Thursday, September 8, 2022



Shannon Abloh + Issa Rae  

Harlem’s Fashion Row celebrated its 15th Anniversary Fashion Show and Style Awards in partnership with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton during fashion week, 2022. The show celebrated black-owned fashion designers showcasing their Spring 2023 collections including Jonathan Hadyen, Nicole Benefield, and Clarence Ruth. Additionally, several Style Awards were presented including the inaugural Virgil Abloh Award presented by LVMH and Virgil’s wife, Shannon Abloh – which was given to Issa Rae. After the fashion show, guests enjoyed the afterparty at Jazz by Lincoln Center where they sipped on cocktails by Moët Hennessy, and additional awards were announced including ICON of the Year accepted by Janet Jackson.

 Janet Jackson

On Tuesday, September 6, Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) hosted its 15th Anniversary Fashion Show and Style Awards at the General Grant National Memorial in Harlem, with the support of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton as the Title Sponsor for the event. This year’s “Future’s Past” theme showcased the untold history of countless contributions, sacrifices, and innovations in a fashion that continue to elevate Black-owned brands.


Anish Melwani, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of LVMH North America gave the sponsor presentation, during which he welcomed a new, more inclusive era in the fashion industry and saluted the contribution of diverse creative talents.


Guests were welcomed with gift bags featuring Dior Beauty products: Rouge Dior lipstick in iconic 999 shade, Forever Couture Luminizer, La Collection Privée Fragrance, and La Mousse ON/OFF Foaming Cleanser.


The star-studded event featured red-carpet appearances from several industry notables, including Bevy Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Erica Campbell, Ty Hunter, Linda Fargo, and Veronica Webb. The designers who took the runway included Clarence Ruth, Johnathan Hayden and Nicole Benefield. The presenting designers showcased memorable Spring 2023 collections. Jonathan Hadyen’s aim was mixed media, drawing a fine line between natural and nuanced, and offering a textural draw packed with dots. Curve appeal was Nicole Benefield’s approach as she went for shapes that were less linear and focused on softer lines. Clarence Ruth challenged the intersection of culture and Christianity, introducing a refreshing take on biker wear rooted in the absence of rebellion.


During the event, HFR also announced this year’s Style Award recipients including its newest award in honor of the late Virgil Abloh: The Virgil Abloh Award presented by LVMH. Corey Smith, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at LVMH North America introduced Shannon Abloh, who recognized the award’s inaugural recipient. Guests were thrilled to see Janet Jackson honored with the ICON of the Year Award at the after-party.


The full list of award recipients is as follows:

      The Virgil Abloh Award presented by LVMH: Issa Rae-Actress, Writer and Producer

      Designer of the Year: Sergio Hudson-Luxury Women’s Wear Designer

      Editor of the Year: Robin Givhan- Fashion Editor and Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer

      Stylist of the Year: Ade Samuel- Celebrity Stylist

      ICON of the Year Award: Janet Jackson - Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Businesswomen, and Philanthropist.



To conclude the Style Awards, Louis Vuitton Americas awarded the Harlem’s Fashion Row ICON 360 grants to the three presenting designers, Clarence Ruth, Johnathan Hayden, and Nicole Benefield. Each was also assigned an executive mentor from Louis Vuitton Americas to guide and support their growth.


In 2020, Brandice Daniel founded ICON360 Inc., a 501(c)(3), to provide resources for Black designers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with a mission to achieve sustainable growth in the fashion industry.


Lanessa Elrod, Louis Vuitton Zone President & CEO of the Americas stated, “Through the partnership with HFR, our team at Louis Vuitton Americas is honored to help these talented and diverse designers grow and scale their businesses for the future while continuing to foster equity and inclusion in the fashion industry.”


Following the Fashion Show and Style Awards, guests made their way to the after party held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, in partnership with Moët Hennessy USA and Supporting Sponsor Amazon.


Guests were welcomed with after-party gift bags that included Briogeo’s Charcoal Shampoo, which is sold at Sephora, and mascara from the #1 prestige mascara brand in the US, Benefit Cosmetics.


During the event, guests enjoyed live music from Cam’ron sponsored by Amazon Music.


“It was wonderful to see a beautiful showcase of Black and Latinx designers’ and creatives’ art at the intersection of diversity and innovation,” said Modupe’ Congleton, Director, Worldwide Amazon Stores, Diversity Equity and Inclusion. “At Amazon, we are continually excited to engage with communities to celebrate the culture and talent found within.”


During the after-party, guests sipped on cocktails featuring brands from Moët Hennessy USA’s iconic portfolio including Belvedere, Volcan, Chandon Garden Spritz, Hennessy VSOP, Moët & Chandon, Whispering Angel, Terrazas & Cloudy Bay. The celebratory evening closed with a Hennessy X.O toast from Brandice Daniel, Jasmin Allen, SVP of Hennessy US, and Tiara Chesmer-Williams, Vice President and Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at Moët Hennessy USA.


For more information, visit https://www.harlemsfashionrow.com/.



About Harlem’s Fashion Row

Founded in 2007 by Brandice Daniel, the organization supports emerging talent and provides a platform for underrepresented African American and Latino designers. Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) engages audiences and aligns brand partners with emerging designers of color in Fashion. HFR’s mission is to discover and showcase emerging talent of color through a platform of national events and customized multi-platform programs. The organization initiates innovative events which attract a multitude of diverse influencers connected to the fashion industry. Their objective is to provide real business opportunities to people of color in fashion to showcase their skills and abilities in an industry, which is often inaccessible to this group. To learn more, please visit www.harlemsfashionrow.com.



About LVMH

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Colgin Cellars, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere, Woodinville, Volcán de Mi Tierra, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton, Bodega Numanthia, Ao Yun, Château d’Esclans and Château Galoupet. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Loro Piana, RIMOWA, Patou. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo Parfums, Perfumes Loewe, Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma, Fresh, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Officine Universelle Buly. LVMH's Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Zenith, Fred and Hublot. LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine, Groupe Les Echos, Cova, Le Jardin d’Acclimatation, Royal Van Lent, Belmond and Cheval Blanc hotels and Stella by Stella McCartney.


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