Even Beyoncé has been spotted in looks from some of these talented Black designers.
New York Fashion Week 2022 highlighted upcoming fashions for Spring-Summer 2023 in a series of runways, presentation shows, and other events. The list of participating designers expanded in diversity as the Black in Fashion Council (BIFC) granted 10 Black designers the opportunity to showcase their exclusive content in this year’s shows.
The BIFC, founded by The Cut Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples and public relations expert Sandrine Charleslaunched in 2020 as an initiative to represent Black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry. According to Huff Postfeatured brands created by the 10 Black designers showcasing their work included, Ajovang by Adreain GuilloryAtelier Ndigo by Waina ChancyHarbison by Charles HarbisonIzayla by I’sha Dunston, Jessica Rich, Kwame Adusei, Madame AdassaMuehleder by Larissa MuehlederSammy B Designs by Samantha Blackand Vavounne by Valerie Blaise.
“We envision workforces where Black people are represented and amplified at every level, holding jobs in both C-suite and junior-level positions, and can work alongside allies to create diverse spaces that directly reflect what the world actually looks like at large,” the BIFC website states.
Mailchimp partnered with the BIFC Discovery Showroom as its first-ever sponsor, and for the council’s third NYFW appearance this year, the 10 selected Black designers graced the sixth floor of Spring Studios with their creative contributions to the future of fashion.
One of the highlighted designers this year, I’sha Dunston, founder of Izayla, spoke to sources about her brand. “Izayla is advanced contemporary women’s wear. We’re based in Los Angeles, and the three pillars of the brand are women’s empowerment , integrity, and representation.” She added, “My philosophy is I want to grow with the woman. It’s a journey. We’re always evolving. We’re not the same woman as we were a year ago.”
The lineup also included Ghanaian luxury fashion designer Kwame Adusei. Prioritizing functionality and creativity, he showcased his gender-neutral fashions to the NYFW audience.
“For me, the Kwame woman or the Kwame person is somebody that is where I’m at: on the verge of making it. You’re still on the go; you’re still on the come-up. He or she actually wants to be seen and represented, but they also want to look sexy. When it’s time to run, you have to be ready,” he said in a statement.
Another standout in this year’s show was Valerie Blaise, creator of Vavounne. According to Ebony, the self-taught New York-based designer presented her expertly crafted accessories this year, including handbags sculpted of Italian leather.
“The Black in Fashion Council is excited to continue to help elevate emerging designers to get the visibility and access that they need and deserve, and we’re always looking for new opportunities to further their excellence,” Lindsay Peoples and Sandrine Charles, co- founders of Black in Fashion Council, said in a statement.