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The ARISE Fashion Week was a massive promotional success for Africa Fashion. If nothing else, it showed off the diversity and depth of African Fashion. From Ghana to Nigeria to SA to Tanzania…the designers all represented their labels excellently. After all was said and done, it was time to pick the best of the best. R Kelly was on hand to provide the entertainment while supermodel Alek Wek and Michael Mol served as hosts for the night.

Some categories were hotly contested while others were a given. Oluchi won the Fashion Model of the Year Award. Well deserved and hardly a surprise as Oluchi has done a remarkable job of walking the ramp for so many African designers over the past year. Nigeria’s Folake Folarin-Coker of Tiffany Amber and SA’s David Tlale were the MVPs of the night as they both won the Designer of the Year Award. Kenyan export Ajuma won the ARISE Fashion Week Model Award – we love Ajuma but would have loved to see one of the Africa-based girls lift the trophy. Heni who won the Arise Most Promising Designer of the Year award alongside UK-Based Eyola from Nigeria. The Emerging Designer Award went to Christie Brown of Ghana, her collection shown during the fashion week was fresh and commercial. Suzaan Heyns and AngloGold Ashanti won the Arise Fashion Creative Award for their work on the gold jewellery range for L’or d’Afrique by AuDITIONS. Ituen Basi of Nigerian won the Most Innovative Designer Award for her innovative methods of presenting African fabrics in clothing and accessories.

The Arise Red Carpet Fashion Award went to Cape Town’s Klûk CGDT and the Arise Fashion Business Award went to Maponya Mall, Soweto’s first major mall. Finally, R Kelly won the Friend of Africa Award…we are guessing that was part of his incentive to perform at the ThisDay Events.

Overall, great concept. We hope its sustained and hope to see a new crop of designers emerge next year!

R Kelly doing his thing - His 1st Ever Performance in Africa

R Kelly doing his thing - His 1st Ever Performance in Africa

Oluchi celebrates her award

Oluchi celebrates her award

Tiffany Amber Designer Folake Coker - One of the night's big winners

Tiffany Amber Designer Folake Coker - One of the night's big winners

Sudanese supermodel, Alek Wek, and South African MC Michael Mol - Hosts of the event

Sudanese supermodel, Alek Wek, and South African MC Michael Mol - Hosts of the event

David Tlade of SA - Designer of the Year

David Tlade of SA - Designer of the Year

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Designer Abama Kai in a flowery creation

ARISE Africa Most Innovative Designer 2009 - Ituen Basi

ARISE Africa Most Innovative Designer 2009 - Ituen Basi

Uber-talented Designer Lanre DaSilva Ajayi

Uber-talented Designer Lanre DaSilva Ajayi

Grace Egbagbe presented the ARISE Fashion Week Model Award

Grace Egbagbe presented the ARISE Fashion Week Model Award

Stylist Lindiwe Suttle shows off the Mzansi Look

Stylist Lindiwe Suttle shows off the Mzansi Look

Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe, from African Fashion International (AFI), and Nduka Obaigbena, Arise founder and This Day Group chairman

Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe, from African Fashion International (AFI), and Nduka Obaigbena, Arise founder and This Day Group chairman

Designers of the Year - Folake Coker & David Tlale pose with Nduka & Precious

Designers of the Year - Folake Coker & David Tlale pose with Nduka & Precious

Photo Credit: B. Raglin /Wireimage

7 Comments

  1. plomo

    July 10, 2009 at 12:23 am

    i love lanre da silva

  2. Renee

    July 10, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Congrats to Tiffany Amber. Well deserved award!

  3. Bola

    July 10, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Tiffany Amber again, WOW. I’ve got to admit her collection was stunning with a good # of timeless pieces.
    Dr. Precious always looks so stunning.

    KUDOS to African Fashion Week!

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  5. Sia

    July 10, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Is it just me or Lanre DaSilva’s stuff is really wack? She hardly ever looks finished.

    The photo “Lindiwe Suttle shows off the Mzansi Look” is quite horrible too. Bad execution.

    Other than those, every one looks very fab and well put-together! 😉

  6. Bambi

    July 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    ITUEN BASI!!! is trulu awesome, her collection rocked!!!. she has put nigeria on the map! she represents and is always rocking her stuff right!!! we are going to see big things from this designer!!!

  7. black is beautiful

    July 25, 2009 at 3:15 am

    @ sia: yep, its just you.

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