A celebration of the best and brightest creators of color within the fashion space, ESSENCE’s inaugural Best in Black Fashion Awards shines a light on top designers, stylists, photographers, models and insiders who made an impact in 2019. The star-studded roster of honorees and nominees will gather at pre-NY Fashion Week dinner on September 4th.

Creative incubators Johnny Nelson, L’Enchanteur and Aminah Abdul-Jillil are doing it for the culture with their timeless designs. Nelson creates hip-hop-inspired jewels celebrating Black trailblazers and cultural icons. The Brooklyn artist hand-carved mock up’s of artist like Biggie, Malcolm X, Shirley Chisholm, Tupac. Nigerian Yoruba twin sisters L’Enchanteur specializes in culturally informed pieces molded in metal and stones worn by Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska. Abdul Jill creates exciting footwear beloved by Tracee Ellis Ross and Angela Simmons.

Read more about these standout creatives below and visit ESSENCE Fashion House on September 5th for exclusive runway shows where you can see their collections up close. Stay tuned to find out who takes home the prize!


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