Harlem’s Fashion Row kicked off day one of NY Fashion Week by hosting a blogger brunch in conjunction with Dark and Lovely. The brunch included a panel discussion featuring hair stylist Keith Campbell, model Sessilee Lopez and designer Samantha Black and was moderated by Essence Magazine’s own Corynne Corbett. The theme was “Living the fashionable dream” and the panelists offered a surprisingly intimate glimpse into their lives as they chatted about their key wins and the challenges they have encountered on their respective fashionable journeys.
Samantha Black spoke with great passion about her design career and gave pretty sound advice to up and a coming designer that was simply “don’t do anything because it’s a trend”. Sessile Lopez was hilarious as she talked about her modeling career, her mentors- including Alek Wek and Naomi Campbell and her “crew” of fellow brown girl models who refer to themselves as “Chocolate Thunder”. I don’t think any of the bloggers in attendance were prepared for just how comedic Sessile is and it was refreshing to see the amazing personality behind the beautiful face. Attendees were then treated to a sneak peek of the Harlem’s Fashion Row designers who will present on September 7th and each piece was as beautiful as the next.
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