SUNDAY, April 29th – Women‘s Fashion Designer SAMANTHA BLACK gets honored at the 9th Annual Fashion 500 Gala AKA the Grammy’s of Black Fashion presented by the Block Association at Slate NYC among influencer’s of the culture in both fashion & media like prominent industry stylist Misa Hylton-Brim, FashionBombDaily’s Claire Sulmners, news & media’s Emil Wilbekin, health & beauty’s Cynthia Alvarez,  stylists/designer Kianga “KiKi” Milele, Jerome Lamaar, formal menswear designer Henri Coffie & more.

April being #BlackFashionMonth, the event drew NYC’s elite and most fashionable out in style.  Strict dress code, this was not an event for the everyday look as all attendees were to be in full gala attire.  The Block Association is responsible for pioneering the grassroots movement to get April recognized as Black Fashion Month and are the only NYC group honoring people of color that excel in fashion with an award show attached.


Hip Hop culture legends like Dapper Dan and more were in the building along with today’s leading influencer’s and some of the Fashion 500 previous honorees like Rae Holliday who was this year’s host, Gabe Williams and others.

It was totally fitting for our girl Sammy B to receive that Fashion 500 award plaque as she has been on the fashion scene leaving her stamp for many years.  The former Project Runway contestant, whose designs have been seen worn by Beyonce, Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Teyana Taylor, Keyshia Cole, Kehlani and tons more just unveiled her 212 collection during this month of April as well.

Sammy kept it authentic & funky at her SATURDAY DETENTION – 212 Collection unveiling curated by Mecca Moore-Henson of MM Productions, staying true to her style in what fashion is to her, honoring her favorite era – the 90s, folks like fellow Fashion 500 honoree Misa Hylton-Brim who paved the way for black stylists to really get it in, rapper Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Eve, June Ambrose, TLC on Saturday, April 21st in the middle of the Rooftop Legends exhibition site, an outdoor museum space which celebrates various mediums of art and popular culture atop of the New Design High School, on the corner of Essex and Grand Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Exposing more than just bright colors and edge with her roll-out of looks and allure, Sammy also gave tremendous props to the the exhibit director Jessie Country, who hand picked each artist who brought together all the amazing murals throughout the space.

The mastermind behind the legendary Walker Wear Brand, fashion legend who has dressed legends like the Notorious BIG, Tupac Shakur and more April Walker was there showing love, along with Project Runway alumni Mah-Jing Wah and Jay Sario, celebrity hair stylist Kah Spence, style enthusiast George Myrie, celebrity stylists Harrison Crite and Scot Louie, and outlets Teen Vogue, Essence, Ebony and more were all in attendance.

With official media partners like Buzzfeed, Sammy B also had ThoughtMatterBlack Radiance Beauty, and Brooklyn’s own seafood, juice bar and catering company Rain Eatery on board, making this SATURDAY DETENTION – 212 Collection debut quite the experience.

The Collection 212: is a modern take on 90’s fashion and a 90’s NYC.
“I love that time period, while things were so hectic there was a beauty in the originality, grit, music and community that has helped to mold who I am as a person and the designer I am today. With 212 I’m paying home to that era, the people that made it possible and to my childhood.”


I’m beyond excited about debuting my 212 collection tomorrow presented by @BlackRadianceBeauty #SaturdayDetention This collection was meant to pay homage to 90s culture/fashion and those who paved the way for black designers to be able to express themselves. I salute and appreciate every designer and stylist whom I looked up to and thought of while creating this line. Special thanks to my inspiration @MisaHylton @LilKimTheQueenBee @dapperdanharlem @EmilyB_ @missymisdemeanorelliott @TheRealEve @5001flavors @juneambrose @officialtlc and many more. Tomorrow at 6pm est tune in LIVE To our insta stories to check out my runway show and let us know your feedback. Also, for the show’s behind the scenes beauty secrets, check out @buzzfeed and @asis on instastories #SammyB212 #SaturdayDetention xoxo #TeamSammyB You know who you are! Video by the talented : @cfkmedia Fly gyals: @paigecgraham @jendelacruz . . . #lilkim #aaliyah #tlc #missy#total #90s #dapperdan #sammyb #makeityours #212 #nyc

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