Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries. In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion in…
Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries.
In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion industry leaders have been addressing racial discrimination and the lack of representation in their own companies, pledging to do more to be inclusive and diverse.
On Tuesday, Roach, who is best known for his partnership with Zendaya and Celine Dion, Rembert, who works with Lizzo and Issa Rae, and hairstylist Lacy Redway, whose clients include Tessa Thompson, announced the formation of Black Fashion & Beauty Collective (BFB Collective), a non-profit organisation which will represent black creatives in both industries, bringing them together to create a community.
“Our plans have always been to form a community of us, of voices that are very influential in the industry and can really see change happen,” Redway told Footwear News. “We were in the similar position that we are in now, in that we were just really fed up with not having proper representation in so many areas in our industries, and we were all fighting similar fights but fighting them individually.”
Roach has also donated $25,000 (£20,000) to help kickstart the collective’s Black Fashion and Beauty Business Relief Fund, which is partnering with the My Block, My Hood, My City organisation. The founding pledge and other funds raised this year will help support businesses affected by incidents of police brutality and subsequent protests.
“We want to inject capital into businesses whose storefronts may have suffered as a result and help them get back on their feet and get their businesses back up,” said celebrity stylist and BFB Collective president Rachel Johnson.
In addition to their main fundraising goal, the collective will help fashion and beauty brands to make progress with diversity and inclusion.
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Actress Issa Rae stunned at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (13Jan19) in an exclusive piece from celebrity stylist Jason Rembert’s first-ever fashion range.The celebrated style professional has served a string of stars, including John Boyega, Zayn…
Actress Issa Rae stunned at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (13Jan19) in an exclusive piece from celebrity stylist Jason Rembert’s first-ever fashion range.
The celebrated style professional has served a string of stars, including John Boyega, Zayn Malik, Rita Ora and Ezra Miller, over his hot career, and he is now preparing to enter the fashion industry as a designer with the launch of his debut women’s evening wear collection, named Aliette, at New York Fashion Week next month (Feb19).
Jason dressed Insecure creator and star Issa in a black, three-quarter sleeve corset dress with a sexy high slit for the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles and he couldn’t have come up with a better way to mark his line’s red carpet premiere.
“Apart from my late mother, Louisanne Aliette, and my beautiful daughter, Harper Aliette, Issa has inspired me daily since I began working with her,” he gushes to Women’s Wear Daily. “She is the epitome of the strong and intelligent women that I hope to reach with Aliette.”
Jason’s fashion brand has been crafted for all of his female clients, who he calls “the strong, intelligent and beautiful women that I’m surrounded by daily”.
“The market is full of options, but I feel like my view is unique,” he adds of his new collection.
Jason’s new line will debut on the runway at New York Fashion Week on 13 February. The stylist-turned-designer, who was honoured with a Stylist of the Year award from Harlem’s Fashion Row in September (19), will make his range available for purchase online and at select retail stores.
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