In their October 2015 “Nostalgia” issue, Paper Magazine ran an editorial called “Black Light.” The editorial was shot by New York-based artist Kehine Wiley and features black models wearing clothes by black designers to send a message not only about diversity in fashion, but in American society as well. “I stand on the shoulders of many great artists whose work emphasizes the importance of diversity in American society,” Wiley writes. “Black lives matter because it's a prescient thing to highlight in this moment of cultural evolution. But black lives have mattered for thousands of years. My interest is in the now -- what does it feel like to be black in 2015?”
Focusing on a black artist, black designers and an all-black team highlights the contributions of talented men and women of color. Here are a few notable brands to watch --- brands that just so happen to be lead by designers of color: Ade Samuel, Azede Jean-Pierre, Balmain, Brother Vellies, Chelsea Paris, Cushnie Et Ochs, Duro Olowu, Harbison, Hood By Air, KHIRY Collection, Off White, Public School, Stella Jean, and Tracy Reese.
Who are some of your favorite designers of color?
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