Designer and creative director of Ikiré Jones

For Walé Oyéjidé, designer and creative director of Ikiré Jones, whose designs also appear in Black Panther, the event was a way to use “fashion as a vehicle to actually, tangibly help people.” (The designs will be auctioned via Charitybuzz in support of Save the Children.) “If this became a normalized thing, if we always did this,” he said, “it would make [fashion] more inspiring and make the public at large that much more confident and interested in what and why we do [...]

​Bless Designers Desiree Heiss

Bless is the creative platform established 21 years ago by Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag. Though formally trained as fashion designers, the duo has always done more than simply make clothing, and they have consistently resisted conforming to conventional fashion formats. “We have created a working system that’s made-to-measure to our personal needs,” notes Heiss who resides in Paris; Kaag is Berlin-based. “Alternative” isn’t a buzzword for these two, it’s an M.O., which is evidenced by back-to-back New York Fashion [...]

Neon Bobs and Bowl Cuts

“Being a colorist for 25 years, I have to say—this is the high point of my career,” beamed Josh Wood backstage at Marc Jacobs. At tonight’s show, the designer sent models down the runway festooned in oversize flattop hats, with the exception of nine girls who received sharp cuts and jewel tone color combinations so extreme, they rendered them strikingly unrecognizable. “It’s real hair,” he explained. “Not wigs. Not hairpieces. We needed the girls to own it.” Each metamorphosis began with [...]