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Harlem’s Fashion Row Continues Mission to Celebrate Diversity At NYFW And Beyond

Harlem’s Fashion Row puts on arguably the most important show during New York Fashion Week. Why? Because the organization champions the blatant lack of diversity that plagues fashion by showcasing designers of color and honoring those who are often overlooked. In its ninth year of existence, lead by it's founder Brandice Daniel, HFR fearlessly continues that beautiful mission and powerful movement. Check out highlights from the HFR 2016 show in the video above. 

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

This is a ninth year for Harlem's Fashion Row. Hi, I'm Brandice Daniel. I'm the CEO and Founder of Harlem's Fashion Row. When I started HFR, I can remember thinking, when we're five years old, when we're ten years old. And now Could be so close to ten, it's a dream. It's actually a dream, a dream come true. Hall of fashion row is so necessary because our voices need to be heard. Our perspective needs to be heard. We matter. Our lives matter. Our opinions matter. Our Views matter. Right now, multicultural designers often feel kinda shut out of fashion. And sometimes they feel like certain parts of the industry are inaccessible. And so what we do at Harlem's Fashion Row, is to provide a platform where we invite all of these These people that they would love to get meetings with, that they need to be connected to. Building basically a connection between the designers, multi-coverage designers, and the fashion community. Hi everyone! This is Terese Brown, designer of Terese Sydonna, contemporary women's ready to wear and accessories designed for the superhero in all of us. I think my collection is about Saving the day, for so many different people. Whether it's from the go to jacket, to the go to pant. I've done my own prints, my own colors. Everything is custom. The collection is so easy going, so easy flowing. It's like you can dress it up, dress it down. Get on a plane and land in style. Hi, I'm Kahindo Mateene and I'm the designer behind Kahindo, the collection. The collection is for that confident woman, you know, who isn't afraid to walk color, trend, texture, and really embrace Her confidence so it's for that woman.>> Hi, My name is Radhika Perera-Hernandez and my line is Lois London. So my line Lois London is a resort wear driven line. Always very flowy, very carefree, very feminine. I don't really follow trends so I tend to do timeless. To me anyway timeless garments. But I fail considerable. Men's wardrobe for years, instead of it being fast fashion items. So, my name is Jakai Franks. My brand name is called JRU, and it stands for, Just Respect Us. Sure. So, Just Respect Us, Julie, because we wanted to be all about individuality, no matter what you stand for, you should respect it. There should be no bullying in the world. So, everyone should be able to get along and You respect them for who they are. So no one should be in a spitelout, at they're that way or this way. Respect everyone, and the world will be a better place. I am so excited about our honorees tonight. So we have four [UNKNOWN] honorees. One of them is a celebrity stylist, Eric Archibald. We have the editor of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth. We have the president of Next Model Management, Kyle Hagler, and our Icon 360 Award recipient is going out to one of these dopest dudes I hope to know [INAUDIBLE] I really want to get to the consumers, to these women. And I would love to be featured in Essence and Cosmo and Vogue. Just get a lot of brand recognition, press coverage and hopefully get picked up by a Saks or Barneys. I just want Brian to win. I just want people to have me on their radar. I hope the response today is awesome. And just grow the network of people that know about Lawless London. For me, obviously racism exists. I don't let that define me or who I am. I'm a designer who happens to be black. [MUSIC] Having a fashion show is just a small. Be what we hope to accomplish. Our goal is to really introduce designers to buyers, introduce them to consumers. Just trying to be a bridge between the designers and everything that they need. Very nervous. And just to be showing it with hall on fashion role to me, it means something to be able to Come out of the box on this type of a platform because I am a minority designer and I think just to be able to be on that type of team, it's so much support and it feels amazing. It really means a lot to be part of the Harlem Fashion Row family. And I mean it has grown leaps and bounds and brand is, has just like Mentor to me. So after the show is over, we actually have a pop-up shop on Saturday, where the designers that are actually shown tonight, can actually be bought. So people can purchase their collections on Saturday. After this, we're working on LA, and bringing designers to LA, during Grammy week. And working On our tenth year celebration for next year. So the designers and I, will of course, stay in touch. And we are always here as support for the designers that we show.