The 2024 15% Pledge Gala featuring Kelly Rowland, Jordyn in Harbison.Studio and Claire Sulmers, Aurora James, Christopher John Rogers & More! – Fashion Bomb Daily

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Third annual Los Angeles 15 Percent PledgeAs celebrities gathered at Paramount Studios, the gala captured black excellence and all its glory.

Founded by Aurora James is a creative director and activist.The pledge calls on retailers to implement inclusion and diversity by dedicating 15% of their shelf space for Black owned brands. According to their website, “with over 28 retailers, they’ve been able to shift almost $14B of revenue to Black-owned businesses.”

Businesses such as Nordstrom, Sephora Vogue, Bloomingdales and others have pledged their support, and the list is growing.

Fashion Bomb CEO, Claire Sumers arrived to the ‘black tie black designer‘ extravaganza in a Matopeda gown that was sent all the way from Nigeria. You’ll also be pleased to know that the Matopeda’s collection is available at

Claire caught up some of the brightest stars from the industry. Kelly Rowland looked stunning in chocolate tones with hints of gold.

The ‘Coffee” singer wore a Mohamed Benchellal gown that had a unique structure and modern silhouette. We live for a bob haircut on Kelly and she didn’t disappoint. Her gold statement earrings, lioness ring and lioness ring were the perfect finishing touch.

Tracey Ross, an actress, also chose brown tones for her Fear of Gold fur jacket, which was stenched with a leather strap and paired with Saint Laurent heels in mocha.

Aurora James, the woman of the moment, chose a Christopher John Rogers outfit that included a cream cropped top with a teal 3-D flower to match the matching avant-garde midi skirt. She looked amazing with her teal scrappy shoes and Bulgari jewelry that exuded wealth.

Jordyn woods chose neutrals to complement her Aurora James look, this time for Los Angeles designer Harbison.Studio. Her multi-colored buttons down her dress was a nod to Harbison’s signature, and her black gloves gave us “black-tie realness.”

The Woods took a selfie with Claire, who they had the pleasure to hang out with during Paris Fashion Week last September.

Aurora’s right hand partner, Emma Grede who is the Chairwoman of the 15-percent Pledge and the Co-founder of Good American slayed in a black Aliette blazer dress that had a 3D organza rose down the side.

Grede welcomed guests including model Ashley Graham, who displayed her beautiful curves wearing an emerald-green sequins gown with feathers that featured cutouts.

Sabrina Idris looked polished and refined in a Kwame Adusei mini dress with pointed toe stilettos. She also carried a small black bag.

Media Personality Angela Rye glistened in a gold Dolce & Gabbana look that had a built in corset bodice and felt futuristic.

Monique Rodriguez, CEO of Mielle Organics, was also in attendance. She wore a Christopher Rogers dress with a colorful dimension that paired beautifully with her Judith Leiber bag.

The 15 Percent Pledge is a very important cause to ensure the major retailers make a commitment to showcase African American brands that aren’t always given equal opportunity to flourish due to systematic racism.

It’s emplaced to make sure that the companies and stores we shop at are to doing their due diligence to help facilitate inclusiveness, which is why this is an nonprofit organization that we stand behind and so should you.

Learn how to contribute and work with the 15 percent pledge at

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