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

 

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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)

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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 The Haute Couture Fashion Show

Queen Of The Brides was selected as the editor’s choice by Houston Fashion Week with the premiere of the Haute Couture Fashion Show in Houston, TX. The top level fashion presentation took place at Urban Retreat on October 10, 2013. Queen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion ShowThe Haute Couture Fashion Show was held in a  decorated outdoor terrace in the evening.  The runway was lined with candles and floral decorations adorned the walls.Queen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion Show Queen Eleanor GownQueen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion ShowQueen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion ShowQueen Isis GownQueen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion ShowQueen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion ShowQueen Nefertari Gown and headpieceQueen Of The Brides at Haute Couture Fashion ShowQueen Nefertiti Gown, Headpiece, Necklace and Armlets HFW-QOB7aHFW-QOB7bQueen Cleopatra Gown, Headpiece and Statement Necklace
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HFW-QOB8dVisit www.queenofthebrides.com to view the Queen Of The Brides Collection.

Houston International Fashion Week 2013 features Queen Of The Brides Collection

The renowned Queen Of The Brides collection representing royalty was featured at Houston Community Fashion Week on August 3, 2013 at Fifth Street Community Center (3110 5th Street, Stafford TX 77477).

Egyptian Queen Nefertari and Pharoah Ramesses the Great

Representing Egyptian Queen Nefertari and Pharoah Ramesses the Great

qob-hifw2013-2aTeKay Designs Inc. released several new Egyptian inspired bridal designs at Houston International grand fashion extravaganza including wedding gowns representing Egyptian Queen Isis, Queen Nefertari, Pharoah – Ramesses the Great, and Princess Neferneferuaten Tasherit.

egyptian bridal dress, egyptian wedding gownGown and jewelry represents Egyptian Queen and Goddess Isis. The name Isis means “Throne” and her headdress is a throne. As the personification of the throne, Isis was an important representation of the Pharaoh’s (King’s) power.

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Egyptian Queen NefertariQueen Nefertari was the great royal wife and favorite Queen of Ramesses II whom we today call Ramesses the Great, the most powerful Pharaoh (King) to ever rule ancient Egypt.

Representing Egyptian Pharoah Ramesses the Great, the most powerful Pharaoh (King) to ever rule ancient Egypt.Representing Egyptian Pharoah – Ramesses the Great

Neferneferuaten Tasherit DressRepresenting Egyptian princess Neferneferuaten Tasherit.

qob-hifw2013-4aNeferneferuaten Tasherit was an Ancient Egyptian princess of the 18th dynasty and the fourth daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his Great Royal Wife Nefertiti.

QOB-HIFW2013-2bGown, Necklace, and Headpiece representing Egyptian Queen Cleopatra VII, the last Pharoah of ancient Egypt. She is escorted by model Egyptian Pharoah representing Ptolemy XIV.

QOB-HIFW2013-2Queen Cleopatra VII is the most documented, written about, and studied female ruler in ancient Egypt. Cleopatra is portrayed as a great beauty, and her successive conquests of the world’s most powerful men (Julius Caesar and Mark Antony) are taken as proof of her aesthetic appeal.

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ABOUT QUEEN OF THE BRIDES

Queen of the Brides, based in Houston Texas, offers high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative of the same time period. Queen of the Brides is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs which was founded in 1998.

The gowns and dresses we offer represent queens from historical tribes, or countries where people held their royalty in high regard. The gowns are based on leading ladies and women of power throughout history; and are infused with cultural elements representative of a distinct time.  Designing high quality products is our pledge to our customers. The brides who wear our gowns will feel like a queen on their special day. Our gowns can be worn to weddings, prom, pageant or special occasion.

Visit our website at: http://www.queenofthebrides.com
Visit our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides

African wedding dresses and Egyptian bridal gowns with couture jewelry

TeKay Designs specializes in unique ethnic wedding dresses, African inspired wedding gowns and Egyptian bridal gowns with couture bridal jewelry.

