15 Black Visionaries Who Are Changing the Luxury Space Right Now

Dian S. Hicks

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There’s hardly an industry that hasn’t benefitted from the contributions of black people—and that extends to luxury.  From visionary designers who shape the clothes we wear and the spaces we inhabit, to the culinarians and winemakers who craft some of our most memorable moments, the luxury world would wouldn’t be the same without their achievements. And because the things these creators make and do matter—and deserve recognition far beyond Black History Month—we’re highlighting a small group of black visionaries who are changing the luxury industry every single day.

Aurora James

Aurora James in the front rowDior show, Front Row, Fall Winter 2020, Paris Fashion Week, France - 25 Feb 2020
Aurora James in the front rowDior show, Front Row, Fall Winter 2020, Paris Fashion Week, France – 25 Feb 2020

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Olivia Culpo’s High-Heeled Thong Sandals Take Her Crop Top & Jeans From Day to Night

Dian S. Hicks

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Olivia Culpo took her crop top and jeans look from day to night with the fiercest pair of high-heeled thong sandals from Bottega Veneta.

The 28-year-old actress posed on Instagram last night in a high-necked white ribbed crop top and high-waisted, belted jeans from Y/Project. She wore her hair pulled back into a sleek updo and did not appear to be wearing any jewelry.

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In addition to their thong silhouette, Culpo’s Bottega shoes have a trendy, ’90s-inspired square toe, another former fashion no-no that’s back in vogue. The sandals have a 3.5-inch stiletto heel, with a leather upper and sole. They can be purchased now from

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Best online clothes shops to bookmark as your go-to fashion destinations

Dian S. Hicks

Us Brits love to shop from the comfort of our sofas, and now we have even more of an excuse to do so, as we’re all stuck inside during lockdown.

Despite having more time to shop online, whether that’s for a new loungewear set for cosy days working from home, or a new outfit to wear on your first night out when this is all over, the plethora of choice can be overwhelming.

We’ve tested hundreds of online clothes shops – considering key factors such as delivery, garment quality, how user-friendly their website is and customer service – to give you the ultimate roundup of our fashion favourites.

Our roundup covers everything from vintage brands to sustainable clothing.

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Nicholas Daley’s Feel-Good Fashion | Esquire

Dian S. Hicks

February

On a cold Tuesday morning inside a Tottenham studio – up the stairs and turn left – crammed with nearly-finished new-season samples, shelves of books, beaded rugs, incense and rails of beautiful clothes, Nicholas Daley is spinning a lot of plates.

There are the buyers, over from Japan to catch-up on orders; the PR agency, who are calling in regular updates on samples needed in time for a presentation to the LVMH Prize judges in Paris ⁠— there’s a train leaving from St Pancras early tomorrow morning. An assistant scrambles between rooms tying it all together. And me, asking him what it’s like to be a designer on the cusp of all of… this? His phone rings, “Sorry, just a sec.”

“What was your question again? How did I get started?”

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Nicholas Daley photographed inside his London studio, February 2020

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