A Bronx native, Shanel Campbell is a 26-year-old designer whose recognition from Solange Knowles catapulted her into a designer to watch. This created a domino effect. Jason Rembert contacted Campbell to design a custom piece for Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross wore a piece for the 2018 American Music Awards, and Ciara wore a custom look for her comeback performance during the same 2018 American Music Awards.
While celebrity placements are always exciting for both fresh and season designers, Campbell’s debut collection presented during NYFW is her greatest achievement to date. With pieces ranging from miniskirts to bikinis, the collection’s play on industrial fabrics and box braids is both an authentic and intelligent embed of black culture.