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VIBE Vixen Approved: 5 Upcoming Fashion Designers That We Back

Fashion week season is currently underway. New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week have passed. But, Milan Fashion Week is here and Paris Fashion Week will be arriving soon.

As we look at all the new garments on the runway, there are some new faces showing off their beautifully crafted collections.

Here are five fashion designers we are falling in love with in the ever evolving fashion industry:

Samantha Black
With a background that includes interning for Micheal Kors and working for the legendary Alexander McQueen, Samantha Black is one fashion designer worth watching. Known for her two fashion lines, Sammy B and Samantha Black, she creates fashion forward looks that appeal to the masses. Her fall 2012 collection featured a jewel tones mixed with accents of fur. Toccara Jones even made a guest appearance on the runway showcasing one of her many autumn pieces.

William Okpo
Darlene and Lizzy Okpo is the sisterly team behind the emerging fashion line, William Okpo. The concept behind creating their own fashion company was inspired by their Nigerian father’s style: masculine with a hint of soft edge. The sisters presented their latest collection as a part of Gen Art, an organization that highlights future stars of fashion week. Their fall collection consists of texture, plaid prints and sportswear.

LaQuan Smith
It was two years ago, when LaQuan Smith made his debut at New York Fashion Week with his “Water Goddess” fashion show. LaQuan Smith garments have been spotted on Tika Sumpter, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys just to name a few. At 23 years old, LaQuan continues to make splashes in the world of fashion with his “Robotic Dream” collection. The collection showcases space age element with a night club feel with bodysuits, flared skirts, and crop tops.

Sachika
To-Tam and To-Nya Sachika are identical twin designers behind the up and coming fashion company, Sachika. Their fashion line is all about encouraging women to be independent, fierce, and ambitious. During New York Fashion Week, the twin sisters unveiled their Fall/Winter 2012 collection “Ivanka –If We Ever Again”. The collection featured silk, satin, and wool gowns within a color story of white, red, auburn, and blue. Eva Marcille made a surprise appearance on the runway strutting down the runway in four Sachika looks.

Korto Momolu
On the 5th season of Project Runway, Korto was a fan favorite and the first runner up with her debut New Fashion Week spring 2009 collection. After her reality fashion show fame, Korto continued to make strides as a fashion designer creating eco-friendly jewelry and displaying more collections on the big apple catwalk. Her latest collection was inspired by Grace Kelly and Bridget Bardot with luxurious gowns and jumpsuits. We can’t wait to see what she does next season.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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