CHI-TOWN stand up!!! On Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 the 2nd Annual Black Fashion Week USA took Chicago by storm. The event took place at the luxurious Paul Robeson Theater located inside the South Shore Cultural center which was incredible. The event was created by founder Melody Boykin, who had an awesome team consisting of Felicia Apprey who handled the PR and Lisa Scott who did an amazing job organizing the fashion show.
The show exposed the exquisite craftsmanship of the designer’s creations which were beyond captivating. The Designers were all multi-talented and came from all parts of the globe. Ear Hustle 411 was honored to take part in covering this elaborate and impeccable Finale.
The event started early with an unbelievable children’s fashion show. Their clothes were perfectly selected for each tween model who wore the items as if they were sewn specifically for them. The attitudes were on point and their walk was pristine. Each model challenged the next to bring their ‘A’ game while strutting their stuff down the runway. They all exuded professionalism at all times and made you forget that they were only children.
During the Children’s Fashion show we were introduced to a young fashion entrepreneur and rapper by the name of T-Star who gave us an incredible interview and introduced us to her amazing clothing line called T-Star Collection; Her pieces were absolutely stunning.
Africa International House USA, Inc. partnered with Black Fashion America, their primary mission is to create brand exposure for all fashion business and to act as a liaison for professionals in the black fashion industry.
Later that evening was the designers showcase, where we were introduced to top-notch designers which also included international super model and designer Yamaia Faye who rocked Project Runway’s designer Michael Costello Collection in Los Angeles as well as the Versace Miami Private showing.
In attendance was Berny Martin (Catou) who has exquisite casual and business wear for both men and women. Deriving from Democratic Republic of Congo was Patricia Ghonda-Zola whose unique Crochet designs and other apparel was very intoxicating. Tanya Ivory Mayes (The Ivory Collection) had work featured in films like Ali and Chicago’s own self-taught urban wear designer Will Larkin showcased great pieces as well.
Other stand out designers were: Jennifer Akese (Akese), D’ Angela Davis (Girl Code Boutique), Joyce Boykin (Dreams Design), Towanna and Showanna (Anjel’s Boutique), Cassie Dodd (C. Marie Designs), Teresa Barrow (Teresa Fe‐Fe Designs), Bryan Osburn (Bryan K. Osburn Designs)
If you weren’t there, you missed an outstanding event, well-organized and fabulous designers with exceptional designer pieces.