Designer Moves from Project Runway to Runway Reality

October 1, 2011  |  

(The Grio) — As his first New York Fashion Week show slides into the past, Mychael Knight, 33, is already contemplating how he can outdo himself in his next collection.  “I always like to pick up where I left off,” he said, on the rare occasion of a day off following New York’s week-long fashion frenzy and a well-received collection inspired by dinosaurs. Knight says his fall/winter 2012 collection slated for February will be “super Hot and super feminine.  “Bigger, badder, better. Hell yes.”

Propelled to national fame after winning Project Runway’s Fan Favorite award in season three, Atlanta-based Knight boasts a lingerie label and a unisex fragrance along with his flagship fashion label. He is part of a small but enterprising group of African-American independent designers who have understood that a brand cannot be built on creativity alone.

Building a brand is like raising a child, Knight said. “I’m raising it and I want to make sure its integrity is maintained.”

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