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African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary Event Recap and Photos

May 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Dress by Designer Oyin Ayoola

African Vibes Magazine shone a bright light on up and coming African designers and performers at its all white 5th Anniversary event which took place on May 1st at the Avalon Hollywood. The event kicked off with a Pre-Show Glam Lounge where Beauty Sponsor, Milani Cosmetics glammed up guests while VIPs sampled some delectable desserts and sipped on complimentary champagne. Guests received exciting gift bag items including a selection of Milani’s Passport of Color Spring collection items. The show kicked off with an opening dance act from renowned choreographer, Titus Fotso along with members of his troupe (Wilfried Souly, Michel Kouakou, Rachel Tisby, Malik Sow and Soro Gnenmon). Other performers included the Brown Family (Somto Madu, Samuel Dosumu and John Paul Arabome) and Oudy 1er whose performance and dance moves had guests on their feet asking for an encore.”

This year’s participating designers included jewelry designer Su Beningfield from South Africa, clothing designer Solome Katongole from Uganda, jewelry designer Monalisa Okojie from Nigeria, shoe designer Joseph Ntomp from Cameroon, clothing designer Oyin Ayoola from Nigeria, clothing designer Princess Latifat from Nigeria and clothing/jewelry designer Wawi Amasha from Kenya who closed the show with models dancing down the Runway in her clothing.

Designers have previously showcased clothing items and accessories for women but this year, the men were all too happy to spot Joseph Ntomp’s shoe collection while the ladies cheered as the male models walked down the runway with a swag in their step. Other designers who included pieces for men in their collection were Princess Latifat and Monalisa Okojie.

Editor In Chief, Belle Niba and Actress Tangi Miller who hosted the event kept the audience entertained throughout the evenings. As part of the event, the African Vibes Magazine African Diamond Award was given to Senator Curren Price Jr. for encouraging trade and investment opportunities between Africa and California, Dr Condessa Curley and Anita Gent Williams for the work they do to help African communities through their Charity organization, Project Africa Global. The Awards were sponsored by Arik Air along with Supporting Sponsor, Gigi Jewelry.

Following the show was the VIP After Party where VIP guests, designers, models and artists joined in celebration with International DJ Fly kept guests on their feet on the dance floor throughout the evening. Hors d’oeuvres were served along with complimentary champagne for Gold, Platinum and Diamond VIPs.

For those who missed the show, Television media sponsor, Afrotainment TV, will be airing it on May 7th at 6:15pm (PST) and on May 8th at 11:50am (PST). The show will be on their DishNetwork Channel 751 available nationwide.

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Kenyan Designer to bring the East African Khanga to the “I Wear African” Runway

April 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Wawi Amasha

Kenyan artist and designer Wawi Amasha is behind Mami Afrika Designs, a brand featuring clothing, jewelry and wearable art. Amasha’s designs reflect the celebration of life with the use of vibrant colors inspired by the Motherland, warming the heart at a glance. Every item is handcrafted with love, totally unique and never exactly duplicated.

She mainly uses a fabric called “Khanga or Lesso very common in East Africa. The khanga is a colorful garment worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa. Each has a unique Swahili saying; usually of bright colors and bold patterns with a decorated border around the main design.

Her Website: http://www.mamiafrika.com
Follow her On Twitter @mamiafrika

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A true Edo Princess, Latifat Momodu-Lamoliatte will unveil some of her inspired designs on the “I Wear African” Runway

April 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Latifat Momodu-Lamoliatte

International Designer, Princess Latifat Momodu-Lamoliatte will be coming all the way from Nigeria to showcase her designs on the “I Wear African” Runway. With vast exposure and French influences from time she spent in Paris, Momodu-Lamoliatte has created a brand that beautifully marries both continental and intercontinental designs within the framework of mainly African fabrics to produce quality and flexible designs.

Her Website: http://www.ravissantmode.com

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Nigerian Fashionista to bring the ReverExperience to the “I Wear African” Runway

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Oyin Ayoola

Nigerian Fashionista, Oyin Ayoola plans to take the “I Wear African” Runway by storm with her Revere brand clothing. She coins her slogan, “Admire…Appraise…Acquire” as the REVERExperience which she describes as “a collaboration with the client to channel their ‘inner designer’ as they select fabrics and designs which REVERE brings to life, recognizing that we are all art,  just as we are all fashion!”

