By Manseen Logan
Published December 4, 2019

9 Of The Dopest Black Designers Ruling The
Fashion Runway

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Designer 1


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GQ magazine dubbed Clemens "King of Fashion" in spring 2019.

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Telfar Clemens

Known for his popular shopping bag made with 100 percent vegan leather, Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens created the unisex clothing line Telfar in 2005.

GQ magazine dubbed him the "King of Fashion Week" for his February 2019 New York Fashion Week (NYFW) show and his 2020 Spring/Summer line opened NYFW in September. With the tagline "Not for you — for everyone,"celebrities from Lil Nas X to Selena Gomez have been featured on his Instagram wearing his designs.

Designer 2

tracy reese

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Reese frequently dressed former First Lady of America — Michelle Obama.

Tracy Reese

With a new sustainably designed collection titled Hope For Flowers and over 20 years in the industry, Tracy Reese is as influential as they come. The powerhouse designer has taken a serious approach to responsible fashion designing Hope For Flowers locally in Flint, Michigan.

Specializing in ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and home fashions, she is also a board member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America; and frequently dressed none other than the former First Lady of America — Michelle Obama.

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Designer 3

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Momolu dressed Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Miss Universe '11 Leila Lopes, among others.

Korto Momolu

Liberian-born fashion designer and Project Runway season 5 alum, Korto Momolu launched her Korto Momolu fashion line in 2006. Since then, Momolu has consistently released breathtaking designs in each collection. Her 2020 Spring/Summer collection —high-fashion hemp designs showcased during NYFW — highlighted women in cannabis and brought awareness to the non profit Women Grow, which is working to diversify the cannabis business.

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, known as the first elected female president in Africa, and Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes are some of Momolu's notable clients. With exquisite fashionable designs tailored for all sizes, Korto Momolu is an inclusive brand for all women.

Designer 4


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Noel was named "Designer of the Year" at the 2019 Essence Best In Black Fashion Awards.

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Fe Noel

Based in Brooklyn with Grenadian roots, Felishia "Fe" Noel eventually launched her women's fashion line out of a boutique that she opened at 19-years-old.

The Fe Noel fashion line incorporates the love of travel and style into each design. Noel was named "Designer of the Year" at the 2019 Essence Best In Black Fashion Awards and has attracted several fashionable celebrities. Even Michelle Obama wore the designer on her "Becoming" book tour.

Designer 5

samantha black

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Black's been featured on Beyoncé's Instagram and worn by many celebs, including Nicki Minaj.

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Samantha Black

Project Runway season 11 fashion designer, Samantha Black launched her SammyB fashion line in 2005. After appearing on the fashion reality show, Black made a big splash at New York Fashion Week with her Spring 2014 Collection named Double Sided.

Since then, she's been featured on Beyoncé's Instagram and worn by many notable artists, including Nicki Minaj. Her clean lines and engaging designs make her fashion brand an ideal choice for the "new modern woman."

Christopher John rogers
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Designer 6

Names like Michelle Obama, Traci Ellis Ross and Lizzo have donned Roger's pieces.

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Christopher John Rogers

Exhibiting chic and modern designs, Christopher John Rogers launched his first collection in 2017. The Brooklyn-based designer focuses on creating authentic styles for women who are self assured and unapologetic.

Naturally names like Michelle Obama, Traci Ellis Ross, Cardi B and Lizzo have stepped-out in dashing Christopher John Roger pieces. Though relatively new, the Christopher John Rogers brand is already notable.

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Fashion host Bevy Smith wore a specially crafted Kimberly Goldson dress to the 2019 Met Gala.

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Kimberly Goldson

A Project Runway season 9 finalist, Kimberly Goldson teamed up with her sister Shelly Powell to launch the Kimberly Goldson fashion brand in 2011.

The designers are known for blending their Brooklyn background with their international experiences to form luxurious, bold feminine designs. Fashion host Bevy Smith wore a specially crafted Kimberly Goldson dress to the 2019 Met Gala, showcasing the brand's fearless stand-out ability.

Designer 8

LaQuan smith

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Smith received early support from fashionistas like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian.

LaQuan Smith

Debuting his label in 2013, designer LaQuan Smith's fashion line received early support from fashionistas like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian.

The LaQuan Smith brand is known for the details etched into each design with fashion forward pieces that fit and flatter his clients. Both revealing and bold, LaQuan Smith highlights confidence in style.

Victor Glemaud
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Designer 9

Glemaud has attracted several celebrities, from Pose star Indya Moore to iconic supermodel Iman.

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Victor Glemaud

Since 2006, the Haitian born designer Victor Glemaud has shared his eponymous brand with the world. Currently based in New York City, Victor Glemaud is an inclusive contemporary knitwear line that typically features bold colors and designs.

The brand has attracted several celebrity names, from Pose star Indya Moore to iconic super model Iman. Several stars like Insecure creator Issa Rae and talented recording artist Lizzo have worn Victor Glemaud on magazine covers.

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