BE High Society: Black Fashion Innovators Series
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Fashion designer LaQuan Smith, beauty mogul Iman, and Divas & Dorks founder Christen Rochon (Image: File)

Today’s brightest stars of style include savvy innovators of color who have set trends, from behind the scenes to the boardroom and beyond. With black buying power at more than $1 trillion in the U.S. alone, there’s no denying that the African American powerhouses behind fashion—an industry that sees millions of dollars spent from clothing to accessories to beauty—are key in driving the industry.

Whether unsung or known worldwide, black fashion executives, entrepreneurs and designers have played a more than pivotal role in driving the market, setting global trends that have been bankable for decades. From haute couture to swagged-out hip hop powerhouses to big-brand campaigns, African Americans have had a foothold in the business behind fashion for centuries.

Diversity and exposure in terms of impact have always been a challenge, as oftentimes the mainstream either ignores or glazes over business, social, economic and cultural influence people of color have had on the booming industry. Well, not anymore.

Black Enterprise presents BE High Society: Entrepreneurs In Fashion, offering the latest in features and news on the top innovators in the industry yesterday and today, and those to watch as the leaders of the future. Check out content daily to get a glimpse from in front of the catwalk and behind, with stories on your favorite icons.

Visit today, and offer your take on today’s fashion leaders and innovators on the come up via the comments section, or follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter via #BEHighSociety.



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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.