By  on January 26, 2016

Romeo Hunte might not be a household name, but one only need to look to Beyoncé — who’s been spotted wearing a few of the designer’s pieces, including his popular buffalo plaid shawl — as a testament to the designer’s cool factor. Laverne Cox, Keke Palmer, Zendaya and Hailey Baldwin are also fans.

Hunte — based in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was born and raised — has quietly designed his namesake women’s label in New York for six seasons and recently introduced a small men’s capsule. During a preview of his most recent spring lineup, a collection loosely influenced by Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood, Hunte showed a range of inventive, oversize jackets; sexy minidresses, and relaxed, deconstructed suiting, all with touches of men’s and military tailoring. He cites men’s wear and Japanese design as his main influences, and he has a flair for colorblocking and mixed-media effects — as in a pair of patchwork culottes featuring cuts of leather, patterned jacquard and sheer silk chiffon.

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