Dressed in his Italian, black, custom-made Prince Louis Paris suit, Richard W. Glover, chairman of DC Fashion Foundation, explained recently that men are fashionable creatures, too.
“I wanted to bring men together with fashion using style,” Glover said at this year’s Honoring Men of Style event held at the Cities Restaurant on 19th Street, N.W. It is a gathering that is “designed to honor and build the men's style society,” he said, characterizing the men in attendance as gentlemen who define “the art of manliness,” he said.
Glover of BLIS FM’s “The Cellar” radio show and his friend Dave Rich, CEO of Rich Entertainment, presented the third annual Men’s Style Society event Sept. 18 during the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
Present at the Cities Restaurant was a phalanx of male “fashionistos,” trendsetters, and representatives of fashion designers like Liam Michael Shoes for men and d’Oro Prive’, a fashion line specializing in shoes and jewelry.
And at this chic, private, evening affair emceed by comedienne Shawn Mason Spence, not a single attendee was underdressed. Fashionable supporters and sponsors walked the red-carpet, drank cocktails, and snapped photos at the partially outdoor venue.
The ascot and bow-tied evening continued as Glover presented awards to the distinguished gentlemen. Stylish honorees included Guy Lambert, WPGC 95.5 news director; Lance London, owner of Carolina Kitchen, Southern cuisine restaurant; Cory Brim, CEO of Sugar Rim Bar, a mobile bartending company; Damon Scott, CEO of Intelligent Black Men, an event planning service.
Shoe designer Franklin Samuels, founder of Liam Michael Shoes, said he created the firm to meet what he perceived as a fashion need. “Men wore square-toed shoes back in the day, and I hated it. So I decided to make my own line.”
Liam Michael Shoes, named after his son Liam Michael, were showcased at the pin-striped, well-suited affair. The pointy-toed shoe, purchased by acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne last year at Howard Theatre, comes in ebony, chestnut brown, and mahogany hues, and is priced between $125 and $220 at Sal’s Boutique in the high-end Georgetown corridor.
It’s rare to find a fashion forward event that’s male-dominated. “I just wanted to do something different,” said event co-chair Dave Rich, CEO of Rich Entertainment.
Christine Brooks-Cropper, president of DCFF, said, “I saw Richard’s vision with Men’s’ Style Society, and went with it. He was the brainchild of this wonderful event. He is the chairman of my board therefore I support him.” Glover already has plans, he explained, for an even bigger, more awarding event next year.
The DC Fashion Foundation (DCFF) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization created by the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce in June 2009 to support the Washington, D.C. area fashion community. The DC Fashion Foundation conducts Camp Runway, an educational summer program for youth, the Fashion Academy, and the Sew N’ Know After School Program. In addition, DCFF performs workforce training initiatives, and offers networking and mentoring opportunities for aspiring fashion professionals and entrepreneurs.