At the dawn of the new millennium, Atlantan Ladene Lenora Clark began crocheting as a constructive pastime and found her passion. After immersing herself in classes she moved from making hats and scarves for friends to creating wow-worthy garments for herself that would garner interest everywhere she went. Soon the commissions followed. Not yet a decade since she first put hook to yarn, she has relocated to Brooklyn, New York and is beginning to make some noise here for her traffic-stopping creations.
Though the stunning Belinda Baidoo and her endless legs rocked Ladene’s short jumpsuit to willowy perfection in a shoot I styled for Ebony, I must admit that Ladene herself, wears her own work like no other, as the staggering tableau of shots on her website will attest. Her striking face, strong, lean body and that unbelievable network of locks: thick, sculptural ropes (think the awesome creations of artist Chakaia Booker done with hair) make for unforgettable images.
From Ladene’s latest collection: Belinda Baidoo for Ebony. Photo by Otten.
The striking designer herself.