By Julee Wilson
How many black designers can you name? If you can’t make it past Tracy Reese then you’re not alone.
The number of successful designers of color is just as bad as the deplorable representation of black models on the runway. While the lack of diversity within the fashion industry remains a pressing issue, we want to take a moment to celebrate the folks who have or are trying to make their presence known.
With that said, as New York Fashion Week kicks off today and the collections for Spring 2014 begin to hit the runway, we’re thrilled to report that 22 of them will be the work of black designers.
“Project Runway” alum Kimberly Goldson, Celebrity-cum-designer Angela Simmons and the super cute sisters behind the William Okpo line, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, are just a few of the fab designers showing this season. And of course, Harlem’s Fashion Row will continue its unwavering dedication to highlighting the talent of black designers with its annual show.
Although only two designers — Tracy Reese and B. Michael — will be presenting in the official Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, It’s still nice to see a roster of talented and diverse designers showing throughout the city. Don’t you agree?