ESSENCE is kicking off New York Fashion Week with a bang ! Not only is ESSENCE Fashion House–our showcase of all things Black style–coming to the Big Apple, we’re also hosting our inaugural Best In Black Fashion Awards on September 4th. While the event is invitation-only, readers can get in on the fun by voting for their favorite nominees from now until Tuesday, August 27th at 8pm.

Click HERE to vote now for the first-ever ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards!

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ESSENCE established our Best In Black Fashion Awards to combat the lack of recognition that creators color receive in the fashion space. While a host of popular trends remain rooted in Black culture, we rarely get the credit for birthing them. The CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund have received criticism for repeatedly snubbing deserving designers of color.

ESSENCE is here to change that.

To create a rightful space where our Black stylists, models, photographers, designers and more can be recognized for their work, the BIBFAs was created. We will honor trendsetting celebrities such as Rihanna and Zendaya and top designers from Fe Noel to Christopher John Rogers, who are among this year’s nominees.

For more information on the BIBFAs, click HERE–and don’t forget to vote for your favorites from now until Tuesday, August 27th at 8pm!


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