10 Awesome Black Fashion Designers

You hardly ever see black fashion designers showing during New York, London, Milan or Paris fashion week. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Some have actually broken down racial barriers, letting their designs speak for themselves. Check out 10 awesome and influential black fashion designers, after the jump…

Patrick Kelly (1954 – 1990)
In the 80s, Kelly became the first American member of the Chambre Syndicale du Pret-a-Porter, the body that governs the French ready-to-wear industry. He was known for flamboyant garments, incorporating clusters of multicolored buttons or grosgrain ribbons. He also used controversial images of racial stereotyping in his works.
Kevan Hall
After launching Kevan Hall Couture and restoring Halston to its former glory from 1998 to 2000, Hall launched a signature collection, Kevan Hall Collection, in 2002. He has a sophisticated and elegant design sense that rejects fads and trends. Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett and Salma Hayek are some of the actresses who have worn his eveningwear.
b. michael
b. michael’s couture and ready-to-wear are known for being sophisticated, simple and timeless. Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry, Cicely Tyson and Beyonce Knowles have all worn his designs.
Bryon Lars
Lars began designing under his own label in 1991, but eight years ago, he launched Byron Lars Beauty Mark, which initially offered cotton/Lycra shirts and shirt dresses and now includes knits, sportswear and dresses.
Kimora Lee Simmons
Simmons brought glamour, sexiness and over-the-top femininity to hip-hop when she took the helm as designer for Baby Phat. She also designs a higher-end eveningwear line, KLS.
Patrick Robinson
Robinson has held the position of executive vice-president of design at Gap Adult and gapbody since May 2007. Before that, he worked for Paco Rabanne, Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein and Perry Ellis.
Rachel Roy
Before launching her eponymous collection, Roy was Creative Director of Rocawear’s women and children divisions. She often uses a natural color palette that is enriched by the texture of the fabrics. Her collection is defined by modern silhouettes, lightness and comfort.
Stephen Burrows
Burrows was thrust into the limelight when Stephen Burrows’ World opened at Henri Bendel in 1970. Cher, Diana Ross and Jerry Hall were a few of his famous clients in the 70s. He celebrated his 40th year as a designer in 2006 and continues to design collections to this day.
Tori-Nichel debuted her namesake collection for Fall 2006. She is known for her tailored jumpsuits and effortlessly chic dresses.
Tracy Reese
In Spring 1998, Reese launched her eponymous collection, which had a distinct girly, yet charming and luxurious look. Later that year, she introduced a second line, plenty by Tracy Reese, a bohemian, ethnic-inspired collection.