Hello readers, I am Barbara King, the creative force behind Lanell Designs. From humble beginnings, I embarked on a remarkable journey that led me to the heart of the fashion world. Today, I want to share my story, my inspirations, and the ethos that drives Lanell Designs to stand out in a sea of trends.
A Passion Ignited Early
At the tender age of 12, I discovered my love for fashion. Armed with a sewing machine and a spark of creativity, I began crafting clothes that resonated with my unique identity. The desire to be an individual, not a follower, was the impetus that set me on my path as a fashion designer.
A Legacy of Inspiration
My grandmother’s influence played a pivotal role in shaping my journey. Her strength, elegance, and unyielding determination were woven into the fabric of my designs. It was she who nurtured my passion and instilled the values of authenticity and self-expression. With her as my muse, I stepped into the fashion industry in 2016, determined to make my mark.
An Evolving Industry
The fashion landscape has undergone a transformation, and I applaud the positive changes it has embraced. We are witnessing the embrace of models of all shapes, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds. Inclusivity is no longer just a buzzword; it’s becoming the norm. And in this evolving environment, I stand as an African American woman designer, infusing my designs with the richness of my heritage and the universality of style.
Innovation Born of Vision
Unlike many designers, I don’t sketch my designs. Instead, they flourish within my mind’s eye as vivid visions. This intuitive approach allows me to channel the essence of individuality and authenticity directly into my creations. My designs, a reflection of my personal identity and cultural heritage, transcend mere clothing to become statements of empowerment.
Celebrating Diversity on the Runway
Inclusiveness is my guiding principle. My runway shows are a tapestry of humanity – featuring models of all ages, abilities, sizes, and genders. From children battling cancer to adults with unique needs, I create a stage where everyone belongs. It’s a celebration of the human spirit, fostering a sense of unity and empowerment that radiates through my designs.
Empowering Women Through Fashion
My designs are more than just garments; they are vessels of empowerment. Women, especially those of color, find in my creations a source of gratitude and confidence. It’s a form of self-expression that goes beyond aesthetics; it transforms attitudes and perceptions. I believe in the power of fashion to uplift and inspire, and that belief courses through every stitch.
Collaboration for a Greater Impact
Collaboration is the heartbeat of my journey. I have joined forces with Instagram influencers, charitable organizations, and fellow designers to amplify our collective impact. Whether it’s advocating for causes close to our hearts or revolutionizing the way fashion shows are curated, collaboration has unlocked new dimensions of possibility.
Sustainability with a Twist
Amidst the whirlwind of the fashion industry, I remain committed to sustainability. I repurpose denim, thrift fabrics, and turn them into fresh, innovative designs. Sustainability isn’t just a trend; it’s a responsibility we all share to safeguard our planet’s future.
Navigating the Fast Lane with Style
In a fast-paced industry, I strive to be a trendsetter. Blending fabrics, styles, and designs, I forge a signature look that defies conformity. While trends may come and go, my unique style stands as a testament to the enduring power of originality.
A Journey of Milestones
My journey is marked by milestones, each a testament to my dedication. From Boulder Fashion Week to San Antonio’s Fashion Show, from the iconic NYFW to collaborations that challenge creative boundaries – every step taken is a step toward inspiring change and creating beauty.
Connecting with My Community
Engagement is vital to me, though time management remains a challenge. I aim to connect with my followers, bridging the gap between the creator and the audience. It’s a process of growth and learning, of finding balance in a world of infinite possibilities.
Designing Beyond Borders
My love for fashion knows no bounds. I travel the world, uniting cultures through my designs, and showcasing them on global runways. From the picturesque landscapes of Fiji to the vibrant streets of New York, my designs find resonance in every corner of the world.
A Message of Strength
In closing, I want to share the guiding mantra that has fueled my journey: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This message encapsulates my unwavering belief in the power of faith, determination, and self-belief to overcome challenges and create extraordinary beauty.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Connecting with Lanell Designs
If my journey resonates with you, I invite you to connect with Lanell Designs. Explore my creations and the stories they tell at www.lanelldesigns.com. Follow my journey on Instagram @onlylanelldesigns and on Facebook as Lanell Designs. Let’s continue to celebrate inclusivity, empowerment, and the beauty of individuality through the language of fashion.