Sunday, March 11 marked the end of the busiest week in African fashion as the Arise Magazine Fashion Week, partly sponsored by Belvedere and Moet Chandon, ended with an award presentation to the biggest stars in African inspired fashion. With 77 entries, this year’s fashion week was a record breaking one in the history of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week. The climax of the fashion week was the presentation of The Arise Magazine Fashion Awards.
After the brilliant week, during which the style of Africa and the most creative designers in its environs was celebrated, Tokini Peterside, Marketing Manager, Moet Hennessy explained, ““This evening has been a celebration of the success of the Fashion Week, and is an opportunity to reward the most outstanding players among them. Moet & Chandon is an avid supporter of fashion and glamorous occasions, and we are proud to be part of the success story of the Arise Magazine Fashion Awards.”
With designers and models, media houses and fashion buyers from over 50 Countries in attendance, the haute aura surrounding the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island was in a class all of its own. The Designer of the year award went to Maki Oh and KLuK CGDT. The Emerging designer of the year award was picked up by Loza Maléombho while LaQuan Smith emerged as Young Designer of the year. Odio Mimonet and David David were handed the Innovative Designer(s) of the year while The Lifetime Achievement award went to British designer of Ghanaian descent, Ozwald Boateng. He has been selected among others to show at the New York Arise (Spring/Summer)
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September 2012. All the winners were presented with special magnums of premium Moet & Chandon champagne.
In the model category, Dudley O’Shaughnessy, emerged Male Model of the year while the Female Model of the year was Georgie Badiel. PETROU\MAN was Mens Wear Designer of the year and Tsemaye Binitie was Womens Wear Designer of the year. Style Icon of the year was Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi and Fashion Brand of the year was picked up by Temple Muse. The winners in the modelling and brand categories also carted away limited edition Moet & Chandon champagne magnums.
The chic Belvedere VIP Lounge added extra spice to the Arise Magazine Fashion
Awards as it hosted an A-List after party for designers, models, celebrities and VIP guests. Guests enjoyed glasses of Moet & Chandon champagne and Belvedere Vodka cocktails while other guests had a blast unwinding on the dance floor.
Moet & Chandon Champagne and Belvedere Vodka are supporting the Arise Magazine Fashion Week Awards for the second year running, following international tradition with an upscale, artfully decorated Lounge. Both brands united to provide guests the opportunity to relax, enjoy music and party during the Fashion Week. The lounge this year hosted key fashion players like designers Ozwald Boateng, Tiffany Amber, Tsemaye Binitie amongst others, and supermodels Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi, Millen, Dudley O’Shaughnessy and others.