The richness of laces and vibrancy of prints inspire Ayoola’s contemporary designs. Her inner love for art and fashion turn unique fabrics into sophisticated collections. She draws her creative inspiration from social and professional lifestyle, fabric patterns, and art in all facets of life.

Her Website: http://www.reveregallery.com
Follow her On Twitter @Reveregallery

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Ugandan Designer Solome Katongole to showcase her collection for the first time on the “I Wear African” Runway

April 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Solome Katongole

Maryland based Ugandan Designer, Solome Katongole will be showcasing her collection which carries a  modern aesthetics inspired by color and nature. Her passion infused with her Ugandan culture, influences her ability to design clothes that are sophisticated and sexy. She explores art with fabrics to create garments that are comfortable and make a statement.

Katongole holds a bachelors of science in Biology and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Her beautiful designs have graced the runways of Africa Fashion Week New York and Boston Fashion Week  “Fashion Expose”.

Her Website: http://www.solome.webs.com
Follow Her On Twitter @solomek
 

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Designer Registration now open for the African Vibes Magazine 2011 Anniversary Event

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The process for designers to showcase at the 5th African Vibes Magazine Anniversary celebration in Hollywood, CA begins today January 24th 2011. With a little over three months to go, the countdown begins in scouting for the best collections and designers of contemporary African wear.

If you are an independent designer of contemporary African fashions and would like to present your collection on the “I Wear African” Runway, please review the information below and submit your request. Deadline for all submissions is February 25th 2011:

BENEFITS

We provide all you will need for a great presentation

  • 10 to 15 Models
  • Hair Stylist
  • Makeup and Makeup Artists
  • Music for the Runway
  • Runway Coordination
  • An Assistant to help you backstage

Your Opportunity to reach a broad audience

  • Your participation will be announced via Press Release
  • Your profile will be set up on our website and shared with our “I Wear African” fan base
  • You will be included in our Publicist’s information packet to other media outlets
  • You will be part of our pre-event Press day for media interviews with other media outlets
  • You will be profiled in our anniversary event booklet which will be handed out to all attendees
  • Your showcase will be included in the post event coverage on our website and in the African Vibes magazine
  • You will be given the opportunity to dress any of our high profile guests at the event

Convert your participation into revenue

  • Last year, many guests contacted us after the event asking us to create a place where they could purchase designs from the “I Wear African” Runway show. This year we will do just that and you will have the opportunity to include 5 of your showcased designs in the post event “I Wear African” storefront.

You will receive VIP accommodation at the event

  • You will receive Gold VIP Accommodation at our event. This means you can bring 3 VIP guests to the event and receive a reserved table with a complimentary bottle of premium champagne at our VIP Only After Party to celebrate this milestone with us.

PARTICIPATION FEE

There is a mandatory participation fee of $500 for Designers who are approved to participate. This helps us limit participation to those designers most interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity. We go the extra mile for you to see you succeed and we want to know that you are just as committed.

Please note that only a limited number of designers can participate at this event. We usually confirm more than the required number of designers. The first required number of confirmed designers who complete their participation fee will be showing at the event.

If you have a special circumstance or have a question not addressed here, please email roselyne.mathieu@africanvibes.com/wordpressnew

THE PROCESS

Designers interested in participating are required to submit the online application below before February 25th 2011. Early review will begin February 15th and early notification will be given to designers who signed up early. All selected designers will receive notification no later than February 28th 2011. A 50% non refundable deposit will be required to hold designer’s spot by March 4th. The remainder will be due by March 18th. Note that designers will not be considered a participant until fee is paid in full.

After participation is confirmed, we will be in constant communication with designer to ensure a smooth and successful showcase. For questions relating to this and any other related concerns, please email roselyne.mathieu@africanvibes.com/wordpressnew

No more submissions accepted at this time.

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY REGISTRATION DEPOSITS BEFORE YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE SHOWCASE. ONCE ACCEPTED, YOU WILL BE SENT AN EMAIL ON HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PARTICIPATION FEE.

