Kevan Hall and Black Design Collective headline NAACP Image Awards
by John Russel Jones

The NAACP Image Awards fashion event was held on Friday, February 25, 2022, in Los Angeles, California, at The Hollywood Roosevelt. The fashion event was curated by designer to the stars Kevan Hall who was honored for his work with the Black Design Collective (BDC). The shows ranged from urban to elegant and featured Hall’s fellow BDC designers. Ruth E. Carter (Black PantherSelmaMalcolm X) was awarded the NAACP’s Vanguard for Best Costume Design. 

BDC co-founders Kevan Hall and TJ Walker of Cross Colours showed in the fashion event along with BDC members Byron Lars (In Earnest), Rodney Epperson (EPPERSON), and Isaiah Hemmingway, coming from New York, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. Hair and makeup were provided by Kim Kimble Hair Studio and Makeup by Mecca, with footwear provided by Steve Madden and Allen Edmonds. The distinguished audience included celebrities, fashionistas, and influencers. 

The growing BDC community, formed in the fall of 2018, has awarded scholarships and raised over two million dollars, mentoring emerging designers, stylists, and people of color in the fashion industry. The collective’s regularly scheduled Zoom seminars have featured diverse speakers to educate and equip its members with a series of workshops about successfully running viable fashion brands. This spring, the BDC Creative Center will open in Downtown Los Angeles to provide members with programming that increases entrepreneurial skill sets within the design community; career exploration, and technology training to allow participants to be competitive in the marketplace.