Arts and entertainment organisation Harlem’s Fashion Row has created ICON360 to empower fashion designers of colour by providing designers who have been affected by COVID – 19 with grants to support them financially and help them grow despite the circumstances. During this time many creatives are struggling financially and designers are faced with uncertainty on how they will come out of this, what the industry will look like post coronavirus and how they will fit into this new fashion era bigger fashion brands have been predicting.
With many brands production put to a halt, this has greatly affected the economy with those less fortunate suffering the most. This is something ICON360 is helping to deal with. Harlem’s fashion row’s mission is to discover and showcase emerging talent of colour through events and other platforms available to them aligning with both this and the current need for helping designers during this time, ICON360 will be hosting a virtual fundraiser on May 30, featuring prominent editors, influencers, stylists and other industry experts, with 100% of profits from tickets going directly into ICON 360 funding. Confirmed panellists include Tamu McPherson and Karen Blanchard (speaking on the international impact of the coronavirus in fashion), Teen Vogue’s Lindsey Peoples Wagner (discussing Gen Z and millennial responses to the pandemic), Christopher John Rogers (talking to celebrity stylists Wayman and Micah) and others.
“I’m incredibly inspired by the resilience of designers who are making bold pivots in their business,” the statement continued. “As a fashion community, we have an incredible opportunity to help scale the businesses of designers who are thriving even in the middle of a pandemic.” – Brandice Daniel founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row
To view the full schedule and buy tickets for the fundraiser click here.
For designers interested in applying for the grant head over to Harlem’s Fashion Row’s Website.