TeKay Designs Represented Liberia at UNESCO Hosted Fashion Show in Paris, France

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Education (UNESCO) hosted the global edition of the Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) Paris last 29th October, 2016 in its Place de Fontenoy headquarters. Award-winning TeKay Designs (founded by Liberian Fashion Ambassador / Designer Kimma Wreh) represented the Republic of Liberia as the country’s top designer at this prestigious event.

The UNESCO hosted fashion show in Paris constituted the global edition of Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) involving fashion designers, dignitaries, Ambassadors and media from over 30 African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity. TeKay Designs showcased two-2 collections at the AFR Paris event: Pride of Liberia collection comprised of Liberian-made tie-dye and country cloth apparel, and Queen Of The Brides collection with couture gowns representing women of significant social status from various countries around the world.

View photos of the fashion show here:


Watch the fashion show here

Watch Ms Kimma Wreh’s remarks about the event here

The African edition of AFR was hosted by the African Union in its headquarters in Addis Ababa Ethiopia from 13th – 15th September, 2016. TeKay Designs showcased their Spring 2017 “Pride of Liberia” collection.  Activities held during the African edition included the first African Fashion Business Summit and exhibition, and fashion show by each of the participating countries including Liberia.  Wreh spoke to fashion summit attendees about the Liberian fashion industry, encouraged investment in Liberia and patronage of Liberian textiles, apparel, accessories, arts and crafts. Ms Wreh also visited the Liberian embassy in Paris, France and interviewed Hon. Excellency William Allen, Liberia’s ambassador to France.

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Watch Ms Kimma Wreh’s interview here

 

Taken and excerpted from PRLog

Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs to Represent Liberia in Paris Trade Show

Liberia will be represented at the 3rd edition of the Africa Fashion Reception Paris scheduled for 21st November, 2015 at the prestigious Salle Wagram, Paris.  Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador Kimma Wreh will lead a high level delegation comprising the Assistant Minister of Culture (Hon. Louise McMillian), Assistant Minister of Tourism (Hon. Jacqueline Capehart), Senior officials of Liberia’s National Tailors Union, key government officials and private sector personnel at the Parisian event.

Honorable Isaac Jackson (Liberia's Deputy Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism) delivered keynote speech at the press conference.

Honorable Isaac Jackson (Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism) delivered keynote speech at the press conference.

Mr. Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union) at press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

Mr. Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union) at press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

 

The Africa Fashion Reception is a Pan African initiative that will bring together fashion designers, fashion Icons, First Ladies, Ambassadors, Ministers and media from over 30 African countries in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the new inspiration of global fashion’.

Senior officials of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union including Mr. Lansana K. Dawon (Presiden), Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General) spoke at a joint press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

Senior officials of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union including Mr. Lansana K. Dawon (Presiden), Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General) spoke at a joint press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

The Africa Fashion Reception is aimed at achieving the following objectives using the creative industry of fashion as a vehicle to build bridges by creating free trade and partnerships among fashion practitioners throughout the African continent; to attract global attention to Africa’s very rich and diversified dress culture which can be explored as a catalyst for the social economic growth of the continent’s garment/textile industry; to expand the potential power of fashion as a tool of fighting poverty in Africa by creating wealth through the empowerment of women and youths in the various fashion vocations through training, capacity building schemes, workshops and setting up of medium/small scale businesses thereby supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063; to bring about self-reliance as this initiative will create millions of jobs across the continent for Tailors, Creative Directors, Textile designers, Models, Cutters, Pressers, Fashion Photographers & Writers, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists, etc.; to contribute in bringing the much desired peace and stability to our continent by positively engaging the youths as stated above; and to further develop African economies by creating the biggest and most formidable African fashion and lifestyle market for global patronage.

The African Union will be hosting all countries that participated in Paris to a Welcoming Gala event at the African Union headquarters, Addis Ababa, January, 26th 2016. The welcoming Gala has been lined up as one of the side events to be held during the African Union’s Heads of State Summit holding 24th – 31st January, 2016. Activities lined up during the African Fashion Reception in Addis Ababa include the first African Fashion Business Forum with the theme ‘Exploring African Rich Dress Culture for its Social Economic Growth’. The forum will be addressed by fashion experts from Paris, Milan, New York etc. It will also feature runway and exhibition by countries.

