Janet Jackson and Issa Rae were two notable attendees at Harlem’s Fashion Row 15th Anniversary Fashion Show and Style Awards in New York on Tuesday night. The star-studded event welcomed the General Grant National Memorial in Harlem to celebrate the countless contributions of black visionaries to the fashion industry.
Janet Jackson was honored with the Icon of the Year Award at the after party and she was definitely dressed like a lady of the moment. The singer looked quirky in a tan tiered tulle skirt, paired with a cropped open-front jacket and a graphic T-shirt with a color-block red and navy pattern. She accessorized with several jewelry pieces including stacks of small and large bracelets (some of them designed in standout marble prints) and silver hoop earrings. Her dark tresses are styled in a half updo, creating her soft-glam makeup.
Meanwhile, Issa Rai also had a big night as the first recipient of the Virgil Abloh Award — a distinction given to those who embody the late multi-hyphenate designer’s brilliance and vision through contributions to culture and community, according to the press release. The “Insecure” star graced the red carpet in a mock-neck mini dress printed with leafy motifs. The light-blue design features long sleeves and a wrap bodice, reaching just above her thighs to put her legs on full display. She finished off with long black mules, a few silver rings and matching statement earrings.
Other honorees included Sergio Hudson, who was named Designer of the Year; Robin Givan who received the Editor of the Year Award; and Ade Samuel who was honored as Stylist of the Year. The event included a fashion show featuring three emerging black designers: Clarence Ruth, Jonathan Hayden and Nicole Benifield. Ruth’s collection for Cotte D’Armes was a study in contrasts, structured jumpsuits with motorcycle helmets and ruffled white gowns with casual denim jackets. Benefield presented fluid separates in neutral tones, such as hanging trench coats, sheer blouses and two-tone maxi dresses. For his Deus Ex Machina line, Hayden dressed models in intricately embellished dresses and printed gowns, each with pearls adorning their hair and eyebrows.
All three designers received Harlem’s Fashion Row Icon 360 grant to fund their businesses, awarded by Louis Vuitton Americas; And they were paired with an executive consultant at the fashion house to guide their careers in design. Harlem’s Fashion Row was founded by Brandis Daniels as a resource to help Black designers emerge and achieve sustainable growth in the fashion industry. Danielle also wowed at the event, wearing a feather-embellished mini dress.
Ahead, admire the celebrity outfits and designs showcased at Harlem’s Fashion Row events.