Juneteenth was celebrated Sunday in Plano in historic style – with colorful fashions by 11 local Black designers, drawing an estimated 1,500-plus attendees for the first annual Juneteenth Fashion Show at Legacy Hall Box Garden in Legacy West.
The event was presented and produced by Dallas-based ThinkThree Media, a creative communications and media agency that specializes in the “unique messaging and amplification of DFW’s black-owned businesses and their founders.”
The runway was attended by local fashionistas and fans, including fashion designer Julie McCullough, founder of The Pin Show; Writer and speaker Dr. Katrina Pullam; Dallas Black Bloggers Group; Kim Alexander; celebrity makeup artist Erica Smith; fashion stylist Courtney Walker; Model Anita Hawkins James Thomas and many others.
Dallas Black Chamber President Harrison Blair also spoke at the event.
ThinkThree CEO Leah Frazier said, “There are so many cultural elements that are so uniquely exclusive to the Black experience that will always put a smile on my face—whether it is through music, art, fashion, entertainment or our culinary delights. ” media (above), in a statement. “I wanted to share many of these things with the community in an effort to celebrate freedom, unity, and honor the sacrifices of our elders—including [95-year-old] Opal Lee—and our ancestors.”
Models from hip-hop and DJ Dr. Mack (above) stunned the runway for R&B at the Juneteenth fashion show.
The event culminated with a live musical performance by Grammy Award winner The World Famous Tony Williams.
Take a look at some of the fashion showcased by all 11 designers many won’t soon forget from a festive day in Plano:
and made , created by alexis daniels, AND-MADE is a brand that offers a range of earrings, accessories and other apparel that aims to “let women of color celebrate themselves”. Daniels also runs workshops in Dallas.
Amy Holi Kaftan :: A brand focused on women’s clothing styles Amy HamptonDallas-based founder of a wine and apparel company sociology wineWhich has been around for more than a decade.
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Launched in 2018 by kimberly borges And Miriam Macdonald, PWR sets out to create a line of professional wear with WMN Pockets. The company has since grown to offer a range of clothing items and accessories aimed at women empowerment.
Opening its brick-and-mortar location inside Plano’s The Shops in Willow Bend after being formed more than five years ago, The Colony-based by Creation was launched. Bernadette Buantello and her husband Kelvin, Creation creates jewelry and home decor with a focus on using concrete as a material.
Don Morphy :: Launched in 2014 by Danielle Mofor, Don Murphy is a Dallas-based custom menswear label that works with notable names including TD Jake, Emmit Smith, and Tyson Chandler. Mofor is behind a local initiative to make suits and other attire for underserved residents throughout the region.
energy test :: Launched to the public in 2020, Energy Check is a line of activewear created by barbers and social media influencers Le’nard MeyersBased on a desire to spread positivity through your reach.
that’s azenboro :: It is named after its founding founder That’s Zenbor GrembowskiThe Dallas-based fashion brand was launched in 2012. Since then, the company has gone from selling clothes on eBay to being worn by people like Tyra Banks and becoming “one of the most popular names in bridal haute couture.” Dallas Morning News.
Another ace Aizenabor design is down to the right, with a Don Morphy tuxedo on the left:
Dasha’s house :: created by Cusena McDanielwho also founded the brand Dasha CosmeticsHouse of Dasha is a clothing boutique in DeSoto that aims to create affordable, contemporary clothing for women.
indigo 1745 :: With a brick-and-mortar presence in Dallas’s Bishop Arts District for more than 15 years, Indigo 1745 is a boutique for men and women. Its focus is on offering “an inviting place to discover new fashions”.
mezai :: A boutique accessory brand that offers “over-the-top” and “bling-out” accessories by Dallas. stephaneta hormone, Harmon is also the founder Saadia Black Beauty GuideAn online directory of Black-owned brands and resources.
One Street Sales :: A fashion sales agency based in the Dallas Market Center, One Street Sales offers a line of various Black-owned brands in categories including activewear, contemporary and men’s apparel, in addition to providing marketing and brand development services.
Veni Etienne :: The Dallas-based designer of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’ fame, who counts clients like Cardi B, Beyoncé and Niecy Nash. (The emcee for Yeni Etienne is seen above.)
Kevin Cummings contributed to this report.
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