Day: September 23, 2021

Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

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A model wears a creation of Joy Meribe’s Spring Summer 2022 collection, unveiled during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching.

The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped Meribe to open six days of womenswear previews for Spring-Summer 2022 after her inaugural collection for the “We are Made in Italy” initiative last year found commercial success.

“Beyond whatever video, proclamation or manifesto that we make, the real test is whether clients buy your products. Joy passed that exam,’’ said Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean, who helped launch the initiative in the summer of 2020, asking the question, “Do Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion?” inspired by the U.S. movement

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