Harlem’s Fashion Row will introduce the Virgil Abloh Award presented by LVMH – WWD

Harlem’s Fashion Row will host the 15th Anniversary Fashion Show & Style Awards in North America on September 6 in partnership with LVMH.

With this year’s theme “Future’s Past”, the event showcases the future of fashion in a private venue and aims to support further advances for diversity, equality and inclusion in the fashion world.

Additionally, HFR will be introducing an award honoring the late Virgil Abloh, presented by his wife, Shannon Abloh. The award will recognize individuals who embody Abloh’s spirit, brilliance and vision through contributions to culture, community and innovation, according to HFR. Abloh, the former artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of Off-White, died on November 21, 2021.

This year’s honorees are actress, writer and producer Issa Rae, who will receive the inaugural Virgil Abloh Award presented by LVMH; Sergio Hudson, who wins Designer of the Year; Robin Givhan, senior critic for The Washington Post, winner of Editor of the Year; Ade Samuel, Stylist of the Year and Janet Jackson, who will receive Icon of the Year.

Brandice Daniel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, said, “African Americans have a rich history in fashion, although many of their contributions to history have been buried or unrecognized. However, HFR would not exist without the work of black designers like Lois Alexander Lane, who founded the Harlem Institute of Fashion and the Black Fashion Museum. Nor would we exist without the work of other fashion pioneers such as Anne Lowe, Elizabeth Keckley and Eunice Johnson. We move into the future by reaching back to understand, honor and draw strength from our past.”

Through an ongoing partnership with HFR, LMVH continues its commitment to work towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive fashion industry. Several brands from the LVMH portfolio will help celebrate the next generation of diverse fashion talent by supporting aspects of the Fashion Show & Style Awards. For example, Sephora will offer runway hair products from Black-owned brands that are part of the 15 Percent Pledge program created by Aurora James; Dior Beauty will sponsor all skincare, makeup and art teams; Tiffany & Co. will present gifts to Style Award winners and designers during the event and Moët Hennessy USA will provide drinks for the cocktail hour.

“As LVMH looks to the future of our group and our Maisons through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion, we are thrilled to be collaborating with Harlem’s Fashion Row on their 15th anniversary and to shine a spotlight on the company’s cultural richness and creativity is moving to the Harlem community,” said Anish Melwani, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. “LVMH’s Maisons’ success has been built on their ability to unveil creative talent from around the world, and we are excited to announce the debut of the New York Fashion Week by three talented BIPOC designers from our neighboring community of Harlem.”

The three black, indigenous and color designers who will present their latest collections on the show are Clarence Ruth and his brand Cotte D’Armes, who will be showing menswear; Johnathon Hayden, whose brand Deux Ex Machina will be showing sustainable womenswear, and Nicole Benefield, whose eponymous label will be showing womenswear.

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