A model walks the runway at the Telfar fashon show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 8, 2016, in New York City.
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It is fashion week in the big city! It is a time for fashionistas, and celebrities, to see and be seen—come through, front-row fashion week seats!

By now you've heard that the Yeezy season 4 show has come and gone (though not so well); we're rooting for you, Ye. There's always next year.

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All jokes aside, being a fashion designer (one who meticulously creates a line of clothing—sometimes, even by hand) takes an immense amount of creativity, vision and discipline. So, yeah, creating a haute look—one worthy of the New York Fashion Week runway—isn't easy.

Allow us to introduce you to five black designers who made it to the mother of all fashion weeks. They are our NYFW 2016 "Fab Five": Carly Cushnie, Cushnie Et Ochos; Shayne Oliver, Hood by Air; Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss; Telfar Clemens, Telfar; and Lamine Kouyaté, Xuly.Bët.

Whether they use fashion to address political and social-justice issues or to blur gender lines, these artists deserve your attention.

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Check out some of our NYFW 2016 Fab Five designers' work (note, some of the clothing in the slideshow is from previous seasons):

Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.

A model rocks Hood by Air in New York, February 2016
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In a trick shot using multiple exposures, a model looks head over heels in Hood by Air, February 2016, New York
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Making a statement: A model walks the runway wearing Pyer Moss in New York, February 2016.
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Standing tall: model in Pyer Moss, New York, February 2016
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Striking a pose in Pyer Moss in New York, September 2015
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Looking “haute” in Pyer Moss in New York, September 2015
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In formation: Models walk down the runway in Pyer Moss, New York, September 2015
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Man with a plan: Fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss in New York, Sept. 11, 2016
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A model walks the runway in Telfar in New York, Sept. 8, 2016.
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Going green in Telfar in New York, Sept. 8, 2016
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Looking swimmingly in Telfar in New York, Sept. 8, 2016
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Walking the runway in Telfar Sept. 8, 2016, in New York
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Baring a little skin for Hood by Air, New York, September 2015
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Gracing the runway in Telfar Sept. 8, 2016, New York
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What's in a name? Telfar designer Telfar Clemens in New York, Feb. 16, 2016
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In your face in Xuly.Bët, New York, February 2016
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Looking under the hood in Xuly.Bët in New York, February 2016
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Owning the runway in Xuly.Bët in New York, February 2016
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Cool moves in Xuly.Bët, New York, February 2016
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Man of the hour: Xuly.Bët designer Lamine Kouyaté waves from the runway during his fashion show in New York, Feb. 17, 2016.
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Gliding down the catwalk in Hood by Air, New York, September 2015
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Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver in Paris, June 28, 2015
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Modeling Cushnie Et Ochs in New York, September 2015
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Commanding the catwalk in Cushnie Et Ochs in New York, September 2014
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A lady in red: Cushnie Et Ochs, New York, February 2016
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A vision in white: Cushnie Et Ochs, New York, September 2015
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Following their lead: Designers Michelle Ochs (left) and Carly Cushnie of Cushnie Et Ochs in New York September 2015.
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