For Immediate Release
September 03, 2021
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Sheila Harris, ESSENCE

(BPRW) ESSENCE Celebrates Global Black Fashion With Its Annual ESSENCE Fashion House During New York Fashion Week

Happening Thursday, September 9th, the Experience Will Highlight Cutting-Edge Global Black Creatives and Feature Fashion Runway Collections, Exclusive Designer Showcases, Industry Conversations and Much More!

(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ESSENCE, the leading and only 100% Black-owned media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities, will celebrate global Black Fashion with its annual ESSENCE Fashion House™ taking place during New York Fashion Week. Coming on the heels of its Global Black Fashion September/October issue which features rapper Megan Thee Stallion, this star-studded experience discovering and recognizing cutting-edge Black creatives in fashion and their contributions is critical as the fashion industry continues to grapple with diverse representation and constructing solutions for economic inclusion. During this red-carpet event, ESSENCE will highlight Black excellence with awe-inspiring runway collections, exclusive designer showcases, insightful conversations with industry mavens and celebrities, post-worthy photo moments, and more. ESSENCE Fashion House™ is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Hennessy.

“Black designers and creatives have long been disruptors and innovators who have inspired and transformed the fashion industry at-large and continue to be leaders of culture across the globe–and yet who have not received correspondent levels of recognition for their contributions,” said Latraviette Smith-Wilson, Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer, ESSENCE. “ESSENCE Fashion House puts a well-earned spotlight on the power and pervasiveness of their creativity and serves as a platform for them to be duly acknowledged during one of the most recognized weeks in global fashion. For more than 50 years, ESSENCE has championed the power and impact of inclusion, and during this celebration and beyond, we want Black creatives to know that we see them, we support them and we are a home for them 365 days a year.”

ESSENCE Fashion House™ attendees will experience stunning fashion moments from leading Black designers including: ARC of ANDRE, GRAYSCALE, LAVNTG and ECLECTICIST. In addition, the event will feature conversations with fashion industry leaders. Portions of the event will be rebroadcast on Monday, September 13th, at 7 P.M. (ET) on

“Our annual ESSENCE Fashion House experience is a testament to all of the amazing designers and influencers across the diaspora who have had such a great impact on the industry,” said Cori Murray, Deputy Editor, ESSENCE. “ESSENCE is proud of our longstanding commitment to showcase the power of Black designers across our pages, stages and digital platforms. Fashion House is also an extension of our Global Black Fashion issue which highlights the founders, creatives and designers you need to know now. As conversations around diversity in the industry continue, we can look forward to a bright future with the talent that we will see during our event.”

ESSENCE’s coveted September/October issue (on newsstands now) also features a special “Global Black Fashion” package that includes: Black Creatives in Fashion, highlighting disruptors and innovators transforming the game and The Business of Black Fashion, which explores how designers of color are boldly elevating the industry, with groundbreaking results.

To RSVP please click here. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask. For more information, follow @Essence on social or visit