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How a Couture Pioneer Changed Fashion

In this installment of our monthlong recognition of September’s designation as Fashion Month, we pay homage to Mrs. Eunice Johnson, director and founder of what became the “world’s largest traveling fashion show,” the Ebony Fashion Fair, with this article from May 2012.


Style Exclusive: Designer Mychael Knight Talks Fit and Fashion

You may know him as the Fan Favorite from Season 3 of the hit design show, Project Runway and from his return to TV for Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars Season 3 but designer Mychael Knight continues to navigate the fashion scene in New York, Atlanta and now Los Angeles. Along with being commissioned by Fortune 500 brands such


NYFW17: This Year, Black is the New Black

Blacks will play a significant role during New York Fashion Week, but we’re not just talking about gowns or furs. Black people are poised to make a major splash this season—whether it be on the runway, on the front row or behind the scenes. “It’s no secret that the world looks to Black culture not


Black Designer to Know: Jembere Eyewear

Meet the upcoming sunglass accessories designer Abaynesh Jembere.  EBONY: Your story of how you landed in NYC is a unique one. But where did you get your brand experience? Abaynesh Jembere: I moved to New York with the dream of working in a big fashion house. But, I soon found out that it wasn’t that easy!

Beautifully Brown Tracy Reese

[BEAUTIFULLY BROWN]Tears for Tracy Reese

Let me be honest here: while I’m grateful that I get to attend New York Fashion Week and that I’ve have had some amazing experiences at the presentations in my three years of attending, I can also say that I have never been rocked in the way that you might imagine fashion shows during fashion


BEHIND THE DESIGN: New York Fashion Week Spring 14′

Our fashion and beauty editors take you Behind the Design at New York Fashion Week to shed light on some of the industry's hottest Black designers. From Laquan Smith's edgy and futuristic appeal, to Tracy Reese's feminine, athletic inspired collection, Black designers were in full effect for Spring 2014.   


Behind the Design: Amy Newton of FroNationale Clothing Line

Even after everyone told her not to go into fashion with an ethnic inspired clothing line, London-born designer Amy Newton decided to follow her gut instinct and go full throttle with her dream. Maneuvering her sales and advertisement skills in to creating a fashion line, Newton is well on her way to making noise in


Fashion Biz: Swimsuit Designer Andrea Iyamah

Twenty-year old Canada native Andrea Iyamah is creating a buzz with her newest collection of swimwear. Iyamah’s unique design aesthetic takes swimwear to a new level with her fresh interpretation of integrating bright colors and bold prints in swim; she creates each piece to be a standout. Along with her collection, Iyamah also does custom


Fashion Biz: African Designer Anifa Mvuemba

When Kenya native Anifa Mvuemba began designing, she was quite hesitant to start her own line. “It took me a while to believe in myself and to understand that I could actually do it,” she says. After lots of hard work and motivation from friends and family, Mvuemba launched her design label in December 2011.

Dawn Dickson, CEO of Flat Out of Heels

Fashion Biz: Dawn Dickson, CEO Flat Out of Heels

  Dawn Dickson, the beauty and brains behind on-the-go emergency flats Flat Out of Heels, is helping women to steer clear of damaged feet by offering the alternative to sexy high heels.  EBONY: I love that you tell the story of women withstanding pain in heels and how you created your product out of necessity. Why

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Venus Williams Talks Re-Launch of Tennis Apparel Line EleVen

At 31-years young, Venus Williams has unequivocally changed the game of Tennis.  But, the 21-time Slam champ is a winner beyond the court. Venus and sister Serena Williams are two of the most powerful women in business. The duo has racked in a bounty of tournaments winnings, endorsement deals and own a portion of the


NBC ‘Fashion Star’ Contestant Nzimiro Oputa Reps Detroit, Hard

Let's face it, Detroit could use some positive press–badly. For the troubled city's native son with a hard hunger for fresh, sexy, and just one chance to show the world all that he can do, this guy could just be what the fallen town needs right now. Two words, Detroit, and well, America: Nzimiro Oputa.


Harlem’s Fashion Row Brings the CFDA Uptown

Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) has become a staple among the New York Black fashion set. The organization and movement founded by Harlem residents and led by Brandice Henderson serves as an exhaustive resource for emerging designers of color. In a mere five years, HFR has garnered national attention showcasing the collections of Black designers, and

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