The avant-garde designs from his collections are inspired by a church massacre which took place in the designer’s hometown during the Haitian revolution. Durán’s creations combine artificial structures with vibrantly colored satins and wool crepes to create a powerful ready-to-wear-collection.
Durán has designed for fashion industry icon Amanda Lepore and has been featured in several indie fashion magazines. To learn more about him, visit www.joseduran.net.
Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) was initially established by a team of fashion show producers, stylists and PR practitioners to showcase the evolving presence and extraordinary talent of Harlem’s fashion community.
This year’s HFR event is supported by an advisory board of fashion and media notables (established and new), including Audrey Smaltz (founder of Ground Crew); Marcia Cole (founder of Ambermag.com); Debra Ginyard (celebrity stylist); Terrie Williams (founder of the Terrie Williams Agency); Tracy Stern (founder of Salon Teas); Erik Pettie (Digital Director, Universal Music Group) Alvaro Salazar (stylist and former Men’s Vogue Editor); Adrien Field (style editor, Vibe.com); Briana Bigham (founder of B. Marie Style and BET Harlem Heights cast member); Michaela Angela Davis (former editor-in-chief of Honey Magazine/urban style critic); Sonya Magett (author and fashion writer).
Photos by EDWARD COLELLI