African Fashion Week Houston 2015 Comes Off

HOUSTON, Texas – On Saturday, August 22nd, the Fall of Signature Essence (FOSE) concluded another sensational edition of African Fashion Week – Houston 2015 (#AFWHouston2015) at the Ayva Center in West Houston with the presentation of the 2nd Annual FOSE African Fashion Show before an audience of nearly 400 attendees.

The fashion showcase presented over 60 different looks from six major and emerging designers with displays of African inspired aesthetics, and a full range of whimsical to dramatic themes. The cultural fashion affair and showcase was hosted by CEO of the Miss Nigeria in America Pageant, ChiChi Dike-Emeson.

The highly publicized fashion showcase was part of a two-day extravaganza, featuring a mesh-up of live music, parties, performances, demonstrations, an expert panel discussion, and networking mixer featuring notable Houston area businesses.

“This year we wanted to focus on showcasing quality designers on the runway,” said FOSE African Fashion Week Executive Producer, Nkem Oji-Alala. “[And] we were very successful in doing that, and our models were wonderful.”

A portion of the proceeds raised from this year’s fashion week will help benefit the Women’s Empowerment Foundation of Houston, a local 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for members of society who are at a disadvantage, with an emphasis on creating solutions for issues related to women. Patrons for this year’s fashion show were entered into a grand prize raffle, with exciting giveaways for travel, fashion and flight school training, courtesy of One Love Travel, Earththreadz and Texas Flight.

#AFWHOUSTON2015 Featured Designers & Collections

The runway was lit up with an array of colorful, risqué and brilliant designs from seven leading and emerging designers, including fashion show headliner Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs, whose newest additions to the popular Queen of The Brides series brought elegance and grace to the runway, and satisfied the pallets of her many faithful fans.

Fellow fashion designer Lucas Escalada of the Lucas Escalada Collection was met with a standing ovation from the audience following the reveal of his newest collection, Ideal Women. The evening was also met with exciting varieties from fellow designers, including the Isla O (Kwame Opoku), hometown favorite Kachi Designs (Chi Chi Anaele), Blokes n’ Divas (Teddy Legbedion and Patrick Osagha), The Ivory Collection (Tanya Ivory Mayes) and The Angelic Reice Collection (Lisa Reed).

All participating designers for this year’s African Fashion Week curtailed their creations to demonstrate the potential for promoting and establishing more African inspired fashions to mainstream audiences, and the thriving worldwide market potential designers on the African continent, and throughout the diaspora. The models were styled by a team of dedicated hair and make-up artist, including representatives from Lamik Cosmetics (official #AFWHouston2015 Make-Up Sponsors) and Total Hair Plus (Make Up and Hair Sponsor). The final looks for all participating fashion models mirrored the vision, imagination and impression of each fashion designer’s collection.

Fashion Show Performances

The fashion show started with a banging entry from rising R&B trio, Blushhh Music, managed by legendary music mogul Matthew Knowles (Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Tri-nit-tee 5:7). Their funky, edgy ‘girl-power’ persona kept members of the audience on their feet. The evening was also met with an exhilarating dance presentation by Impande Me Africa, a major Houston-based, South African inspired dance company recognized by the State of Texas as a cultural <find and insert information on the citation from Impande’s website>. The internationally recognized dance company is highly in demand year-round to perform at festivals and various events all around the world.

One of the evening’s major highlights featured a ‘Rip-the-Runway’-style performance by local soul & inspirational sensation, Shuan G. His savory vocals and ‘fly-boy’ moves paraded the models as they walked in garments from the The Ivory Collection (Designer Tanya Ivory Mayes). Popular local urban variety band, Live Out Loud, led by Joshua Dada (who also made his modeling debut on Saturday night), kept the audience on their toes and in their emotions all night with array of recognizable covers from various genres, in addition to their own original tunes. Houston’s very own DJ Silent Killa served as the official mixer for the evening. The fashion week finale and official after party was hosted at Zanzibar of Houston (an official #AFWHouston2015 Sponsor).

Special Guest Appearances

Saturday evening’s showcase was met with several local personalities who showed off their best look on the red carpet, while mingling and partying all night! Special guest appearances were made by, Author & Philanthropist – Alissa R. Jones, Label Executives from Music World Entertainment, reigning Miss Nigeria in America 2015Michelle Nwosu, reigning Miss Fashion Nigeria 2015Bethany Oyefeso, Vice President of Sales Tiliford WineryLeQuintiss Taylor (the Official VIP Wine Sponsor for #AFWHouston2015), Founder & CEO of Young Houston MagazineWillie Ntim, 90.1 FM’s ‘Heartbeatz of Africa’ Personalities – Host DJ ObiPro and Co-Host Mercy ‘MercyLago’ Jordan, CEO of Founding Fathers, Inc.Lanre Araba, Founder & Co-Owner of JM & AssociatesMary Belay, Editor-In-Chief for Jam Source MagazineCarolyn D. Baker, Stylist & Social Media Maven – Kimberly Knecole, CEO of A-La-Carte Modeling Agency – Donna Lewis, Founder and CEO of One Love TravelChloe Lander.

