Black Influential Designers
by Alexandra Phanor-Faury
In celebration of both Black History Month and New York Fashion Week, Essence.com is paying homage to the great designers of the past, present and future whose unique perspective has helped shaped the fashion landscape.
The man behind the moderately priced, stylish collection for Lafayette 148, Edward Wilkerson, has re-imagined the working woman’s wardrobe. Who says business attire must be dull or that stylish clothes must cost a bundle? Not Wilkerson, who counts Oprah and Queen Latifah as fans. He spent time designing at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Ann Klein before accepting the creative director position at Lafayette 178 in 1998. A lover of traveling, Wilkerson draws inspiration from his many voyages to Africa.