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.
Patrick Robinson is the man responsible for injecting some much-needed cool factor back into The Gap. Robinson was hired as creative director in 2007 thanks to his keen understanding of American sportswear. He cultivated a fine eye for great design working at Perry Ellis and Ann Klein. Robinson, who launched a short-lived signature line in the 90’s, also spent some time at Giorgio Armani in Milan as a design director and as an artistic director at Paco Rabanne.