WhatRUWearing Captures The Magic of Essence’s ‘Street Style’ Festival

New York Fashion Week had a healthy dose of black and brown girl magic this season. Essencea lifestyle publication geared towards black women, hosted its Street Style Festival in Brooklyn this past Sunday at Duggal Greenhouse. Though the weather was gloomy and rainy, the crowd still showed up to slay and the show went on!

WhatRUWearing was on the scene checking out all things that gave us a taste of Brooklyn. The event featured vendors of fashion, beauty, and creative brands, as well as food trucks and fire ‘fits worn by attendees.

Amongst the activations were the  Harlem’s Fashion Row and Lebron James sneaker collab. Founded by Brandice Daniel, Harlem’s Fashion Row is an organization with a mission to give underrepresented black designers a platform to showcase their work on a larger scale.

The  Nike LeBon 16 sneaker, designed by Kimberly Goldson, Undra Celeste, and Felisha Noel, celebrates women of color. They’re “the strongest people in the world,” according to LeBron James.

Outside, actress and personality, Amanda Seales brought the energy to the crowd. The audience had a chance to listen to panel discussions, participate in the street style fashion show and enjoy performances from Afrobeat singer, Yemi Alade and our girl, singer/dancer, Teyana Taylor.

Through the sea of umbrellas in the audience, I was able to catch a glimpse of Teyana’s set. She showed up in a green baseball cap, thigh-high boots, and a trench coat–fly and still putting her all into her performance!

Later, I connected with Grown-ish‘s Trevor Jackson, actor/singer Mack Wilds, who were panelists in the ”What Men Really Want” conversation with Amanda Seales. They touched on the importance of men’s emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships with women. Between these smart and talented individuals, let’s just say that gems were definitely dropped!

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”It’s just a good vibe…to have something like this for [black] people, women–in the middle of fashion week, is amazing,” Mack Wilds said to WhatRUWearing during the event. Of course, as a publication that celebrates inclusivity, we couldn’t have been more honored to cover this experience!

Legendary designer Dapper Dan also made an appearance.

Check out some of our ‘Street Style’ highlights!