Posted on: February 14, 2024 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 4

NYFW Fall/Winter 2024 made a triumphant return, showcasing the revolutionary work of Black designers who are reshaping the fashion landscape. At Upscale Magazine, we remain steadfast in our commitment to spotlighting and celebrating Black talent, acknowledging the obstacles they face in an industry that often lacks diversity.

A standout moment of Fashion Week was the thought-provoking panel discussion curated by Zaccheus Miles of ZMG Luxury. Upscales senior fashion editor, Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds joined esteemed figures such as Carlton Jones, Deborah Metts, Stevie Boi, Brandon Tackett, and Mr. Muse in a dynamic conversation on diversity and inclusion in fashion. This invigorating dialogue underscored the resilience and influence of Black designers, emphasizing their pivotal role in shaping the industry.

Stepping into the whirlwind of NYFW with ZMG Luxury was like diving headfirst into a sea of creativity and innovation. One standout moment was curating a thought-provoking panel discussion that ignited conversations and inspired new perspectives in the fashion world. – Zacc Miles

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, Senior Fashion Editor at Upscale Magazine, is seen alongside esteemed personalities such as Carlton Jones, Zacc Miles, Deborah Metts, Stevie Boi, Brandon Tackett, and Mr. Muse. Photo Credit: Art Cash Photography.
Brandon Tackett, renowned author of the Black Fashion book, photographed alongside the acclaimed photographer and owner of Art Cash Photography.
Designer Stevie Boi with a fashion model showcasing his designs. Photo Credit: Art Cash Photography.

Stevie Boi, renowned for his daring designs, captivated audiences with his latest showcase. Adorned by celebrities like Beyoncé and Madonna, Boi’s creations defy conventions and redefine style norms. His recent presentation garnered widespread acclaim, solidifying his status as a trailblazer in the fashion world.

Models showcase Stevie Boi’s F/W 2024-2025 collection at NYFW, featuring Donshea Hopkins from “Power” and Franchon Crews-Dezurn, WBC/WBA champion. (Photo: Art Cash Photography)

Notable personalities such as Donshea Hopkins from the acclaimed TV series “Power” and Franchon Crews-Dezurn, a champion in both the WBC and WBA, lauded Boi’s versatility and the unparalleled experiences his events offer.

Boi’s rooftop exhibition of his glass collection was a sensory delight, complemented by exquisite cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere, leaving an indelible mark on all attendees.

Beyoncé’s surprise appearance at the Luar show added an electrifying touch, while Jelez Smith’s modeling debut further elevated the event’s allure.


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The Landeros New York Show mesmerized audiences with avant-garde designs, and presentations by Kim Shui and Chuks Collins made significant waves, reaffirming their influence in the fashion landscape.

Landeros New York Fall/Winter 2024 Collection images courtesy of Kevin Link.
Model showcasing Landeros New York creation from the Menswear ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2024-2025 collection at NYFW. (Photo: PH Julius Poole)
Model showcasing Kim Shui creation from the Womenswear ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2024-2025 collection at NYFW. (Photo: Weston Mosburg)
Model showcasing Kim Shui creation from the Womenswear ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2024-2025 collection at NYFW. (Photo: Weston Mosburg)
Chuck Collins creation from the menswear ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2024-2025 collection at NYFW. (Photo: Weston Mosburg)

Despite the challenges they face, the talent and creativity of Black designers’ shine through, shaping a rich history in fashion that warrants recognition and celebration. The CFDA’s inclusion of Black designers in its latest New York Fashion Week calendar signals progress toward greater diversity and representation in the industry.

One of the standout highlights of my NYFW experience was the unforgettable stay at The Civilian Hotel. Brimming with historical allure and overflowing with charm, this boutique hotel surpassed all expectations. From exquisitely themed and furnished rooms to the exceptional hospitality of the staff, every aspect of The Civilian exuded elegance and sophistication. The delightful surprises, including an in-house restaurant and cocktail bar, added an extra layer of enjoyment to my stay. Indeed, civilianhotel  provided the perfect backdrop for my NYFW adventure, enhancing the overall experience with its unparalleled ambiance and amenities.

At Upscale Magazine, we are dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of Black designers, ensuring they receive the recognition and support they deserve. We remain committed to championing diversity in fashion and showcasing the remarkable talent within the Black community.

In conclusion, NYFW Fall/Winter 2024 showcased the resilience and innovation of BIPOC designers, affirming their influence in an industry evolving towards diversity and inclusion. As we reflect on this dynamic event, we eagerly await the future groundbreaking creations from BIPOC designers. Until next September’s runways, the journey continues!

Yours in fashion,

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds

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Cover image provided by Landeros New York Fall 2024 Collection; image courtesy of Kevin Link.

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