Harlem’s Fashion Row Fashion Show and Style Awards Row brought out the best in all-black-everything fashion slay for its New York Fashion kickoff Thursday night. And by black, we mean all Black designers and creatives.
Now in its 12th year, the invite-only affair pays homage to some of the industry’s best and most influential creatives — and also creates a platform for emerging and established designers of color to promote their work.
Hosted by founder Brandice Daniel, the evening brought out fashion’s elite, kicking off with an awards ceremony honoring R&B songstress Ciara, ESSENCE editor-at-large and author Mikki Taylor, celeb stylist Law Roach and GQ fashion director Mobolaji Dawodu.
Ciara, who just launcher her own label Beauty Marks Entertainment, took home the Icon 360 Award in recognition of her contributions in fashion, beauty, business, philanthropy and entertainment, and the legendary Mikki received the Lifetime Editor Award.
Ciara called on attendees to “not just have a seat at the table, but to own the table.”
Law, who gained renown for working with the likes of Zendaya and Ciara, received the Stylist of the Year award and Mobolaji, style fashion editor and fashion director at GQ Style, was the recipient of the Maverick Award.
“It just feels so good to get [an award] from my own,” said Law. I want to thank all the women who have let me touch them and to pour my creativity into them. I a little Black boy from the southside of Chicago who grew up with absolutely fcking nothing.”
The evening also featured presentations by several emerging Black fashion designers, including Bishme Cromatrie, Kapasa Musonda, Prep Curry and Miko Underwood, as well as the launch of HFR’s In The Black online shopping platform featuring a curated selection of creations from select designers of color. New designers and merchandise will be featured every eight weeks.
View the first rotating group of designers here.