Charles Harbison, Harbison Studio
"He has this way of colorblocking and using unpredictable color combinations together, which I'm very excited about."
Charles Harbison, who originally went to school for architecture and formerly worked for Michael Kors and Billy Reid, focuses on designing everything from women's daywear, evening wear, separates, shoes, bags, and jewelry to menswear, furniture, and textiles through the Harbison Studio label, founded in 2013. Winner of the Harlem's Fashion Row designer collaboration with Banana Republic, which was chosen through an application process, Charles brings us a new product line that reaches the bulk of America in a way he's been unable to before. Famous for dressing the likes of Ava Duvernay on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and Beyoncé for the Yeezy season one show, he explores body neutrality through his pieces that are for all genders.
Brandice Daniel: "Charles's outfits will make you tilt your head back and be like, 'That's incredible.' He has this way of colorblocking and using unpredictable color combinations together, which I'm very excited about."
Charles Harbison: "I'm not just looking to work for men, or work for women, or work for nonbinary people. I'm also seeking for my apparel to work for short people, to work for curvier people, to work for really tall people. And so there's a space of dressing that is so democratic and inclusive and it's also an age-old sentiment. We see cultures having navigated this in beautiful ways for centuries. And it's just a matter of us tapping into it and establishing a personal affinity for it. Harbison is there to give you a product that reflects that."
This season: You'll find colorblocking, cutouts, formfitting silhouettes that flatter the body, bright colors, and prints.