Liberia will be represented at the Africa Fashion Reception – Paris and Addis Ababa by TeKay Designs with delegation from Liberia’s Tailors Union and Liberia’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.

 

 

Madam Ambassador Upholds African Fashions From Liberia

Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs is an award wining couturiere who has recently been recognized by the Vice President of Liberia, the Honorable Joseph Boakai; as Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador to represent the nation of Liberia on November 22nd. As Liberia’s official Fashion Ambassador, Kimma will promote the nations design talent and manufacturing capabilities during the African Fashion Reception event in Paris. Kimma is an African National who resides in the United States, and creates ethnic inspired gowns and jewelry for special occasions. Tekay Designs has a distinguished couture collection that is currently produced in the West-African country of Ghana with a manufacturing expansion to Liberia.

Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai - Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.

Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai – Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai - Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.

Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai – Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Representatives from Liberia's National Investment Commission presented certification documents and ceremonial scarf on behalf of Liberia's National Tailor's, Textiles and Allied Workers Union to Kimma Wreh - Liberia's Fashion Ambassador.

Representatives from Liberia’s National Investment Commission presented certification documents and ceremonial scarf on behalf of Liberia’s National Tailor’s, Textiles and Allied Workers Union to Kimma Wreh – Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

I am very proud to share my success in fashion with the people of Liberia.” explains Kimma Wreh. “I’ve donated clothing to needy women and children of Liberia because I want to help the people. I am honored to be nominated and represent my home country of Liberia during this prestigious event. My dream of being a fashion designer extends beyond myself. I wish to expand the production of my product line in Monrovia, Liberia. Apparel production can offer viable opportunities for employment and a better way of life for the people of Liberia, as well as many of the other developing nations that are represented at the African Fashion Reception event.

Senior official - Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia - and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Senior official – Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia – and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

LtoR: Hon. Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Embassy of the Republic of Liberia based in Washington D.C.) and Hon. Famatta Deline Manu (Embassy of Liberia) and Ambassador Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

LtoR: Hon. Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Embassy of the Republic of Liberia based in Washington D.C.) and Hon. Famatta Deline Manu (Embassy of Liberia) and Ambassador Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Ambassador Macdella Cooper and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Ambassador Macdella Cooper and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

I fled Liberia during the civil war in the 1980’s. Since then I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a masters in business administration from LeTourneau University in Houston, Texas. My venture in fashion has been long and not without struggles. However, I’ve begun to see my hard work pay off. The opportunity to introduce Liberia’s industrial capabilities to the western markets is another proud moment of success for me. And I want to collaborate with other fashion designers who wish to expand apparel production in Liberia as well.” explains Wreh.
Partnering with the Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garment and Allied Workers Union (LNTTGAWU). Ambassador Wreh will lead a delegation of over fifteen Liberian professional tailors to participate in the Africa Fashion Reception event. The group will present a portfolio of sample merchandise produced at the Liberian Tailors Union’s production and training facilities. The presentation will include a live demonstration by a textile weaver producing Liberia’s official country cloth on the premises. Working on behalf of the Liberian government, the garment workers produce official uniforms for Hospitals, Police, Military, Immigration officials, school uniforms for students, as well as request for custom made garments. The union offers Liberian citizens fundamental training courses in tailoring, weaving, creating Tie and Dye cloths, home fashions for interior decoration, business and finance management courses. The union provides advanced courses for professional tailoring, such as pattern making, advanced garment design and construction. Advanced business management and strategic financial planning is also a part of the curriculum. As the established western apparel markets continue to look to African culture for style trends and creative inspiration. The tailors union sees opportunity for small enterprises in Liberia who are professionally savvy about the business of fashion. The future holds potential benefits with preparing Liberian professionals for the attention and buzz about the African fashion industry. According to the tailors union, Liberia’s educated workforce is invaluable for Liberia’s participation in a market place that promotes the African culture; it’s history and traditions.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah (Presidential Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Hon. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah (Presidential Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

