The hustle and bustle and fabulousness that is New York Fashion Week Spring 2020 has officially ended, and everyone has turned their attention to London Fashion Week. But I am still gushing over the street looks that showed no mercy this season! While everyone is busy focusing on what is being worn on the runway, I tend to be more excited about what is being worn off the stage and around the city. New York Fashion Week is when everyone lets their "essence" come out to play -- we get bold, sexy, adventurous, colorful, edgy, playful, subtle, and just downright eccentric. This is one of the reasons why I love fashion-- everyone gets the chance to freely express their personality, their mood, and their culture and fit in somewhere, somehow.
Before I get into the street looks, I want to give a shoutout to all of the Black owned brands that participated in NYFW, both seasoned and new. Even though there is still more work to be done when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry, I am happy when I see Black designers doing their thing and paving the way for those coming after them.
Here is a list of some of the Black owned brands that participated in the 2020 Spring NYFW:
Maxhosa - Maxhosa is a South African knitwear brand created by Laduma Kgxokolo that puts a contemporary twist on the traditional fabric and patterns of the Xhosa people to make apparel for both men and women.
CJR - birthed by Christopher John Rogers, CJR creates emotional and sensitive clothing that is for women with a strong sense of self.
Laquan Smith - Laquan Smith is one of my FAVORITE designers because his looks are so bold and seductive. The brand reigns from Lagos to London and is for the woman who dares to own her sexy.
Maki Oh - founded by Nigerian designer Maki Osakwe, Maki Oh fuses traditional Nigerian/African techniques with contemporary construction.
Pyer Moss - created by Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss combines art and storytelling to create one-of-a-kind looks. The brand aims to use its voice and platform to evoke dialogue.
Savage x Fenty - All hail Queen Rih! Anyone who knows me, knows I love me some Rihanna. She is the epitome of a badass, a boss, and a woman who dares greatly and takes what she wants in life. Savage x Fenty is a lingerie line that made its debut about one year ago and it celebrates fearlessness, confidence, and inclusivity.
Studio 189 - co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 is an artisan produced fashion/lifestyle brand that specializes in traditional African craftsmanship techniques such as hand-batik, kente weaving, and natural plant based dye.
Orange Culture Nigeria - Orange Culture is a Nigerian brand created by Adebayo Oke-Lawal in 2011. More than just a clothing line, Orange Culture is a movement that covers universal silhouettes with an African touch.
Serena Williams - The powerhouse Serena Williams introduced her new fashion brand, Serena, at NYFW and I couldn't be any more proud. I love that she's taking on the fashion world and showing us that she has many facets and talents. Serena, the brand, is all about amplifying a woman's inherent greatness with clothes that are unapologetic and beautiful.
(If I missed any of your faves, go ahead and comment below to let a sista know!)
NOW, onto the visuals! Checkout the gallery featuring my selection of the NYFW 2020 Spring street looks. There were SO many to choose from and I wanted to include them all, but I think this will do.
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