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Thurgood Marshall Front Row Fashion Show

Recently the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 3rd Annual Front Row Fashion Show celebrating the spirit of Innovation in Fashion happened. This event celebrated the legacy of Thurgood Marshall who led the way for the honorees. The Thurgood Marshall Fund celebrated African American designers such as: Douglas Says, Lafayette 148’s Edward Wilkerson, Johnny Vincent, Kevan Hall, Linwood Allen, Miquel Antoinne, Sean John, SIXXfoota, Stephen Burrows, Steven Cutting, Tracy Reese, and Xiomara. The TGMF gives these leaders the recognition for providing leadership and dedication to their craft.

Supermodels Beverly Johnson and Tyson Beckford, International Make-up Artist Ross Burton, Oscar James, and Keith Major, Audrey Smaltz received honors. The occasion allowed many to have a closer look at fashion and beauty of the African American model.

The beginning of the fashion event started with warriors dressed in native garb with a strong and masculine attitude from Linwood Allen. Johnny Vincent softened the mood with sexy crafted swimwear that placed subtle hardware to give each suit its own character. Lafayette 148 possessed classic daywear, tailored suits, and evening wear. Sean John displayed comfort with a swagger. The collection consisted of cardigans, hooded sweaters and denim with dynamic hardware placement on pockets and sleeves. The outwear played out a double life by being either casual or business. Tracy Reese’s collection was stunning as usual - - embellished “tea” dresses; flowing gowns in chiffon were sighted. Reese’s collection exhibited incredible detail for a sensual and feminine collection.

For more information, please visit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at

Written by: Yvette N. Coleman
Photos: C. Yohance DeLoatch
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