Harlem’s Fashion Row Comes to the Aid of Designers of Color with a New Non-Profit and Global Virtual Fashion Event Taking Place on May 30 in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The current economic climate has brought forth uncertainty for designers. With the halt in productions and dramatic declines in sales, Harlem’s Fashion Row decided to take action and assist designers of color through these unprecedented times.

On May 30, 2020, at 2:00 PM (est), Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) will launch a new non-profit, ICON 360, in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. In an effort to raise funds for designers of color, the influential arts and entertainment organization will host a ‘Virtual Fundraiser’ with special fashion industry guests, to celebrate and support designers who apply for the ICON 360 grant.

The nonprofit program would provide forgivable relief to designers of color who are pivoting their businesses during this pandemic and need funding to scale. The mission is to dedicate 100% of ticket sales to the new non-profit, ICON 360, providing a safety net for designers of today and the future.

The “Virtual Fundraiser” Event will be HFR’s first philanthropic endeavor and is supported by Nike, Gap Inc., Shea Moisture, and Diageo. The day will be filled with panel discussions such as:

International Impact in Fashion with guest panelist Tamu McPhearson and Karen Blanchard.

Teen VOGUE’s Editor in Chief, Lindsey Peoples Wagner will discuss Gen Z and Millennial Response to the COVID 19 Crisis.

Christopher John Rogers the winner of the Vogue CFDA Fashion Fund will be in conversation with celebrity stylists Wayman + Michah.

Playing to Win with Liliahn Majeed, Senior Vice President Diversity & Inclusion of the NBA

Kesha McLeod, celebrity stylists for top athletes such as Serena Williams will be in conversation with Rich Fresh who’s bespoke pieces are often seen on celebrities such as Lena Waithe.

Lastly, words of wisdom will be given by the esteemed designer, Tracy Reese.

Guests will also have an opportunity to view a fashion show with past HFR designers as well as new upcoming emerging designers and engage in exciting presentations. Guests can purchase tickets to this anticipated virtual event through the newly launched website www.hfricon360.com.

Designers can apply to receive a grant on June 15, 2020. The website to apply is www.harlemsfashionrow.com. Founded in 2007 by Brandice Daniel, Harlem’s Fashion Row has been championing and uplifting designers of color. The organization supports emerging talent and provides a platform for underrepresented African American and Latino designers.

Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah Presented Their Spring Summer 2020 Runway Collection During New York Fashion Week

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This season Studio One Eighty Nine, the fashion brand co-founded by actress Rosario Dawson and luxury executive Abrima Erwiah, presented their Spring Summer 2020 womenswear and menswear collection during New York Fashion Week in New York City at Spring Studios.  The collection, entitled Heritage, was inspired by traditional African patterns, symbols, and techniques interwoven into the cloth to communicate values, history, and message to future generations.

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The brand was initially launched in February of 2013 and is the recipient of various awards including the Martin Luther King Jr Social Justice award from Upenn in 2015, the MOCADA Social Justice award in 2016, the Design Miami Visionary award in 2017, the Filming On Italy Social Justice award in 2018, and was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Award for sustainability.  Studio One Eighty Nine is made in Africa and produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. The brand currently operates a store in New York and Accra (Ghana), an e-commerce site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, and supports various community-led projects in Africa and in the USA Studio.

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The New York Fashion Week runway show that took place on September 10, 2019,  which included a cultural experience with live dance and musical performances that were inspired by the continent of Africa.  The collection was a mix of vibrant hues and pastels with red, indigo, white, green, with pops of yellow and black dominating the color palette.  The colors of the collection were reflective of the colors found in the American and Ghanaian flag as well as colors found in nature.

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The Spring 2020 collection was designed with sustainability and building products meant to last in mind by the use of zero-waste materials, recycled materials, and patchworking. Patchworking was used as a way of communicating stories by patching different symbols and textiles together reminiscent of quilting.  Another example, is the use of traditional West African Adinkra symbols stamped on Kente cloth. Each symbol, pattern and color tell distinct stories that highlight cultural values such as the power of collaboration or the power of women.

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Among the 600 guests including media, buyers, celebrities and VIPs gathered at Spring Studios, guests seated front row included Fantasia, Naturi Naughton, Maggie Q, Young Paris, Opal Tometti, Bethann Hardison, Justine Skye, Joani Johnson, Quincy Brown, Shaun Ross, Laura Gomez, and Jeremy Carver  just to name a few.

“We celebrate all of the characteristics that make us different and also all our similarities through mixing prints and patterns and by encouraging the uniqueness of all the people that wear the brand,” Erwiah says. “The brand should be a source of strength for customers and help them achieve their best selves, but in the end the clothes are meant as a backdrop to highlight the beauty of each individual. “

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The collection will be available for purchase at studiooneeightynine.com, in Studio One Eighty Nine retail stores, and in select retail stores starting in February 2020.

