Celebrating all-Black everything may be a trend right now, but Harlem’s Fashion Row is no stranger to the conversation. For the past 13 years, founder Brandice Daniel has hosted Harlem’s Fashion Row Fashion Show and Style Awards, providing a platform to highlight and develop Black fashion designers.
Even now, as New York Fashion Week is a nearly all-digital affair, HFR gave us melanated magic with its “Black Is The New Black” presentation this past Sunday (September 13).
The virtual fête kicked off New York Fashion Week, honoring four of Black fashion’s most impactful contributors and featured must-have collections from three Black designers.
Among the honorees were British VOGUE Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, who received the Maverick award and Teen VOGUE Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Peoples Wagner, who was named Editor of Tthe Year. Kerby Jean- Raymond, founder of menswear label Pyer Moss, was named Designer of the Year and Nate Hinton was introduced by fashion (and curl) icon Tracee Ellis Ross for the Publicist of the Year award.
Of course, the featured designers did not disappoint. Kimberly Goldson’s fashion collection with her sister was a celebration of Black hair paired with their signature mash-up of prints and textures. RichFresh pulled up with a suited collection of tracksuits and pantsuits, and Kristian Lorén gave us color-block goals with sequins and separates in ‘70s-meets-’90s aesthetic.
In addition to giving us fashion life, Brandice announced that all of the collections will also be turned into a children’s line via a groundbreaking partnership with Janie & Jack.
If you weren’t able to tune in Sunday, no worries. You can catch a replay of the full presentation on Saturday, September 19 at 7pm EST on Runway 360.