If this year has brought forth one good thing, it has been the rise of black excellence. This has been the year that have seen countless black artists rise and make a name for themselves in music, film, television, and even activism. But there are also rising stars in the fashion world too, a space that has not always been known for diversity. Take this year’s New York Fashion Week, for example, where there’s been more inclusion of black models and fashion designers doing their thing, making incredible looks for international runways, celebrities and regular folks who want to spice up their “everyday” wear. Here are a few of our favorite fashion designers you need to watch out for this year!1.) Aurora James (Brother Vellies)image from manrepeller.comJames is a young fashion designer, creative director, and founder of Brother Vellies. Her designs consist of shoes inspired by traditional African styles. Best of all, James ensures the shoes are made purely handmade from various countries in the motherland like South Africa, Kenya, and Morroco. She sells everything from sandals to boots. The minute you lay your eyes on the brand’s footwear you will immediately feel connected to the motherland.2.) Carly Cushnie (Cushnie et Ochs)-photo via InstagramFor you ladies who love a more structured, sleek fashion look, then Carly Cushnie is THE fashion designer to keep your eye on this year. Her Frida Kahlo inspired Spring 2018 collection turned heads on the runway. She also debuted her first collection of stylish footwear this season. Her embellished Emilio Over The Knee boots have us screaming!3.) LaQuan Smith (LaQuan Smith)photo via LaQuanSmith.comAt just 29 years old Queens, NY native, La Quan Smith’s sexy, and at times, bedazzled, hip-hop styles are making him a rising star in the fashion industry. He has styled some of the biggest names in the entertainment and modeling worlds like Rihanna, Willie Harlow, and Beyonce! Seriously Y’all. Follow this brother!4.) Nandi Madida (Colour)photo via InstagramNandi Madida is bringing a piece of South Africa to the fashion world with her stunning creations. She debuted her boldly sophisticated Autumn/Winter collection at this years New York Fashion Week. Her clothes would make any black woman feel like an African Queen!