United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty to promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style

Pageants typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour.  However, the United Nations Pageant hosted in Kingston, Jamaica seeks goodwill ambassadors.

The United Nations Pageant is an international event, dedicated to identifying and showcasing the best tourism and ambassadors of humanity. Contestants are scored on inner beauty or how they relate with others, and show support towards community service. Contestants from Africa, South America, India, the United States and the Caribbean converged from July 1st through the 6th, 2014. This was an opportunity for comradery, community service and cultural expression.

United Nations Pageant 2014 Winners

United Nations Pageant 2014 Winners

Leon Williams, the United Nations Pageant president, explained “Unknown to the contestants, we had judges socialize and mingle with them during the early days of the pageant.  The judges were revealed later on day three of the pageant and participated in activities with the contestants throughout the week. This provided opportunity to know each contestant personally. During this part of the process, a person can excel at the finals –but not get along with others; and this will hinder their chance to win. This opportunity offers more than a pageant title.  The winners become ambassadors who foster goodwill and help those less fortunate. Retrospectively, we also look at contributions each contestant has offered in their home community. Humanitarianism is a strong indicator of good character.

United Nations Female pageant delegates with Governor General of Jamaica

United Nations pageant delegates with Governor General of Jamaica

TeKay Designs, a sponsor and official fashion designer of the pageant, launched a pageant dress line titled the “Crown Collection” during the fashion show segment of the contest. The winners of the Miss and Ms. United Nations 2014 wore couture TeKay gowns.

TeKay Designs pageant gown worn by Miss Namibia United Nations 2014

TeKay Designs pageant gown worn by Ms Namibia United Nations 2014

TeKay also offered gift certificates worth a total value of $5000 USD amongst three winners.

Winners at United Nations pageant receive TeKay Designs Gift Certificate

Winners at United Nations pageant receive TeKay Designs Gift Certificate

We retail at Shades of Africa boutique in Kingston, Jamaica, and were looking for opportunities to launch the new pageant collection in the Caribbean. This pageant was appropriate for launching the gown collection because this event embraces multiculturalism, tourism and community service. TeKay Designs creates ethnic fashions for people who want to express cultural chic. It’s beautiful that the pageant encouraged contestants to wear ethnic attire. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals of diverse cultures from around the world and form lasting relationships.” states Creative Director, Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.

TeKay Designs Ethnic Pageant Gown

TeKay Designs Ethnic Pageant Gown

Precious Chikwendu from Nigeria won the “Miss United Nations 2014″ title. During the ceremony Precious announced, “My mission is to out-reach to people who want yet can not afford quality education, but can use their talents to make a difference in the world. I plan to work with schools that are involved in environmental rehabilitation. I plan to help the younger students gain additional vocational skills to enhance creativity. I wish to setup vocational centers with curriculum for tailoring schools and food catering centers where students may acquire skills for the future.  The United Nations Pageant was a humbling experience and I’m pleased for the friends that I’ve made. Each day was full of activities. We got up every morning around 5 am for fitness and exercise. Our activities were non stop until the evening. This was my first visit to Jamaica and I’m glad that we volunteered to work at Dunrobin Primary School to clean and paint the school facility.

Miss Precious Chikwendu wearing TeKay Designs Pageant Gown

Miss Precious Chikwendu wearing TeKay Designs Pageant Gown

The United Nations Pageant brings together representatives from a wide range of cultures from across the globe. The pageant’s principal objective is to identify and showcase the best tourism, and goodwill ambassadors. Those who have the skills, talents and character best suited will promote their respective countries in furtherance of tourism, goodwill and cultural expression.

Photographers:
VladTheTech
Ian B. McDonald

The Miss United Nations Pageant
Pres., Leon Williams
12 Market Street, JM876 Montego Bay, Jamaica
Phone    +1-876-924-2345 ~ Jamaica,
or  1-954-566-2712 ~ Miami, FL
Website  http://munp.org

TEKAY DESIGNS INC.
P.O. Box 692454, Houston, TX 77269
Phone: 281-807-0589
www.tk-designs.com
facebook.com/tekaydesigns

Thanks to the media for publishing story on City of Dallas embracing African heritage

Thanks to the publications that published the news feature on the City of Dallas embracing African heritage at the Dallas International Fashion show. TeKay Designs was a featured designer at this event that was co-hosted by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine on May 16, 2014.