(excerpt taken from Women and Shoes Magazine.View full article here)

TeKay Designs at African Fashion Week Houston 2015

As the headline designer for African Fashion Week Houston, TeKay Designs (Kimma Wreh), a Liberian-born fashion designer and fashion industry veteran, is often referred to as the “Vera Wang of African Fashion” for creating elaborate, regal and engaging bridal couture and special occasion garments for men and women. Wreh’s designes employ sophisticated embroidery, enhanced detail and impeccable fine stitching. The fashion line has been internationally recognized in the past for its statement necklaces, previously worn by public figures such as popular Daytime TV host, Deborah Duncan (Great Day Houston), Singers Chante Moore and Angie Stone, and world renowned tennis professional, Serena Williams. The fashion show included performers such as rising star musical trio Blush, and R&B singer Shaun G of Music World Entertainment – both managed by music industry mogul, Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Trinity 5:7), popular comedic trio The WoWo Boyz, Impande South African Dance Troupe, and Houston’s very own Live Out Loud. Popular DJ Silent Killa was in the mix for the Fashion Showcase.

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

View more fashion show photos here.


The trade show and networking mixer party was held on Friday, August 21st. Guests were treated to live music, small bites, drinks and the opportunity to make new connections while checking out  stellar vendors and featured organizations. TeKay Designs presented the children’s fashion show featuring African and European children’s bridal and formal attire.

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

View more photos of the children’s fashion show here.


The Women’s Empowerment Foundation of Houston was the official charity recipients for African Fashion Week Houston. African Fashion Week Houston 2015 offered the best of culture, entertainment, and networking delivered in a spectacular fashion week.

The designer featured pieces from her TeKay Designs collections (African and ethnic collections of semi formal, evening, and bridal attire for men and women) and her “Queen of the Brides” series (couture wedding gowns). The show also featured disabled fashion model Deborah Grayson Carpenter who was recently named as an ambassador for the brand.

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

 

(repost from FOSE and Fufu & Soup)

 

Humanitarian Mission of Fashionable Clothing to Liberian Youth and People

In an era where fashion brands are associated with fashion design, production, and retail, it is refreshing for fashion designers to have a humanitarian mission of helping under-privileged children and adults.  Fashion designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs (a Liberian owned international fashion brand) teamed with the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation to distribute used and new clothing from Texas (USA) to children, teens and adults in Fanti town within Marshall City, a fishing community on the outskirts of Monrovia (Capital city of Liberia). Majority of Liberia’s population are estimated to live below the international poverty line and many children and adults do not have basic necessities like clothing, food and shelter.
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The clothing distribution team received a warm welcome from the City Mayor, Mr. Robert P. Williams, and local official Mr. Borbor Weah of Fanti town, on August 1, 2015. The beneficiaries of the clothing donation were 125 women and children who chanted songs of praise to TeKay Designs and the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation Liberian team for their commitment and kindness. Over 350 people from Fanti town and surrounding towns gathered for the distribution, and they requested others who have means of helping youth in Liberia to assist in humanitarian efforts.
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The clothing distribution was carried out on behalf of TeKay Designs by D. Emmett N. Potter (Senior Country Representative, Liberia Chapter), Emmanuel D. Kpoto (Secretary General, Liberia Chapter), Anthony Rogers (Director for Vetting and Recruitment), Massa Manguoe (Member) and Ernest Jackson (Member) of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation in Liberia.

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2015-08-01 08.49.47“The people of Marshall City are in desperate need of better health care, water and sanitation, clothing, school and educational supplies. Majority of Marshall City’s population are comprised of children and young people. We are thankful to TeKay Designs for the opportunity to make a difference.”stated Emmanuel D. Kpoto. “The Bill Rogers Youth foundation Liberian Chapter appreciates the effort and humanitarian gesture by Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs towards the Liberian children, and we pray that this initiative shouldn’t be the last but the beginning of many donations.” stated Mr. D. Emmett Potter.

