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Janet Jackson and Issa Rae Honored at Harlem’s Fashion Row Style Awards

Flashbulbs popped and phones had been raised at the top of 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City the moment Janet Jackson stepped into the room september. The Grammy-winning superstar was in town to receive Harlem Fashion Row’s Icon of the award.

“I year Truly apologize for being so late, but I literally just flew in from London,” she told the crowd, who responded loudly that there was no nagging problem with her tardiness. (According to reports, she’d traveled across the pond to surprise Teyana Taylor at her concert.) Everyone was clearly happy to simply be in her presence.

HFR founder Brandice Daniel and Janet Jackson.

Courtesy of BFAHours before, HFR hosted its runway that is annual show type honors ceremony during the General give nationwide Memorial in Harlem. Beneath white tents shielding attendees like Issa Rae (whom received the Virgil that is inaugural Abloh presented by LVMH), Sergio Hudson (named Designer of the Year), Robin Givhan (Editor of the Year), and W

magazine alum Ade Samuel (Stylist of the Year) from a daylong downpour of rain, fashion industry heavyweights including Misa Hylton and Linda Fargo took in speeches from all the recipients, as well as a presentation from designers Clarence Ruth, Johnathan Hayden, and Nicole Benefield —all local, Black designers who showcased their spring 2023 collections.

A look from Cotte D’Armes, designed by Clarence Ruth.

A look from Cotte D'Armes, designed by Clarence Ruth.

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Harlem’s Fashion Row had plenty to celebrate night, which marked the organization’s 15th anniversary tuesday. The theme for the night, “Future’s last,” ended up being designed to spend respect to your contributions that are countless sacrifices, and innovations in fashion that Black designers, brands, and companies have put forth.

Issa Rae at HFR's party

As such, Virgil Abloh, who passed November that is away last truly on individuals minds. The designer that is late spirit was cause for recognition, not only by LVMH, which sponsored the evening and is the owner of Louis Vuitton, but for the award winners as well. Janet Jackson, notably, wore Off-White, taking the stage at Lincoln Center wearing a taupe, tulle ballskirt paired with a t-shirt and blazer that is black. Inside Her acceptance message, Rae paid tribute to your previous director that is artistic of Vuitton’s menswear for which the award is named.

“I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to know Virgil very well I was an admirer from afar,” she said while he was here, but. “once I think as a high-fashion doorman, just because of all the doors he opened for others, both intentionally and through his visibility.”

Issa Rae delivering her acceptance speech.

Issa about him, I think of pure ingenuity, a path defining confidence—and I most appreciate him Rae delivering her acceptance speech.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be an Issa Rae speech without some laughs. “I’m incredibly grateful to get an award like this, an inaugural one at that, because I’m the first. Like, ever,” she continued. “As the first recipient of this award, I think Virgil would be okay with me coming to every show that is future stunt on everyone whom gets this honor after me personally. He’d be ok with that, appropriate?”(*)After giving shout outs to her stylist Jason Rembert and Hudson, whom “designed certainly one of the best Emmy dresses ever,” Rae concluded with an email that felt poignant, especially within the range of HFR’s legacy. “I like being the initial,I vow to make sure I won’t be the last.”(*” she said, “but as long as I’m working,)

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