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American Beauty: Brandon Maxwell Makes Old-School Glamour Accessible for All


American Beauty: Brandon Maxwell Makes Old-School Glamour Accessible for All

By: Maiysha Kai via

Designer Brandon Maxwell has long been a believer in black girl magic—and equally, a proponent of good, old-fashioned glamour. There was no shortage of both on his Spring-Summer 2019 runway, as he sent a series of retro-inspired silhouettes down the runway at New York City’s Classic Car Club on Saturday afternoon.

With nods to his native Texas via neck kerchiefs and the occasional cowboy boot, Maxwell’s latest collection channels the type of old school, big money glamour that has traditionally excluded women of color. Maxwell juxtaposes society doyenne-ready clothing with the melanated beauty of models Joan Smalls, Imaan Hammam, Dillone, Cindy Bruna and at least a dozen more models of color. In doing so, the designer makes a …


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