New York Fashion Week offers up the best that the fashion world has to offer; beautifully cut dresses, carefully executed shows, creative makeup- but lets face it; ultimately NYFW is a trade show. Although “we” gain entry to the shows, they’re not for us and though I appreciate all the artistry behind the shows, fashion is not style . Also, black lives rarely matter on the runway. This is why events like Harlem’s Fashion Row and Essence Street Style block party are so important. Both events provide a voice to those silenced by traditional fashion week events.
Essence Street style block party saw almost 10,000 attendees in its 3rd year. The focus of course is on fashion: fashionable eats, fashionable vendors and fashionable folks. Brooklyn’s DUMBO archway brings out all the fly for Essence Style. Children, men and fashionista’s alike gather to admire, network and embrace all that is magical about US.
Although the Street style is the main event, there were also style awards given to a handful of influencers including: singer Kelly Rowland (“Closet Crush”); celebrity stylist Law Roach (“Style Disruptor”); dancer/actress Khadija Shari (“Curator of Cool”); fashion blogger Blake Von D (“Chevy Street Style Maven”); and designer Romeo Hunte (“Designer to Watch”).
Shea Moisture, Chevrolet and Coca-Cola served as sponsors for this years event.
For more details, visit http://www.essence.com/streetstyle and search #EssenceStyle on twitter, and IG in order to see more images from the event.
photo credit: Sherrie Wood, http://www.luxeglammedia,com