BE Entertained Magazine
http://bemagazine.me/2014/06/04/the-city-of-dallas-embraces-african-heritage/

F.I.N.E. Success Magazine
http://finesuccessmag.com/dallas-texas-embraces-african-fashion/

Exquisite Magazine
http://exquisitemag.com/city-dallas-embraces-african-heritage/

Africa Business
http://africabusiness.com/2014/06/04/dallas-africa

Fashion Industry Network
http://www.fashionindustrynetwork.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=Fashion

Style 601
http://style601.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/a-tribal-fashion-dreamscape/

The Nigerian Voice
http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/148512/1/the-city-of-dallas-embraces-african-fashions-and-c.html

Diva’s Scribe
http://www.divascribe.com/app/webroot/blog/?p=2151

BHF Magazine
http://bhfmagazine.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-city-of-dallas-embraces-african-fashions-and-cultural?xg_source=activity
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ABOUT TEKAY DESIGNS INC

TeKay Designs is an international fashion house, based in Houston Texas, that offers custom designs and couture bridal gowns, formal attire and statement fashion jewelry.  Founded in 1998, TeKay features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. The designer brand is most noted for providing unique ethnic attire and non traditional pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.

Contact Information:

TeKay Designs Inc.
Email: customerservice@tk-designs.com
Website: http://www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeKayDesigns?ref=hl
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com
Phone: 281-807-0589

The Queen Of The Brides collection by TeKay Designs includes couture bridal and formal gowns accesorized with quality pieces of jewelry. The gowns and dresses in this collection represents queens from various countries around the world where people hold their royalty in high regard.  The couture statement necklaces, chokers and bracelets are embraced by the discerning woman who wants to wear a fashion masterpiece and feel like a queen for a special occasion.   Queen Of The Brides provides upscale designs for weddings, prom, pageant, evening, red carpet, galas and special occasions.

Contact Information:
Queen Of The Brides
Email: queenofthebrides@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides
Blog: http://blog.queenofthebrides.com
Phone: 281-969-5961

TeKay Designs celebrates culture at The Dallas International Fashion Event

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the second Dallas International Fashion Event co-hosted by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine to spotlight global fashion and the cultural heritage of Africa, including a mix of Asian and European cultures.
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides

Held at the Dallas City Performance Hall on May 16, 2014, the event was a platform for international relations.  The evenings lineup featured dancers, entertainers, members of the Dallas City Council, foreign dignitaries, and international fashion designers.

View video of TeKay Designs and Queen Of The Brides fashion showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STvU0M1Iz4k
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Dallas International Fashion Show 2014

The event was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine to benefit the Dallas Youth Council.  Nigerian Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Jones-Hill, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa and Publisher May Olusola were among the honorees to receive the distinguished Tammae Award.  TAMMAE is an annual mothers appreciation concept by Trendy Africa Magazine to honor individuals who have impacted their communities through personal and professional efforts.
TAMMAE Award recipients at Dallas International Fashion Show

 

The prestigious event was attended by special guests including: Dwaine Caraway (Dallas City Councilman), Karl Z. (City of Dallas), Lee McKinney (Assistant Director, office of Economic Development City of Dallas), Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa (Chairman Diaspora committee Federal House of Representatives Nigeria, Ime Udo-member National Council for Arts and Culture Nigeria), Bob Brunner (Vice President – Arik Air International), Eeefy Ike-  International Motivational Speaker and Designer), Regina Onyeibe (The City of Dallas Africa liaison officer), and Chinwe Isaac (Nigerian Actress and Producer). dif-trendy-247  DIF-QOB-2014-6ORIG DIF-QOB4535 DIF-TK4339crop DIF-TK4347A DIF-TK4350 DIF-TK4358 DIF-TK4376A DIF-TK4383

Dallas Texas is recognized as the ninth-largest city and a highly culturally diverse city in the U.S.  This fashion platform provided the Dallas community an opportunity to experience alternative fashion styles that are accessible here in Texas.

