NOIR Fashion Week (NFW) is set to celebrate and exalt the incredible talent of BIPOC designers from around the world during its upcoming edition, taking place from September 8th to 10th in the vibrant neighborhood of SOHO, New York City. This edition holds special significance as it will be the last one in the US before NFW embarks on its first-ever overseas experience.
During the previous season, NFW witnessed unprecedented growth and exciting organizational changes, propelling the event to the forefront of the fashion industry. This emerging designer showcase showcased the exceptional creativity and diversity of BIPOC designers, setting a new standard for the company. Now, as NFW prepares for its highly-anticipated next edition, it aims to once again dazzle audiences with groundbreaking designs and visionary talent.
Among the confirmed designers set to grace the NFW runway are the incredibly talented Ajovang, Summer Han, and Chelsea B. These designers have already made waves in the industry, with Chelsea B recently winning the prestigious Chicago Fashion Coalition at The Sophy Hotel. Their participation in NFW emphasizes the event’s dedication to showcasing BIPOC talent from various backgrounds and cultures.
In a powerful gesture, NFW will also be honoring and celebrating BIPOC individuals who have made history in the fashion industry. For the first time, the event will host a VIP dinner, aptly named The Power 30 Cocktail, to pay tribute to these trailblazers. The esteemed guest list includes notable figures such as Jibrial Muhammad, the Founder of BWO, Shawn Pean, the Founder of June79nyc, Rahul Malik, the Head of New Business at BoF, Myles Loftin, a renowned photographer and Forbes 30 under 30 listee, Gaby Hirata, the Global Brand President of Halara, and Larissa Gragaro, a Fashion Partnership expert at Meta, among others.
Adding to the excitement, popular television personality and Love and Marriage Huntsville Star, Melody Shari, will make her presence felt on the NFW runway, captivating audiences with her grace and style.
NFW Season 4 is made possible through the generous support of sponsors such as Holiday Inn, Pamper Me Skin Spa, Retail U, Lucy Lou, and Marg Skincare, who share the event’s commitment to uplifting BIPOC designers and fostering a more inclusive fashion industry.
But the journey doesn’t end with NYC. Following the conclusion of its fourth season, NFW will embark on its first international edition in Paris, France. True to its mission of supporting talented BIPOC designers and their businesses, NFW will organize a fashion show that will take place on French soil. Additionally, a special community tour will be organized, allowing participants to explore the business models of prominent companies and designers, visit iconic tourist spots, and establish connections that could lead to transformative collaborations in the future.
“NFW believes that fashion is ever-evolving, and its core values of sustainability, diversity, and inclusion will always be the cornerstones of our structure,” remarks Nichole M. Bess, Founder and CEO of NOIR Fashion Week. “We Belong Here,” Bess adds, “We have always been here, creating, collaborating, and innovating, and we’re just getting started.”
NOIR Fashion Week (NFW) remains dedicated to providing opportunities for BIPOC creative talent and fashion brands through an inclusive eco-system. By organizing impactful, experiential events and fostering collaborative partnerships, NFW is empowering BIPOC designers to thrive in the global marketplace.
As NFW approaches its next edition during New York Fashion Week, fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders alike eagerly anticipate witnessing the extraordinary designs and extraordinary talent that will take center stage.