Making a great film requires a skillset of great storytelling, magic and an eye for style. Finding the right look that conveys an emotion, sense or feeling not only helps tell the film’s story but costuming can make or break the success of a film, period. In film as in real life, playing the part is only half the challenge, the other half consists of dressing the part and becoming the living embodiment of the character – a job that seasoned costume designers like Ruth E. Carter knows all too well.
During the 2016 American Black Film Festival – Harlem’s Fashion Row hosted a panel discussion with acclaimed costume designer, Ruth E. Carter (Roots, Selma, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Sparkle, Malcolm X) to discuss the collaborative process of planning wardrobe for a film, and its powerful impact on the story.
Presented by Prudential, this unique perspective spotlighted just how influential style and design is in film and storytelling. Moderated by Brandice Henderson-Daniel, Founder Harlem’s Fashion Row – guests witnessed the stories behind the design from Ruth E. Carter as well as inspirations behind her illustrious career in film.
Ruth E. Carter & Brandice Henderson-Daniel discussing Hollywood insider costume secrets.
In celebration of Ruth E. Carter’s career, Harlem’s Fashion Row emerging designer – Fe Noel previewed her design presentation reflective of Ms. Ruth’s work and legacy in film. With designs that spanned decades and beyond, Fe Noel shared her vision of designs once inspired by Ms. Carter’s career with a fresh approach that only Fe Noel can do.
Fe Noel shares her inspiration behind her collection presentation.
Ruth E. Carter and Fe Noel share a designer moment at ABFF.
With celebs like Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks & Tracy Ellis Ross fans of her collections, Fe Noel has established a brand and career designing unique pieces for the trendsetter in all of us. Fe Noel is more than a designer and fashion collection, it’s a conceptual lifestyle brand that embodies personal style and sensibility. Defined by simple silhouettes, plunging necklines and quality fabrics, each design exudes an innovative mix of sensibility and sensuality.
Take a closer look at the Ruth E. Carter inspired collection and ABFF fashion presentation by Fe Noel below.
Disclaimer: This editorial content above has been provided and compensated in part by Harlem’s Fashion Row, however; all opinions shared by author are her own.
From New York to California – Harlem’s Fashion Row brought haute styles and celebrity fun during the inaugural Style Beat fashion show Grammy Weekend in Los Angeles. Held at the spacious Palazzo Beverly Hills estate, the red carpet event hosted by Quincy and Vanessa Simmons highlighted emerging multicultural designers – powered by Verizon Wireless. Featured designers included L.A. – based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Bosell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.
Style Beat hosts Quincy, Vanessa Simmons and HFR CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
“I’ve dreamt of expanding Harlem’s Fashion Row to Los Angeles and now it’s become a reality. It’s our first-ever event on the West Coast and we’re excited to introduce our brand to the entertainment community and continue to present diversity in fashion.”
– HFR Founder/CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
Celebrity style usie with Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson and Tamala Jones
Celebrity guests included VH1’s Basketball wives Laura and Gloria Govan, Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson, Tamala Jones and more. Influencers got the chance to take their unique style online with Verizon’s 360 interactive glam cam. The 360-degree photo/video experience captured head-to-toe shareable looks that guests shared on social media using #VZFashionMoment tag. Check out my 360 glam cam Verizon VZFashionMoment …and more from the Style Beat event below…
The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show
Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway
These flowing florals had everyone ready for spring…
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As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, it’s only right that I share one of my favorite annual events from the epicenter of all things fly and fashionable in NYC. Harlem’s Fashion Row events powered by Pandora kicked off fashion week fun with a Blogger’s Breakfast (sponsored by McDonald’s) as well as an editors luncheon offering a preview of the designer collections that would be gracing the runway during the 7th Annual HFR Runway Show and Style Awards.
Designer Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Peterson (K. Milele) seen with models at HFR Editors Luncheon Sept. 4 in NYC.
After media previews throughout the week, celebrities near and far gathered to NYC for the 7th Annual Harlem’s Fashion Row Runway Show And Style Awards. A show filled with designers from near and far, the HFR show is one of the anticipated runway events of each season. In addition to K. Milele designs, models dominated the runway in Harlem Haberdashery, Josh and Nicol and kept fashion fans in awe during the entire show. Discover moments from the show and surprise model appearances below.
TV personalities Miss Lawrence and Bevy Smith attend Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Iconic model Beverly Johnson attends Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show And Style Awards
A model wearing K. Milele during HFR Fashion Show
Model wearing Harlem Haberdashery Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Model wearing Josh and Nicol during at Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Model Bree Scullark wearing K. Milele during during HFR runway show
Recording artist Fat Joe walks the runway wearing Harlem Haberdashery during HFR runway show
Brandice Henderson, CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, has over 12 years of experience in fashion ranging from retail, buying, costing, and production. In May 2007, Henderson created HFR and produced the first fashion show which received critical acclaim and a mention in Women’s Wear Daily.
In just 5 years, Brandice moved Harlem’s Fashion Row from a small restaurant venue to the striking Allen Room at Lincoln Center. She’s gained corporate support from companies such as Target Stores, Iman Cosmetics, Sprite Green, and BET. Harlem’s Fashion Row has also been covered by NY Daily News, New York Time Out, and Jones Magazine as well as NYC TV “That’s So New York”, The Cut, NY Racked, Black Enterprise, and Centric.
Harlem’s Fashion Row is now a movement to increase diversity in fashion by producing events to teach, inspire, and encourage as well as by providing a platform for designers of color during fashion week. Harlem’s Fashion Row is a business with a purpose.
McDonald’s USA announced the launch of its 2014 McCafé® Student Fashion Design Competition, in partnership with Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR). Both brands are on a mission to find the next fashion superstar! The nationwide competition, open exclusively to HBCU students, launched with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Howard University students to chat up close and personal with veteran stylist and media personality June Ambrose.
The 2014 McCafé® Student Fashion Design Competition is now open! Students must submit at least one sketch of a McCafé®-inspired red carpet look. The winning design will be worn by the red carpet host of this year’s McDonald’s 365Black Awards, which takes place during Essence Festival. In addition to having the sketch come to life, the student will also win an apprenticeship with designer Evelyn Lambert, all-expense paid trip to New Orleans and a $1,000 scholarship.
The launch of the 2014 McCafé® Student Fashion Design Competition is in conjunction with the launch of HFR’s newest initiative Harlem’s Fashion Row-University (HFR-U), which strives to inspire, nurture and advance the next generation of diverse fashion industry talent by offering professional development and networking opportunities to undergradutate students at historically black colleges across the country.
The grand prize winner of the competition will receive the opportunity of a lifetime – an apprenticeship with noted designed Evelyn Lambert; having their design worn by the 11th annual McDonald’s® 365Black® Awards red carpet host; an all-expense paid trip to the 11th annual McDonald’s® 365Black Awards® taping, which takes palce in New Orleans during the July 4th weekend; a $1,000 scholarship; his/her sketch featured on a limited-edtion HFR signature tee.
All students at historically black colleges across the country are encourage to enter. The competition runs from April 3 – April 25th, with the winner announced on April 30th. For more information on the contest and rules, visit harlemsfashionrow.com/hfru.