Harlem’s Fashion Row Partners with McDonald’s to Launch 2014 McCafe Student Fashion Design Competition @HFRMovement

Harlem’s Fashion Row™ (HFR) has teamed up with McDonald’s to launch the 2014 McCafe Student Fashion Design Competition. Students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide in fashion design programs are encouraged to enter. Student designers must submit at least one sketch of a red carpet look inspired by the McCafe brand.  In addition to their design, each student must also submit a biography and enrollment certification letter to harlemsfashionrow.com/hfru by May 9th, 2014 for their chance to win.


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Harlem Haberdashery and YP4C to hosting “Elegant For Prom” Event

Harlem Haberdashery and YP4C will be hosting “Elegant For Prom” to encourage young professionals to donate new, gently used and clean prom and/or graduation worthy accessories and clothing for younger males and females of color. This light reception will be held on Thursday, May 8th from 6 to 10 pm at Harlem Haberdashery located at 245 Lenox Avenue. RSVP at elegantforprom.eventbrite.com. Read The Rest

DesignCare 2013 Features NeYo Performance and Fashion by Rubin Singer

When you think of philanthropy in Hollywood the names Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete are some of the first to come to mind. Their HollyRod Foundation has been serving and advocating for families impacted by autism and Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. When the couple launched DesignCare back in 1999 the goal was to support these efforts through fundraising, and boy did they build a strong groundwork. Today it has morphed into one of the most anticipated celebrity events of the summer, featuring live and silent auctions, fashion shows, performances and a star-studded reception.

“Rodney and I are so grateful to our community of friends, family and supporters who keep coming back every year.  We are proud to host this special evening that recognizes incredible individuals and corporations for their work to create awareness for autism and Parkinson’s,” Holly Robinson Peete said in a release. “When people are willing to speak out and tell their personal stories, that’s when change happens.”

This year, the 15th annual DesignCare fundraiser will take place at a private estate in Malibu on Saturday, July 27th. Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and producer NeYo will perform, and the fashions of New York based designer Rubin Singer will be showcased on the runway. Also, five exceptional individuals who go to bat for these causes daily will be honored; Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin with the HollyRod “AUsome” Mother of the Year AwardJordan Pattillo, a young adult living with autism with the HollyRod4Kids Champion AwardJim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive, with the theHollyRod Corporate Compassion AwardJohn Ball, author, advocate for Parkinson’s disease and philanthropist, with the Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage; and Michael Strautmanis, autism dad and advocate with the HollyRod Advocacy Hero Award.

If you’ll be on the West Coast, grab a ticket for this perfect mix of fab and philanthropy. For more information contact designcare@mtaevents.com or (818) 906-0240. For sponsorship opportunities contact Mia Gorman, The Gorman Group at (310) 270-9464 ormgorman@gormanadvisory.com or go to www.hollyrod.org/designcare.

eBay and CFDA: “You Can’t Fake Fashion”

A few of our favorite designers were at The General on Monday night to celebrate their contributions to the “You Can’t Fake Fashion” campaign.  Now in its third installment, eBay asked 90 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America to customize canvas totes to benefit the CFDA Foundation to raise awareness about counterfits and support authentic design. The custom bags, by designers including Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, Zac Posen, Rachel Roy, Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenberg and more, will be auctioned off on eBay until March 25th at 9am.  The 90 designer bags will have a starting bid of $100.

With 90 designers on board this year, each customizing a bag as one-of-a-kind to show their support, eBay and CFDA are dedicated to protecting original design and the integrity of the fashion industry,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.

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