Frederick Anderson’s debut collection, titled Black.like.me, set out to examine connotations of what black is as a color and an identity.

“If black is my race yet it’s not a color, then should I be defined by all colors, and therefore all the races that have impacted my specific black hue?” he pondered. The collection, set in a palette of, you guessed it, predominantly black, was a set of luxe separates inspired by these thoughts in a message of beauty in layered diversity.

The collection had a key focus on craftsmanship and sharp attention to detail that coupled with elements of baring skin, and seeing different skin tones as beautiful across the spectrum. Take, for example, any number of the black sheer shirting items that provided a filtered sense of skin color that looked beautiful on anyone; ditto for the superfine knits and a shimmery semi-sheer gold top. He toyed with experimental tailoring in a young, forward-thinking way. A fringe-y looking jacket was actually made of tweed, where the woven comes out, the grain is dropped, and then clipped.

Perhaps the most enticing item was a satin jacquard blazer cut with pushed-in, lifted shoulders and a cinched waist; paired with matching trousers, it made for an arrestingly slimming cocktail look.

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