On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Harlem was buzzing with a sold out crowd at Harlem Fashion Week! History was made at the Museum of the City of New York with the world premiere of The Malcolm X Legacy Collection, created by the six daughters of Malcolm X. The Malcolm X Legacy Runway Collection for HFW was designed by the international award winning designer Yvonne Jewnell. “There are so many people who have no idea about Malcolm X besides what’s in our textbooks, and even then, it’s limited to one or two pages,” said Yvonne Jewnell, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Harlem Fashion Week. “It’s time that his [Malcolm X] legacy resurfaces for both new and old generations.” The evening was a star studded fashion experience with the guest appearance by TV host and Creative Director, Jay Manuel, Featured designer Beast Mode by NFL Superstar Marshawn Lynch, Supermodel Veronica Webb and daughter of Malcolm X, Qubilah Shabazz. The HFW featured 17 different designers including Styles of Imagination, Christy + You and Amatula Designs. The Emerging Designer Competition was also a main event. The Emerging Designer Judges included Kubi Springer, Brand Specialist, Duckie Confetti, Celebrity Stylist and Designer, Dapper Afrika, Celebrity Stylist and Glow Princess, Model and Beauty Influencer. The winner, Chevalier Homme by Reginald Merome was presented his award by Jay Manuel. Guests were treated to a four level experience including a vendor marketplace selling clothing, beauty products and a host of accessories. On the main level of the museum was the brand experience floor featuring other vendors, media hubs, interviews, and a VIP red carpet.. On Level 4, The Fashion Gallery – a newly opened exhibit by the Museum – The MOD New York: Fashion Takes a Trip was open to VIP guest only. Executive Producer and Co-Founder, Tandra Birkett recapped the evening by saying, “To have three sold out shows, on Super Bowl Sunday, facing the torrential rain, we could not have asked for a better night. We will continue to share the word about the richness of Harlem and all that it has to offer.” The next Harlem Fashion Week event will be The Network: The Business of Fashion Symposium in February 13, 2018, and ending the fashion week season with the charity gala on February 17, 2018, and guests can look forward to the S/S 2019 show in the fall.
Source/Photos: Vonecia Carswell via Harlem Fashion Week