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INSIDE FASHION WEEK: YBF Designer Edwing D'Angelo Talks Tyra Banks, His Eclectic Style And Pushing The Envelope

In part three (the final part) of our in-depth coverage of NYC's fashion week and up-and-coming designers, TheYBF.com spoke exclusively with designer Edwing D'Angelo, a 10-year vet of the fashion industry, who's known for his eclectic and boundary pushing style.  Tyra Banks is a huge supporter and he is someone you should keep your eyes on.

 

Come inside and meet Edwing D'Angelo.

Edwing D'Angelo, Edwing D'Angelo

Edwing D'Angelo is a name bantered around chic NY fashion circles of fabulous go-getters and attention seekers.  He may have been in the gane a long time, but he's still waiting on his chance to become a household name.  The Colombian born designer, who describes his label as "Elegant, Eclectic and Chic," counts Tyra Banks as one of his biggest cheerleaders.   

The Harlem-based designer says his Edwing D'Angelo collection is not designed for the timid. "It's for those who want to be the center of attention."  He adds that his line pushes boundaries and is perfectly made for the consumer who strives for excellence and likes to stand out.  Here's our chat:

On his 2012 collection

As he celebrates 10-years in the industry, Edwing says a large part of his collection was inspired by Tyra Banks' love of his menswear and its fitted lines and structure.  He says the supermodel, is a true gem, who doesn't use her celebrity to take advantage of young designers.  She's bought and PAID for many items from his line, and she wore one of his looks at the 2011 CW Upfronts.

He adds that his admiration of First Lady Michelle Obama also drove the collection, aptly named "A New Perspective." It focuses on ready-to-wear separates that are elegant and daring.

On his experience at Fashion Week

As he shoots a documentary focusing on his 10-year anniversary, Edwing jokes that his first showing at fashion week was in the available office space of a chiropractor's office on 28th street.  But since then, he's shown at a wide range of chic venues, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

He credits his showings at fashion week as good teaching tools for how to structure a design company.  He says he learned  that there is more to running you own label than just putting out "a pretty dress."

On advice to upcoming designers 

Edwing says that success is 10% creativity and 90% business.  He says persons interested in the business show know how to run a company. "You won’t succeed unless you know how to run a business.  You have to make a pretty dress but also understand how to make the dress reach millions of consumers."

On what inspires him

 As a Latin designer who lives in Harlem, he says the different flavors of culture, food, and music offer him a lot on inspiration.

On what's NEXT

Edwing revealed exclusively to TheYBF.com that he is opening a flagship boutique in Atlanta, GA very soon. He also shared that he is working on a line of accessories and had other expansions in the works.

 

Watch a special presentation of his Spring 2012 showing this week, "A New Perspective," below:

 

And see more of Edwing D'Angelo and his 2012 collection in the photo gallery.....

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I have known Edwing for

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@GirldStopTheLies - You sound

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As Men on Film would say " Hated it " crosses legs and sips from fruit drink with a straw and umbrella.
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And another thing:

And another thing: Smartblackgirl...aka "dumbass"... Being gay does not mean that someone can't be or isn't successful. That's just stupid. To suggest that this blog only cover heterosexual men and women, is ridiculous and demonstrates how myopic and underdeveloped your thinking is. Bayard T. Rustin was a major civil rights leader that helped to organize the March on Washington so your ignorant black ass could have equal rights in this country. He was also gay. Alvin Ailey was the most successful black dancer in American history. He was also gay. There are millions of gay men and women, black, white, Latino and Asian who a productive and successful. Furthermore, every design-related field has a fair share of gay men and women. That's just the reality. At any given time, you are probably wearing an item of clothing that was designed by a gay man. Are you going to burn all of your clothes. Or ask for the sexuality of everyone who designs your clothes, or your house, or does your hair, or teaches your kids, or who treats you when you are sick, or installs your cable, or fixes your meals. But beyond that, how do you know that this man is gay? Because he is a designer? There are straight male designers. Because he is flamboyant? There are straight men who are flamboyant: Prince is a perfect example. You are operating off of stereotypes and judging an being hateful towards a man because of what you "THINK" he is. if that is not the most despicable and ignorant thing I have ever witnessed, I don't know what is. You guys all need counseling and a dose of reality. You sound like Nigga Nazis.
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I completely agree with you.

I completely agree with you. This gay-bashing is unecessary and sad. It says a lot about IQ. Nigga Nazis indeed
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Anonymous's picture

lol...soooooooooooo true!

lol...soooooooooooo true!
smartblackgirl's picture

YBF, why are u featuring all

YBF, why are u featuring all of these gay dudes!...it makes me sick to my stomach!
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i love that YBF features up

i love that YBF features up and coming designers. so far the fashions i have seen i have LOVED! they deserve some recognition!
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Anonymous's picture

HORRID! As a fellow designer

HORRID! As a fellow designer this is trash!
Anonymous's picture

Yeah but this trash got him

Yeah but this trash got him featured in NYC fashion Week and you anonymous azz is at home hating. You people on blogs kill me always criticizing and aint got or doing shit. And get it rite bitch he is a designer you sew clothes.
Anonymous's picture

Peace, Love and Blessings to

Peace, Love and Blessings to him...Atlanta is a great place to have his Flagship store located, the men in ATL are fashion savvy as all get out...being an entrepreneaur is dazzling and I wish him much more success!!!!
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Men in atl are not fashion

Men in atl are not fashion savvy they're just gay. NEXT!
DaHotNig's picture

lol...sooooooooo true!

lol...sooooooooo true!
smartblackgirl's picture

LOL I live in Atlanta! Way

LOL I live in Atlanta! Way too many gay men here.
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Interesting....

Interesting....
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