DRC Designer Kahindo Mateene to show her socially responsible collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

April 1, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Designer Kahindo Mateene is the Founder of clothing brand, Modahnik where she fuses her African heritage using colorful African print fabrics with her Western influenced design sensibilities.  Her goal is to create beautiful clothes of the highest quality and act as a poverty reduction tool by creating sustainable employment opportunities to underprivileged women in African communities.

Mateene has a degree in International Business and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the highly acclaimed Fashion Design Program at the Illinois Institute of Art. Since graduating in 2004, she has relentlessly pursued her goal of creating an exciting clothing line within a sustainable business model in both the US and Africa. Mateene’s first collection was launched during the 2009 Fashion Focus Chicago week.

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“Modahnik will be showcasing the 2010 Fall Collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway. This collection is influenced by the Modahnik customer and that alternative she seeks out when reaching for the Little Black Dress in her closet. The use of silk alongside African influenced wax print fabrics, ruching and asymmetrical ruffles in flattering sexy ladylike shapes are just some of the feminine frills you will find in the collection.” – Kahindo Mateene

Website: http://www.modahnik.com/
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Pieces from Previous Collections

Cameroonian Designers Maryanne Mokoko and Stephanie Mouapi to showcase their new Romance collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

March 23, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Cameroonian designers Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi will be showcasing their modern pieces on the “I Wear African” Runway at the African Vibes Magazine 4th Anniversary Event for their Côté Minou label which was created in the Summer of 2006.

Côté Minou was one of the 6 Designers to showcase at the “I Wear African” campaign launch in 2009. It has been featured in numerous fashion and African related events such as Force Afrik’s African Dance Explosion II, The Howard University’s Homecoming, HU-ASA and Spring Fest Fashion Show, BCBG Productions GQ Party II, Dartmouth’s Evolution of Black Fashion Show,St. Scholastica’s African Heritage Festival, Penn State’s Touch of Africa Show, SUNY Binghamton’s Threads of the Motherland, University of Maryland Fight Against Malaria Fashion Show, The DC Fashion Week, The Maryland Fashion Week, The YMCA Benefit Fashion Show, and The Genesis Ent. Native-Trad Party at Love NightClub in Washington, DC.

In the course of their Journey to changing the way we see the African Cloth, Côté Minou has been featured in the 2007 Uzuri Young Designer Series, named the 2008 Africa Pearls Inc. Trendsetter Award Recipient, was winner of the 2009 Annual African Designers and Models Competition and made it to the 2010 Dulce Camer’s Top 100 List. The Journey continues as they strive to represent Africa the best way they know how and that is through Fashion. The label was recently showcased as featured designer for Munaluchi Bridal on The CW Network (WPIX) Morning show.’

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“This spring  2010, expect flirty and vibrant colors highlighted with tons of edgy designs. The collection entitled The Romance is surrounded with a mix of volume plus geometry that will down right break your heart.”

Website: http://www.mycoteminou.com
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Pieces from Previous Collections

Designer Arthlene Legair to reveal her Africa influenced collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Self taught Designer, Arthlene Legair and Designer of the Legair Brand will be showing her Africa inspired collection on the “I Wear African” Runway in Hollywood on April 24th 2010. Legair was born in the Caribbean Island of Dominica West Indies and has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. She is also the CEO of LeGair Brand Ltd, her own label which is based in Columbus Ohio. She creates formal, couture, prom, and business attire for Teens and Adults as well as one of a kind accessories.

She was the wardrobe designer for A Walk on Water Production Company. Her design is on the cover and also featured in the movie, “The Best Leading Daddy”.

Legair’s clothing has been in the ICC Christmas play, at the Mother Daughter fashion show, The C.O tour of Columbus, Nellie’s Catwalk 4 Kids, Miss Black Ohio Modeling Inc, Hair meets Fashion and “I Am Fashion” shows.

One of her designs, a peacock feathered gown with over 550 hand sewn feathers, was featured in Issue 14 of the African Vibes Magazine.

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“I love African fabrics; they are so rich and vibrant. I plan to incorporate modern styles with African fabrics into my collection. I am ecstatic to be a part of the “I Wear African” campaign; it has encouraged me create a full line of contemporary African elegant designs which I will present at the show.”

Website: http://www.legairbrand.com
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Pieces from Previous Collections

KNAF COUTURE

April 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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