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Designer (Dress & Necklace): TeKay Designs
Collection: Queen Of The Brides
Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC
Model: Rozy Akther

Find your gown at TeKay Designs. We provide multi-cultural, ethnic and African-inspired bridal gowns and statement jewelry with exquisite beading and trims.

Designer (Dress & Necklace): TeKay Designs Collection: Queen Of The Brides Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC Model: Rozy Akther

Designer (Dress & Necklace): TeKay Designs
Collection: Queen Of The Brides
Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC
Model: Rozy Akther

The shapes and silhouettes of our ethnic and cultural wedding dresses are designed to flatter your figure.

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Designer: TeKay Designs
Collection: Queen Of The Brides
Model: Tanja Nagler
Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC

We have flowing fabrics and flattering silhouettes that captivate attention all around.

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Designer (Dress & Necklace): TeKay Designs
Collection: Queen Of The Brides
Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC
Model: Katt Montel

Our African-American wedding gown designs available from traditional classics to modern elegance.

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Designer (Dress & Crown): TeKay Designs
Collection: Queen Of The Brides
Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC
Model: Kohcoa Kibibijaweta

Refined beauty, Glowing elegance, Elegant designs, and Beautiful details.
Today’s Bride showcasing color.

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Designer (Dress & Crown): TeKay Designs
Collection: Queen Of The Brides
Photography & MUA: Sain-City Productions LLC
Model: Kohcoa Kibibijaweta

Visit www.queenofthebrides.com for more selection of ethnic and Egyptian wedding dresses.  Also visit www.tk-designs.com for clothing for the entire bridal party.

African bridal gowns by TeKay Designs at the Ultimate Wedding Showcase

The ultimate in African wedding gowns and ethnic bridal dresses was on display in New York City during the annual bridal showcase that is hosted by Circle of Sisters and WBLS Radio. The guest brides appeared to be in awe over the display of colorfully designed bridal gowns. One may think, once you’ve seen one white wedding dress, you’ve seen them all. However, these are no ordinary wedding gowns. On display was the launch of the ‘Queen of the Brides’ collection by TeKay Designs.
13_Tekay_Bridal_Expo_2013TeKay Designs presented wedding gowns and groom’s attire that represents matriarchs from ancient civilizations. Brides who want an event that’s to be remembered for generations invest in a theme that’s centered around the bridal gown. And no theme is more compelling than that of your heritage. 4lg

Each runway model displayed cultural bridal attire and ethnic gowns inspired by the ancient thrones of Africa. The models portrayed Queen Sheba of Ethiopia, Queen Mumtaz Mahal of India, and Egyptian queens Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Tiye, Ankhesenamun, and Hatshepsut.
08_Tekay_Bridal_Expo_2013The presentation wouldn’t have been complete with out a Pharaoh to escort each Egyptian queen. After all, shouldn’t every bride have her own bare-skinned Pharaoh?
17lg1614Each fashion look features an aesthetic embellishment such as a necklace, bracelet, veil or headpiece that’s of cultural or historic relevance. Veils have been a traditional wedding staple for years; dating back to the 13th century BC.
12algAncient Egyptian queens wore a range of elaborate crowns and head pieces linked frequently to the Queen’s role as a goddess such as Isis.
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In modern times, the veil is more a symbol of wedding elegance, and a fashion accessory that complements the dress.The bronze metallic headpiece has gold beads and scales and is a historical replica of headpieces worn by Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.
39_Tekay_Bridal_Expo_2013Queen Nefertiti’s gown has hand stitched golden crystal trim, appliqués and beads.
But the jewelry and headpieces complete the look. The glass necklace with pearls, crystals and hand blown faceted glass beads has a distinct, royal Egyptian look. The gold, silver, and rhinestone headpiece and armbands with a crystal appliqué in it’s center added a finishing touch of regal beauty to the ensemble.
32_Tekay_Bridal_Expo_2013However, the gowns that are inspired by culture, such as the Maasai wedding dress are equally as regal. The Maasai people in Kenya are a proud nomadic warrior tribe whose women wear elaborate and colorful beaded necklaces and bold earrings.

