Angela Rye Won Bronze In Cushnie

Angela Rye will always have a special place in my heart! I don’t get starstruck often and very rarely will I walk up to a celebrity/public figure for a picture, but in September 2018 there she was, perched in the front row at Christian Cowan Spring 2019 show in one of the designers sequins blazers. The lights had already dimmed, my iPhone 6s camera was trash, but I wanted to speak, and hell I created Kolor so readers can see an Angela Rye at New York Fashion Week. Ask, and ye shall receive, she said yes to the pic. The quality was subpar but it was mine for my magazine, my mission was complete.

Rye, a regular political commentator CNN and The Breakfast Club is a perfect poster girl for ready-to-wear fashion. Yes she regularly in the public’s eye, boast 1million plus followers, and she even has a stylist —shout out to Jason Rembert— but what sets the Truth-Bringer-in-Chief apart is she’s a relatable career woman. Rye is a lawyer, graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law, on the ground working for people. Styled by Rembert or not, when she spotted in embellished Naeem Khan pants or a Pyer Moss matching set (where she was the poster girl for the brands AW18 ad campaign), it feels real, and real women want real —stylish— clothes.

At one of the many celebrations that Essence Magazine holds for black women —this time it was their Black Women in Hollywood event— Angela attended in a Spring 2019 look from Cushnie. The bronze mid length dress with an asymmetrical neckline that exposed both shoulders and a, "hey thighs" slit walked in Carly Cushnie’s Caribbean inspired debut collection. On the runway, the model strutted in a pair of bare metallic sandal, supersized hoop earrings, slicked-back hair, and a bold red lip. For Essence’s festivities Rye also kept things toned down with a nude lip and Jimmy Choo heels, and very black with box braids. I hope more designers continue to find value in dressing Angela Rye and women like her because after all, it's not the celebs trying to be all in the videos, all on the record, dancing that will sustain the fashion industry's existence, it's those most relatable to the customer.