 

 

 

 

Unravel the Red Carpet with Fashion Jewelry from TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs is proud to announce our glamorous new collection of Fashion Jewelry, featuring exclusive hand-made pieces befitting the modern bride, yet also ideal for pageants, prom and other black tie occasions. This collection maintains inspiration from current statement jewelry trends, which are fiercely vogue this season. Our Fashion Supremacy jewelry collection speaks to today’s trendy females as our necklaces, bracelets and earrings radiate high-fashion while making a breathtaking entrance. We invite you to view our exquisite new fashion jewelry collection on our website at http://www.tk-designs.com/Accessories-Final/accessories.html.

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The Enchanted Dream Head Pieces also provide a treasured addition to a bridal gown. These beaded headpieces have gorgeous white glass
pearls on a crocheted wire bed.

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This statement necklace is made of glass pearls, crystals and hand blown faceted glass beads.

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Our Fashion Supremacy collection also showcases jewelry with richly colored stones for all black tie occasions. The Electric Ebony Necklace is highly embellished with black glass pearls, silver-plated metal beads and a focal brooch, a ravishing beaded rosette.

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This unique neckpiece is made of citrine swarovski crystals, yellow jade, rhinestones, yellow shell beads, and sterling silver chain on a wire bed.

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An equally fashionable addition to our Fashion Supremacy collection is this exquisite beaded waist belt is. As a compliment to our Queen Eleanor bridal gown, this beaded belt has white glass pearls, Swarovski crystals, rhinestone bead balls, and hand blown faceted glass beads.

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We are also excited to introduce our coral pieces, and particularly the Coral Goddess Necklace. Made with Swarovski crystals, coral stones and Czech glass, this necklace’s complexity and rich cherry color evokes femininity and status. This piece also reveals a powerful spiritual richness as in many countries, coral is believed to represent luck, long life and virility, making this necklace both fashionable and soul-awakening.

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As a compliment to this necklace, the Coral Goddess Cuff completes this set. Together, both pieces create an unforgettable addition to an evening outfit.

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Actress Busy Phillips was featured on the cover of Annex Magazine, Summer issue, wearing TeKay’s red corral choker.

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About TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs is an international fashion house with headquarters in Houston Texas. TeKay designs and manufactures high-fashion clothing and accessories for Bridal, Formal and Ethnic wear as well as unique hand-made statement fashion jewelry. With over 14 years of history, TeKay Designs has been featured in magazines like the Knot, Bridal Guide, Get Married Magazine, the New York Times, among others. Ultimately, our fashionable dresses and contemporary jewelry affirms our passionate mission to deliver luxury and style to our customers.

Contact Information:
TeKay Designs Inc.
P.O. Box 692454
Houston TX 77269
Email: customerservice@tk-designs.com
Website: http://www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeKayDesigns?ref=hl
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com
Phone: 281-807-0589

“Queen of the Brides” Royalty Themed Gowns at Fashion Week in New York

TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, brought the elegance and regalness of historic monarchs to fashion week in New York. This season TeKay Designs presented Queen of the Brides, a collection of gowns with accessories that are historic and have a cultural significance during Couture fashion show in New York. The design concepts are sophisticated shapes in luxury fabrics, textures and colors. The label’s unique selection of bridal gowns caters to the bride who values culture and yearns to be unique.

Queen Cleopatra VII Gown by Queen Of The Brides

Queen Cleopatra VII Gown by Queen Of The Brides; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

TeKay’s show opened with an acoustic chorus sound track, chromatic luminance and a branded light projection. Diversity was applied to model selection as each model graced the catwalk with authoritarian elegance. While some gowns are accented with colorful embroidery, other gowns cast an angelic shimmer of beading as a decorative finish. The Queen of the Brides collection represents inspirational women of royalty from various cultures throughout history. The collection exemplifies cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity.

West African Queen Of The Brides - NZINGHA AMAZON QUEEN OF MATAMBA WEST AFRICA

West African Queen Of The Brides – NZINGHA AMAZON QUEEN OF MATAMBA WEST AFRICA . Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

Each season, new gowns are added to the collection. Women of royalty are represented from all over the globe through these gowns. Places such as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East influenced the current collection. The gowns express cultural themes that resonate with many ethnic groups.

