High-end uptown clothing emporium Harlem Haberdashery will host a book party for author Elena Romero as she celebrates the publication of her first book, Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry. This special event, which will include a reception, reading and book signing with the author, will be held during NYC Fashion Week, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Elena Romero, FIT and CCNY Professor, and former fashion journalist for Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and DNR, created Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry as an accessible chronicle to critically examine how hip hop celebrities and urban designers created their own niche in the $192 billion apparel industry. “For over 40 years, hip hop has made its mark on American culture and the world,” says Romero, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent. “Urban style transcended from the ‘hood to the runway to major retailers. Yet there is a stigma attached to the style despite the fact that, by 2002, sales reached $58 billion, according to the NPD Group.”
Free Stylin’, published by Praeger, was released on April 30, 2012, with enthusiastic pre-publication praise from notables like legendary deejay/producer Pete Rock, deejay Disco Wiz, The Organization of Black Designers’ chairman and founder David Rice, Morgan State University Professor Jared Ball, Ohio State University Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries, filmmaker and author Raquel Cepeda and hip hop journalist and author Dan Charnas.
The book party, catered by Diva Delish, is expected to draw a powerful mix of VIPs from the fashion, hip hop and media industries. Romero will autograph copies of her book, which will be available for purchase at the event. Free Stylin’ is also available for purchase through Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com, and other online booksellers, or by ordering directly from the publisher at http://www.abc-clio.com/
Harlem Haberdashery is located at 245 Lenox Avenue, between 122nd and 123rd Streets, in New York City.