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Cultural Celebration at Inaugural African Fashion Week Houston
The first annual African Fashion Week Houston brought together Houstonians and international guests to celebrate the cultural traditions of African fashion, dance and music. The runway show and concert showcased creative African fashion designers and performers from around the world on August 16th, 2014 at the prestigious Ayva Center in Houston, Texas. Guests were wowed by models wearing stunning African fashions in the elaborate ballroom decorated with chandeliers, covered chairs, ceiling drapes, floral arrangements, DJ, live band, catered food and drinks.
This was a grand affair designed to bridge the gap in cultural diversity by bringing together and presenting fashion designers, musicians, performers of different arts and comedians from different parts of the world. The show opened with an electrifying performance by Dundunba cultural dancers and special appearance by Nnenna Agba, America's Next Top Model contestant. Models walked the runway to a live band in fashions from TeKay Designs, Kachi Designs, Southern Gents, SANERD Inc., AfroniQue Concepts, OGE! Fashion, Merocki by Diva Styl, etc.
International fashion brand, TeKay Designs, showcased their African-inspired formal and bridal attire with vibrant colored geles, a headpiece worn by Africans on a global scale. TeKay's presentation was comprised of brightly colored garments made of Ankara print, jacquard, cotton brocade, satin, george, kente, and embroidered laces. "During the event, we released a preview of our Spring 2015 formal collection comprising of sexy and fitted evening gowns, semi-formal attire and casual wear. The detachable train on several short sets made with Ankara print mixed with solid fabrics allow easy transition from day to evening look which makes the outfit versatile. Gold, yellow, green and purple are the dominant colors in this collection. The shimmering gold embroidered lace and beaded satin bodice on our new couture gown represents wealth and prosperity globally which is fitting for a Nubian Queen. The purple color on the gele (headpiece) personifies royalty in most parts of Africa and the world. Headpieces are symbolic in many parts of Western and Southern Africa, and for some Africans, an outfit is not complete without the headpiece." notes Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs. View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbmVSAC0IHY&feature=youtu.be
The three day event included a meet and greet fashion mixer, a fashion and arts workshop, and the Fall of Signature Essence (F.O.S.E.) runway show and concert. "I am quite pleased with the level of support provided by the community during African Fashion Week Houston. We achieved our goal of rallying the community around a common platform and promoting African fashions to a greater audience. We wanted the event to be entertaining as well as educational. That's why the Fashion and Arts Workshop focused on the influence of African Fashion in the global market", observed Nkem Oji-Alala, Executive Producer (F.O.S.E.). Portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Hospitals for Humanity, a nonprofit organization committed to providing access to quality and affordable health care for people who are in dire need, especially those who live in developing and third-world countries.