BLK N FSHN highlights key Black figures who have contributed to the ever-changing fashion industry from past to present.
Interview: Desiree Celestin & the Zimmermann Internship Nightmare
Many brands have jumped onto the performative allyship bandwagon with posts proclaiming Black Lives Matter despite histories of discriminatory, micro-aggressive acts within their own businesses. These brands include, but are not limited to, Reformation, Anthropologie, and Ferragamo just to name a few. Luckily, many of these brands are being called out by former employees of color for their blatant hypocrisy.
This week I was able to connect with former Zimmermann intern, Desiree Celestin, as she shares her experience interning for the global, Boho fashion label. Desiree was reposted on @diet_prada when she left a damning comment under Zimmermann's #BlackLivesMatter post on IG. This week, she shares her first-hand experience as an intern for this brand, why she left the internship, and the response she received for her speaking out.
You may follow Desiree and her business on Instagram @desireejcelestin and @lpdshoppe.
Discussion: Hanifa's 3D Collection & Fashion at the Forefront of Revolution (feat. THE HGHLT)
All eyes were on Anifa Mvuemba as she premiered her collection on IGTV using 3D renderings of each garment. This moment was an industry game-changer and has since received praise from the biggest names in the industry. In this episode, I profile Anifa's growth as a designer.
Between the global pandemic and social uprising, the fashion industry is facing a reckoning where innovation and progression have become paramount now, more than ever before. Join me and special guests, Brooke Sharee & Diego Torres from the fashion media platform the HGHLT, as we discuss the impact these social changes could have on the world of fashion as we know it.
Follow the HGHLT on Instagram @thehghlt
Profile: Kerby Jean-Raymond
Kerby Jean-Raymond is the founder of high-street fashion label Pyer Moss and an unapologetic activist. The Haitian-American designer is known for using his platform to share the Black American experience while speaking his own truth through creativity. His collections have touched on subjects such as police brutality and mental health while sparking controversy and debate within the industry. This episode profiles the growth, obstacles, and success of Kerby Jean-Raymond as he developed from a budding designer in New York City to a leader in the global fashion industry.
Bonus Episode: 'The First Monday in May' Critique with Sarita from we.wear.now.
The 2020 MET Gala: "About Time: Fashion and Duration" was postponed this year due to the global pandemic. In this episode, I connect with Sarita from Los Angeles-based fashion blog we.wear.now, to discuss the documentary "The First Monday in May" where we critique themes within the highly publicized and controversial 2015 Met Gala: "China: Through the Looking Glass". Watch the entire review on Instagram @we.wear.now.
Bonus Episode: The Kente Club Co
As COVID-19 continues to impact millions of people worldwide, businesses, big and small, across all sectors of fashion and beyond are doing their part to help combat the spread of this virus. The Kente Club Co. was one of the first brands I found that created stylish, affordable face masks. After ordering a mask myself, I had to connect with the founder of this emerging brand. Check out this bonus episode interview with the founder of The Kente Club Co, Kerene Nelson. To learn more about this brand and order your own mask, visit thekenteclub.co. You may also follow Kerene's platforms on IG @thekenteclubco, @kereneeeeee, and @ilovemelanin_
Interview: Miss. Jay Alexander
What better way to end this season than with an interview with legendary runway coach, Miss. Jay Alexander?! Best known as one of the main judges from America's Next Top Model, Mss. Jay has worked with models across the world from names like Naomi Campell to young models walking their first show. Take a listen as Miss. Jay shares insight on what it takes to break into the competitive world of modeling while sharing his own background and inspiration. Thank you all for your continued support, please rate, subscribe, and leave a positive review for BLK N FSHN on Apple or wherever you listen to Podcasts!