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    Harlem’s Fashion Row Honors Janet Jackson And Issa Rae with Virgil Abloh Award


    On Tuesday, September 6th, Harlem’s Fashion Row [HFR] hosted its annual Style and Awards show.

    The founder of HFR, Brandice Daniel, also celebrated 15 years since its inception. To kick off NYFW, the 15th Anniversary Fashion Show and Style Awards was hosted at the General Grant National Memorial in Harlem, with the support of LVMH, who acted as the title sponsor of the event.

    The star-studded red carpet included Bevy Smith, Erica Campbell, and Ty Hunter. Brandice Daniel, HFR gave a warm welcome and hosted the runway show.

    Guests were able to witness the latest collections from Jonathan Hayden, Clarence Ruth, as well as Nicole Benefield.

    During the main event, Harlem’s Fashion Row also announced this year’s Style Award recipients.

    This year, HFR presented five special attendees. A partnership with LVMH dubbed The Virgil Abloh Award which was presented by Shannon Abloh.

    Award winners included; Sergio Hudson as Designer of the Year. As well as Robin Givhan for Editor of the Year Award. Another winner was Ade Samuel as Stylist of the Year. But worldwide phenom Janet Jackson received this year’s ICON of the Year Award.

    Issa Rae was honored as the first recipient of the new Virgil Abloh award.

    “It is a true honor to be even seen in line with his mission,” Rae told Essence Girls United. “I know he was cut off way too soon. He had so much more to do, so to get that encouragement and that validation meant a lot.”

    After an eventful ceremony, guests made their way to the official after-party at the Jazz at Lincoln Center for an even more exciting evening. Notable guests in attendance included Misa Hylton, April Walker, Janet Jackson, and many more. Attendees celebrated the overflow of Black excellence and danced the night away to live music from NYC legend Cam’ron.

    Previous honorees of the show included has Ciara, Mikki Taylor, Law Roach, and Lebron James.

    Contributions made possible by Essence.

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