Harlem’s Fashion Row NYFW kickoff Thursday night was all about all-Black-everything fashion and celebrating designers from the diaspora. U.S. and international designers Bishme Cromartie, Kapasa Musonda, Prep Curry and Miko Underwood presented their collections which consisted of a mix of African and intergalactic prints, scuba short sets, sustainable denim and everything in between.
And of course, that theme permeated throughout backstage with a room full of Black makeup artists, hairstylists and majority Black models prepping celebration of Black hair and beauty.
“We are celebrating Blackness in all different stages, textures, hues,” said Jalise Wright, key hairstylist. Led by celebrity hairstylist Keith Campbell, Jalise and her team used SheaMoisture — including the brand’s Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Multi-Action Leave-In — to create the looks which gave us everything from giant afros and wrapped locs to buzzed cuts and ankle-length ponytails.
Scroll down for deets from all of the looks.
Kapasa Musonda // Mangishi Doll
“The look is big, curly hair,” said Jalise about the hairstyles for Zambia-native Kapasa. “I mean big.” Whether natural or pinned on, she and their team picked out, blew out and fluffed pup all shades and lengths of textured tresses. For added volume, she used a diffuser to stretch out curls and picked up hair from the roots with a wire pick.
The former Project Runway contestant debuted his Pluto’s Retrograde collection featured a couture palette of intergalactic prints and black-and-white combos.
For the hairstyles, Jalese said the look was very simple to not compete with the designs. “Think effortless and all-natural.” Models rocked buzzed and faded cuts, chic blowouts and loose ponytails.
Miko Underwood // Oak and Acorn
Miko’s presentation her Oak and Acorn brand was all about eco-friendly creations and paying homage to the history of Indigenous Americans and enslaved Africans whose contributions helped shaped denim manufacturing in the U.S.
For the hair looks, Jalese said they channeled Indigenous hairstyles. Think long pigtails, wrapped hair, pompadours, mohawks and more.
This street style collection was all about effortless slay – which meant many of the models just rocked the hair looks they walked in with backstage.