Africa Fashion Week, an idea conceived and conceptualized by young entrepreneur ADIAT DISU went down at the Broad Street Ballroom in the Wall Street financial district in New York City for three days. Adiat is the Founder & President of Adiree, a company that focuses on luxury brands globally. The event was focused on lavish runway shows with the sole purpose of raising awareness of the African fashion and entertainment professionals in the New York, tri-State area. More specifically, the event was staged to attract buyers, media and industry professionals to the growing cadre' of African or African based designers in the Diaspora.
COLOR, COLOR AND MORE COLOR An explosion of color flooded the catwalk on the second night of Africa Fashion Week. Sheaffa Delince showed amazing potential with her modern fashion view. Greens and pinks were some of the key colors that brought her collection to life. Vanessa Mukasa's sequined pant suit and sequined shorts were well tailored and looked great on the beautiful models. Gustavo Garcia's blue pant suit was one of the showstoppers of his collection, while Ill La La Designs showed feminine frills in pink and green ensembles, fit for a modern day princess.
KNOWN DESIGNERS ALSO ON SHOW Other designers that received rave reviews included: Trinidad's Francis Hendy who presented men's and women's wear in his usual color clashes and easy fabrication. Lisa Keating's bold take on a modern woman's wardrobe was well received, and, popular Ghanaian designer Korto Momolu, an alumni of `Project Runway' did her homage to her Africa roots in a combination of lush African prints, beaded and re-embroidered to reveal a fresh new approach to make traditional prints look fresh and new again.
SOUL PURPOSE The event also featured a vender exhibition showcasing the products of Soul Purpose, a company founded and owned by Trinidadian entrepreneur Nadine Thompson. Front row VIP gift bags came by way compliments of Glaceau Smart Water, Soul Purpose, Mixed Chicks, Desquared Wood Perfumes, Curly Hair Solutions, Dupp & Swat and Origin Africa among them.
The fashions from designers: Farai Simoyi, Sheaffa Delince, Vanessa Mukasa, Gustavo Garcia, Lisa Keating, Agama Label and Ill La La Designs were among the highlights on the second night of Africa Fashion Week (Greene photos)