Queen Amina of Zaria, Nigeria Gown

Queen Amina of Zaria, Nigeria Gown

This is why it was important for Queen of the Brides collection to be presented in New York City. New York is a melting pot of cultures and I am proud to present a bridal collection that acknowledges style aesthetics that many cultures have contributed to humanity.

Empress Theophanu Gown

Empress Theophanu Gown – Queen Of The Brides; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

TeKay Designs featured white gowns with gold or silver details, pearls, florals, and statement jewelry that complemented each look. The Queen of the Brides collection was accessorized for dramatization during the couture fashion show. However, each
dress can be styled for a more contemporary look and accompanied with an optional matching brides maids dress.

Empress Candace of Ethiopia Gown

Empress Candace of Ethiopia Gown; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

This spring we are offering specials to brides who order matching bridal party dresses, gown accessories or statement jewelry pieces. We specialize in gown creations for themed weddings, and we have a reputation for creating custom fashions. We believe sharing cultural royalty is a significant way to pass on the legacy and heritage of family.

Queen Consort Margherita Gown

Queen Consort Margherita Gown; Photo: www.couturefashionweek.com

A Celebration of History and Cultural Style

Excitement was in the air for guests that attended the inaugural celebration of black history and cultural style at the Wyndham Hotel in Houston TX on February 23, 2014. The Black History Month Fashion Show was a benefit event sponsored by EZCall-EZTalk Prepaid Calling Solutions and endorsed by The Liberian Association of Greater Houston. The affair was as educational as it was entertaining. The activities included fashion shows, music, cultural dancers, live painting, and influential speakers. The Master of ceremony, Ms. Ajali, a radio personality with local Houston KTSU radio station, entertained the crowd.

Fash-Philetta Designs

Fash-Philetta Designs

The models opened the presentation wearing contemporary fashions with cultural adornments and traditional African fabrics. The opening looks are titled “The Cross Over Collection” by fashion designer, Philetta K. Phillips of Fash Philetta Designs LLC. A Liberian native and Houston resident , Phillips creates custom formal gowns and casual attire inspired by her African heritage.  She launched her clothing line to showcase a blend of African inspired clothing with European fit to the community in Houston and abroad.  This includes kente ties and vests, short dresses, matching couple attire, and formal ethnic wear made of colorful print and solid fabric.Fash Philetta Designs

“Black History Month is an appropriate time to acknowledge diversity within the African-American communities of Houston, Texas.” explains Philetta. “There is a steady demand for trendy African fashions in Texas and beyond. For the twelve plus years that I have resided in Houston, people of all races and ethnicity inquire about my African inspired dresses and culture. I decided to produce the Black History Month Fashion Show to pay homage to my African heritage and promote cultural awareness through fashion.  Through a grass roots effort, we extended invitations to various residents of Houston and surrounding areas via flyers, social media, radio and word of mouth.”

The second fashion presentation was a bridal collection by TeKay Designs of Houston, TX. This was a spectacle of glamour that included embroidered and beaded gowns from TeKay’s Modern Bridal, Ethnic Bridal and Queen Of The Brides collection.  Each fashion look in the Queen Of The Brides collection is inspired by a woman of royalty and historic significance from various countries around the world.

TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs

Keynote speaker Isis Brantley addressed the audience with an insight into the under reported dynamics of ethnic style in America. Isis is known nationwide as Naturally Isis, the style guru of Natural Hair Care. As founder of the Institute of Ancestral Braiding in Dallas Texas, Isis stands for preserving collective economics and cultural identity for African-Americans. Isis set forth a tone for self appreciation and cultural insight that was appropriate for an ethnic fashion celebration.

Isis Brantley delivers keynote speech at Black History Month 2014 fashion show wearing TeKay Designs.

Isis Brantley delivers keynote speech at Black History Month 2014 fashion show wearing TeKay Designs.

There were numerous vendors representing local businesses and start-up ventures.

Netash Creations at Black History Month 2014 Fashion Show

Netash Creations at Black History Month 2014 Fashion Show. Photographer: Amos Mulbah of AME Production

Ardyss International

Ardyss International.