“I was overcome by joy when I saw the pictures of the children and the women receiving my clothing donation. TeKay Designs has a strong commitment to help and uplift the underprivileged people of Liberia. Many thanks to Gajee Shipping LLC for shipping the clothes, and to the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation for distributing the clothes to those in need, on behalf of TeKay Designs.” said Ms. Kimma Wreh (Fashion Designer and Creative Director of TeKay Designs).

(repost from PRlog.com)

TeKay Designs:Queen of the Brides at Tiffany’s Fashion Week NY

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Couture Fashion Designer and Creative Director Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs, Inc. returned to New York for September 2015’s Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week and joined the lineup of designers for Tiffany’s Fashion Week New York International Fashion Extravaganza.

Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

Held last September 14th at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza, Tiffany’s Fashion Week New York International Fashion Extravaganza served as a competition and platform for International designers, “whilst organizing New York manufacturing of their garment production and agents to market and sell their collections globally.”  Wreh featured her signature “Queen of the Brides Collection” during the 6pm designer showcase.

Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

“Our signature Queen of the Brides collection offers luxurious bridal and formal gowns based on women of royalty and significant social status throughout history, and are accessorized with high-end fashion necklaces, headpieces and/or veils,” said Wreh.  “For Spring/Summer 2016, our couture bridal gowns will exude opulence, fine laces and flattering silhouettes reminiscent of Old Hollywood Glamour.”

Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

Press conference for said event was held last September 13, 2015. View photos (slideshow) of the press conference here.


View photos (slideshow) of the fashion show here.


Photo credits: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Multimedia

View video here.

Queen Of The Brides by TeKay Designs at Alhambra Ballroom’s 4th Annual Bridal Show in New York

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Each year, Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom celebrates the start of the wedding season with a showcase of culinary delights in the opulence of their Grand Ballroom. Beneath the draped chandeliers, local wedding vendors joined in to display their specialties in bridal services for budding couples. For this year’s event the Alhambra welcomed a refreshing, new approach to their presentation lineup by showcasing ethnic bridal gowns created by TeKay Designs “Queen of the Brides” gown collection. The Queen of the Brides is a prestigious and award winning luxury brand with design and production in Houston Texas and Ghana, Africa. The Fashion Designer, Ms. Kimma Wreh is internationally recognized for her ethnic inspired, and Afrique-Chic fashion creations.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

“Queen of the Brides introduced a re-imagination of the conventional wedding. When we saw photos of these dresses on the Internet we knew the Queen of the Brides gowns would be a great fit for our bridal showcase.” explained Alhambra’s CEO Tracey Dechabert. Harlem is a place of history, ethnic diversity and there exist a cultural pride about African aesthetic. Harlem’s brides need to see that there is a cultural alternative to contemporary bridal fashions. The gown, just like cuisine can set a tone to your wedding day that intuitively shares your families heritage. “The fusion between cultural fashions and cultural foods can be an experience that resonates throughout generations”, said Dechabert.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

Queen of the Brides offers formal gown creations that includes quality pieces of jewelry that reference a historical time period. The collection exemplified diverse cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity. The collection included gowns named after Queen Nefertiti, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, Queen Manta Tisi of South Africa, Queen Padmini of India, Queen Amina of Zaria Nigeria, Queen Nzingha Amazon of Matamba West Africa, Empress Candace of Ethiopia, Queen Consort Margherita of Italy, etc. The menswear line is culturally inspired  with aesthetic themes that ranges from historic to contemporary design.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

“We are really honored to have been asked to present Queen of the Brides to the Harlem community. New York is a melting pot of ethnic cultures and that’s what makes this city an ideal place to present gowns that represent queens from varied cultures. Now, anyone can express their heritage and be a royal bride”, explained Fashion Designer, Kimma Wreh.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

Photographer: Macintosh Smith

The bridal showcase was interactive, entertaining and offered a variety of food dishes for sampling. The fusion between fashion, food and music stimulated every sense that created an experience that offered couples unique cultural ideas for creating their special wedding day. Dechabert stated, “Harlem is also growing more culturally diverse and we wish for this bridal showcase to be all-inclusive with vibrant cultures.  At the Alhambra, we take pride in delivering on request for many types of international cuisine from our ethnically diverse clients.”

