“We can’t be style icons, and not wear fashion from Black designers,” singer Jidenna said.
And Jidenna couldn’t have said it better!
“It’s important that we celebrate and champion our Black creatives. We drive the culture. #Periodt,”Essence Global Beauty Director, Julee Wilson said.
We started off the story with these two very powerful quotes because this is the exact energy that filled the Essence Fashion House during New York Fashion Week 2019.
Black and Brown people have always driven the culture when it pertains to fashion. Black people are fashion!
Are you familiar with Willi Smith, Scott Barrie, Anna Lowe, or Zelda Wynn Valdes? These fashion icons are just a few that broke down doors for Black people in fashion in the early 1900’s. For example; Zelda Wynn Valdes is the woman behind the Playboy Bunny costume, and the start of the sexy, unapologetic, hip hugging glamorous dresses and gowns- women still wear to this day, love to it! She opened her first
boutique in Manhattan, New York.
Essence Magazine recently held their first ‘Essence Fashion House’ in New York City On Thursday September 5, 2019, which makes New York the perfect location to celebrate Blackness in the fashion industry and keep pushing the culture forward.
The house consisted of three floors and a balcony -filled with fashionistas, panel discussions, fashion displays, fashion shows, celebrities, an hour-long master class with June Ambrose, and style icons.
Celebrities such as; Anthony Hamilton, Natauri Naughton, Jidenna, Justine Skye, Leyna Bloom, Jason Bolden, Yandy Smith, June Ambrose, and Tasha Smith.
Event sponsor was Target.
June Ambrose said, “I love you Essence. The fashion house is absolutely amazing and super Sheek!”
Model Liris Crosse said, “When you’re surrounded by so much Black girl magic, you have no choice but to glow!”
From hats, to shoes, to fabrics, to culture, to cost, to hair- no part of fashion was left untouched. Essence did it again, by bringing a whole lot of pride and push to the people! So next time you decide to shop, spend some coins on a Black designer!