Harlem Fashion Row is a premier agency that not only advocates for BIPOC designers but provides a platform for them to shine. HFR was founded by Brandice Daniel, a Memphis, Texas native that made her way to Harlem, New York with dreams and ideas. She never forgot her humble beginnings and made that clear as she hosted the 14th fashion show on the very steps of the Brownstone of which HFR vision was born.
The evening began with captivating interviews of the all male designers that were featured in this year’s showcase, hosted by Gia Peppers. The designers began by sharing what inspired their collection and how the pandemic impacted their creativity and produced a drive within them.
The style awards honored fashion trailblazers and living legends. Emmy award winning costume designer Zerina Akers received ‘Stylist of the Year’ award. She is known for her work in Beyonce’s ‘Black is King.’ Christopher John Rogers, received ‘Designer of the Year,’ a talented designer who has worked with many celebrities such as Zendaya and Vice President Kamala Harris. The ‘Lifetime Achievement’ recipient was given to stylist Freddie Leiba. Leiba has styled Naomi Campbell, and countless others for major magazines and top designers, born in Trinidad then made his way to NY, his mother’s odd gift of a library card led him down the path of fashion and ultimately a successful career.
The event commenced with the fashion show component that showcased each designer’s Fall and Winter collection. Their presentations were aided with intentional music selections that often paid homage to the year of 2020 and the various movements and advancements that were started and continued, especially those that impacted the BIPOC communities and the fashion industry. The event was sponsored by Stitch Fix, Crown Royal, and Banana Republic. Black excellence was seen and showcased all through the event. Looks were slayed, edges were laid, and good designs were made. We are looking forward to seeing what next year’s event will hold.