From Solange, Issa Rae, and Ciara, WWD Gets to Know Designer Shanel Campbell

BY NATALIE PETIT-FRERE

Designer Shanel Campbell is on the fast track to success. The Parsons School of Design graduate started her career interning for some of the best in the industry like Thakoon, Kith, and Louise Goldin. She debuted her line with the inspiration from her father pursuing a law degree while working as a construction worker and garnered a positive response within the industry. 

When asked by WWD's Aria Hughes why she didn't design for a brand before creating her own line, Campbell responded, "I don't think that I can. I don't think I have the mental capacity to contribute my creativity to another brand." She continues, "I'm very particular, and I don't want to be disrespectful to anybody, but I want to work like this. I want to express myself in this way, and when I'm working at other places I'm always thinking about how I just want to do my own thing. I have a vision of how I want to see black women in more artistic roles. On the runway, there are more people of color, but I want there to be more people of color at the top and behind the scenes. I want to create that with my brand."

Soalnge Knowles wearing Shanel Canvas Body Bag, Bandeau, and Strap on Sleeves

Soalnge Knowles wearing Shanel Canvas Body Bag, Bandeau, and Strap on Sleeves

Both Issa Rae and Solange have worn Campbell's designs for red carpet events which led to other celebrities wondering who this new designer is. Teyana Taylor has also been pictured in Campbell's tool bag trousers as well as Ciara in newly released "Level Up" video.

Photo from Ciara's "Level Up" Video

Photo from Ciara's "Level Up" Video

Campbell tells Hughes that the celebrity influence helped her get in touch with other black influencers. "Before this, I felt very alone, which is nobody's fault, it's just something that black creatives go through. You are in spaces where you are like, this is great, but I want to see more people of color and I see them, but I didn't know how to bridge the gap. And the cosign from Solange helped bridge that gap." It is clear that Campbell is a designer to watch, we can’t wait to see what she will debut next.