Ankara Miami’s 5th Installment of Florida’s Premier African Fashion Week

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Fashion designers from across the world converged to celebrate Africa’s regal silhouette and distinctive palate of playful colors and prints during Ankara Miami Week 2016, Florida’s Premier African Fashion Week held in the beautiful backdrop of South Florida.
VIP Meet & Greet - Evelyn O with models
The fifth annual production of Ankara Miami Week was the best place to see the most innovative fashion brands from emerging and established designers from the African Diaspora.
In honor of Black History and Ankara Miami’s commitment to recognizing community leaders displaying their long-standing commitment to assisting emerging artists, Ankara Miami Week 2016 kicked off with a VIP Meet & Greet held at Macy’s AventuraMall where founder Evelyn O honored the following:
VIP Meet & Greet - Evelyn O with Honorees - Desmond Alufohai & Traci Young-Byron
Mrs. Traci Young-Byron, Founder/Artistic Director of Young Contemporary Dance Theatre & star of Lifetime’s Docu-Series “Step It Up” with the Service to the Arts & Education Award
Mr. Desmond Alufohai, International Trade Coordinator and Head of International Trade Promotion Unit for Miami-Dade County with the Cultural Arts Advocacy Award
In addition to the VIP Meet & Greet, an Emerging Designers Runway Showcase was held at Toyota of North Miami. Ankara Miami’s signature event, the established Designers Runway Showcase, which has outgrown its original host venue, was held at the lavish Gallery of Amazing Things where guests were treated to a special performance by the great legend Nina Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone. The highly anticipated Pop Up Shop, Ankara Delights by Evelyn O closed out the 5th installment of Ankara Miami Week.
Ankara Miami Week 2016 Designers
Emerging Designers showcased Fri, 2/19 @ Toyota of North Miami:
Mufaro Ltd., – Zimbabwe/Ohio
Love Me More Design, – USA/Los Angeles
Bijou Lakay, – Haiti/Haiti
Ezuri Designs, – USA/Miami
Young Kings Clothing, – USA/Texas
Established Designers showcased Sat, 2/20 @ Gallery of Amazing Things:
Adjanie, – Haiti/Miami
Eldior Sodeck Design, – Republic of Benin & Nigeria/NY
Rare Honey Artwear, – USA/Tallahassee
Fabian and Mom, – Nigeria/Miami Gardens
Natural Trendsetters, – Jamaica/Tamarac
Wamuiru Couture, – USA/Miami
Dahil Republic of Couture, – Kenya/Minnesota
Accessory Designers:
Sankofa’s Child, – Haiti/Fort Lauderdale
A’Maze Africa, – Nigeria/NJ
Bijou Lakay, – Haiti/Haiti
Unique by Reelia, – Togo/Maryland
Ankara Miami 2016 was sponsored in part by Macy’s, Toyota of North Miami, Arik Air, Diaspora Arts Coalition, Natural Trendsetters, MIA Web Fest, Deep Blu Media, Innovative Arts Photography, Hollywood Lighting & Design and a host of others.
February 16 – 19, 2017 are the official dates of Ankara Miami Week 2017. For more information on Ankara Miami Week, Florida’s Premier African Fashion Week visit:

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