“It's important for designers to work for a bigger purpose, because fashion is so small. If you remove the social aspect of it and if you remove the day-to-day lifestyle of it, then we're just left with a pair of pretty shoes—and who cares? That's so disposable. You have to tell a story...you have to really touch people beyond yourself. It's bigger than you, it's bigger than us.”
There are women like Lizzy Okpo, who founded the women's wear brand William Okpo with her sister, Darlene; Aurora James of the mega-popular accessories label Brother Vellies, which has been spotted on Tessa Thompson and Beyoncé; and the up-and-coming Shanel Campbell of Shanel, a recent Parsons graduate who has already dressed Tracee Ellis Ross, Ciara, and Solange. For them, being “conscious” isn’t an afterthought—it’s what drives them as artists.
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An even mix of fashion and function, this glamorous vanity set lets you get ready in style each day. Crafted from solid and manufactured wood in a silver finish, this set includes one stool with black fabric upholstery and one vanity with a flip-up mirror so you can grab a glimpse of your reflection. One drawer and a mirrored cabinet door with geometric overlay open to reveal essential storage space for makeup, brushes, and beyond. Assembly is required.
When you find yourself looking through a set of toiletries and accessories for the right makeup, brushes, and everything else in the morning, it’s time to get organized. With this vanity table set, you’ll not only be able to organize your important items, but you’ll also have a designated space of your own that looks like a scene out of a movie. It’s not just you looking gorgeous: Freshen yourself up to start a day with energy and a gorgeous look with this equally gorgeous dressing...
I used to be terrible about replacing my mascara on the regular, but that problem has now been solved thanks to Amazon's Subscribe & Save program. I asked my makeup artist friend for a mascara recommendation and she suggested I try this one. She did not steer me wrong! The waterproof version of this mascara *is* truly waterproof; I run and work out all the time while wearing it and have never had a problem with my mascara running. It can stand up to a LOT of sweat.
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Fashion still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversifying its talent pool. In February 2015 only 2.7 percent of the designers on the New York Fashion Week calendar were black, according to The New York Times; by February 2018 that statistic was still under 10 percent, per The Cut. And there have been regular reminders why this is critical: Designer products resembling blackface or nooses have sparked calls for boycotts and increased demands that companies take steps to diversify and educate their employees and provide new opportunities for people of color. Amid the headlines and outcry, black fashion designers keep doing the work: creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business.
Accent your new glam vanity with a glittering, comfortable seat in the Michael Amini Melrose Plaza Vanity Bench . This square bench features a wide seat that's padded with plush foam. The frame is crafted from flattened steel slats and finished in a mirroresque polished chrome. Soft gray fabric upholsters the seat. The edge of the piece is trimmed with a multitude of tiny glass crystals and glimmer in the available light.
Seeing people like Okpo, James, and Campbell succeed by remaining steadfast in their beliefs and working to make this industry better gives me hope, yes, but it's more than that: It gives me a road map. Here, Okpo, James, and Campbell detail how they integrate their social political beliefs into their fashion—and why other designers should do the same.

While crisp, clean white provides the perfect canvas for any glam look, don't be afraid to take inspiration from your jewelry box and pepper your space with bold and rich color. Pink furniture is a classic pick for glam home décor and pairs easily with amethyst and aquamarine, but consider colors inspired by sapphire, ruby, emerald, or tanzanite to add an extra layer of lavishness to your space.

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