — Beguiling Bini Baddie (@Aizehinomo) January 19, 2022 …let @voguemagazine ’s continued silence on the death of its...

Nigerian-American Fashion Designer Autumn Adeigbo Raises Nearly $3M In Funding Round

It’s an undeniable fact that Black designers are trendsetters and Autumn Adeigbo is a part of their domination in the fashion industry. Adeigbo recently raised nearly $3 million in a funding round led by venture capital firm Offline Ventures, WWD reports. Prior to this recent funding, the fashion designer earned a $1.3 million investment in July 2020. While known for her “eye-catching dresses in bright colors and headbands,” Adeigbo’s collections are blazing in the fashion world and her celebrity clientele is steadily growing. Actresses Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington and poet Amanda Gorman have rocked her designs. “More than just creating chic, colorful clothing, Autumn is creating a movement tied to sustainability, design and culture,” said Offline Ventures general partner Brit Morin. “Never before has the world seen a multibillion-dollar fashion label from a young Black woman, but we believe that Autumn Adeigbo has the x-factor to be the first. Investing in a fashion brand...

Sep 28, 2021

Cross Colours, The Iconic 90s Fashion Brand Worn By Tupac And More, Makes Its Way To Nordstrom

Iconic 90s fashion brand Cross Colours has made its way to Nordstrom NYC to launch a one-of-a-kind immersive shopping experience for one of the world’s greatest brands. According to a press release, the brand has announced a two-week exhibition pop-up shop at the major retailer’s New York-based flagship shop as part of Nordstrom’s revolving Center Stage platform — known for featuring some of the most prominent brands from around the world. “Nordstrom is giving the brand one of the greatest platforms in the history of Cross Colours,” co-founder Carl Jones said in a statement. “This launch will be the first time we have the opportunity to showcase our full collection in one place – the fleece, the denim – and in the way that we would like to present it to our customers. We have an opportunity to create a true Cross Colours experience for our customers. For us, that’s everything.” The temporary installation displays both the past and present stages of the brand along with its core...

Jul 27, 2021

Virgil Abloh Is Getting 'A Seat At The Table' Through LVMH's Majority Stake In Off-White™

Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is giving Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™ brand the ultimate co-sign to forge one of the most powerful partnerships in the fashion world. According to a press release, LVMH has announced that the conglomerate has acquired a majority stake of 60 percent in Off-White™ — Abloh’s popular luxury streetwear brand he founded in 2013. Together, the two will expand new and existing brands beyond the fashion umbrella. The acquisition deal has the potential to make Abloh the most powerful Black executive at the world’s most powerful luxury goods group. The New York Times reports that Abloh’s new leadership role will include working across various categories such as wine and spirits — Krug, Dom Pérignon and Hennessy, among 30 brands); hospitality (over 50 hotels); smashing silos and bringing in more diverse voices to a variety of brands. “I’m getting a seat at the table,” Abloh told the outlet in a Zoom interview. “The idea is to develop a trajectory I wish I had...

Jul 20, 2021

Pyer Moss Couture Show Pays Homage To Black Inventors

Black excellence was on full display this weekend as Kerby Jean-R aymond, the first Black American designer to present at Paris Haute Couture Week , showcased the  Pyer Moss Fall 2021 Couture Collection at the estate of the late Madam C.J. Walker . AfroTech was invited to the Villa Lewaro to witness this historic event and it was nothing short of breathtaking. The ambiance was set from the minute guests arrived. With an all-Black live band decked out in all-white attire, it was as if you walked into a Harlem Renaissance party set in the digital age. However, the most jaw-dropping moment of all was the fashion. Embed from Getty Images   The Pyer Moss Fall Couture Show paid homage to Black inventors in the most ingenious way.  As the show began, models were met with gasps and awe as they walked the runway outfitted in garments resembling peanut butter (George Washington Carver), a traffic light (Garrett Morgan, 1923), a mop (Thomas W. Steward, 1863), a hot comb (Madam C.J. Walker), a...

