Debonair Afrik is causing a stir in the ever dynamic fashion and modeling industry as the annual educative workshop Style Lounge was organized. Debonair Afrik has come to stay as the leading African fashion house whose business is to offer its services to suit the needs of stakeholders in the fashion industry.
Style Lounge 2017 as organized by Debonair Afrik for the social, educational and cultural integration of designers, photographers, models and everyone in the fashion industry. Its aim is to assemble all talents and disseminate knowledge, both practical and theory to everyone and to foster healthy relationships among designers, models and everyone at large. The two-day event which took place at the Impact Hub Accra, Osu on Saturday and Sunday where the designers gave us a peek into the incredible indigenous talents and culture of Africa and how we emanate authenticity and craft at every given opportunity.
Day one saw the likes of Molly Keogh co-founder of Osei-Duro, Rania Odaymat a renowned creative director, Nuel Bans and Ngozi Dickson a Human Resource Manager talked and educated all in attendance on topics ranging from Ethical Fashion, Creativity and Originality, Creating Look books and Campaigns and Sustainable Fashion Practices.
Day two saw a fashion presentation from upcoming designers and established fashion brands from the Ghanaian fashion scene. Three designers from the Debonair Afrik Incubator; Anthony, Owuswaa, and Augustina showcased collections for the fashion presentation to the delight of the audience.
Next was the collection from Julie whose styling of the models won the admiration of all who were seated. The collection saw models styled from garments with unique colors and amazing fashion accessories to match with.
The Chiko Collection by Quofi Akotua during the Style Lounge 2017 displayed a variety of androgynous styles that painted a wild and sexy portrait of men with their garments screaming ‘I’m an epitome of male perfection’. There were trousers with matching shirts, jumpsuits and long shirts. Some of these had ring-belt chokers and ring bandanas customized and tailored to fit. This collection was inspired by truth and beauty in all things including those that are or seem to be hidden.
Nathaniel Nunoo of Nuna Couture presented his SS17 ”Vintage Sackar” collection. The collection employs the concept of minimal and regal to create finest ready-to-wear pieces. The collection was inspired by sketches of beautiful women in chick designs he found in his grandfather’s sketch pad who was a tailor in the United Kingdom (UK). Most of his garments got the audience swooning and cheering when the models took to the runway. A particular favorite which is a dress cape, although it is simple; it is elegant and classy for both formal and informal events.
Larry Jay Couture presented to his new collection named TIMELESS COLLECTION. Timeless Legacy by Larry Jay Couture entails ethical fashionable pieces like oversized wax print shirts and fitting pants/joggers, oversized silky tunics, shorts, open front cardigans, shawls, infinity scarves, etc. These clothes and fashionable pieces (choker neck piece, jute, back sling, etc.) which were made with elements such as silk, fleece, leather, wax prints etc. were brought to live.
Osei-Duro’s fashion presentation spear heads the need and encourages the practice of sustainable ethical fashion. The brand produces textiles and garments in Ghana applying traditional techniques including hand dyeing and weaving. The collection showcased a variety of garments which had a story to tell, from the processes of fabric production to the final products which were evident in the choice of colors and types of fabric. Audience applauded to the wonderful designs as models posed for photographs of which the most popular among the collection was a high waist pantalon, dotted patterned blouse with a flattering hat complete it all.
The event drew down it curtains as the Street Style session took place. All in attendance for the day two of Style Lounge 2017 didn’t disappoint. The concept of street style fashion was evident in the colors and choice of clothing worn to the event with the cameras ever ready to capture.