56_Tekay_Bridal_Expo_2013The TeKay fashion line-up also included flower girl dresses with embroidered colors to match the ethnic bridal gowns.
11a As an option, TeKay’s gowns can be ordered with a set of matching bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen’s attire to complete a theme wedding ceremony.
19TeKay’s cultural gowns and jewelry are fused with western silhouettes, and can be worn for occasions beyond the wedding date.
6lg8lgCreative Director Kimma Wreh introduced the ‘Queen of the Brides’ collection that was launched early this year. “We are very excited to introduce our new bridal collection. Each dress is unique and has never been seen in the New York market. New York is known for trend-setting fashions so it’s important that the Queen of the Brides collection be well received by style conscious New Yorkers. We are also very proud to showcase at an event where African-American brides are the focus. TeKay Designs offers a cultural option for brides who want to add meaning to their wedding by incorporating their African culture into the affair. Sharing your culture does more than define you, sharing your culture completes your entire family. It’s a gift that transcends to future generations”, say’s Wreh.

During the event, TeKay Designs offered a free ethnic bridal gown give-away for a lucky bride that entered their promotional contest. So if you’re a bride who is inspired by culture, and is worthy of royalty; this promotional opportunity was certainly for you.

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website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com
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TeKay Designs at The Ultimate Wedding Showcase in New York

TeKay Designs At The Ultimate Wedding Showcase

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TeKay Designs will showcase select couture African wedding gowns and ethnic bridal dresses from their Queen Of The Brides and Ethnic Bridal collections at the Ultimate Wedding Showcase hosted by WBLS and The Circle of Sisters on April 27, 2013,.  The event will be held at the Hilton New York hotel (1335 Avenue of the Americas between 53rd and 54th Streets, New York City).  The event website is wedding.circleofsisters.com.
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TeKay Designs will showcase select African-inspired and embroidered wedding gowns from their Ethnic Bridal and “Queen of the Brides” collections at the fashion show.  TeKay has been diligently creating ethnic bridal gown concepts that personify royalty. The “Queen of the Brides” collection offers high-end wedding gowns that personifies royalty and includes quality jewelry, veils or headpieces.

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The inspiration for the Queen Of the Brides collection are historical fashion icons from ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, Ghana and South Africa. The gowns represent women of power throughout history and are infused with cultural elements from a distinct time in history.

Queen Cleopatra Selene II Gown of Egypt

According to Creative Director, Kimma Wreh, “We will be releasing several new wedding gowns at the Ultimate Wedding Showcase fashion show. This includes ethnic bridal gown designs with cultural beading from East Africa or hand stitched embroidery from West Africa. We are looking forward to showing our line at the fashion show, and we invite you to come out and view our line”.

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For more information on TeKay Designs, or any other inquiries, send email to queenofthebrides@yahoo.com  or call 832-969-5961. You can also visit our website at  www.queenofthebrides.com, follow us on Twitter @tekaydesigns  or like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/queenofthebrides. TeKay Designs has a showroom in Houston Texas that is open by appointment only and is located at 2500 E. TC Jester Blvd, Houston TX 77008.

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Queen Of The Brides

“Queen of the Brides” is a limited edition collection that features historical couture bridal gowns complete with jewelry and headpieces, a staple of Tekay Designs’ aesthetic. TeKay has been diligently creating ethnic bridal gown concepts that personify royalty. The inspiration for the Queen of the Brides collection are historical fashion icons from ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, and South Africa.

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The gowns represent women of power throughout history and are infused with cultural elements from a distinct time in history. The initial collection includes gowns named after Queen Nefertiti of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II of Egypt, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, and Manta Tisi – The Queen of the Wild Cats in South Africa.

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Each bridal ensemble is worn with a headpiece or veil, jewelry and elaborate embroidery or beading stitched onto the gown. The fabrics include silk, embroidered lace, beaded Dupioni silk,  Duchesse satin, Poe de Soua, Aso-ake, Vintage lace trim, crystal and rhinestone trim.  The dominant colors in the collection are gold and silver which is symbolic. In ancient Egypt, yellow was the symbol of gold and immortality, white represented happiness.

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Visit our website at www.queenofthebrides.com to view our extensive collection.