On May 16th, 2014, the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine co-hosted the second Dallas International Fashion Event to spotlight global fashion and the cultural heritage of Africa, including a mix of Asian and European cultures. The event was a platform for international relations. Held at the Dallas City Performance Hall, the evenings lineup featured dancers, entertainers, dignitaries, and international fashion designers.
The event was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine to benefit the Dallas Youth Council. Nigerian Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Jones-Hill, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa and Publisher May Olusola were among the honorees to receive the distinguished Tammae Award. TAMMAE is an annual mothers appreciation concept by Trendy Africa Magazine to honor women who have impacted their communities through personal and professional efforts.
The presenting fashion designers were Afua Sam – Studio D’Maxsi (Ghana), Aphropolitan (USA), Teddy Legredion – Blokes-N-Divas (Nigeria), Nick Rose – Bose Trendy Beads (Nigeria), Eefy Ike – Style Is Innate (Nigeria), Wumi Oluwadafe – Wumi O Collection (Nigeria), Cassidy Elizabeth Mae Brown – Elizabeth Mae (USA), Lucas Escalada – LNE (Equatorial Guinea), and Kimma Wreh – TeKay Designs (Liberia).
“I am pleased to be chosen as one of the key fashion presenters during this showcase.” explains Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs. “I create the type of African-inspired dresses and ethnic bridal gowns that many people don’t get to see. Dallas Texas is recognized as the ninth-largest city and a highly culturally diverse city in the U.S. This fashion platform provided the Dallas community an opportunity to experience alternative fashion styles that are accessible here in Texas. That’s why this showcase is so important! Fashion design and styling is a good example of how people can generate the best ideas when we embrace our cultural differences.”
The prestigious event was attended by special guests including: Dwaine Caraway (Dallas City Councilman), Karl Z. (City of Dallas), Lee McKinney (Assistant Director, office of Economic Development City of Dallas), Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa (Chairman, Diaspora committee and Federal House of Representatives in Nigeria), Ime Udo ( member National Council for Arts and Culture, in Nigeria), Bob Brunner (Vice President – Arik Air International), Eeefy Ike (International Motivational Speaker and Fashion Designer), Regina Onyeibe (The City of Dallas Africa liaison officer), and Chinwe Isaac (Nigerian Actress and Film Producer).