Harlem Fashion Week Takes Over NYC
Spoken Black Girl Mag was on the scene for Harlem Fashion Week 2018! This showcase of talented black fashion designers was the perfect way to kick off Black History Month. This year, HFW took over the Museum of the City of New York for the show. The ground level was occupied by vendors, sponsors, and media, including a VIP red carpet. VIP visitors also had access to the newly opened exhibit, The MOD New York: Fashion Takes a Trip, on the 4th floor.
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The first show started off with the world premiere of The Malcolm X Legacy Collection, created by the six daughters of Malcolm X and designed by international award-winning designer, Yvonne Jewnell. Models walked with Black pride fists raised in celebration. Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, was in attendance and honored by the founders of Harlem Fashion Week.
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Designers made a powerful statement on the runway with a diverse array of models including every skin tone, shape, and texture of the African diaspora. The theme of the night was daring and bold; designers presented looks featuring bright prints, versatile wearability and garnments that transformed like art in motion.
The emerging designer show was particularly thrilling, with designers presenting striking runway looks that dazzled as well as forward-thinking interpretations of modern street styles. The winner of this year's emerging designer award, Chevalier Homme by Reginald Merome, drew inspiration from Japanese style and culture. Star power graced the runway as Creative Director Jay Manuel of America's Next Top Model fame presented the award.
Models, designers, and guests alike were repping #blackexcellence on this unforgettable evening. One thing was abundantly clear, the future of fashion is Black and proud.