Founded in 2007 by fashion industry influencer Brandice Henderson Daniel, Harlem’s Fashion Row debuted their first fashion event in Harlem creating instantaneous buzz throughout the fashion industry. After years of continuous growth and due to high demand, HFR soon became a fixture at New York Fashion Week becoming a launching pad for the industry’s rising stars of color.
The HFR fashion show showcased designs from Byron Lars, Harlem Haberdashery, K. Milele by Kianga, and Josh & Nicol. These emerging designers each put on entertaining shows featuring innovative, cultural and far from traditional clothing.
Byron Lars presented a collection playing off the combination of ethnic and folklore prints. I loved the intricate lace and beading details seen throughout his pieces. The vibrant colors and textures of his collection made me want to immediately jet set to Bali and Cape Town with the way they connected true to the heritage quilts and fabrics.
K. Milele by Kianga’s Spr/Sum ’15 collection featured bold pieces for the statement-making woman. Her slits were high and necklines were low; leaving just enough for the imagination. I loved the body conscious dresses with painted on quotes that read “Love Yourself” and “I Want Some For Myself”. It evoked a sense of confidence and self love which was professionally and gracefully carried out when America’s Next Top Model Bri had a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of the runway.
The womenswear brand Josh & Nicol presented a playful collection of satin dresses and separates, which were covered in unique patterns and prints. The collection was fun, feminine and innovative! I’m looking forward to seeing what more this duo from London has to offer.
The evening’s highlight was the show put on by the team at Harlem Haberdashery. The Harlem based boutique for the 5001 FLAVORS brand presented a collection of dapper attire and sexy feminine pieces from Valencia Atelier, influenced by the roaring 1920’s. I was intrigued by the sophistication and modern twist on men’s suits and women’s dresses that graced the runway. It was the perfect balance of the refined mixed with urban apparel. The show featured, Marc Kelly, the owner of the men’s lifestyle magazine Mr. Refined™. He walked the runway in a military inspired coat and hunter green leather statement boots, which commanded the audience’s attention. It was also a pleasure to see legendary rapper Fat Joe. He closed the show “dressed in all black like the Omen” wearing a black Capulet inspired overcoat and wide brimmed hat.
As an African-American woman, it was a great feeling to see so many talented people of color coming together to support, celebrate and honor one another. The room was filled with an abundance of pride, community and heritage. I was honored to be in attendance of Harlem’s Fashion Row’s 7th Annual Style Awards and Fashion Show and amongst so many talented and influential individuals.