Black History Month Fashion Show

Black History Month Fashion Show 2014 Models and Designer Philetta K. Phillips

Africans in attendance who may have forgotten their industrious history certainly received an educational finale on what is happening in Houston that is cultural style.

Fash Philetta Designs LLC
Philetta K. Phillips
Houston, TX
Phone: 832-339-7975
fashphiletta@gmail.com
www.philettakphillips.com


TEKAY DESIGNS INC
P.O. Box 692454
Houston, TX 77269
Phone: 281-807-0589
www.tk-designs.com
www.queenofthebrides.com
feedback@tk-designs.com
www.facebook.com/tekaydesigns

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week 2014

TeKay Designs, an international fashion label based in Houston Texas, presented the Queen Of The Brides collection comprised of luxurious bridal and evening gowns at Couture Fashion Week in New York City.  The fashion show was held on Sunday February 16, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel, marking the label’s first showing at the prestigious event.

Models representing historic queens and women of royalty walked the runway in couture bridal gowns and pageant dresses accessorized with high end fashion necklaces, statement headpieces or veils. View more pictures of the fashion show at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544907648950482.1073741839.141463822628202&type=1

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides is an international collection representing gowns named after renowned queens from various countries and cultures around the world.  New York City is a fusion of culture and diversity.  It was important to showcase the Queen Of The Brides collection in New York City because of the diversity in the Queen Of The Brides wedding gowns.

For the Fall / winter 2014 season, the collection was expanded to include couture wedding gowns and accessories representing queens from Italy, Sweden, Liberia and Nigeria. In addition, the label showcased gowns representing Queen Cleopatra VII (the last pharoah of ancient Egypt), Queen Isis of Egypt, Queen Mumtaz Mahal of India, Queen Eleanor of England, Queen Regnant Christina of Sweden.

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

We also created new bridal headpieces including our pearl and crystal headpiece with dangling pearls to match the Queen Cleopatra Selene gown.

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

About Couture Fashion Week

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and
receptions. The event is held twice a year in New York City and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique promotional opportunities for luxury products and services.

Website: http://www.CoutureFashionWeek.com

About TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers couture bridal and formal gowns, pageant dresses, statement fashion jewelry, and trendy ethnic designs. TeKay Designs specializes in handcrafted pieces that appeal to clients who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. With more than 16 years in business, TeKay Designs has been featured in numerous print publications including The Knot, Bridal Guide Magazine, The New York Times, Self, and Get Married Magazine. TeKay Designs’ statement necklaces have been worn by celebrities including tennis superstar Serena Williams, and actress Ashley Rickards. The company facilitates design and production in Houston, Texas and Ghana, Africa. Designing high quality products is TeKay Designs’s pledge to their customers.

Website: www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com

About Queen Of The Brides

Queen of the Brides was launched in 2012 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs Inc. which was founded in 1998. Queen of the Brides offers high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative from the same time period. The Queen of The Brides collection has been featured in numerous publications including Wedding Pages magazine and Wedding Style Guide International. Designing high quality products
is our pledge to our customers.

Website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides
Blog: http://blog.queenofthebrides.com

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Black History Month 2014 Benefits Fashion Show

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Contact: Philetta K. Phillips
Email: fashphiletta@gmail.com
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African inspired clothing designer line “The Cross Over” to debut during highly anticipated Black History Month fashion show

Houston TX USA, January 8, 2014  – Fashion designer Philetta K. Phillips will debut her 2014 African inspired clothing Line “The Cross Over” at the 1st annual Black History Month Benefits fashion show. Hosted by EZCall EZTalk, the event will be held on February 23, 2014 at the Wyndham Hotel located at 14703 Park Rd Blvd, Houston TX 77079. The fashion show will also feature ethnic and African couture bridal fashions by TeKay Designs. Music will be provided by a DJ and cultural dancers will entertain guests at the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm CT. Regular admission is $25 and Patron admission is $50.