‘Hair, Beauty & Cocktails’ Mixer & Trade Show

African Fashion Week Houston officially kicked off on Friday, August 21st with the ‘Hair, Beauty & Cocktails’ Networking Mixer & Trade Show Series (hosted by FOSE & African Fashion Week Executive Ivy Okoro). The event featured nearly twenty Houston-area local businesses and organizations from various industries, providing a diversified range of fashionable garments, accessories and suits, in addition to literature, savory bites, and giveaways. Over 60 attendees, consisting of fashion week patrons, media correspondents, designers and models attended the intimate, yet live atmosphere of fashion & accessories, DJ-spinning and hardcore networking.

With the incredible DJ Roc-Bye-Baby mixing on the 1’s and 2’s, the evening started off with a liberating, yet enthralling dance number by Fanatic Vibez, followed by an adorable and stylish children’s fashion showcase from fashion week headliner, TeKay Designs (Designer Kimma Wreh). Oyinka Jinadu-Adu, Founder and CEO of Honey Drops Cosmetics, a Dallas-based boutique cosmetics company, presented a very creative segment on tips for a quick and vibrant make-up look for any occasion, along with a simplified and fashionably chic method for tying a Gele (formal African-inspired head wrap).

The event’s grand finale included a major panel on ‘The Evolution of African Hair, Beauty & Fashion’. Participating panelist for the discussion included Founder & CEO of Nzuri Hair Care and nationally-recognized Nzuri Natural Hair Festival Leola Anifowoshe, Honey Drops Cosmetics CEO Oyinka Jinadu-Adu , Social Media expert of and CEO of InfintelEye April McAllicster, Professional Stylist & Local Social Media Star Kimberly K’necole, and Jetera a.k.a. JT Love of Lamik Cosmetics (Professional Make-Up Artist & Brand Representative). Moderated by FOSE’s Ivy Okoro, the 15 minute discussion explored variables and trends affiliated with African-inspired styles, beauty regimens and fashion, and the attention and treatment of past and present generations. The panelist also provided insight on current topics the media, including the effects of cultural appropriation, and how it influences the traditions of African Hair, Fashion & Beauty, and the industries as well.

Official Statement from #AFWH2015’s Executive Producer – Nkem Oji-Alala:

“African Fashion Week Houston 2015 was a great show. This year we wanted to focus on showcasing quality designers on the runway, and we were very successful in doing that, and our models were wonderful. We also showed great improvement in our vendors during our Trade Show and we continue to receive great positive feedback about our event. I am excited about the future of African Fashion Week Houston and all the opportunities it brings. The Staff of FOSE were excellent in executing their respective functions and I am honored to have them as an integral part of the FOSE Family. We are encouraged to create a bigger and better African Fashion Week Houston for 2016.”

Extended Highlights & Executive Sponsors

Total Hair Plus, Zanzibar of Houston, Lamik Cosmetics, Music World Entertainment, Young Houston Magazine, Golden Icons, Live Out Loud Band, Texas Flight, Tilford Winery, Women’s Empowerment Foundation of Houston, Survivors With Voices Foundation, Houston Fashion Bloggers, Miss Nigeria in America Organization, Private Exotic Club Cars, Houston African American Bloggers, Honey Drops Cosmetics, JM & Associates, ABC 13’s “Crossroads”, The CORE 94, HeartBeatz of Africa Radio Show – 90.1 FM, TeKay Designs, NashRox Entertainment, Franklin Beauty School, and Emergent Business Solutions.


The Fall of Signature Essence is a fashion lifestyle brand with an emphasis on producing tangible & high-energy event concepts (Fashion Shows, Seminars, Performances, Presentation, etc.) across the nation year-round. We are in the business of promoting the fashion industry, while showcasing innovative and creative trends through diversified influences and life experiences.

It all began in 2007, when FOSE’s Executive Producer Nkem Oji-Alala flirted with the idea of combining fashion, comedy and music into one show, the same concept being used in the popular cable TV series, Rip the Runway. It worked! The complements were overwhelming, and with over 600 patrons in attendance. Indeed, it was a success.

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