Jul 12, 2021

Five Black Creators Join Nordstrom's 'Black_Space' Program to Uplift Black Creativity Through Fashion

Earlier this year, Nordstrom announced a reaffirmed $500 million commitment to uplift more Black fashion brands. Now, the retailer is focusing on its newly-introduced series called “Black_Space” — the twelfth edition of its New Concepts program which aims to provide an immersive shopping experience for customers curated by Black creators. “New Concepts @Nordstrom has always been a platform to tell brand and product stories, with the goal to try and show the interconnectivity between fashion and culture,” Sam Lobban — SVP of Designer and New Concepts at Nordstrom — said in a press statement. “In line with that, we’ve always wanted to do something which would bring together a group of creatives with whom both the New Concepts team and I have built relationships with over our careers; people who we respect and appreciate for their unique and diverse perspective. Through this process we collaboratively built Concept 012: Black_Space, ultimately with the aim to celebrate Black fashion...

Mar 30, 2021

CFDA Launches New Platform Dedicated to Supporting Black Talent in Fashion

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is rolling out a new platform that strives to identify and empower Black creatives and leaders in the fashion space. Impact — a talent directory powered by the job platform Creatively — is a new program launched by the CFDA in an effort to nurture Black talent in fashion by offering them a place to display their work and submit their resumes in consideration for various job opportunities. “This work is essential to the future of American fashion, which must be diverse, equitable, and inclusive,” said CaSandra Diggs, new President of the CFDA, in an announcement. “The CFDA is proud to take the lead in this important effort for the industry and beyond. We launch IMPACT with a specific focus on widening talent pipelines and advancing career development for Black and Brown creatives and professionals. In the future, we will further the initiative to also address other inequities within the fashion system.” Creatively’s job platform that...

Feb 22, 2021

6 Black Owned Luxury Brands You May Not Know

After Gucci released their “blackface sweater” which outraged many consumers, some stopped supporting the brand. If you’re looking for worthy luxury clothing brands to follow, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of Black-owned luxury clothing brands that you can support instead of brands like Gucci and Prada that refuse to act right. 5 BLACK OWNED LUXURY CLOTHING BRANDS FRANCES GREY Frances Grey offers a line of custom, statement hats that embody “simplicity and timeless sophistication”. The hats are designed by Debbie Lorenzo. Debbie is of Jamaican descent. She was born and raised in Queens, New York City. Her Caribbean upbringing is what informed her personal style and her inspiration as a designer today.     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Frances Grey Hats ? (@frances.grey) SOUS SUS SOUS SUS is a Black woman-owned exotic handbag company from designer Sharlena Bernard. SOUS SUS bags are elegant, sophisticated, versatile, and the new tradition for the 21 st...

Nov 7, 2020

Emerging Fashion Brand Sadé + Shaniya Unveils New Collection With the Help of AR Technology

Fashion and technology are becoming a dynamic duo this year with more brands pivoting to digital forms of fashion presentations. Emerging brand Sadé + Shaniya — a Black-owned fashion and lifestyle brand founded by bestfriends Sadé Lewis and Shaniya Charles — unveiled their new The Looking Glass capsule collection yesterday to celebrate women through introspection, self-reflection, and discovery. The collection draws inspiration from the “House of Mirrors” concept and the women surrounding them, composed of textiles that bounce off light and create movement in the body. “While the textiles we choose are not overtly reflective, we wanted the textiles to embody the qualities of each woman we envisioned: buoyant, soft but yet solid,” Charles said. “The luxe velvets, corduroys, hammered textured silks, flowing pleats, and moiré seen throughout very much reflects the qualities of the women we know and love dearly.” To further help showcase the new collection, the two young designers...

Oct 15, 2020

Black-Owned Brand TIER Leads Fashion’s Digital Frontier With 3D Tech Show

The coronavirus pandemic has placed us in a very unique time, forcing many fashion designers to lean on digital practices to push the industry forward. Among the most popular tech innovations, 3D designs and models have proven to be a rising trend for fashion brands as of lately. While some of the fashion world is looking for solutions to supplement in-person events during this time, creative fashion brand TIER is aiming to change the game entirely with its latest project. View this post on Instagram A post shared by TIER® (@tier_nyc) On Friday (Sept. 25), TIER — a Brooklyn-based clothing brand founded back in 2014 — hosted a private screening of its 3D animated presentation at a local park in The Bronx to unveil its upcoming fall/winter collection during NYFW. The collection — Projects ‘Old News, Yesterday’s Paper’ & ‘Joy To The World’ — is an extension of the brand’s creators Nigeria Ealey , Esaïe Jean-Simon , and Victor James . The digital presentation began with a short film...

Sep 28, 2020