A Liberian native and Houston resident, Mrs. Phillips has been sewing and designing since Elementary school. She is passionate about African attire and her clothing line is a blend of European and African fashions. “The Cross Over” designs range from elaborate evening gowns to fun casual wear. The fashion label, Fash Philetta Designs, by designer Philetta Phillips recently launched a new website (http://www.philettakphillips.com) that will allow global consumers to view the company’s diverse designs and appreciate the beauty of African fashion.

According to Phillips, “I decided that 2014 is the year to formally launch my clothing line and showcase hand-made African inspired clothing to my customers and fashion enthusiasts in Houston and abroad. The 2014 collection “The Cross Over” includes business suits, formal and evening attire, and casual wear. “The Cross Over” is inspired by my burning desire to produce fashions that can be worn to work and social occasions that strikes the right balance between African and American / European culture.” For a taste of bridal couture, TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides will also showcase select bridal gowns representing Queens and women of power from various countries around the world.

Thirty percent of proceeds from the event will be distributed among three charities: The Liberian Association of Greater Houston, Ward Educational Fund and a renowned cancer organization in the USA. Gold, Silver, Bronze, Red and Individual sponsorships are available ranging from $200 to $50. Sponsors and vendors can register at  http://www.philettakphillips.com to participate in the event. This highly anticipated event will also provide a platform for other local businesses to display their products and services in the vending area and the event program.

Contact Information:

Fash Philetta Designs LLC
Philetta K. Phillips, Fashion Designer
Phone: 832-339-7975
email: fashphiletta@gmail.com

Joyce Adams, Special Event Sponsor Coordinator
Phone: 713-819-2419

Website: http://www.philettakphillips.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Philettakphillips?ref=profile

Healing through Cultural Fashion and Beauty

This is a time of awakening for African-American self-preservation and beautification.
And a natural hair care guru is leading by example…

Isis Brantley of Dallas, Texas is a style influencer and the recent recipient of the “Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award” for pioneering natural hair care; and being a trailblazer for over 20 years in the natural hair care industry. Isis was recently awarded during the Nzuri Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Festival’s 100 Carat Diamond Award Gala event. Isis Brantley has been a practitioner of natural hair care in the African-American community for 30 years.

Isis Brantley wears TeKay Designs gown to receive Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award.Isis is also the brainchild of the annual Naturally Isis Hair Parade and Festival with celebrity songstress Erykah Badu as the Grand Marshall. According to Isis, braiding natural hair has been a career endeavor that has been challenged by ideologies that insist on denouncing cultural expression, economic liberty and civil rights. Isis’s most dramatic encounter was a highly publicized airport security alert when her afro set off a panic response by TSA officials in Atlanta, Georgia who were concerned that Isis was concealing a weapon in her hair. The incident was an embarrassing spectacle for Isis and made national news headlines. Currently Isis has been challenged by the state of Texas for illegally operating her Institute of Ancestral Braiding College without becoming a licensed barber instructor. Isis has opened a federal suit against the state of Texas challenging the economic liberty and due process of the law in order to continue to operate her school. Isis seeks certification that will be recognized by the state and allow her students to be able to operate legally as braiding professionals.
View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEbGILPkl8A&feature=share
Isis Brantley at Nzuri Natural Hair Festival
This is a natural hair care and braiding business. We don’t barber, heat hair or use harmful chemicals; and there exist no licensed school that trains and certifies for braiding natural hair. This is a practice that is apart of indigenous African culture, and I’m offended by ignorant outsiders attempting to regulate a cultural practice that is a civil right, a human right, a God given right!” explains Isis. “What I do is important to people of the African diaspora because we offer healing through the hair and the expression of culture. African-Americans need to be re-educated about the beauty standards for black hair care. Many of the popular products and practices in the market cause damage to their hair.” say’s Isis.Isis Brantley at Nzuri Natural Hair Festival wearing TeKay Designs.As a natural hair care guru, Isis keeps her focus on the nexus of cultural beauty and ethnic style by wearing elaborate ethnic fashions. At the December 6th Nzuri Diamond Awards event, Isis Brantley wore a TeKay Designs gown with bronze, gold embroidery that was hand made in Ghana, Africa. The gown has a mermaid silhouette with a sexy opening on the dress skirt with embroidered scalloped edges. The fabric is cotton jacquard, a high quality embossed cotton fabric. The gown has a modern fit and the embroidered African fabric makes a significant cultural statement.
Isis Brantley wears TeKay Designs gown to receive Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award
Isis Brantley wears TeKay Designs to receive Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award.

