By Yemisi Suleiman
Africa particularly Nigeria was the centre of attractionÂ inÂ New YorkÂ recentlyÂ when Nigerian designers stormed the fashionÂ City forÂ the New York , Couture and the Mercedes Benz fashion week heldÂ September 11- 13, 2009. Mrs Joan Okorodudu, owner House ofÂ Jola Creations,Â and the originator of Nigeriaâ€™s Next Super model who hasÂ the franchise for the couture fashion week, led a team of dynamic designers; Zizi Cardow, Lanre Dasilva Ajayi , Alero owner ofÂ Hallero to the Couture and Mercedes BenzÂ fashion week,Â which held at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on New Yorkâ€™s legendary Park Avenue. The five Nigerian designers displayed, elegance and sophistication in theirÂ collection, which projected the uniqueness of African style
In her USA debut Lanre Da SilvaÂ who opened the showÂ did not disappoint the crowd with herÂ vintage andÂ very sophisticated dresses, as well as sensuous gowns ready to take center stage at star studded red carpet events.
Award winningÂ designer Zizi CardowÂ wowedÂ the crowed with her collections of inspired shapes and almost architecturally constructed creations marked by attention to detail.
Hallero displayed a range ofÂ collectionsÂ laced with African undertone, in a well constructed piece done with a calabash andÂ worn by a sixteen year old model from the Bahamas. For Joan okorodudu ofÂ House of Jola=Â her latest work wasÂ an amazing combinationÂ of fabrics from Nigeria and the West,Â with her signature designs fully geared towards the youth. She lit up the runway with her male set ofÂ very urbanÂ jackets that simply say >this is my signature=.
These designers showcased their collections alongsideÂ world class designers; Walid Atallah , Soucha, Ruben Campos, Andre Aquino amongst others.
In addition to the fabulous fashion shows, attendees at theÂ event,Â enjoyed aÂ riveting performance by
Nyanaya Mbuk winner of MTN Project Fame West Africa, whoÂ opened the Nigerian showÂ with our national anthem.