Africa Fashion Week New York: Sierra Leone’s Madam Wokie hits the stage Saturday

July 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

Africa Fashion Week New York started it’s runway shows July 14, featuring a who’s who of African fashion designers. Project Runway‘s Korto Momolu from Liberia, Rouch, Jo Black Craze and Blackbird designs are all on schedule for day one. One of the newest designers is a young Sierra Leonean designer who just established her brand two years ago. Madam Wokie’s Couture is the brainchild « Read the rest of this entry »

Estelle Shines at Arise Magazine Fashion Week!

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

As Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011 strutted toward a finale in Lagos, Nigeria, it became clear that African designers have indeed staked their claim to the top runways of world fashion. And Afrofusion is keeping tabs on those developments. Here’s a brief report on Day 3 from our correspondent on the scene…

Estelle on Stage at AMFW 2011

Grammy Award-winning British singer Estelle brought the curtains down at Day 3 of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, rounding out a day of exciting designs by several African designers. Dressed in a Korto Momolu piece and coming on after Deola Sagoe’s impressive collection which was dedicated to the Japanese people, Estelle rocked the crowd with a rendition of several early recordings, culminating in a rousing performance of her 2008 smash hit, “American Boy.” But the highlight of her performance came when she broke into a version of the popular Nigerian track “Sweet Mother”, which saw several elder members of the audience get up off their seats and get down, some even joining her on stage. Estelle, who has Sierra Leone heritage (last name, Swaray), even paused to show solidarity and take photos with Sierra Leone’s Madam Wokie entourage! As the closing act on the last day, Tinie Tempah reportedly tore up the place! Stay tuned… You can see photos from AMFW day 3 below. Bless…

Madam Wokie's Mary-Ann Kai Kai (left) and crew with Estelle

Sierra Leone designer invited to Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011

March 1, 2011 § 3 Comments

Selita Ebanks wearing a dress by Sierra Leone's Madam Wokie's Couture

The very first Arise Magazine Fashion Week kicks off in Lagos, Nigeria next week, and runs from March 10-13. The show will feature the work of 50 top African designers that were selected by invitation only. Arise Magazine just released the schedule and, as expected, Nigerian designers dominate the list. African designers based outside the continent will also make a strong showing, with a few from the US, UK, Belgium, and France. But the panel of experts obviously didn’t just stick with established names like Nigeria’s Deola Sagoe and South Africa’s Black Coffee. Sierra Leone’s Madam Wokie’s Couture, who recently got Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks to wear one of her designs, was one of a number of hot newcomers selected to showcase their collections. « Read the rest of this entry »

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