New York Fashion Week made its valiant return in person after a series of digital stents for the past few seasons due to COVID-19. With the excitement around in-person shows and the even more exclusive seating arrangements, the weeklong event easily carried more hype than any regular-season pre-COVID-19.
Within the last two years, the fashion industry has taken a step back to examine the faults in the foundation surrounding diversity. More recently there has been a demand to create more opportunities for Black designers to share the main stage of fashion week.
Organizations like the Black in Fashion Council — which emerged near the start of the pandemic — are actively working towards providing Black designers with their rightful platform. They hosted their third annual showroom, in the NYFW home base — Spring Studios. And groups like Harlem Fashion Row that hosted four Black designers at the beginning of the week.
This season alone we saw a plethora of Black designers emerge to the frontlines of fashion, some even marking historical feats.
Nalebe is a footwear brand launched in 2018 that is made in Italy. Their focus is on “addressing the much-needed answer to comfortable heels with style.”