By Keith L. Forest
In celebration of Black Enterprise Month, and in honor of the twenty eighth anniversary of his flagship Brooklyn retailer, world dressmaker Moshood as soon as once more introduced his legendary New Roots to Tradition Vogue Showcase to the village of Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Hosted by Laurie Cumbo, commissioner of cultural affairs for the town of New York, and filmmaker Joseph Grant, the explosive vogue extravaganza passed off at Restoration Plaza, 1360 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y., and featured reside musical performances and Moshood’s signature African-inspired vogue creations. Different notable civic leaders in attendance included U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, New York State Sen. Kevin Parker, Mattress-Stuy Gateway BID Govt Director Dale Charles, and New York Metropolis Public Advocate Jumaane Williams who got here out to assist his mom who yearly fashions for the present.
The high-spirited occasion kicked off with a reside efficiency from the Kunle Would possibly Dawn Band that includes lead singer Moses “Kunle Mighty” Ayankunle, a celebrated multi-instrumentalist born right into a household of speaking drummers. Wearing conventional West African garb, the band’s percussive rhythms bathed the viewers with hypnotic, syncopated licks straight from the motherland. The excessive vitality 10-member band, which is steeped within the percussive JuJu, highlife and Afropop sounds, was fashioned in Dawn Non secular Church. It’s managed by Kunle Ade who’s the son of legendary Nigerian JuJu singer and multi-disciplined musician, King Sunny Ade.
Along with the reside music, the festive celebration included genuine, fashion-forward designs from a wide range of rising Black designers. Daryl Gordon, a Brooklyn-based equipment and hat designer, was the primary designer to take to the stage to current the most recent creations from his Brooklyn-inspired Daryl G Designs assortment. Come up and Shine, a Brooklyn-based world design firm, adopted with their African impressed Nigerian bling. Up subsequent was artist, designer, and most cancers survivor Lisa Vogue’s one-of-a-kind wearable artwork. Mo Glover, who debuted her intergenerational, African impressed designs throughout Moshood’s twenty seventh anniversary showcase, returned together with her newest assortment paying homage to the Kings and Queens of Brooklyn. Designer Wolete Mariam, aka Empress Wendy, bedazzled the runway with daring, Afrocentric designs from her Rasta Royal Magnificence assortment.
The festive out of doors pageant, which passed off on the eve of Black Enterprise Month, is meant to drive site visitors into the Bedford Stuyvesant enterprise district. Like most small companies, COVID-19 took its toll on the Nigerian-born designer’s enterprise. Nonetheless, due to his rising e-commerce platform, and help from Mattress-Stuy Gateway BID, Moshood has been in a position to preserve his doorways open. In gratitude to the village that helped maintain him, Moshood hopes the style present will encourage spectators attending from close to and much to assist different native companies inside the hall.
The identify MOSHOOD/Afrikan spirit has change into synonymous with a method that personifies the “spirit” of Afrikan satisfaction. Initially from Lagos, Nigeria, Moshood arrived to make his mark in New York within the early Nineteen Eighties. After years of tireless effort and laborious work he opened his boutique in Brooklyn, New York. His timeless items carry collectively the standard fantastic thing about Afrikan tailoring and a style of western taste. His fluid and stylish designs have been embraced from Harlem to Soweto, Lagos to Bahia, London to Tokyo, and New York to Kingston.
Moshood teaches us by way of his fashions to like and respect ourselves and the traditions, our traditions, from which we come. Keep in mind: If you put on Moshood, you put on your self!