Black Fashion Week USA 2022 Exemplifies Diversity In Fashion!


Credits: Darel White Photography

On February 28th in Chicago, Black Fashion Week USA held its 7th annual fashion week during Black History Month in Chicago, IL! The show was filled with an array of models and designers that exemplified diversity in fashion both size and ethnic background. The movement was started 7 years ago with a vision to highlight designers of color, promoting and exposing their brand aesthetics to the general public nationwide in key black metropolitan cities by Melody Boykin.

Credits: Darel White Photography, Melody Boykin, Dr. Nakita Nicci, Adodo Delali Robinson

The exciting runway show featured designs by Dream Designs, Amara Black, BelBlak Couture, Jonathan Thedford, Stephane St. Jaymes & TomKat Art & Fashion Boutique! It was hosted by Dr. Nakita Nicci ” The Media Doctor” as seen on the hit Bravo’s hit TV show “To Rome for Love.” 

Credits: Darel White Photography, Adodo Delali Robinson

VIP guests enjoyed music, delicious bites & treats and a fun photo booth from their featured chef, The Purple Ribbon Chef” while networking, mingling and sipping wine from their sponsors Barefoot Wines. Last but not least we can't forget their fabulous swag bags courtesy of and a host of raffle sponsors!

Credits: Darel White PhotographyBel Blak Couture - Noel Budelynn - Angelica Nichols - Victoria Collins, Adodo Delali Robinson

The show featured models of all colors, aesthetics and body types showcasing that fashion models come in all forms! The CEO of our Parent Company, Calynn, had the pleasure of attending alongside our Managing Editor, Damuchi, and they were thoroughly impressed by how Melody Boykin and Black Fashion Week USA CHAMPIONED inclusivity at their event! She will be writing about it in her next post on her personal blog.

Credits: Darel White Photography, Bel Blak Couture - Arielle Carter - Stayce Hopkins, Adodo Delali Robinson

One thing that was noticed as well was the diversity in the design aesthetics. There was a mix of streetwear, formalwear and athleisure in every color of the rainbow. The most common palette was neutrals that complimented every model's skin tone. However, sprinkles of vibrant bright colors and highly saturated shades was a nice accent on the runway!

Credits: Darel White Photography, Amara Black -Juatoya Frazier - Sendi Andrade, Adodo Delali Robinson

Melody also showcased her new book at the event! The Little Black Boutique Guide launched in February and June of this year and  is Chicago’s first Black Fashion Travel Guide Book written By Black Fashion Week’s founder Melody Boykin. The book is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart.Com and wherever books are sold. In addition to the runway event, the book has been published to highlight black-owned boutiques in Chicago and abroad and is a modern-day version of the book written by New York postman Victor Hugo Green who wrote The Green Book in 1936 to help black Americans travel safely through the Jim Crow laws. The book was a star offering at their fashion show event!