Meet Azede Jean-Pierre: Two collections in, emerging designer has fashion world abuzz
From runways and red carpets to top fashion websites, Azede Jean-Pierre is quickly becoming a household name.
Less than a year after this B.F.A. fashion student from Atlanta wowed the audience at the SCAD Fashion Show in May 2012, Solange Knowles — known in part for her best-dressed style — donned a look from Jean-Pierre's Fall/Winter 2013 collection at the premiere of older sister Beyoncé's HBO documentary in New York. A few months later, actress Angie Harmon attended the TNT 25th Anniversary Party in Azede Jean-Pierre.
Celebrities aren't the only ones taking notice. Jean-Pierre and her namesake fashion label have been featured by the likes of Vogue, i-D, WWD, Style.com and others.
Jean-Pierre, now based in New York, launched her label in 2012 after honing her skills as an intern at Ralph Rucci and Ohne Titel.
"The Azede Jean-Pierre label is committed to celebrating the sensual femininity of its customer since the company's inception," according to her website. "It is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of functionality and innovation through exploring technique and achieving balance in wearability and design."
Jean-Pierre's Fall/Winter 2013 collection (her first) had the fashion world buzzing, with blogs and magazines raving about the monochrome designs inspired by the anatomy of a beetle.
"It's for the very discerning fashion-conscious: a woman who likes to stand out but in quiet way," she told Essence magazine, which featured Jean-Pierre as one of the "rising stars…energizing the fashion scene with their innovative styles and undeniable talent."
Others have also encouraged fashionistas to keep an eye on Jean-Pierre, with Refinery29 classifying her as a "Must-Know Designer."
"Jean-Pierre's attention to detail speaks volumes," wrote Sarah Wasilak of Refinery29, the largest independent fashion and style website in the U.S. "We're calling it now, this designer is a star on the rise."
Style.com took note, too, calling her "The Next Big Thing" after she debuted her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at The Standard, High Line, during New York Fashion Week.
The well-reviewed collection took a colorful turn, yet still found inspiration in nature.
"I'm usually designing for a businesswoman who is confidant," Jean-Pierre told Style.com. "This season, that girl is going out and going on vacation. She's having fun with the clothes."
By all accounts, so is Jean-Pierre.
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