LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2010, / FW/ — Bringing new and fresh aesthetics to contemporary African style, “I Wear Africa” fashion show brought a positive spotlight on Africa and Africans.
Produced by African Vibes magazine, the runway show was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Avalon in Hollywood. International superstar and singer Awilo Longomba — known as the “King of Techno-Soukous Music” as celebrity catwalk, shaking his hips and gyrating across the runway as the evening’s special musical guest.
The magazine honored Awilo and celebrity fashion designer and “Project Runway” alum #Korto Momolu with a Diamond Award for uplifting their African heritage through music and fashion.
The designers who participated in the “#I Wear African” fashion show included #Sheila Denanyoh (Ghana) of Ill-la-la Designs; #Arthlene Legair (Dominica, West Indies) of the #Legair Brand; #Kahindo Mateene (Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC) of #Modahnik; Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi (Cameroon) of Côté Minou; #Mekdes Tefera Taye (Ethiopia); jewelry designer #Monalisa Okojie (Nigeria) of #NEHITA and #Christiane King (Ivory Coast), who is a contestant on this season’s “Project Runway.”