Behind the Seams: Are Black Designers All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go?

With the recent runaway (and runway) success of black designers like Virgil Abloh, Olivier Rousteing, LaQuan Smith, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss—or even Kanye West’s Yeezy—it might be easy to assume we’re experiencing a “post-racial” fashion moment. But as Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director of Essence…

We’re Rooting for Everybody Black: Who Will Win on Fashion’s Biggest Night?

On Monday, fashion’s best and brightest will gather at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City to celebrate the 37th annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Dubbed the “Oscars of Fashion,” the CFDAs are the highest honors awarded in the American fashion industry, recognizing outstanding achievements in…

Behind the Curtain: André Leon Talley Speaks on the Fickleness of Fashion with the New York Times

The auditorium at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City was packed to the rafters for the April premiere of The Gospel According to André at the Tribeca Film Festival. All of us in attendance were anxious to take a peek behind the fabulous facade of one of the biggest personas in fashion, André…

Society’s Stylish Secret: Designer Ann Lowe Was a Fashion Force Few Knew (Until Now)

In 2003, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston held a special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy nuptials. Visitors got to see various mementos from the 1953 wedding, considered the social event of the season at the time. A highlight of the exhibit was…