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HFR HISTORY

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STEPHEN BURROWS HONORED

In 2009, HFR held its second fashion event at Harlem Stage honoring legendary designer, Stephen Burrows.

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FIRST SPONSOR

In 2011, HFR held its first event at Jazz at Lincoln Center, showing the collections of four amazing designers. Target was our first sponsor.

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FIRST EVENT

In 2007, HFR held its first event in Harlem at the River Room. Terrence and Rocsi of BET's 106 & Park agreed to walk in the show, which featured four Harlem boutiques.

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ART EXHIBIT

In 2010, HFR opted for a fashion art exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem instead of the traditional fashion show.

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5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

In 2012, HFR celebrated its 5th year anniversary at Jazz at Lincoln Center. We honored Kevan Hall, Audrey Smaltz, and Ty Hunter.

CFDA

 

In 2013, Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, came to
speak to an audience of fashion designers and professionals at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

HFR hosted its first fashion show at the Apollo Theater. This was the first time we featured a collection from Kimberly Goldson.

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HONORED BEVERLY JOHNSON

In 2014, HFR honored the legendary Beverly Johnson and designer Byron Lars. It was the 40th anniversary of Beverly Johnson's Vogue cover.

HFR TAKES LA

In 2015, HFR held an event in Los Angeles, CA, for the first time, honoring Kevan Hall and showing the collections of LA-based designer Waraire Boswell.

 This was also the first year we featured a collection by Fe Noel, had a fashion design exchange program with Bermuda and honored Tracee Ellis Ross at Pier 59. 

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SWIZZ BEATS HONORED

In 2016, HFR honored Swizz Beats and presented the collections of Kahindo Mateene, Terese Sydonna, Lois London, and Bermudian designer JRU.

10TH ANNIVERSARY

 In 2017, HFR celebrated its 10-year anniversary uptown at La Marina.  The event was featured in the New York Times and Forbes, and we honored Spike Lee as our
Icon 360 recipient. Kimberly Goldson, Fe Noel, and
Undra Celeste New York presented their collections.

 

Brandice Daniel made sure to bring HFR back to her hometown of Memphis, TN, for HFR's 10th anniversary.  Clayborne Temple proved to be the perfect venue for an event that featured a fashion show, Breakfast with
Mikki Taylor, and a Mini Fashion Conference
with Misa Hylton, Wouri Vice, and Julee Wilson.

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HFR X LBJ X NIKE 

In 2018, HFR partnered with LeBron James and Nike to launch the first LBJ shoe designed by women, for women, at our 11th Annual Fashion Show and Style Awards.

HFR also held its first Black Fashion History Dinner at Red Rooster in Harlem. Teri Agins moderated a conversation with Dapper Dan and Shaka Chambers from Dyne.

FASHION SUMMIT AT GOOGLE

In 2019, HFR kicked off the year with our "Next of Kin" partnership with IMG, a Fashion Summit at Google. We ended the year with a Designer Retreat at Nike's NYC HQ, Designer Breakfast hosted by The Gap, and our 12th Annual Fashion Show and Style Awards.

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VIRTUAL EVENTS

2020 was defined by iconic events, both in-person and virtually. One of these was The Prelude, where HFR honored fashion icons April Walker, Dapper Dan, and Misa Hylton. HFR also had the honor of collaborating with Janie and Jack to design an exclusive collection designed by multicultural designers.

 

We also launched Icon360 in an effort to provide financial support to designers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TOM FORD

This year, HFR has stayed resilient during uncertainty. In February, HFR hosted our 3rd Annual Fashion Summit, "Moving Beyond The Black Box," where Tom Ford presented as the keynote speaker. Multiple media outlets praised HFR for its ability to spark thoughtful dialogue
about diversity in the fashion industry. 

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