11 episodes

BLK N FSHN highlights key Black figures who have contributed to the ever-changing fashion industry from past to present.

BLK N FSHN CJ

    • Fashion & Beauty

BLK N FSHN highlights key Black figures who have contributed to the ever-changing fashion industry from past to present.

    Interview: Miss. Jay Alexander

    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!

    • 28 min
    Discussion: The 2019 LVMH Prize Winner & New CFDA Board Member Appointments

    Discussion: The 2019 LVMH Prize Winner & New CFDA Board Member Appointments

    Last week, Thebe Magugu was the first person of African descent to be awarded the LVMH Prize for emerging fashion designers. Learn his story and how he came to achieve this prestigious award. Following the controversy of jewelry designer and CFDA Board member Kara Ross, Tom Ford has appointed several new members of the CFDA Board, all of which are people of color with 3/4 being Black designers.

    • 11 min
    Interview: Tia Whitfield & Retro Rewind Vintage & Thrift

    Interview: Tia Whitfield & Retro Rewind Vintage & Thrift

    One day, I was walking the streets of Philadelphia when I came across something that both caught my eye and piqued my interest. It was a traveling vintage & thrift store, a concept that was fairly new to me. After exploring the shop, I made a purchase and met the owner, Tia Whitfield. After talking with her about her unique business, I invited her to share her story with us on the show! If you're in the Philadelphia area, check out Retro Rewind Vintage & Thrift! You can follow them on Instagram @retro_rewindmobile.

    • 12 min
    Profile: Virgil Abloh

    Profile: Virgil Abloh

    You cannot go far in today's fashion industry without hearing his name. Whether you know him as the Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear, the founder of Off-White, or recognize his name from his iconic collaborations, Virgil Abloh has risen as one of the biggest names in fashion of today. Some may call him the king of "hype" since everything he touches becomes a trending topic, but where did he come from and how did he gain so much notoriety in such a short amount of time? 

    • 13 min
    Discussion: Are 'Diversity & Inclusion' the Latest Trend in Luxury?

    Discussion: Are 'Diversity & Inclusion' the Latest Trend in Luxury?

    Last month, Chanel and Gucci both announced new Heads of Diversity & Inclusion. This comes at a time where fashion brands have repeatedly made headlines over accusations of racism throughout the year. Has hiring a Head of Diversity & Inclusion just become the latest fad, or can these efforts actually bring about change? This week, we discuss these PR scandals along with their impact on brand image and customer reception with special guest and fashion-media expert Brooke Sharee. Follow her on Instagram @bpsharee and @thehghlt.

    • 36 min
    Interview: Mimi Plange

    Interview: Mimi Plange

    Ghanian-born designer Mimi Plange has been featured on the pages of Vogue and Harpers Bazar with her designs worn by names like Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, and Rihanna. After a decade of working in the New York fashion industry, Mimi launched her own ready-to-wear brand inspired by modern American luxury sportswear with an infusion of dark romance and international influence. This week, Mimi shares her background, inspiration, and advice for aspiring designers who want to make it in the fashion industry.Check her out on Instagram @mimiplange and mimiplange.com. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

edp79 ,

Made my day!

Just learned about this podcast after seeing a post on Instagram about the designer Ann Lowe. This is such an important podcast. I look forward to listening and hearing more, and as a professor in rhetoric, fashion studies, Black studies, and gender and sexuality studies, I hope to share this podcast with my students in my courses. Good luck with this absolutely vital endeavor and thank you for your work.

TreReal ,

Awesome!

This space is so needed kudos on the podcast I truly enjoyed the first three episodes! Keep up the great work!

Brooke Sharee ,

This is so great

CJ is really on to something with this new podcast. He’s going to uncover so many hidden figures throughout fashion that have been instrumental in building this industry without ever getting credit or proper compensation. Can’t wait to keep listening.

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