Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.
It took traveling through Eastern cultures for Ally Ferguson to define a new style for fellow Los Angelenos. Her fashion label, Seeker, brings Middle Eastern and Asian clothing elements into everyday wear. On her travels, she had noticed “how civilization moves eloquently from day to night, work to play, praying and off to daily routine in one admirable outfit.” So she developed a style that incorporates these touches: a combination kimono and lab coat, a loose-fitting souk pant and other separates “for the modern monk.” Ferguson, who has worked with Ed Hardy, Kim Kardashian and Tyler the Creator, and counts Peaches as a friend, had a vision that these hemp cotton closet staples be gender- and age-inclusive. Seeker is now carried in boutiques in California, D.C., New York and Japan. Ferguson always knew she wanted to be a designer, and has found that being part of the LGBT community has helped her realize her dream. “It made me different from most other female designers, for sure,” she says. “It put all of the lovely gentlemen I’ve met along the way into the friend category so I could remain totally focused on my work. It was like I became everyone’s little sister and as my path became more clear, they lifted me up wherever they could.” Her industry has a reputation for being LGBT-friendly, and for Ferguson, that has meant support like no other. “Having a community in this world,” she says, “is crucial.” —SJ