FashionMist: African Fashion Coming Out Of The Mist + Photos From The Event…

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Ayikai Couture
Ayikai Couture

After several months of preparation and a few moments of panic, FashionMist 2011 finally came to light and out of the mist. Following closely after Ghanaian Independence and under the shadow of a successful ARISE Fashion Week in Lagos; FashionMist had set itself a high standard to meet, particularly for a first-time event. Those with grand expectations were certainly not disappointed as the evening drew a large and varied crowd and the FashionMist team has already been inundated with queries about a follow-up event.

The Hotel Russell provided two glamorous rooms in which a public exhibition and exclusive runway show took place. The afternoon’s public exhibition was relaxed, with many of the showcasing designers setting up stalls for public viewing and purchase. Additionally, ajePomaa Design Gallery had a stand as well as make-up artist Misha Terret and eccentric accessory company BOW! by oneoffpinkribbon, whose eye-catching Ghanaian print bows (made in collaboration with N’Kya Designs) managed to turn more than a few heads.

Champagne and canapés greeted guests waiting to be seated and Akwasi Photography created red-carpet style photo opportunities for anyone feeling fashionably photogenic. Benny Bonsu and Geoff Schumann were the animated hosts who provided a mixture of comedy and commentary throughout the evening, whilst entertainment was provided by the energetic sounds of Hazel Mak and the thought-provoking poetry and lyrics of Adynkrah.

The FashionMist runway was a canvas for the designs of Ayikai Couture, Diva Delicious, Yaa Ataa Couture, Mina Evans, Anita Quansah, Aya Morrison, Kayobi and N’Kya Designs. FashionMist sought to showcase a mixture of designers – all of Ghanaian origin – who pride themselves on infusing the flavours of Africa into handcrafted couture pieces, whether jewellery, swimwear, bags or blouses. The event certainly managed to do that, showing the creativity and beauty that flows from African inspiration.

The success of FashionMist would not have been possible without the energy and dedication of the FashionMist team and the innovative vision of artistic director Ola Shobowale. FashionMist has indeed been propelled into the spotlight and will no doubt continue to shine.

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Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Fortwell Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: Vincent@topvincent.com

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  1. it feels good to see all these lovely designs. i only hope that people will patronise in these goods. good luck to the designers. 

    1. Hello Maame, 
      you’ll be happy to hear N’kya is Ghanaian and is run by Sheila Boateng who is currently based in London. you can check out more of their items on facebook or on their website http://www.nkyadesigns.com

      Many thanks!

  2. Waawoo as an upcoming fashion designer, am loving the styles. well done to all the designer for a great work and well done to the models who rocked the dresses.  love it love it <3

  3. Ayikai Couture gorgeous dress lovin it….like the last matching bag and head tie… Yaa Ataa Bags that would look wicked at a bbq 😉

  4. Super impressed by these fashion setters! Amazing venue and great publication GC really beautiful! We should see more this happening at Ghana Fashion Week and other various fashion events!

  5. AFRICA will ALWAYS BE IN FASHION..
    and it will be more recognised all over the world and praise God featured in some amazing fashion houses such as Selfridges, Harrods.

    What i would love to see more events like this to happen and brands such as Nkya Designs featured in big branded shops…

    How i love me some NYKA DESIGNS…

    The YAA BAGS add a good look to any dull outfit with its colourful illusion of prints..

    WELL DONE TO ALL THE DESIGNERS