Just when we thought the newest Marvel movie couldn’t get any more hyped, with the impending release of Kendrick Lamar’s soundtrack and the star-studded premiere, it will now join New York Fashion Week for a fashion showcase. Grab a pen and a post-it, because you might want to jot this down. Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda will take place on February 12 at 775 Washington Street, from 8 to 10 p.m. We can also expect cast members from the movie to make an appearance, according to WWD.
The event will feature designers who have worked with Marvel Studios to create outfits inspired by the movie’s characters and themes. Chromat, Fear of God, Ikiré Jones, Tome, and more designers have designed seven one-of-a-kind pieces that will not only be presented to editors and fellow celebrities in New York, but will also be auctioned off in support of Save the Children. Now that’s some superhero action right there.
Ikiré Jones, who designed an African-inspired menswear outfit for the event, told WWD, “It’s an attempt to help uplift the voices of people who have been marginalized historically and in the present day, both in the U.S. and globally, and Ikiré Jones specifically does that by using fashion as a vehicle to address these issues.”
Black Panther is really setting the bar high for a pre-release publicity. As the first superhero movie to star a black lead character, the movie successfully combines culture, music, and fashion to send its empowering message. We can't wait to watch it on February 16.