To learn more visit studiooneeightynine.com

 

 

A Night In Rome: A Giambattista Valli x H&M Celebration

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All the Valli girls and boys brought the beautiful pieces of the Giambattista Valli x H&M collection to life on a pink runway that featured a mix of models and personalities.

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Kendall JennerTroye SivanHalima Aden, and Valli fans attended the Giambattista Valli x H&M fashion show that was set against the backdrop of one of Rome’s historical landmarks, Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, on October 24. The show ended in a spectacular grand finale parade led by Kendall in the now famous red dress featured by the model in the campaign. Guests included Sofia CarsonAlexa Demie, H.E.R, Cameron Monaghan, Chiara Ferragni, and Chris Lee, all dressed in looks from the new collection.

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After the fashion show and cocktail party, guests moved down Via del Corso to the Grand Hotel Plaza, another Roman landmark of timeless splendor and elegance for the after-party hosted by DJ collective Circoloco, where Peggy Gou and Seth Troxler, as well as Clara3000, were playing.  The Giambattista Valli x H&M collection, with womenswear, menswear, a first for Valli, and accessories, will be launched in select H&M stores worldwide, as well as on hm.com, November 7th, 2019.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” with Cynthia Rowley During New York Fashion Week

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As you may already know a Cynthia Rowley New York Fashion Week show is not just a show… it’s an experience.  You will never find a cast of models just simply walking up and down an ordinary runway, don’t get me wrong, we love that.  After making a splash during the last season of New York Fashion Week, Cynthia Rowley has returned this season with her signature fun-loving style that we all love.

So here are a few things you need to know about Cynthia Rowley Spring Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week debut that made this season’s presentation even more unforgettable than the last season.

Cynthia Rowley’s runway was a 200 feet washable rug created by Ruggable. The images on the rug were inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” (Cynthia Rowley acquired the rights from the estate)

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By having her runway show outdoors, Cynthia Rowley turned Tribeca’s Staple Street into a fun-filled adventurous playland piquing the curiosity of guests and even surrounding onlookers.

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The Spring Summer 2020 collection was also inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” bringing the book took life on the runway evoking an adventurous beachy vibe, with a hint of bohemian flair, and 70s-inspired silhouettes. Whimsical Dr. Seuss inspired looks also made an appearance adding to the adventurous vibes.

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 Just in case you missed the New York Fashion Week debut you still may have a chance to experience it yourself. Rowley plans to continue the adventure by traveling to various international cities to show her collection.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next season. 

 

Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2020 Fashion Show

Relive the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2020 Collection presented by Nicolas Ghesquière at the Louvre in Paris on Tuesday, October 1st at 7:30 pm (CEST).

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Victoria’s Secret To Feature UK Lingerie Label Bluebella

 

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Victoria’s Secret Launches UK Lingerie Label Bluebella At The Fifth Avenue Flagship Store With Founder Emily Bendell And Campaign Muse Ali Tate

Fantasy and reality collide in the rich and seductive collection filled wit alluring textures and shapes, curated around a palette with rich and autumnal hues.  Launched on October 4th, the lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, introduced female-founded lingerie label Bluebella. London-based Bluebella will be available at select Victoria’s Secret stores in the US and at VictoriasSecret.com, as well as select stores in the UK beginning October 11th.  The award-winning lingerie label, founded by Emily Bendell, is designed to inspire the spirited lifestyle. The line celebrates women who want to wear beautiful lingerie for themselves, every day. Bluebella lingerie is confident, stylish and statement-making.

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The Third Edition of Le Defile L’Oréal Paris takes place at the Historic Monnaie de Paris During Paris Fashion Week

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After the inaugural Champs Elysées extravaganza, followed by the river Seine’s floating runway, L’Oréal Paris, official Paris Fashion Week partner, hosted its 2019 runway spectacular at France’s most historic institution, the Monnaie de Paris, on day 5 of Paris Fashion Week with a 40-musician orchestra.

Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris is the brand’s once-a-year celebration of beauty, fashion, and Parisian excellence.  In its trailblazing drive to make fashion’s beauty for all, L’Oréal Paris has become known for its world-headlining public shows, staged in the heart of the city during Paris Fashion Week.

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Brand ambassadors Camila Cabello and Amber Heard made their first-ever appearances at Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris. In a celebration of motherhood, Eva Longoria walked the runway carrying her baby son, Santiago, in the grand finale.  Proving beauty has no age, Helen Mirren and Andie McDowell made their return to the Paris runway while the lineup also saw star turns from Marie Bochet, Liya Kebede, Aja Naomi King, Doutzen Kroes, Soo Joo Park, Luma Grothe, Duckie Thot, and Aishwarya Rai.

