Chicago fash­ion de­signer Ste­vie Ed­wards brings sex­i­ness back to fash­ion

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Ste­vie Ed­wards is a lo­cal fash­ion de­signer suc­cess­fully bring­ing Chicago style coastto-coast.

South Side na­tive Ed­wards has had his fash­ion de­signs and col­lec­tions grace the pages of Vogue and Ebony mag­a­zines, the bod­ies of count­less celebs and the cat­walks of ma­jor fash­ion shows.

Ed­wards’ dream of pur­su­ing fash­ion be­gan when he was a stu­dent at Dun­bar Vo­ca­tional High School, learn­ing to tai­lor cloth­ing, and led him to the Ray-Vogue Col­lege of De­sign where he was dis­cov­ered by the late Eu­nice John­son, the cre­ator of Ebony Fash­ion Fair. John­son pur­chased Ed­wards’ evening gowns to travel the world for her In­ter­na­tional Fash­ion Fair Show, and from there his ca­reer took off.

Ed­wards be­gan work­ing as an as­sis­tant with a slew of Chicago’s most no­table de­sign­ers, like Bar­bara Bates, Keith Ken­dall and Regi­nald Thomas.

He was also fea­tured in Ebony Mag­a­zine as a “Black De­signer on the Rise” and ap­peared on the Oprah Win­frey Show.

In 2008 he launched his women’s brand, “I Luv Ste­vie”, a com­bi­na­tion of up­scale orig­i­nal pieces that are both sexy and cut­ting-edge.

Ed­wards is now pre­par­ing to de­but his men’s col­lec­tion for A/W 2020 at Los An­ge­les Fash­ion Week.

“It’s time to bring sexy back in fash­ion and keep it classy,” Ed­wards said.

Most re­cently his de­signs have been worn by co­me­dian/ac­tress Tif­fany Had­dish. Ed­wards worked with Had­dish’s stylist, Lux­u­ryLaw, who knew styling Had­dish in Ed­wards’ clothes would be a hit.

Celebri­ties Diana Ross, LisaRaye McCoy, Jody Wat­ley, D’An­gelo and Terisa Grif­fin have all also worn pieces from his col­lec­tions. Ed­wards has had his work show­cased at New York Fash­ion Week and Ur­ban Fash­ion Week in Mi­ami.

He has also re­ceived ma­jor ed­i­to­rial recog­ni­tion in na­tional pub­li­ca­tions for his ac­com­plish­ments in fash­ion, in­clud­ing the Mi­ami Her­ald, Chicago De­fender and CIE Fash­ion Mag­a­zine.

With more than 30 years in the fash­ion in­dus­try, Ed­wards has no plans of slow­ing down or leav­ing Chicago. Cur­rently re­sid­ing in Hyde Park, Ed­wards doesn’t be­lieve it’s nec­es­sary to re­lo­cate to New York or Los An­ge­les.

“With so­cial me­dia, email and Zoom, I can com­mu­ni­cate with all of my clients with­out trav­el­ling, so that works for me,” Ed­wards said.

“Chicago is a lit­tle slack­ing when it comes to fash­ion; that’s why I’m stay­ing right here to bring haute to my city.”

Ed­wards works by ap­point­ment only. Cus­tomers can also shop on­line from his site at www.ste­vieed­wards.com.

For up­dates on Ed­wards’ lat­est col­lec­tions, fol­low him on In­sta­gram @ste­vi­et­edesigner, on Face­book at Ste­vieEd­wards or on Twit­ter @ste­vieed­wards.

Pho­tographed by Kelvin Larue Tay­lor (styled by @noe­lalexan­der_;Hair/ MUA@bon­nafied_cre­ations; MUSE: Kanani An­daluz

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