We were there: Harlem's Fashion Row runway show
Tue Sep 20 2011
Metropolitan Museum of Art Chief Audience Development Officer Donna Williams accepts her award
On Friday night, we hit up the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, which filled the air with drum beats for Harlem's Fashion Row 2011 runway show. The stage showcased the Spring 2012 collections of four young African-American designers—Joseph Bethune of menswear label Bethune Bros, Kellia Rogers of Kebero, Jakia Handy of Ingram Talley and Onyenauchea Nwabuzor of Ana Kata—and exposed diverse inspirations that took us from Wall Street and Williamsburg to Paris. For Nwabuzar's first full line, bold brown and blue patterns combined with clean white tops to create an eclectic combination of nature and modern fashion. Rogers showed sleek, fluid pieces, while Handy loaded the stage with classic sheer black tops. During a preshow cocktail hour, Harlem Fashion Row honored model Tyson Beckford, celebrity stylist June Ambrose and Metropolitan Museum of Art Chief Audience Development Officer Donna Williams.