Harlem’s Fashion Row Takes The Meaning Of All Black Everything To The Next Level
If you received an invitation to a dinner and the attire was listed as “All Black Everything,” you might assume you’re supposed to rock threads in the color black. But for Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) all Black everything has a much deeper meaning: wearing designers of African origin from your earlobes to your toes.
That was the challenge issued by HFR’s Founder Brandice Daniel ahead of the organization’s 12th annual fashion show and style awards dinner held at One World Observatory in New York City last night. Fitting in with the night’s theme, SheaMoisture, which was founded by Richelieu Dennis, was one of the event’s sponsors along with BET, CFDA, Nike, Gap, and Courvoisier. Fashion For All Foundation Co-Founder and CEO Hannah Stoudemire also organized a silent protest at the dinner reiterating its mission to “promote diversity and equality in the fashion industry through education and empowerment.”
This year, Ciara was honored with the 360 Icon Award, recognizing how the 33-year-old singer, dancer, and entrepreneur continues to inspire generations with her style. Upon accepting her award, the wife and mother declared “God is so good” as she talked about juggling all of her commitments, including a rigorous tour schedule, and the power of believing in yourself. She told the audience through tears, “Not giving up is a real thing.”
Other honorees included Mikki Taylor who received the Lifetime Editor Award; Law Roach who was named Stylist of the Year; and Mobalaji Dawodu who was presented with the Maverick Award.
A plethora of other stars were also in the building for the inspirational night of Black fashion, including Dapper Dan, Misa Hylton, and Joani Johnson. Click through to see their “All Black Everything” Fashion looks on the next few pages.