Harlem’s Fashion Row Will Host Virtual Awards And Fashion Show

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HARLEM, NEW YORKBrandice Daniel‘s Harlem’s Fashion Row will hold its 13th annual Style Awards and fashion show on Sept. 13. While many fashion houses and designers are still trying to put pieces to the puzzle together and still doesn’t have a clear vision on what to do, HFR has it all figured out.

Through a partnership with the children’s wear label Janie and Jack, the event is going forward. The mission remains to help BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) designers gain opportunities in fashion, despite the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

September’s virtual awards show will honor two leading editors in chief — British Vogue’s Edward Enninful will receive the Maverick of the Year award and Teen Vogue’s Lindsay Peoples Wagner will be honored with the Editor of the Year award. Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond will be given the Designer of the Year award and Nate Hinton will pick up the “Publicist of the Year” award.

Gap Inc. is sponsoring the Publicist of the Year award and Shea Moisture will sponsor the Editor of the Year award. Actress Trace Ellis Ross will present Jean-Raymond with his award.

After the ceremony, three designers — Kimberly Goldson, Rich Fresh and Kristian Loren — will present their new collections virtually. In addition, Janie and Jack will preview the HFR & Janie and Jack children’s line during the digital event.

Filmed like a documentary, the virtual show is meant to be experiential instead of just a fashion show. There will be engagements with different fashion influencers. Dapper Dan, for example, will make statements throughout the show, according to a HFR spokeswoman.

An encore performance of the digital fashion show is scheduled for the public on Sept. 19. During that presentation, HFR will host a Q&A with the presenting designers, offer networking opportunities and hold an open discussion with HFR founder and chief executive officer Brandice Daniel.

In June, HFR introduced its nonprofit Icon 360 to help BIPOC during the pandemic and received a $1 million donation from the CFDA/Vogue A Common Thread. The winners of the first Icon 360/Vogue Common Thread award will be revealed during the virtual fashion show. Vogue did not have an influence on the editors that were selected, according to a HFR spokeswoman. HFR has an advisory board that makes the selection, she said.

HFR has also partnered with RAISEFashion, a group that connects Black-owned brands and individuals with fashion industry professionals and creatives. The partnership will allow designers to receive exposure and mentoring.

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Donovan is the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of www.dmfashionbook.com. For all general inquiries please email don@dmfashionbook.com Donovan has a BA in Journalism & Media Studies from the prestigious Rutgers University. He's currently studying entertainment and fashion law.