On Thursday, I woke up and saw the weather. It prompted me to make one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made during the life of HFR. Should I reschedule the event? After speaking to a few fashion veterans and mentors, I made the decision to reschedule the event. Mostly for the safety of my team coming from New Jersey. The event was scheduled for Friday and I knew that this would be a different experience. This event was about one thing only: the story. The story of Dapper Dan that electrified the room with his unfiltered accounts of opening a store in Harlem and sustaining a business that changed the face of HIp Hop. The story of four relatively unknown, but super talented designers of color. The event centered on the clothes. The story was the clothes and what a story it was.
Devaun Robinson of Mid Point Eclectic based out of Texas opened this show with his very structured futuristic, but wearable approach to menswear. Devaun, a Navy veteran and native of Los Angeles started his fashion business by chance. Because he is not truly apart of the fashion scene, his designs are unique and comes from his imagination of what menswear should be in 2014. The prints and use of fabrics was as unique as his story.
Natt Taylor was our second designer. During the process of HFR, we continuously talked about pushing the evelope and sometimes I thought that the designs were not as creative as they could be until i saw them in person. I then understood why she stood her ground on every fabric and most details. I wanted to wear every piece in the collection. This collection spoke to the woman looking to invest in pieces that she could wear 10 years from now. To the cosmopolitan woman that required a look that simple, yet has enough details to tell the story of a multi-faceted personality.
The photo above reminds me so much of an Ebony Fashion Fair pose that I had to post it. She was obviously really feeling this dress! You got to love it.
Evelyn Lambert, showed with HFR last February. In one short year, Evelyn has grown by leaps and bounds. When we first looked at her collection last year for the Feb show, we saw something different in this designer, however it wasn’t until this year that we actually felt it in the collection. Every piece was masterfully tailored and women of different walks of life commented on the pieces that they needed to have in their closets after the event. She presented a collection that would take you stylishly into the office, but chic enough to have cocktails at Red Rooster that evening.
Andrew Nowell was our wild card. After looking at his collection while searching for designers for the Feb show, we understood that Andrew knew how to speak to a man’s man that wanted some extra umph. He struggled a bit in the beginning with our raw feedback of his collection, but emerged as the strongest designer presenting a full collection for the man that range stretches from photographer to accountant. This collection was fresh and what we’ve been looking for in menswear. Some of the pieces were a bit bold, but most of them had just enough detail to make the right statement and every piece was tailored just right.
This last photo was so priceless that I had to post. This is designer Andrew Nowell.
This year is all about the designers, the clothes, the purpose of HFR. We thank all of you that came out to the event and we look forward to having you come on this journey with us as we discover what it means to go back to the basics.
Below is a gallery of a few BTS photos. Enjoy!