Oct 20th, The Fashion Plug attended the 46th annual BRAG Scholarship and Awards Gala on Park Avenue here in New York City. The annual event recognizes the achievements of individuals in the fashion, retail and related industries who are aligned with BRAG’s mission. Which is to educate professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership.
The 2016 honorees with BRAG co-presidents; (l to r) LaQuan Smith, Durand Guion, Nicole Coakley Dunlap, Terri Hines, Shawn Outler and Jason McNary
Jason McNary, (General Manager, Agnes B. –USA), Durand Guion (Vice President, Fashion Director at Macy’s) and Terri Hines (Vice President of Global Communications, C) who received the BRAG Business Achievement Award and LaQuan Smith (CEO and Head Designer, LaQuan Smith LLC), was honored with The BRAG JJ Thomas Innovator Award, which was presented by Mr. JJ Thomas, president of BRAG from 1972-1988.
Co-presidents Terri Hines and Nicole Coakley Dunlap with former Essence magazine editor Constance White. This is the kind of presence that one would be graced with at the gala.
Here we are with designer Laquan Smith himself
Then of course Auntie June
Attendees rocking bold prints had to be captured
With more than 400 guests in attendance this year, the annual scholarship and awards gala has become BRAG’s marquee event. The scholarship and internship programs are essential components of the BRAG platform. This, coupled with the professional development programs implemented at various college chapters across the country, has allowed BRAG to successfully launch careers.
I am always happy to attend as a former intern & mentor to celebrate BRAG’s progression!