Issa Rae, American actress, writer, director and producer is well-known for representing and celebrating being Black. Two weeks ago, Issa made history as the first ever black host for the CFDA Awards and of course she rocked an array of all-Black designers.
For the red carpet look, Issa stepped out in a custom piece by Pyer Moss. thanks to its dazzling Swarovski crystals and belt emblazoned with the statement phrase that perfectly represented her kick-ass attitude.
Then, she opened the award ceremony in a Sergio Hudson pantsuit. Hudson’s designs have also been worn by notable black celebrities like Rihanna, Janelle Monae and Kelly Rowland.
Rae continued the evening in a gown by celebrity stylist, Jason Rembert, who has also dressed other melanin queens such as Winnie Harlow and John Boyega designed the original gown just for Issa.
Perhaps one of the more obscure and interesting designers she wore was the original piece by Shanel, a budding student at Parsons. One of Shanel’s designs was recently worn by Solange at the 2018 Parsons Benefit.
Issa finally ended the night heading to the after party in a gown by Victor Glemaud, a veteran in the fashion industry and for good reason. This custom piece was perfection.
Issa’s ode to the black community didn’t stop at her dresses either. She complimented her outfits with accessories by a number of black jewellery designers: Mateo Jewelry, Shauna Neely, and JLANI Jewels. This woman really thought of it all and we commend her on her support of the black community.
Issa highlighted the impact Black culture has had on fashion. “We’ve gone from having white designers study Black culture to make Black clothes for white people that are too expensive for Black people to buy, to [having] a Black man bringing Black culture to a historically white fashion house making clothes too expensive for everybody,” she said, referring to Virgil Abloh, who was named menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton earlier this year.
It’s seems that for the influencers and celebrities who are now role models for everyone, there’s no longer an excuse to not support the people who have worked hard in the industry and are doing incredible work. We’re looking forward to seeing these designers and so many more amazing black designers recognised recognised at notable events for the coming year and beyond.