After an energetic opening by the evening’s host, Chuck Lott, the start of the awards ceremony was graced with the kind words of Etophia Lane who said, “This wasn’t about getting them to come to the event, it was about sharing with others the efforts of living historic figures in the men’s fashion industry. These are the people who are not popularly talked about but make such a huge impact. People need to hear their bios. Their stories are amazing.” .The honorees included Jhanes Barnes, Fran Boller, David Chu, John Jones and Berny Martin.
As the awards ceremony wrapped up, guests including Stephen T. Byrd, April Jones of New Jersey City Fashion Week, Bravo TV’s Chantelle Fraser and Geneva S. Thomas of Blood Sweat and Heels, and Judith Davis took pictures and mingled with the crowd before the style presentation, “From Boys To Men” showcasing a range of stylish looks put together by LaMar “The Couture Man” Wright. He effortlessly illustrated the dynamic style range for men with pieces from Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Zara, Cole Haan, Uniqlo, Joe, Premium Clothing, and Aldo. Of course, there is never an excuse not to gaze at handsome models.
Guests were treated to gifts and treats by the event’s sponsors Miss Jessie’s, Spadet, Elevee, PRZMAN, and Fortune V Water.