All Articles Tagged "fashion designers"
(Black Enterprise) — Identical twins Corianna and Brianna Dotson left their hometown of Minnesota at 19 to make their dream move to New York City. Starting with little-to-nothing, these two go-getters tapped into their entrepreneurial spirit and established Coco and Breezy, a futuristic-inspired accessories and eyewear line. Fast-forward, two years later and the 21-year-olds have gone from designing each piece by hand to producing their products on a larger scale. Celebrities from Nikki Minaj to Serena Williams have been spotted wearing their shades, and most recently Beyoncé donned their “Uni” bracelet in her “Let’s Move!” video.
(The Root) — Somalian-American twin designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim, of the line Mataano, presented their Spring 2012 collection Sunday night at the Time Warner Center, offering a mix of tropical prints, vintage silhouettes and vibrant colors. Inspired by the 1960s and ’70s, the call was for pleated, silk-chiffon multilayered skirts, washed silk, crepe de chine floral, dotted bandeau tops and print stretched-cotton rompers.
(New York Daily News) — It’s time to meet the finalists. Six young, African-American designers have applied for the chance that could launch a career. Thanks to Harlem’s Fashion Row, three of them will present runway shows uptown on Sept. 16, during the next New York Fashion Week. And it’s up to New Yorkers to decide who makes the cut. ”We looked for people who have a very clear vision,” says Brandice Henderson, founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row. “I wanted someone who had a picture in their head of the person they are dressing.” From 15 semifinalists, Hender son and her team culled the top six, evaluating portfolios and interviewing designers in person. In the end, three will make it to the runway, backed by a marketing push and a network of fashion industry know-how — all for free.
(Wall Street Journal) — A year ago, top Gap designer Patrick Robinson stood alongside Oprah Winfrey and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art overseeing the New York fashion industry’s most prestigious gala. Thursday, he was out of a job. His departure after four years of lackluster results was yet another sign of Gap Inc.’s failure to breathe new life into its namesake brand, which peaked in the mid-1990s. It also underscores how difficult it can be for a retailer to set itself apart with jeans, T-shirts and other staples that can be found everywhere. Mr. Robinson’s appointment in spring 2007 received considerable fanfare. His resume boasted stints at Perry Ellis, Anne Klein and Giorgio Armani, as well as a degree from the Parsons School of Design. He was named one of Vogue Magazine’s 100 rising stars in 1996. Mr. Robinson notched some successes, including a revamped line of jeans that was critically and commercially well-received. But overall, improvement didn’t materialize. Same-store sales at Gap brand’s North American stores declined for 14 of the 16 quarters of his tenure.
(New York Times) — OUIGI THEODORE, the founder of the Brooklyn Circus, a retro-urban fashion boutique and label, has heard it all before: dandy, preppy, Anglophile, fop. Still, he was flummoxed when a customer walked into his boutique a year ago, took one look at the bow ties and straw boaters for sale, and declared it the height of “steampunk.” Mr. Theodore, 35, had to Google the word to find out that it referred to a neo-Victorian style built around gas-lamp-era suits, starched collars and gold watch fobs. “It’s a mix of old and new, so I guess that’s the comparison,” he said as he took a break from chatting up customers in his boutique on a recent Friday. He wore a pair of Mark McNairy red-and-black wool trousers and a newsboy cap, accessorized with a Balinese scarf, silver Navajo rings and a camouflage German military jacket. The look was Jelly Roll Morton, channeling Hendrix.
(News One) – Moving from the Arizona desert to the bright lights of New York has given the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire a way to express himself as a true fashion (power) forward. The NBA standout is now in talks to launch a possible fashion line, reports the New York Post. In September, the all-star told the Post that he’s long had a love of fashion so his jump into the world of haute couture isn’t a shocking move. “I love fashion…I love watches. I love shoes. I make sure that every time I step out of the house, I’m feeling comfortable and fashion-forward. Depending on the occasion, I dress the part,” he said in an interview with the paper’s Page Six Magazine.
(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) — Nita Brown came to Rochester a decade ago to work for Eastman Kodak Co. after earning her MBA from Georgetown University. In her own warddrobe, she has always combined styles from Ghana with Western influences, and people would often stop her on the street and ask her where she purchased her clothing. Two close friends encouraged her to start a design business. She left Kodak in 2004 and actually started two businesses: MansaWear, her design company, and a travel company called Red Sandal Tours. She stays in Rochester because she wants to raise her daughter, Mansa, here. Ghanians have a very distinct sense of style that’s different from other parts of Africa, Brown says. The clothes are form-fitting and figure-flattering.
(The Network Journal) — It may seem hard to break into the apparel business in one of the world’s fashion capitals if you happen to be Black and female, but there is hope! A new crop of black women have hit the fashion scene, attracting attention with distinct design points of view and are poised to rival many of the American fashion houses that have reigned over high-end fashion for decades. One designer, who may be well on her way to eventually reap the same amount of multimillions in revenue as her mainstream counterparts, is Anitra Mitchell, a New York-based designer and creator of fashion clothing collection Plutocracy. Launched in May of 2009, Plutocracy is a stylish, mid-priced collection of women’s wear designed for what Mitchell refers to as “the multifaceted professional woman with a desire to express her individuality while showcasing a style that is creatively polished.”
(Human Nature Magazine) — Daymond John helped revolutionize the fashion industry in the 1990s, when he and his Queens, NY friends founded the fashion label FUBU – “For Us, By Us.” Since then, John has transformed his broad business knowledge and mellow charisma into success on national TV, in book publishing and the fashion industry. John is also a noted business, branding and motivational speaker, who provides brand consulting services to a diverse roster of businesses, including several Fortune 500 companies. John’s entrepreneurial flavor is a cross between hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who transformed their core business knowledge and personalities into results in other industries and mediums.
(Crain’s) — Ibrahima and Fatima Doukoure started Bebenoir in 2004. At the time, he worked as an account representative at Mediterranean Shipping Co., and she was in advertising sales at Nielsen. The salaries and benefits were welcome, but Mr. Doukoure had always longed to start his own fashion line. At friends’ urging, the couple decided to follow that dream. Their first product was a brown T-shirt with the message “Born In Africa” written across the front. The two kept their corporate jobs and spent weekends “driving around and begging people to buy the shirts,” Ms. Doukoure says.