Fashion Watch: The man behind Cicely Tyson’s dress

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bmichaelwmodels.jpgRight from the start, B Michael was fated to be a fashion designer.

 

Growing up in Durham, Connecticut, he found early inspirations in his mother, whose family extends back four generations. Her creativity and keen sense of style passed on to her son, and like his eclectic family tree, B Michael incorporates the fantastic with understated cool, sensational color with elegance and emotion.

His designs have been featured editorially on Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett and this year at the 2013 Tony Awards, Cicely Tyson was wrapped in a royal blue ruffled gown by B Michael. Sisters Venus and Serena Williams have been spotted sitting front-row at his runway shows wearing B Michael clothes.

But B Michael is not just a nine to five o’clock designer.

He’s a consummate entertainer, an avid collector of vintage books, artifacts and photography, which can be seen throughout his home.

B Michael is no homebody either; you might find him in some of New York’s trendiest spots. In 1998, B Michael became a member of the CFDA, an organization known to recognize America’s leading fashion and accessory designers.

Always willing to take on new challenges, he is a guest lecturer at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. B Michael is also actively involved with Autism Speaks, Dream Yard Project, and Cicely Tyson School Of Performing And Fine Arts.

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