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MEET OUR 2018 DESIGNERS

Andrew Nowell

Fashion Designer

andrewnowell.com

For Andrew Nowell, fashion design has always been his passion. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he attended the High School of Art and Design, and went on to attend New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he majored in Menswear Design.

 

Described as modern, masculine and sexy, (with an edge) Andrew Nowell Menswear is a tailored sportswear line inspired by Urban Street wear and British tailoring at London’s Savile Row.

Over the years, Andrew Nowell Menswear has developed a solid reputation for quality and style. His Menswear collections were featured at Harlem’s Fashion Row, BET’s How to Rock Denim, The BET Experience: LA, BVI’s Summer Sizzle and New York Fashion Week.

Mr. Nowell is also the Creative Director and designer of DASOUL underwear; a Premium underwear line he launched in 2010, as sports inspired alternative to the men’s underwear market.

Today, Andrew works out of his design studio in Washington, D.C. and recently served as the Lead Curator for a hugely successful Art and Fashion Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The menswear collection is available online and carried at a number of Specialty Boutiques in Washington, D.C..

Clarence Black Couture

Fashion Designer

The Great-Great Grandson of a tailor, Clarence Black has Fashion Designing in his blood. Clarence describes his customer as a strong, modern, sexy, and sophisticated woman with character.  Clarence Black Couture has been in business for over a decade, and was founded in 2004 after Clarence completed his training at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), with a specialty in Couture evening-wear. He has worked with Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill and Brandy.  Clarence’s has designed full collections for numerous trade shows, receiving notable recognition and awards.

Clarence Black Couture specializes in made to order couture-evening wear. Opulent, elegant, and luxurious are some of the words that best describe the intricate handwork and fabrics used in his work.

Douglas Says

Fashion Designer

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   DouglasSays.webs.com

I hope the name Douglas Says is not unknown to you. He's a spirited, experienced designer who loves colors, cling, and bodies of all sizes. Allow me to tell you more about his experience. Douglas Says has an impressive résumé attached to his name, which includes working with a list of celebrity photographers such as; Mike Ruiz,Fadil Berisha, Alex Chatelain, Ghillian Lewin, Marc Baptiste, Dah Len, Keith Majors, Anthony Barboza, Joe Grant, Ernest Collins, Martha Camarillo and Gerard Gaskin. It is often said by stylist, that Douglas Says… is one of the most important, under exposed designers around, however the secrets out, Douglas Says is the man!  

The Ke 'Collection, features mixtures of beautiful fabrics and textures that works together that completes the look. The color palette consists of neutral colors, along with accent colors of purple, red, pink, and green. 

What I've found to be interesting is the new momentum that my earlier work from the 90's has garnished such favorable light, when I was working with my (Trans) customers as models, I never once considered that I was being "cutting edge & inclusive". Long before the success of "Orange is the New Black kicked in doors, designer Douglas Says left the doors cracked open decades ago”. Being a classically trained designer, with knowledge of fashions historical past, however firmly looking forward into tomorrow land, clearly his clothes reflect that understanding. In 2017 Douglas Says dressed Tracey Africa for the cover of OUT magazines, OUT100 issue, as well as on the pages of NY mag, and internet campaigns by both Clairol and Lexus. (Tracey Africa Norman been considered a trail blazing model, hailed as the world’s first Trans model).

 

Throughout the years Mr. Says work has appeared in WWD (the Bible of 7thAve) as well as on the pages of Essence magazine and on Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T) popular fashion showcase titled “R.I.P the runway” in 2006 premiering alongside Steve Harvey’s suit collection, then once again, solo in 2009 with the introduction of Douglas’s full-figured collection, titled “Plus U”.  Leaving many, still talking about his initial launch for Plus U in 2008, which many considered a fresh, new direction, for the full-figured market. 

In 2007 the “Museum of The City of New York” held what was hailed as “A groundbreaking Exploration of Hip-Hop and Style entitled ‘Black Style Now’ with Douglas Says being one of the chosen designers included in their lineup. Followed by “Thurgood Marshall” Scholarship Funds, annual fashion show which has showcased the work of Douglas Says two years running 2007 and 2008. In 2017 Douglas Says and Tracey Africa appeared together on the cover of SWERV magazines Sept/Oct issue titled A DYNAMIC DUO.

There have been several indie films that Mr. Says clothing has appeared in, such as; “Smooth the Game Is Dead”, “Don’t Go to Strangers” and “The System Within”. Throughout the years Mr. Says work has quietly been witnessed inside and outside (covers) of magazines, on celebrities, television, movies, even on the news. His work has also appeared in a few hardcover books like, “Mainhattanmanhattan” published in Germany, NYC Go-Go by Slava Mogutin, and “The way we wore” by Michael McCollom. In 2009 Douglas, himself became an author with his book release titled “Amuse” and once again in 2013 with his second love child titled “The Red Dress”,both, based on his clothing designs and the intimate relationships between him and his models.

