At last the fashion industry says black is the new black
Brands you didn’t know had black creative directors
Black creative directors are few and far between. Even with many fashion houses shuffling designers over the last few years, the top positions continue to be dominated by white males who hop from brand to brand rather than fresh, talented people of colour. These are the black fashion designers who have climbed to the top and are diversifying the luxury fashion world one collection at a time:
Virgil Abloh recently made history by becoming Louis Vuitton’s first black creative director. The Ghanaian-American designer, who has made a name for himself in recent years with his luxury streetwear brand Off-White, was nominated for menswear designer of the year for 2018 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.Three things you didn’t know about Virgil Abloh
He had no formal fashion training – he learnt the craft from his seamstress mother.
He has a degree in civil engineering and a master’s in architecture.
He counts Kanye West as a close friend and frequent collaborator – they interned at Fendi together.
BalmainOlivier Rousteing is the designer behind the Balmain label. Having joined the French fashion house in 2009, Rousteing was appointed creative director in 2011 and has transformed the brand with his “Balmain Army” – Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Naomi Campbell are among his willing recruits.Three things you didn’t know about Olivier Rousteing..