After a full day of trying clothes that just aren’t right yet, we start to dream – personal tailors, tiny hips – a girl’s dream come true. However, we can’t tailor everything and hips don’t just get smaller. We’ve come to terms with the war zone that is the dressing room. We’ve decided that designers don’t know what’s up, so we might as well suffer in silence and move on to the next battle. Then, there’s Giambattista Valli. He absolutely loves women and has decided that fashion isn’t all about that size 2 sample.

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The name Heron Preston lends itself to creativity. The name doesn’t exactly scream stockbroker, construction worker, or accountant; instead, it recalls inspired vocations, like fashion, art, or music. Initially, he was known as Heron Johnson, but then the fashion designer started his first clothing line in high school and switched his last name to Preston, as he believed it sounded more “regal.”

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Blake Lively, as her name implies, is a vibrant icon in the fashion world. Even in the mid 2000s, if we look back on her first notable moments of fame in her signature role of “Serena van der Woodsen” in “Gossip Girl,” we can see how she has a long standing career as not only an actress, but as a fashion icon as well. Her name brings visions of color, elegance, and fearlessness in the world of fashion.


After becoming the first black woman to win an Oscar Award for costume design last month, the internet buzzed with her name, but Ruth Carter’s legacy began decades ago. In fact, her career in film started more than 30 years ago when she designed costumes for Spike Lee’s “School Daze” in 1987. Since then, she’s worked with some of Hollywood’s most prominent directors including Robert Townsend, Ava Duvernay, Steven Spielberg, John Singleton, Lee Daniels and of course, Spike Lee.


“Meet me on the corner of 9TH and North where art and fashion connect.”

-Dakoro Edwards

9TH and North is where it all goes down. Merging the best of both worlds, the fashion brand makes people feel good and look good. But it also challenges them intellectually by highlighting wearable thought-provoking artwork, forcing people to think beyond what they see on the surface.

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Fashion has always been a way to express individual identity and culture to the world. At first glance, an outfit can express a lot about a person however, rarely do we think about the way a garment was made. In a world of fast fashion, clothes are produced at a rapid speed from all over the world. Fashion designer Lujin Zhang however, chooses to express her culture through the production of each garment.

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As a fashion-obsessed preteen, I always begged my mom to take me to the mall. There, I could see my favorite runway looks in person–an experience I often compared to meeting a celebrity. But, the experience was two-sided, I loved seeing the work made by the artists I considered my kin.

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