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.
At the White House event honoring Stevie Wonder, the legendary soul singer wasn’t the only one being recognized for his talents. His wife and designer, Kai Milla, received the biggest compliment any contemporary designer could hope for by having Michelle Obama wear one of her dresses.The First Lady chose a jade, silk chiffon, sleeveless dress with pleating. Milla, who designed her own prom dress in high school, was inspired to launch her line after watching a John Galliano runway show for Dior.
Milla’s own collection consists of sophisticated, wearable, sexy and fun pieces in rich fabrics and eye-catching colors. Milla boasts a slew of starlets as die-hard fans and her work has continuously won positive reviews. Looks like Stevie isn’t the only one with the Midas touch.