Getting Personal with Brandon Maxwell

Feb 16, 2019

We always feel at home at a Brandon Maxwell show. Partly because it feels like each piece was designed with every woman in the room in mind. Maxwell has a gift for thoughtfully considering the women who wear his clothes – ensuring that each stitch and every bit of rama brings out her most confident self.  After moving from his native Texas to New York City, Maxwell quickly rose the ranks to become the Fashion Director for Lady Gaga, creating some of her most iconic looks. He dabbled in campaigns and editorials before starting his own luxury ready-to-wear brand in 2015. The eponymous label quickly became known by the fashion elite for its immaculate tailoring and sculptural details, always with an eye to the female self and form.

Leading up to NYFW, Brandon took a few moments to speak about his FW19 collection with us. The pieces, inspired by the strength of his mother Pam who is battling breast cancer, embodies the idea of armor, protecting women as they take on the highs and lows of their every day lives.  Brandon stayed true to his staple color palette of black and white while weaving in vibrant colors, elegantly emphasizing everything from structured suiting to breathtaking gowns.


Grace Elizabeth in the FW19 finale look. Photo cred:

His Muse

"The woman I design for is confident. Although she isn't defined by her clothes, she still loves and appreciates fashion."

Adesuwa Aighewi walks the Brandon Maxwell FW19 runway show. Photo cred:

His Inspiration for the FW19 Collection

“I drew inspiration for my Fall/Winter ’19 collection from where I am in my life at this moment – and how these past few months, with my mother taking ill, have shaped me, especially with wanting to protect her from it all.”

Brandon Maxwell and his mother, Pam Woolley, at his FW19 runway show. Photo cred:

His Key for Surviving NYFW

“I couldn't get through NYFW without my wonderful studio and the amazing women whom I work with to help me achieve my dreams."

Bella Hadid and her signature walk for Brandon Maxwell FW19 runway show. Photo cred: