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Africa Fashion Week New York 2014 shows seven designers
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Sep '14
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The just concluded fifth instalment of Africa Fashion Week in New York showcased an array of eclectic runway collections from seven African-born fashion designers.

Anaba Wisdom Chidiebube, the designer behind the Nigerian label Weiz Dhurm Franklyn, mixed both modern and traditional elements in his latest form fitting, long and short, elegant and gold detailed dresses whereas the London-based Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans’ fashion-label Eki Orleans showcased colourful dresses and bikinis made from different material combinations.

The Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013’s young designer award winner Igwedinma Rodney Emeka’s brand Mcmeka presented some 20 menswear pieces, including fitted elegant suits, while the founder of the Morocco Craftan New York label, Khadija Mouh, chose to feature both men’s and women’s creations such as bold coloured caftans and flowing dresses with hand embroidered bodices.

Designer Tiagbe of Kososhi displayed simple 1950’s silhouettes inspired vibrant ensembles that are fit to be worn to work as well as evening outings and the seasoned Kenyan fashion talent Sally Karago’s Mcensal Fashion House featured 10 designs made from indigenous African fabric, Kikoi.

Hilda Mauya, the founder of the Dahil Republic of Couture Fashion House, showcased her sophisticated couture pieces that accentuate the woman’s features with style and elegance. Made from a mish-mash of African fabrics with linen, cotton and dry lace, the line included several intricately detailed long dresses.

In addition to the catwalk parades, off-the-runway master classes and a presentation style event were also conducted on the sidelines of the three-day-long African American event.

The African Fashion Week NYC 2014 was organized under the P.A.T.C.H theme- where ‘P’ stands for Promoting Africa's Economic Growth in Style, ‘A’ as in Awarding and Supporting Africa’s Young Creative Entrepreneurs, ‘T’ for Transforming Lives through Talent Grooming, ‘C’ means Creating Success Stories That Inspire and Resonate Globally, and ‘H’ is Helping Emerging Entrepreneurs Master Brand Development, Business Management and Revenue Generation.

Started in 2010, the 2014’s event was hosted by the New York-based fully integrated communications and brand strategy company Adirée. The firm specializes in public relations and promotions for Global business leaders in multiple industry segments such as entertainment, fashion, politics, media and government sectors. (PB)

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