The Harlem Fashion Initiative hosted the annual fashion show as part of Harlem Week's `A Great Day In Harlem Festival.' The fashionestas descended upon Grant's Tomb on Riverside Drive and paraded around the Plaza in some of the hottest fashions and accessories created by a variety of cutting-edge designers. Actor Grizz Chapman, star of NBC's 30 Rock and on-air radio personality Shaila, from 107.5 WBLS-FM hosted the fashion segment which included the latest creations from designers including; Deborah Williams, Fabric Twins, Gadol Wilson and Edwina Gregg. The presentation also included a sneak presentation of the National Park Service Forest Rangers new uniforms.
A VARIETY OF STYLES Newark designer Douglas Says paid homage to the Land of Liberty with a patriotic inspired collection titled "The President's Wife." His red, white and blue motifs included evening gowns, jumpsuits, cocktail dresses, pant suits and swimwear that captured the essence of his creations with style and grace. Designer Rodney Rogers received heartfelt approval from every bride-to-be with his display of traditional and stylistic wedding gowns. Designer Sophistafunk displayed a selection of bold theatrical creations that encompassed everything from Southern Plantations, Asian Boardrooms and French Castles. His haunting creations were meticulously layered, draped and accessorized to allude to times long gone, but never forgotten.
UNIQUELY CRAFTED DESIGNS Other presenting designers were; Clarence Black, who paid tribute to the International stylized woman who crave for garments that are unique and masterfully tailored. New Jersey menswear designer Duane Fish, a staple at Harlem Week Fashion shows, presented a modern menswear collection that included fashionable hoodies and shirts, featuring geometric shapes and prints. Yvette Petty of Harlem's Heaven displayed a variety of dramatic crowns and stylish hats.
HARLEM WEEK FESTIVITIES The celebration of Harlem Week kicked off with a lavish reception on the lawns of Gracie Mansion, home of the Mayor of New York City, Hon. Michael Bloomberg, who welcomed guests and officially started the month long `Harlem Week' festivities. Other activities during this annual celebration include; the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, the New York City Economic Development Day Seminar, the Historic Black College Fair & Expo, a two day Children's Festival and an Awards Luncheon. Visit: www.Harlemweek.com or call 212-862-8477 for more information.
*Additional reporting by Keith L. Forest.
Harlem Week Fashion Show highlights from designers Rodney Rogers and Sophistafunk