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

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 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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Queen of the Brides at the African Bridal Affair Fashion Show

TeKay Designs, a bespoke couture house based in Houston showcased her beautiful collection on Sunday April 6th, 2014 at the African Bridal Affair fashion show in Irving, TX. Her designs wowed the crowd. TeKay Designs presented her “Queen of the Brides”, a collection of gowns with accessories that are historic and have a cultural significance. She had earlier exhibited the unique line at the 2014 New York Fashion Week.

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Queen of the Brides at Houston Intercontinental Fashion Show (Day 2)

TeKay Designs showcased their Queen of the Brides collection at Houston Intercontinental Fashion Show last 23rd of November 2014.

At the Intercontinental Bridal Show, TeKay Designs will showcase a broad range of gowns and fashion jewelry from their Ethnic Bridal, Modern Bridal and Queen Of The Brides collections. TeKay’s gowns are global and span designs that have cultural elements from Asia, Europe and Africa. The Bridal collection includes modern (traditional), non-traditional and multi-cultural designs. The label’s signature Queen of the Brides collection offers high-end bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative from the same time period. The gowns are based on women of royalty and power throughout history and are accessorized with high end fashion necklaces, headpieces or veils. The Queen of the Brides collection is inspired by monarchies from historical civilizations around the world.

The Intercontinental Bridal Show is considered the largest multi-cultural bridal show in Houston, the 4th largest city in the U.S. The show is about bridging the gap between cultures. As an international, forward thinking city, we now have a bridal show that represents all aspects of our city. The Intercontinental Bridal Show will help attendees in planning a wedding, an anniversary or special occasion. Vendors will range from caterers, dress makers and designers, event venues, photographers, videographers, and everything you need to plan your dream wedding. KoumanKe’le African Dance & Drum Ensemble is scheduled to perform.

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Queen of the Brides at Houston Intercontinental Fashion Show (Day 1)

As a featured designer and sponsor of the Intercontinental Bridal Show, award winning TeKay Designs embraced diversity by featuring gowns from various countries around the world and the first model in a wheelchair.  Deborah Grayson Carpenter (National Spinal Cord Injury Association Ambassador) graced the runway in a couture gown that was released at the Intercontinental Bridal Show, making this the first wheelchair friendly gown by TeKay Designs. The event was held at Hilton Houston Southwest located at 6780 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77074 from 10 am to 6 pm. The TeKay Designs fashion show was held at 4 pm on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2014.

“TeKay Designs is committed to making a difference in the lives of women who are disabled by giving them the opportunity to look and feel glamorous. We want to open doors for women with spinal cord disabilities to share the catwalk during a moment of glamour.  Deborah Grayson Carpenter has a positive can-do attitude and great outlook on life despite her disability which is highly remarkable.  The gown will be given to Mrs. Carpenter to keep as a gesture of good will. This opportunity is about spiritual uplifting and helping to make Mrs. Carpenter’s dream come true”, states Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.

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Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York

TeKay Designs, a bridal couture house based in Houston, Texas, presented its Queen of the Brides collection in New York. The design concepts are sophisticated shapes in fine fabrics, textures and colors.

The design house opened its show with an acoustic soundtrack of a chorus, chromatic luminance and a branded light projection. Models walked down the runway in sophisticated bridal gowns in fine fabric, colourful embroidery, and intricate beading details. For spring 2014, TeKay is offering specials to brides who are looking for matching bridal party dresses, gown accessories or statement jewelry pieces and bridal creations for themed weddings.

TeKay’s fashion designer and creative director, Kimma Wreh describes the collection as, “Each season, new gowns are added to the collection. Women of royalty are represented from all over the globe through these gowns. Places such as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East are represented. The gowns express cultural themes that resonate with many cultural groups’. “This is why it was so important for the Queen of Brides collection to be presented in New York City during Fashion Week. New York is a melting pot of cultures, and I am proud to present a bridal collection that acknowledges style aesthetics that many cultures have contributed to society”, she added.

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