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.

 

 

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)

 

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.