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Black Design Collective President Kevan Hall headlines “Colors Behind the Look” for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.

Entitled Colors Behind the Look: A Celebration of Fashion, Costume Design and Glam, the Black Design Collective is holding its inaugural fashion-themed event, featuring fashion brands Cross Colours, EPPERSON, In Earnest, Isaiah Hemmingway and Kevan Lobby. Ruth E. Carter, also co-founder of BDC, received the inaugural Vanguard Award for Costume Design as the NAACP introduces two new competitive categories for next year; Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Hair and Makeup.

Hollywood, California – March 3, 2022 – The NAACP Image Awards fashion event was held on Friday, February 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA at The Hollywood Roosevelt. The fashion event was hosted by star designer Kevan Hall who was honored at the event for his work with the Black Design Collective. The shows ranged from urban to elegant and featured BDC designers. Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther, Selma, Malcolm X) received the NAACP’s Vanguard Award for Best Costume Design. And the title, “Colors Behind the Look” was about as co-founders Kevan Hall and TJ Walker of Cross colors shown in the fashion show with BDC members Byron Lars (Truly), Rodney Epperson (EPERSON), and Isaiah Hemingway. In addition to beautiful fashion, there was Kim Kimble Hair Studio, Makeup by Mecca and shoes provided by Steve Madden and Allen Edmonds. The show was a hand-picked assemblage of designers with a distinguished audience of celebrities, fashionistas and influencers. The creators came from New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles to wow the crowd.

The NAACP reached out to BDC to showcase their Black Design talent. The growing community, which formed in the fall of 2018, awarded scholarships and raised more than two million dollars. BDC continues to thrive while mentoring emerging designers, stylists and people of color in the fashion industry. The collective’s regularly scheduled Zoom Seminars featured various speakers who helped educate and equip their members with a series of workshops, arming members with essential information to successfully run a viable fashion brand. This spring, the BDC Creative Center will open in downtown Los Angeles, to offer members programming that increases the skills of entrepreneurs within the design community; and provide career exploration and technology training that will enable participants to compete in the marketplace.

The track shows:

The first was Cross Colours, a bright and colorful unisex streetwear collection that consisted of overalls, oversized hoodies, sweatshirts, tracksuits, vibrantly printed short sets, hooded barn jackets and of matching denim sets.

EPPERSON presented a collection that was haunting, reverent and viscerally effective, monochrome and unambiguous – it was moving.

“It was such an honor to be on the same stage as my amazing ‘BLACK DESIGN COLLECTIVE’ brothers.

We all share the same passion, yet so singularly expressed. It was great to see my collection on the west coast. It was as if the models were walking on water.

Special thanks to the NAACP for providing the platform.” – EPERSON

In Earnest was a highlight of styles with laces, sequins, ranging from shy midis to form-fitting culottes, and some outfits were uniquely styled with oversized newsboy hats, fedoras, and more. (Hats designed by BDC’s Lisa McFadden.) It was imaginative and filled with retro leanings.

“The Black Design Collective stepped out of the park at the NAACP Image Awards Fashion Show, and I was so honored to have been a part of the team!

We all had such distinct points of view, which really amplified the wide range of black fashion vision. – Byron Lars

Isaiah Hemmingway combined business and leisure wear with colorful suits, paired with juxtaposed lapels on men’s trousers, both revitalizing and refreshing.

“Having Isaiah Hemmingway shown for the first time in Los Angeles, during the NAACP Image Awards, was amazing! Second, doing the show during Black History Month had an even more profound effect. Thanks to BDC , as always, to continue to bring visibility to black designers. – Isaiah Hemingway

Kevan Hall closed with his Fall 2022 collection, TRADING POST!. It was elegant with rich textiles and essentially classic, giving an essence of opulence, enhanced with Moroccan sensibilities. The collection was well received and met with fervent applause, followed by a standing ovation.

“My inspiration for TRADING POST! was based on the 1400-1500 trade that took place in Mali, Morocco and Tarshish which is an antiquity said to be where King Solomon acquired the gold, ivory and all the fine textiles used to build Solomon’s temple. It was the convergence of these different cultures, textiles, languages, and the sharing of knowledge and literature. Mali is the oldest library known to man. It’s all these amazing intersections of culture, craftsmanship and commerce of these wonderfully creative ideas. You see the beautiful tapestries, the magnificent colors of onyx, spice, ruby, sapphire, amber, etc. Everything is touched with black and gold or black and silver. The fabrics are tactile and rich, and it really is a feast for the eyes when you see all the beautiful hues and textures in a mix of colors. — Kevan room

Kevan Hall also dressed Karen Boykin-Towns, President of the NAACP Image Awards and Vice Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors for all of the weekend’s festivities, from lunchtime to Black Tie and red carpet outfits.

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