NYFW | Backstage with Harlem Fashion Row SS17
Harlem Fashion Row was back in full effect New York Fashion Week! For nine years Harlem Fashion Row has been highlighting talented, emerging designers of color and honoring black fashion's elite trendsetters. Founder, Brandice Daniel started Harlem Fashion Row because she saw how underrepresented designers of color were in the fashion industry, less than 1%. Harlem Fashion Row not only helps bridge the gap for these designers but it is also an outlet to assist with funding to help put and keep their lines in retail.
I was so excited to be kicking off my first official spring/summer NYFW with HFR. Upon arrival, the streets we're filled with beautiful melanated kings and queens strutting the sidewalk like a runway as they made their way to the venue.
We headed back stage and it was everything I expected and more. Everyone hustling to make sure the show went off without a hitch. Hair, makeup, clothes, models, designers, cameras everywhere. I was a bit overwhelmed. I honestly wanted to sit back in awe and watch it all come together but I quickly jumped in and started snapping pictures.
I loved watching each look come together. I chatted with all the designers to hear about their inspirations for the pieces and what they wanted the audience to take from the line.
The designers this year included Chicago based Congolese native, Kahindo, designer of Kahindo African inspired women's clothing, Bermuda native Jakai designer of Jru Clothing menswear, British-born Sri Lankan designer, Radhika, designer of Lois London resort wear and last but not least Jamaican-born, New York-bred designer Terese of Terese Sydonna contemporary women's wear.
It was such a fulfilling experience to be in a row full of inspiring black fashion icons and entrepreneurs. In addition to the designers displaying their pieces on the runway, Harlem Fashion Row honors men and women impacting the fashion industry, some of these honorees included
The Icon 360 Award: Swizz Beatz
Editor of the Year Award: Elaine Welterorth, Editor at Teen Vogue
Stylist of the Year: Eric Archibald
Check out more in the video below!