Our Top Black Fashion Designers and Influencers
| By: Couture USA
Born in Detroit, Tracy Reese graduated from Parson's School of Design in 1984. She has had a good deal of success and oversees two lines: her eponymous Tracy Reese line as well as Plenty, a lower-priced range. Intricate patterns, bright hues and swinging dresses define her work, and she is a favorite of former First Lady Michelle Obama.
#tbt to one of our favorites from the archives, supermodel @msalekwek in #plentybytracyreese in 2004 @marieclairemag A post shared by Tracy Reese (@tracy_reese) on
Founded by sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, the much buzzed about William Okpo label is a relative newcomer on the scene. The sisters are known for creating catchy sartorial statements using minimalist designs that loosely reference their Nigerian heritage. Their signature brand of loose tailoring results in looks that are youthful yet sophisticated.For some great laughs and sister fights check out our story on @coveteur A post shared by W I L L I A M O K P O (@williamokpo) on
As one half of the ready-to-wear brand Public School, Maxwell Osborne is known for bringing New York streets to high fashion. Along with co-Creative Director Dao-Yi Chow, Public School's loose silhouettes frequently riff on hoodies and cargo pants. Now carried at established luxury retailers Barney's and Bergdorf, it's safe to say that the duo's aesthetic has staying power.Last Nights Homework. #MetGala A post shared by @maxwellosborne on
Public School Fall 2017 Collection "You're Welcome" Look 20 A post shared by PUBLIC SCHOOL (@publicschoolnyc) on
Although he's French, Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing made our list because of his huge influence on fashion. He has long been a celeb favorite (he's especially loved by the Kardashians) and his pieces have a modern edgy sex appeal with constructions that are feats of engineering.M O O D A post shared by OLIVIER R. (@olivier_rousteing) on
Thank you Vogue for making us the best dressed couple!!! THANK YOU @balmain & @olivier_rousteing for bringing us & making us the sickest looks! We love you #RobotVibes A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on
The Quann Twins
These sisters aren't designers, but as the creative powers behind the blog Urban Bush Babes, they've become powerful style influencers. Featured as faces in a number of ads, including Target, the Quann twins can pull off the slinkiest of gowns as well as the boldest mismatched prints. Our favorite black fashion designers and influencers bring an eclectic array of statements to the table, have helped to re-define what we wear, and their cults of personality continue to inspire. This is just the beginning a more inclusive creative arena.
Coming soon: My twin @tk_wonder and I (@ciprianaquann) will reveal looks from @normakamali's vintage collection, photographed by @individualeye and styled by @brockarolina, for @fashionunfiltered's story by @lady_kkz on @cfda's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Norma Kamali. Make-up: @timmackaybeauty CC: @jamesneiley Studio: @bfa #normakamali #QuannSisters ▫️▫️▫️
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