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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their Annual Awards Gala on June 3, 2019 at Brooklyn Museum. The CFDA shines light and celebrates designers from all over the world particularly designers and fashion lovers.

This year Barbie was honored by board of directors and the event was covered in pink. Barbie has paved the fashion for women and fashion of the whole world. The evolution has changed to now men, kids, various of styles, trends, and collaborations with other designers/brands.

In addition to the many iconic moments, African Americans changed the scene as they unofficially changed the CFDA to the BFDA (Black Fashion Designer of America) due to the nominations of black designers: Virgil Abloh, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Telfar Clemens, and Heron Preston.

We all know how hard it has been (and still is) for acceptance of blacks in these types of industries and how much of a struggle it is to maintain the success. These designers deserved every bit of recognition by being nominated due to their credibility and dominance in the fashion industry. For pointers, Swae Lee throwing black money in the air on the carpet—epic.

“Good morning I want to address an error I made last night hosting the CFDA red carpet. I sincerely apologize to the family and friends of the late Kate Spade, in addition to the team at Kate Spade for having misspoken. I made a mistake and I’m sorry to those I offended”. — juneambrose (@juneambrose) June 4, 2019

Here are some Lessons learned from the awards:

  • Think before speaking especially when conducting interviews. Take time to do your research. Hire a publicist or assistant to walk you through the process of prepping.

  • Black designers are IT! No way around it

  • Fashion is what you make it. There are no cut corners. You can make history as long as you’re diligent and being consistent with your work

  • First impressions are key and once people see trash, it will be remembered

  • Find your niche and be great in it because you’ll never know where life will take you

  • “We all are worthy of making it big. You just have to make space at the table for yourself” —Winnie Harlow

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