HFW celebrated season ten at the Harlem Parish, a central and more convenient location for Harlem residence to attend. The family duo, Tandra Birkett and Yvoonne Jewnell, championed the evening with an eclectic display of fashion creations and industry honorees. The celebrated honorees include Janet Rodriguez of So Harlem Inc., Fashion pioneer Egypt Ufele of Chubii Line, Ashley J. Sharpton of National Action Network, Billy Council of Councilhim Foundation, Business Coach Ellie Diopand, Fashion Stylist Ty Hunter and Harlem’s legendary fashion icon Dapper Dan.
The event showcased emerging fashion brands competing for the Harlem Fashion Week Emerging Designer Award. Baayfall Hustler, Hennaflower Couture, Tiye Eliza, Live Now Clothing and Monet by Liaa. Rhonda Taylor Gooden of Chez Laa Reine Boutique was selected winner for her Parision chic, Chez Laa Reine Collection. A care-free, flowing and fun collection of dress looks for the occomplished woman. In February of 2019, Rhonda took a leap of faith and opened her ladies’ boutique. Rhonda is the only African-American owned ladies’ boutique established in Huntington Village, West Suffolk County, Long Island. “To inspire women to feel their best by dressing their best is my form of therapy for revitalizing self-confidence and wellness.” explains Rhonda. “So, my boutique works as a conduit, which allows me to apply my training in sociology, and my enthusiasm for fashion; to better serve my community. It’s a blessing to have many talents unfold as a career in an occupation you love. I can apply my many talents with creativity in fashion.”
HFW offers fashion hopefuls a series of events throughout fashion week that include fashion finance coaching, industry panel discussions, business workshops and social networking. Harlem Fashion Week is celebrated bi-annually and welcomes fashion creators from all over to present their wears in the historic community of Harlem, NY were style icons are made.