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For the 3rd consecutive year, Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris celebrated Paris Fashion Week on an impressive global scale with 13 partner designers showcasing current looks, a cast of 32 international spokespeople, and broadcasting in more than 40 countries.  The brand’s partners for the 2019 Défile were: AMI, Atlein, Balmain, Cédric Charlier, Dries Van Noten, Elie Saab, Etudes, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld, Koché, Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, Olivier Theyskens, rokh.  In-house global makeup legend Val Garland and her teams of 29 artists created the various looks celebrating inclusive beauty.  While Global hair magician Stephane Lancien and his team of 34 artists crafted the hairstyles.

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By uniting an exceptional group of actresses, singers, athletes, and models from in and outside the fashion world to walk the runway, L’Oréal Paris showcased the diversity of the new L’Oréal Paris beauty season, celebrating women of all origins and ages.

 

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Splendor Meets Retro With Color: Son Jung Wan’s New York Fashion Week SS2020 Collection

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It was a pleasant New York Saturday, the perfect New York day that postcards are made of.  The energy in the air was one that the main characters of “Sex And The City” would have approved of.  As the character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) stated, “Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…this is known as Fashion Week.”   The Son Jung Wan’s Spring Summer 2020 collection highlighted the glamour of vintage wear in a modern twist with the splendor of color.  The color palette evoked the feeling of renewal, a feeling that is often associated with Spring after surviving the harshness of winter.

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Born and raised in South Korea, Son Jung Wan, majored in Industrial Craft at Sookmyung Women’s University.  After graduating, she attended design school at International Mode in Seoul.  In 1993 Son Jung Wan earned the “Golden Needle Award” from the Korea Fashion Editor Association and in 2005, was named “Designer of the Year” by Seoul Metropolitan.

Known for her playful twist with mixes of colors, fabrics, and silhouettes, Son Jung Wan’s SS2020 collection featured embroidered dresses full of different layers of iridescent fabrics, a rose gold gown entwined with floral print, an array of electric blue gowns, and a neon mint dress, all screaming the splendor of new beginnings while taking the men and women in the room on a vibrant retro journey.

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Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] Emerging Designer Farida Temraz Presented Her Runway Collection During New York Fashion Week

With a fully packed, standing room only, six designers showcased their collection during one sitting during New York Fashion Week.  Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] unveiled six emerging designers, showcasing their Spring/Summer 2020 collections from different corners of the world.  Fashion professionals and celebrities among the audience waited patiently as each brand took their turn to grace the runway.  Egyptian designer Farida Temraz opened the show with her couture brand ‘Temraza’.

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The 24 piece collection consisted of evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and bridal couture.  Pastel, electric blue, and stunning white dominated the runway collection color palette, while floral elements added an elegant touch.  Temraza’s bridal gowns provided a wonderful contrast between the modern and the traditional.  Her trumpet gown with a halter illusion neckline with off-shoulder sleeves, as well as,  a ball gown with ruffled sleeves completed with a veil will both have any bride ready to make a statement.

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HAMON, Haus Zuk, Maria Pia Cornejo, and AC HOUSE New York Fashion Week Collection Roundup

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As part of my Monday New York Fashion Week roundup, two heads were definitely better than one,  and Natasha A. Waterman was there with me front and center to join in on the fun and explore all things New York Fashion Week.  On Monday, September 9th, HAMON, Haus Zuk, Maria Pia Cornejo, and AC HOUSE presented their Spring Summer 2020 runway collection at Spring Studios in New York City. The presentation was part of the 2nd New York Fashion Week presentation for the Global Fashion Collective.

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Designer Kumiko Iwano’s collection, ‘Square’, for the Japanese brand HAMON, featured a colorful palette of vibrant red, fuschia, turquoise, pink, yellow, and neutral earth tone colors.  The shade spectrum added to the sense of expression and freedom to manipulate one’s clothes, design and fashion.

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Designer Peter Zuk, for his Vancouver based brand Haus Zuk, pulled inspiration for his collection from his days in the cosplay community and his love for the video game culture to create fantasy-inspired garments for his Graduate collection ‘OVERDOSE’. Haus Zuk stole the show during New York Fashion Week with a high energy, colorful, and playful runway presentation successfully drawing on the LGBT community and queer nightlife which had guests leaping to their feet lost in the intoxication of what the world needs more of…love.

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Chilean based designer Maria Pia Cornejo fascination with futurism and finding inspiration through art and architecture can be seen in dynamic pairings of color and shape in her collection.   Gold metallic fabrics amongst hues of monochrome, electric blue, and vermilion red dominated the collection.

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Independent designer Lily Liu, of the Chinese brand AC·HOUSE, drew inspiration from the famous mythical Chinese bird, ‘Luan Phoenix’, for her latest collection.   The New York Fashion Week collection ‘Rock Dreamer’ explored the dark and edgy side of Rock and Roll while using lace and embroidery contrasted against Italian silk.

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