The holiday season wasn’t all about music shows and Concerts but also about fashion extravaganza on the runway.
The much anticipated Super fashion event Fashion Connect Africa 2019 brought a never seen before style and innovation to the African fashion runway and showcased amazing collections from some of Africa’s best designers.
Indeed the designers have proven to the enthusiastic crowd at the event including former First Lady Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings that Africa is one of the world’s most exciting fashion destinations.
Among them were Chocolate Clothing, Atto Tetteh, Alleluia, Afro Mod, Clatural, David Tlale, Emmy Kasbit and Akinko Lifestyle, all of whom received applauds for their works on the runway.
The rest include Beam Bold, Duaba Serwaa, House Paon, Eugene D’wise, Jayjay, and ANKV among others.
The 2019 Fashion Connect Africa was held on Monday, December 30 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra with international model Victoria Michaels as the brand ambassador.
It was part of events under the Year of Return calendar and was aimed at bridging the gap between the global fashion industry and the indigenous African fashion industry.
It was hosted by Kwasi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) and Berla Mundi with unique performances from musicians; Irene Logan, M.anifest and Wiyaala.
In attendance were v- CEO Ghana Tourist Board, HE Pieter Smidt Deputy Head of Mission for the EU in Ghana, Mr Jonathan Tawiah of Ostec, Mr Kenneth Thompsom of Dalex Holdings, Mr & Mrs Vasnani – CEO of Conship, Dr & Dr Mrs Jehu Appiah, Mr Osita Oparaugo – CEO of Ogelle Africa, Dr Juliette Twumasi- Anokye, Penelope Jones Mensah, Sonya Sahdwani, Ghana Club 100 CEOs, Heads of Multinational Agencies, Diplomats, personalities from showbiz, corporate community Among them were KOD, Kiki Banson, Joselyn Dumas, Fred Nuamah, MzVee, Kojo Jones Mensah, Ama K Abebrese, Elikem Kumordji, Michelle Hammond, Dentaa Amoateng, Derbra Jane and many more.
The show started on Monday morning with a Master Class session with South African designer; David Tlale who took some fashion industry players through various fashion lessons at Isser Hall at the University of Ghana. There were also different segments on the main show including a dialogue on the way forward for African Fashion with a star-studded panelist led by Ayesha Bedwei – Tax Partner PWC, Abrima Erwiah, Nora Bannerman and Kweku Bediako.
Victoria Michaels is a Ghanaian–Nigerian model, fashion icon, actress, brand ambassador and philanthropist. She is the recipient of several accolades, including Ghana Models Awards, Glitz Style Awards, and the City People Entertainment Awards.
Victoria was born in Accra to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother. She is fifth child out of six children of their family. She had her primary education at Anglican Girls Grammar School, Delta State, Nigeria and joined Mawuko Girls Senior High School for her secondary education. She pursued Business Management and Communication at Ghana Institute of Journalism earned a Diploma in Mass Communication. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central University College.
Victoria had her first stint at modeling at the age of 19 but couldn’t pursue it because of her education. She actively started modeling in 2013 after she got her first degree. She has since featured in major publications including Canoe Magazine, Roots Paris, Destiny Connect, True Love magazine, Bona Magazine, Canoe Magazine, Vogue Italia, OkayAfrica Magazine, Elle South Africa, O Yes! and Glam Africa Magazine.
She has modeled for BBC Fashion Show, Dubai Fashion Show, African Fashion Week London, African Fashion International Johannesburg, Men’s Health Fashion Week, South Africa Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week, FIMA International Fashion Show, Mercedes Benz African fashion festival, and Dark & Lovely Fashion Show. She has appeared in commercials as brand ambassador for Melcom Ghana, Leasafric Ghana Limited and Hertz Franchise.
Victoria owns a charitable foundation which she established in 2013. She established the Victoria Michaels Foundation, a charity organization which helps improve the lives of underprivileged children through the Africa Literacy Development Initiative (ALDI) project in Education, Women/Girl child Empowerment and Youth Empowerment within Africa.