Douglas, says it’s his mission to remove as many of the old taboos about jersey / stretch fabrics, like them not being kind or friendly to fuller figured body types, like everything else it just has to be cut with your body in mind. I am aware that real women have curves, and that we as designers need to accept that fact, lending a helping hand in projecting their curves, not hiding, deny or flat out ignore them. I’ve long since turned off the answering machine; and I’m able to answer their calls. In fashion, no one should have to sacrifice quality and or fit, not when Douglas Says… is presenting women with two gifts, the first being choice and the second being my signature shapeables “Douglas Says “makes clothes like he’s hugging a woman and saying I love you!” 

Kevin Love

Fashion Designer

Email: kecollectionphiladelphia@yahoo.com

Instagram: ke_collection.5201254

Facebook: Kevin Love.

Designer Kevin Love known to many by his label Ke' Collection, is a classic women's collection with a unique twist.  It's for the woman who wants to have a modern feel and style, but with classic touches. 

The Ke 'Collection, features mixtures of beautiful fabrics and textures that works together that completes the look. The color palette consists of neutral colors, along with accent colors of purple, red, pink, and green. 

The collection has been featured in many publications, such as, I- Fashion, Today's Black Woman, FAN Magazine, and Hype Hair, just to name a few. Kevin has had the greatest pleasure to dress such celebrities as Grammy Award winning rapper and actress, Eve, along with, Eva Marcelle, of "America's Next Top Model" and Grammy Award winning singer Dorinda Clark-Cole. Recently, Kevin’s work was featured in singer, Jaheim's music video "Struggle Love" worn by actress and singer Demetria McKinney. 

The collection has been featured in many publications, such as, I- Fashion, Today's Black Woman, FAN Magazine, and Hype Hair, just to name a few. Kevin has had the greatest pleasure to dress such celebrities as Grammy Award winning rapper and actress, Eve, along with, Eva Marcelle, of "America's Next Top Model" and Grammy Award winning singer Dorinda Clark-Cole. Recently, Kevin’s work was featured in singer, Jaheim's music video "Struggle Love" worn by actress and singer Demetria McKinney. 

Michael Carter

Fashion Designer

Designer Michael Carter began his designing career at the age of 10 years old, which has led this master class designer to designing clothes for promising young Junior and Senior High school beauty queens.  After studying at the HBCU Howard University (HU) in Washington, District of Columbia, Michael furthered his education in fashion designs by attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.

Upon graduating from FIT he worked as a buyer for men’s dress shirts at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and then onto the Head of Men’s wear for Gucci and Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, MD.  Michael has also worked under world renowned George de Paris, the Washington DC tailor for several United States Presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barak Obama.

Michael can now boast the success of his own company, The Michael Design Studio in Washington, DC which currently sees his clientele by appointment only.

Michael Lombard

Fashion Designer

Website: Michaellombard.com

Instagram: @michaellombard_designer

International celebrity fashion designer Michael Lombard started as a record label executive and quickly realized his passion for designing and creating something unique in the fashion industry. Dubbed “The King of Leather” by Huffington Post, Michael Lombard’s Collection has been worn by professional athletes to music stars around the world. Michael Lombard signed with Archive and Showroom which is the style fashion house to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and many more. Using the highest grade leather, his designs have graced the runways worldwide from NYFW, LAFW, London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Amsterdam Fashion Week, Budapest and many more. Published in over 35 magazines, Michael Lombard’s designs are renowned around the fashion world. With innovative cutting edge designs, Michael Lombard is revolutionizing the luxury game. 

Tim Arrington

Fashion Designer

Tim Arrington is a modern day Renaissance Man who is becoming widely known and respected for his work as a custom men and women’s wear fashion designer and stylist. Based in Atlanta, GA, Tim is a native of Newark, New Jersey and has studied and received his years of training in Fashion Design at Bauder Fashion College as well as Fashion Design Training Studio in Newark, New Jersey. With training and experience in areas such as pattern making, sewing, fashion styling, design & illustration, these talents collectively have made him a highly sought after custom designer and personal stylist throughout the United States.

 

Over the past 20 years, his unique, bold yet classy sense of style and one of a kind designs have acquired him features on runways during New York Fashion Week, Philly Fashion Week among other various Fashion Shows in addition to custom designing and styling for proms, weddings and countless high end fashion events throughout the year.

 

His work has also been featured on the red carpet worn by some of today's most stylish and influential celebrities including athletes, actors, producers, models, recording/performing artists to name a few at the most talked about annual award shows and events such Grammy Awards, Trumpet Awards, Emmy Awards, Stellar Awards, BET Awards, Oscars and also on National Networks such as: ABC, CBS, VH1, BET, TLC, The Word Network and HSN.  

 

His work has also been featured on several music cd covers and in National Media Publications such as Ebony magazine, Sheen Magazine, Krave Magazine, Vibe and The Washington Post. With his unique fabric choices, sewing techniques and attention to detail, the name Tim Arrington, his work and his reputation is rapidly being embraced by the world of fashion and entertainment with no signs of slowing down any time soon. 

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