The male model walked calmly on the floor in summer clothes with a light blue hat and a gray T-shirt with the inscription “Lafayette and Grand”.
One woman flaunted herself effortlessly in high heels dressed in long, yellow see-through clothing.
These are just some of the clothes created by black fashion designers presented at the fashion show on Sunday, June 12 at Café Crystal by Faith2Felicity in National Harbor.
The intimate environment at the Faith2Felicity jewelry store was also celebrated on June 16 a week earlier. Federal holiday on Sunday, June 19, recognizes the emancipation of enslaved blacks in the United States
“We have a whole generation of children who need that kind of encouragement. First, to show that blacks can come together and support each other, ”said Toni Tomlin, owner of Faith2Felicity, who turned 50 the day she opened her business in October. “Only that we can celebrate in a way that supports the heritage our ancestors would like us to show every day.”
The show called “Fashion En Noir” presented by Insight Financial Consulting Firma, not only paid tribute to black creativity but also supported black entrepreneurs in the fashion industry.
The company’s president, Chantrell McCormick, offered a simple message: “Buy black. Buy black. ”
Dozens of attendees, mostly dressed in black, looked at the unique suit, jewelry and other designs.
Consuela Wintz, from Upper Marlborough and the owner of House of Delilah, described some of her work – one that is rarely seen.
One of her designs was a large hat attached to a veil that covered the face that stretched to the waist.
Wintz graduated from Howard University in the Northwest last month with a degree in fashion design. She sat in the same row as actor Anthony Anderson, who graduated in fine arts from Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.
“I was also a student who came back and came back to finish what I started,” said Wintz, whose husband, their children and her parents attended the show.
“I love fashion and what it brings to our culture. Holding this event at a venue like National Harbor showcases that fashion and art [have got it] continues, ”she said.
Jarrell Greene, another Howard University alumni who graduated in 2003, designs mens and women’s clothing for “Lafayette and Grand,” named after a street intersection in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Greene, who started his company in the spring of 2021, describes his clothes “as a classic American look with black patterns. . . ”
“I remember when I was young, I always did black work,” said Green, who is also a professional DJ. “Whenever there are occasions when I need to get something like clothes, go somewhere to eat or stay at a hotel [and] there is black business and it is in the parameters of what I want to achieve, I go there. “
Some of the other black designers include Tina Roper, owner of Urban Freshery who presented the concept collection in honor of black designer Ann Lowe. Lowe, who died in 1981, designed a 1953 wedding dress for Jacqueline Bouvier who would later marry John F. Kennedy.
Several people in the audience picked up their mobile phones to take pictures and record parts of the show. They also applauded and cheered with gratitude for the models and black designers.
“I love seeing black people doing good things and people coming out to support them,” said Zaneta Rias of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. “I came with my girlfriend who is an entrepreneur and is associated with the Howard Alum. I’m having a really good time. I’m glad I came out. “