As designer Caysee Black danced down the runway to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” the audience was in awe. Her spring 2016 line billowed in the wind of high fashion as models flowed down the runway in her silk creations.
“I went to Abu Dhabi and Dubai a year ago, and I was in the Arabian dessert and was inspired by the Arabian horses, the sunsets and colors,” said Black. “All of my fabrics come from my paintings. That’s how my collection starts every season. I do water color paintings and then the story evolves from there.”
Black sends her fabric designs to printers in Korea and Vietnam and has them print her design onto different variations of silk-based fabrics. The printed fabric is then sent to Black’s factories in New York City where the clothes are constructed.
Her spring 2016 line featured at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa celebrated the feminine physique by showing skin in all the right places.
“I was playing with architecture and origami when I decided on the structures,” the designer said. “I like to accent the beautiful places on women.” Black carved out designs to emphasize the midsection, obliques, shoulders and legs.
Reigning victorious on runways throughout New York, LA and Paris, designers such as Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Fendi and Christian Dior have capitalized on this cut-out trend. Not all of Blacks pieces incorporated cut-outs. Some were simply accentuated by opaque fabrics teasing the onlooker. Favored amidst the elements were boxlike silhouettes and two-piece ensembles with open panels.
“It’s kind of the trend that’s happening. It’s a little over-sized, it’s like playing with different shapes again, the origami, the folds,” said Black.
In honor of spring, different shades of blue, pink and nude saturated the Arabian prints while the black and white pieces brought an air of ethnic mystery to the designs. The origami silk Faile romper in splatter print turned the designer giddy, and she referred to it as “the romper I live in.”
As a graduate from Parsons school of design in 2003, Black has produced seven collections. Her first debuted in 2009.
“To me, fashion surpasses far beyond what is captured on the runway or in magazines. Fashion is life, surrounding you, becoming a part of you. And foremost, it is art,” Black said. “For me personally, it was never about trends, but about self-expression, finding the ultimate balance between creativity, reality and functionality and most importantly, being able to share my story through my collection.”
Black’s lines are meant for any woman who aims to dress uniquely fashionably.
“I definitely love the 20 year old, but I think that I also have customers who are older. My mom is in her sixties and she wears the pieces and then I have a lot of women in New York in their forties and they wear it,” said Black.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Black lives in Brooklyn working on her collections year-round. The designer will stay busy with a fall 2015 line in production and a country tour to show her line. The Brooklyn designer doesn’t have an actual storefront, but sells her pieces online and through private trunk shows.
In a world full of fashion, Black has found her niche and strives to connect with people on a personal level.
“What truly matters most to me is that every piece makes a genuine connection with each person, filling them with the sense of empowerment and elegance when worn,” said Black.