Fashion & Beauty Editor
Fashion feels almost like the ’70s when there are so many Black designers on the scene. Their clothes are meeting the ongoing and growing need for a more diverse representation. For fall 2019, Haitian-born Victor Glemaud launched an eponymous collection that made a very noticeable fashion statement. His knitwear looks are designed for all people, genders, sizes and personalities.
For fall 2019, his collection was inspired by the movie “School Daze.” “I had a desire to create a range of knit styles reminiscent of back-to-school season attire,” he recalled. Nostalgia seamlessly made its way into the collection by way of a neo-preppy collegiate school spirit that’s typically associated with Black colleges and universities. This inspiration, along with Indya Moore’s role in the collection worked to produce what Glemaud dubbed “fierce fall fashion.”
This Black designer’s background is quite interesting. Glemaud was a finalist in the 2017 CFDA VOGUE Fashion Fund, and honored for his achievements at an event in Washington, D.C. by His Excellency Paul Altidor, ambassador of Haiti to the United States. Raised in New York City, began his fashion career as a design assistant while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He worked briefly as a publicist at KCD, a PR firm, and returned to designing in 2005. He was the first Womenswear Design Advisor and later worked as studio director at the design house of Paco Rabanne. He also performed a designer stint at Tommy Hilfiger.
This season, he was committed to knitwear. Glemaud’s year-round knits are functional yet fashionable garb. Fine details dominated the collection. His high-quality tailoring techniques elevated his nonchalant silhouettes beautifully. For instance, Glemaud’s feminine twin sets were sharply tailored and cleverly cropped. His turtlenecks were transformed into sweater hybrids and rendered in neon orange hues.
For fall, you must have accessories in dynamic hues that star with everything from dresses, sportswear to transitional knits in vibrant colors.