V Style: Stars Hit the “Front Row” for College Fund

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By: John Kennedy / October 27, 2009

On Saturday night, crowds braved the monsoon for the fourth annual “Front Row” fashion show benefiting the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Part award ceremony, part runway spectacle, the yearly event serves to celebrate Black leaders in the fields of fashion and entertainment.

The evening began with the award ceremony emceed by View co-host Sherri Shephard who arrived in a knee-length emerald pleated dress. Michael Jackson was posthumously granted the avant-garde award, which was accepted by the late icon’s brother, Marlon Jackson.

Also honored at the ceremony were Naomi Campbell, who received the fashion icon award for her 25 years as a groundbreaking supermodel, celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine, and Oprah‘s stylist Andre Walker.

The fashion show featured short collections from a handful of designers including emerging talents like Montgomery and Kai Milla, and heavyweights like Russell SimmonsArgyle Culture and Walmart.

After the show, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Shereé Whitfield told VIBE, “I’m passionate about fashion and education, so I wanted to come out and support.”  Asked about her own fashion line, She by Shereé, which was introduced on the show last season, she said, “It’s coming along very well.  I’ll be back here in February to show again.”

And as for the question on everyone’s minds right now: Will Shereé and the other housewives be back for another season? “I don’t know for sure.  But what is the Real Housewives of Atlanta without Shereé?  Come on now.” –Adrien Field

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