Harlem Fashion Row, LVM host 50 future fashion designers at Melba’s

Harlem Fashion Row’s (HFR) Lunch and Learn affair, held recently at Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem, NYC, was a tremendous success! This well-attended event, done in collaboration with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), featured a panel discussion where industry executives highlighted important business tips for fifty talented high school students who participate in either celebrity stylist Misa Hilton’s Fashion Academy or Tony Danza’s The Stars of Tomorrow Program. 

Students dressed to impress. Their looks were fashion-forward, and in some cases, futuristic and colorful. Melba’s delicious three-course lunch featured all of the tasty, yummy cultural delicacies the restaurant is famous for.

Living legend and HFR’s “Godfather,” Dapper Dan (Daniel Day) and Tiffany L. Zeno, show producer with NBC Universal Local, were in attendance, along with fashion mogul Misa Hilton. The three fashion designers showing in HFR’s upcoming Fall 2022 NYFW show, Clarence Ruth, Johnathan Hayden, and Nicole Benefield, were also in the house.  

Moderated by Brandice Daniels, CEO & founder of HFR, the guest panelists included Corey Smith, VP Diversity Inclusion LVMH; Jasmine Humphrey, Global PR director, Tiffany’s & Co.; Nelson Gillum, director, Consumer Engagement, Moet Hennessy.

HFR’s Lunch and Learn event provided invaluable insights into breaking through adversity in fashion for upper echelon leadership of color.

“We wanted to do something with the fashion community and decided this was the right place and time,” said Daniels. “We are here to serve you.” When you are working for a company, “make sure you have a comfortable experience,” advised Corey Smith. “Expand your world. Read the stories of Black authors like Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Richard Wright.” 

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