With a dozen of fashion events every year and some of the most talented fashion designers of the continent, the country of Ghana is unavoidable on the African fashion scene.
Last night occurred the 6th edition of the Ghana Fashion Award, one month after the ghanaian fashion week.
Created in 2010, this event has for goal for award winners to get the award home, but for all people nominated on the final day to get the opportunity to showcase their works to the public. Thereby encouraging business transactions and economic empowerment in the future. »
They want to enable the ghanaian fashion designers to achieve economic freedom. The Ghana Fashion Awards is, first of all, a platform for the nominees to develop their network and create business opportunities.
They award 9 prices in the following categories :
- Designer of the year
- Emerging designer of the year
- Accessories Designer of the year (jewellery/ beads)
- Accessories designer of the year (Bags, shoes, bow tie, hair bands)
- Fashion Photographer of the year
- Male model of the year / Female model of the year
- Male fashion celebrity Icon of the year / Female fashion celebrity Icon of the year
We will focus in the two first prices : Designer of the year and Emerging designer of the year.
- Designer of the Year
In this category three brands were nominated :
Abrantie : « a social Lifestyle and unique fashion brand empowering the African man to be well cultured and classic.”Abrantie” is a local word literally meaning “GENTLEMAN”. I was pretty happy to discover this brand. In an industry flooded by female designers and creations it can be sometimes difficult for a man to find original and unique African inspired quality clothing pieces.
The Second Nominee and my personal favorite for years : Christie Brown. Created by Aisha Obuobi in 2008, already won this price in 2011, and made the buzz in 2014 when queen Bee herself used their creations for her « Ms Carter Show » Tour. I will post a particular article on the brand and its creator on a next article.
And the winner of this category is Sima Brew.
2016 has been a particularly good year for Sima the creator of Sima Brew. Already winner of the Glitz Style Awards for Best Red Carpet Designer, she won last night the Ghana Fashion Awards for Designer of the year. Her renown comes to the fact that she has styled more celebs in Ghana than any other designer.
Her ‘touches’ on every celebrity has turned every red carpet in Ghana into an awe-inspiring ambiance.
I love her bridal collection that can make every woman wearing her dresses feels like a princess.
Congratulations on your award Sima Brew.
2. Emerging designer of the year
In the category Emerging designer of the year we find two nominees :
My personal crush this year is : Dami Rose. She started her brand end 2015 and is the new player on the field. Her 1st collection is breathtaking.
Former model passionate with fashion, her motto is : Look beyond Creativity.
And the winner is Atto Tetteh an Urban Menswear brand which through innovation seeks to incorporate traditional designs into global trends. I appreciated especially their Tohazie Collection, based on the myth of Tohazie (the red hunter). As they describe it themselves this collection is inspired by strength, courage and empathy.
Here the full list of winners :
Emerging Designer – Ato Tetteh
Designer of the Year – Sima Brew
Accessory Designer of the Year (Jewelry & Beads) – Joyce Owusu (Purple Trendz)
Accessory Designer of the Year (Bags, Sandals, Hand Bags etc.) – Mpaboa
Male Fashion Celebrity Icons of the Year – Okyeame Kwame
Female Fashion Celebrity Icons of the Year – Sandra Ankobiah
Fashion Photographer of the Year – Duke Tetteh Quarshie
Male Model of the Year – Meek Ghartey
Ghana Fashion Awards Hall of Fame – Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design
Congratulations to them.
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