By: Jon Cope
The community that Harlem’s Fashion Row fosters for multicultural designers was a in full attendance at their SS17 fashion show at Pier 89. With the fashion industry titans being honored including, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth for Editor of the Year, President of Next Management New York, Kyle Hagler for being a Trailblazer, and Wardrobe Stylist, Eric Archibald for Stylist of the Year, attendees were knocking down walls to be able to gain access to the presentation of designs from four progressive designers.
We were treated with fashion presentations from Terese Brown of Terese Sydonna, Radhike Perera-Hernandez of Lois London, Kahindo Mateene of Kahindo, and Jakai Franks of JRU. Kahindo’s couture pieces sashayed down the runway first with barefoot models decorated with whimsical gold sprinkled through their hair and gold lipstick strewn on their lips. Her pieces were fanciful, thoughtful, and complex with exaggerated sleeves, rorschach-like prints, and design details such as peplums and bubble skirts, all the while insinuating an air of sexiness for the wearer.
Next, Terese Sydonna showed a melange of designs that were more edgy and streamlined, with hints of orientalism and drama. Stand outs from her collection were undoubtedly the final palette of clothes that infused red, baby pink and white, that created the oriental-esque luxe that was so perceptible. Lois London was the most dreamy and iridescent of the women’s collections with caftan-like maxi dresses with deep plunging necklines that flowed with a liquidy quality. Utilizing the richest colors of the color spectrum, models glided down the runway with an effortless luxuriousness.
JRU was the only men’s collection featured, and represented a more audacious idea of male jena se qua showing barely there shirts, sleeveless trenches, oversized turtlenecks, all in a variety of bold colors.