Many millennials live in their parents' basement, but Felicia Noel runs out of her fashion brand. All the clothes of the Fe Noel line of the Brooklyn natives (magnificent silk caftans, pajamas pants and buttoned blouses) are sewn on the lower level of the Crown Heights house where he grew up; His mother still owns the building and runs a nursery upstairs.
Noel started his own line in 2014, had owned a street clothing boutique in the same neighborhood before that, but in the last year, it really took off. Michelle Obama wore her orange silk shirt and matching pants on stage during her "Becoming" tour. Beyoncé put on a ruffled and shoulderless top from an earlier collection for her husband Jay-Z's birthday party. A dress that Noel designed, with an Africanized version of the Renaissance painting, "The Birth of Venus," went viral on Instagram.
Now, the Granada designer is, surprisingly, making her solo debut at New York Fashion Week this season. And although she is prepared for great things, she is not yet ready to move out of Mom's house.
"We have something good here," he told The Post in August. "We'll keep our roots in Brooklyn."
Omar Salam was the best kept secret in fashion. Then, supermodel Naomi Campbell arrived at a 2018 event with a spectacular white cape and a sexy knit dress (top) of her brand, Sukeina, and everything changed. Now, the Senegalese designer, who worked for Sonia Rykiel and Christian Lacroix before launching Sukeina in 2012, dressed Natalia Vodianova and joined the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He is known for origami folds, feather ornaments and va-va-voom silhouettes, so expect the latter to be bold and sexy.
Designer Hillary Taymour has been quietly making ecological clothes for more than a decade. But last season, his colorful show, set in a farmer's market in Stuyvesant Square Park, proved to be a breakthrough: tackling climate change with lightness and hope rather than pessimism. The cast included their usual varied range of models, but this time, they were smiling, chewing apples, carrying their babies and rolling shopping carts. Lace-up dresses, floral suits and rhinestone bikinis made editors and celebrities faint: singers Halsey and Rosalia have recently used the lush threads of Taymour.
Liang has elevated the humble wool jacket of the Silicon Valley basic to an important fashion statement. Their luxurious shots are lined with leopard print, adorned with neon zippers and topped with fluffy Peter Pan necks. After their first parade in New York in September, with their exclusive polar fleeces, as well as shirts with diaphanous ruffles, fun skirts in tulle and leather jackets, the Asian-American designer is on top, with a new collaboration flavored in the 90s with Vans, with a bucket hats, fanny pads, clothes and sneakers landing on February 21.
Chinese designers Siying Qu (left) and Haoran Li, who met while studying at Parsons, dedicate each of their Private Policy collections to a socio-political issue, from raising awareness of enslaved fishermen to fighting Asian-American stereotypes . No wonder LGBTQ hero Billy Porter is a fan. Despite his high concepts, his clothes are refreshing and realistic: biodegradable jackets, bright quilted vests, colorful harnesses and elegant suits. We can't wait to see what topic they will address this season.