View fashion show photos below.



View look book below.


(fashion show and look book photos by Macintosh Smith)

(repost from Taji Mag)

Zuri Concepts provided video testimonial of TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Alhambra New York Bridal Show. Zuri Concepts is a boutique design studio located in Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey, specializing in custom invitations and stationery.

Precious L. Williams (CEO at Perfect Pitches by Precious and Curvy Girlz Lingerie, LLC) gave endorsement of TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides showcase at the Alhambra Ballroom’s 4th Annual Bridal Expo in New York. Thank you.

(video by Khristina Brown Production)

Queen Of The Brides at New York Uptown Fashion Week

Houston based design label TeKay Designs presented it’s formal collections of evening and bridal creations at Uptown Fashion Week in New York City at United Palace Theater, 4041 Broadway, New York  last Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Uptown Fashion Week has now established itself as a crucial stop on the fashion circuit. Proving to the fashion community that Uptown Manhattan must be a considered player in the New York City world of fashion. This year’s February show provided an insight into the top trends for Fall Winter 2015 with celebrities and designers showcasing their creations on the catwalk. This bring us up Broadway to Northern Manhattan for Uptown Fashion Week 2015.
TeKay Designs offers couture bridal, formal gowns, pageant dresses, statement fashion jewelry, and trendy ethnic designs. We specializes in handcrafted pieces that appeal to clients who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. The inspiration for TeKay Design’s signature Queen of the Brides collection is the monarchies from historical civilizations around the world. The gowns are based on women of royalty and power throughout history. Each look is accessorized with high end fashion necklaces, headpieces or veils.
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All photos courtesy of Studio M Photography.

Queen of the Brides at #ABlackXmas Fashion Show + Toy Drive

Eli Bell and WhiteWolf put together a very intimate and artsy fashion event in EaDo, Houston. The night entitled, A Black Christmas was a fashionably covert charity event benefiting Make Your Mark. Guests brought toys to be donated to the organization Make Your Mark that will be given to less fortunate families this Christmas Holiday.

TeKay Designs and several other up and coming designers previewed designs in front of the 50 or so patrons that night. Before the night was over Indie Rap group, Honor Roll JBC performed. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next Fashion event from Eli Bell and White Wolf.

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Queen of the Brides at Houston Fashion Week

TeKay Designs released their Crown Collection of high end evening dresses and pageant gowns, and their signature Queen of the Brides collection at the fifth season of Houston Fashion Week.

Houstonians celebrated a week of fashion and philanthropy during the annual Houston Fashion Week showcased at the JW Marriott Hotel. Notable dignitaries in attendance were Trinelle Mc Hughes-Thomas from the City of Houston (Mayor’s office), Miss Houston, Miss Teen Houston, Mrs. Texas Int’l, Miss Jr. Lone Star State and Miss Teen Texas. The event spanned six days; and is produced by a group of local models, fashion photographers and style enthusiasts who are in support of Houston’s local Fashion Designers. There was a silent auction of dresses created by the participating designers to help raise financial support for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s chapter in Houston. The catwalk was wheelchair accessible, making this the first wheelchair friendly runway format for the Houston Fashion Week event.

During the awards segment, one designer, Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs was awarded the Best Couture Designer and Best Bridal Designer title for the “Queen of the Brides” gown collection and the “Crown Collection” of formal gowns. Kimma Wreh also won the Best Fashion Designer of the Year award.  The voting was based on scores by affiliate networks of the event, which included the Houston Fashion and Beauty Chamber. TeKay’s Queen of the Brides Collection is a high-end bridal line with each gown representative of a historic woman of power and social significance from different countries around the world.  The line is heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian and European styles and adorned with lavish accessories. The bridal collection carries white and cream colored gowns with gold trimmings. This season the line introduces a silver ensemble into the bridal collection. The bridal gowns were created using silver pleated satin fabric inserted into a silver metallic lace, which offers women a striking appearance.

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