For generations, Black culture has had a profound influence on the fashion world (and every other creative avenue one could imagine). The influence could not be more evident than this year at New York Fashion Week, where Marvel's charity presentation - the largest of its kind - oozed Black excellence. We're beyond ecstatic to see how the concepts of Wakanda's expert costume team (led by Ruth E. Carter) will materialize on the racks of our favorite department stores. For now, have a look at the geniuses behind #NewYorkFashionWoke. See what we did there?
DESIGNED BY CARLY CUSHNIE AND HER PARTNER MICHELLE OCHS, CUSHNIE ET OCHS OFFERS BOLD, MINIMALIST WOMEN'S PIECES.
THE WORK OF WALÉ OYÉJIDÉ, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF IKIRÉ JONES, IS FEATURED IN THE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE (THAT DOPE SCARF WORN BY T'CHALLA). THIS FASHION MOGUL AND ALL-AROUND CREATIVE USES HIS GIFT OF CREATIVE STORYTELLING TO COMBAT BIAS AND PREJUDICE.
WORN BY CHADWICK BOSEMAN AND SEVERAL OTHER CELEBRITIES AT A NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SHOWCASE, FEAR OF GOD WAS INSPIRED BY DESIGNER JERRY LORENZO'S SPIRITUAL UPBRINGING. AND IT'S EPIC.
YOU'LL FIND JEWELRY DESIGNER DOURIEAN FLETCHER'S BREATHTAKING PIECES THROUGHOUT BLACK PANTHER, AS SHE WAS A POWERHOUSE ON THE WAKANDA COSTUME TEAM. KEEP WATCHING HER! SHE HAS A WHOLE LINE OF BLACK-PANTHER-INSPIRED JEWELRY DROPPING ON HER SITE SOON.
DESIGNER JEAN-RAYMOND USES HIS PLATFORM TO BRING ATTENTION TO PRESSING ISSUES SUCH AS POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACIAL INEQUITY. HIS UNAPOLOGETIC SYMBOLISM HAS BROUGHT HIM GREAT SUCCESS, LANDING HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH COLIN KAEPERNICK AND A FEATURE IN THIS YEAR'S MARVEL FASHION PRESENTATION.
We've loved learning about all of these big-name designers who dominated the runway last week, but we wanted to give you something you could bring home too. Shop the brands below to add a touch of Wakanda to your wardrobe.
NIGERIAN FASHION DESIGNER DUMEBI IYAMAH LAUNCHED HER CLOTHING BRAND AT THE TENDER AGE OF 17. HER AFRICAN-INSPIRED DESIGNS WILL CARRY YOU RIGHT ON THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS. GET SOME.
NAS'S CLOTHING BRAND WAS STARTED AS A CELEBRATION OF BLACK CULTURE AND BLACK HISTORY. GOING TO SEE BLACK PANTHER FOR THE 5TH TIME? THIS HAT IS THE PERFECT ACCESSORY.
THE HEAD WRAPS AND ACCESSORIES FOUND AT CEE CEE'S CLOSET ARE DESIGNED BY CHIOMA AND UCHENNA NGWUDO AND HANDMADE BY NIGERIAN ARTISANS.
TAKE A LOOK AT NANDI NAYA'S GORGEOUS HANDMADE JEWELRY...SOLANGE LOVES IT, AND WE DO TOO.
RAHYMA OFFERS HANDMADE FASHIONS FOR WOMEN, ENCOURAGING THEM TO LIVE BOLD LIVES FULL OF COLOR AND DIMENSION.
DESIGNER ZAINAB ASHADU USES THE ANCIENT NORTHERN NIGERIAN ART OF LEATHER DYING AND TANNING TO PRODUCE THESE UNFORGETTABLE HANDBAGS.