Posted on: June 30, 2024 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0
André Leon Talley

The Vision Community Foundation triumphantly returned for its eleventh year with the eagerly awaited White Tie Sparkle Haute Couture Gala, held on Friday, June 28th, at the distinguished Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. This glamorous affair, hosted by the multifaceted Cynthia Bailey—model, TV personality, actress, and philanthropist—was a dazzling homage to fashion legend Andre Leon Talley and a celebration of queer excellence and ingenuity.

Cynthia Bailey—model, TV personality, actress, and philanthropist. Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography

Guests were treated to an exclusive walkthrough of the Fashion Designers Hall of Fame Atelier exhibit, featuring the exquisite creations of designers Octavius Terry, August Fulton, and Tim Arrington.

Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography

The evening seamlessly fused high fashion with heartfelt honors, spotlighting influential figures across fashion, film, arts, entertainment, motivation, entrepreneurship, and advocacy.



Congratulations to this year’s esteemed honorees: Preston Mitchum of Bravo TV’s Summer House Martha’s Vineyard, rising musical artist Jayye Michael, restaurateur and television personality Gocha Hawkins, Dashawn Usher, founder of MOBI and director at GLAAD, celebrity DJ Jash Jay, SpeakOut Inc., a national organization for Black gay men, K. Keith, founder of Gaye Magazine, celebrity publicist David Robinson, trans advocate and actress Hailie Sahar, and Otis and Tim Knight, owners of Balmori Balmori Artisan Perfume.


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 28: Vivica A. Fox attends the 12th Annual Vision Community Foundation Gala at Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center on June 28, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Derek White/Getty Images)

The prestigious Ultimate Icon Award was bestowed upon the acclaimed actress Vivica A. Fox, with the honor presented by none other than actor and philanthropist Jussie Smollett.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 28: Dr. Courtney Hammonds attends the 12th Annual Vision Community Foundation Gala at Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center on June 28, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Derek White/Getty Images)
Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, senior fashion editor at Upscale Magazine and a distinguished guest at the gala, delivered a moving tribute to his mentor, Andre Leon Talley. Highlighting Talley’s profound impact on the fashion industry and his pioneering role for BIPOC individuals, Dr. Hammonds collaborated with three BIPOC designers for his ensemble. Myriam Belasse created a distinctive kaftan inspired by Talley’s iconic style, India Starke designed a bespoke suit featuring a heartfelt letter from Talley to Hammonds, encouraging authenticity and inspiration, and Dupsies Signature Boutique crafted a unique crown, completing the ensemble with regal elegance.
The gala’s theme, “Evolve,” resonated throughout the night, sparking reflections on the fashion industry’s progress and innovations. The Vision Community Foundation brought together progressive leaders and cultural innovators to discuss pivotal topics and inspire future generations. The event featured a remarkable lineup of fashion tastemakers and a stylish crowd.
Visionaries of The Vision Community Foundation, Bishop O.C. Allen and Rashad Burgess. Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography
Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography
Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography
Acclaimed comedian, actor, and fashion tastemaker Jonathan Slocumb. Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography
Reality star, philanthropist, and honoree Hailie Sahar. Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography


Honoree Jayye Michael, a rising musical artist and fashion tastemaker. Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography
Spinning the ones and twos for the second year, DJ Toni K Photography credit: Jeremiah’s Photography

This year’s White Tie Sparkle Haute Couture Gala transcended mere fashion and style, serving as a profound testament to the continuous evolution and celebration of diversity in its myriad forms. The Vision Community Foundation’s annual gala stands as a symbol of excellence, cultivating a community of inspiration and empowerment. Here’s to another year of remarkable accomplishments and the enduring legacy of trailblazers like Andre Leon Talley.

For further details on the complete event schedule, please visit

Yours in fashion,

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, Senior Fashion Editor at Upscale Magazine.

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