At the Nzuri Awards Gala with Isis Brantley (Right) in TeKay Designs to receive Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award.

Isis’s fight for preserving cultural identity for people of the African diaspora is represented from head to toe. Isis uses ethnic fashions and beauty to heal the community by promoting cultural style. According to Isis, self-expression through cultural fashions is a part of a healing process.Isis explains,”There is healing through cultural expression. This is a culturally related industry, so ethnic fashions complements my identity. This is how I represent! My wardrobe is styled by Tekay Designs because I love the bold colors, soft fabrics and Afrique Chic styles. For me it’s important to support other creatives from the African diaspora. Africans are trendsetters and influencers of style. Other ethnic groups have fashioned products to the African-American consumer’s demand; we need to also patron black owned businesses that offer African cultural products. Patronizing is apart of the healing process for the black community. This is a time of awakening for African-American self-preservation and beautification. And I’m leading by example. By changing suppressive policies and social conformity, while promoting cultural awareness and wellness through my profession.
Isis Brantley wears TeKay Designs gown to receive Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond AwardAccording to a popular belief of those who practice cosmetology formally and informally, the mindset is that, hair relaxers can be both a blessing and a curse for many African-American women. African-American woman are targeted with marketing by the chemical industry that offers hair-straightening products that provide for easy, time saving preparations for getting ready each day. However, when not applied professionally, the harsh chemicals can result in hair loss, breakage and even scalp burns. Isis explains, “The time we take grooming ourselves is a labor of love, and we should not regress into a mindset that we don’t have the time to take care of our natural hair.” Through her teachings, Isis Brantley re-establishes wellness, cultural identity, and reinforces the love of black beauty in the community one kinky curl strand at a time.
Isis Brantley at Nzuri Natural Hair Festival wearing TeKay Designs.

Isis Brantley and Amanda Wamunyima (Ms. Florida America 2013) wearing TeKay Designs at the Nzuri Diamond Award Gala

Isis Brantley and Amanda Wamunyima (Ms. Florida America 2013) wearing TeKay Designs at the Nzuri Diamond Award Gala

TeKay Designs celebrates Equatorial Guinea Independence Day

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November 21, 2013

TeKay Designs celebrates Equatorial Guinea Independence Day
The program included a fashion show where TeKay Designs was the shining star.

Houston, TX, November 21, 2013– October 19, 2013 was the Houston celebration of Equatorial Guinea’s Independence Day. The festivities included beverages, food, music and a fashion show. TeKay Designs amazed the crowd with their breathtaking designs, full of vibrant colors, innovative lines and gorgeous accents with African influences. Their designs can be seen on their website at: www.tk-designs.com.

“TeKay Designs is thankful to the Consulate of Equatorial Guinea for the opportunity to present our diverse cultural and contemporary fashions to the citizens, friends and guests of Equatorial Guinea.  TeKay Designs has a strong connection to Africa with a design and manufacturing center in Ghana.” – Kimma Wreh, Creative Director, TeKay Designs

The Honorable Domingo Mba Esono Nsang, the Consul General of Equatorial Guinea, and the Honorable Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to the US, spoke at the event to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the nation’s independence. The mayor of Houston, through a representative, declared October 19 as Equatorial Guinea Day in the city.

The TeKay Designs that were presented included African men’s suits, sexy short sets, couture bridal gowns, hand-made necklaces and extraordinary evening wear.  Most of the designs were influenced by African patterns, style and colors. The crowd gathered to celebrate the event were wowed by the incredible beauty of Wreh’s design.

“For the bold and discerning bride that does not want to see herself coming and going in a typical bridal dress, TeKay Designs has one-of-a kind bridal gowns and jeweled pieces that are works of art. For a true couture experience, designer Kimma Wreh will design and craft a bridal gown that is both unique and elegant with artfully created accent pieces that are absolute show stoppers.”- Diane Sulpizio, Fashion Stylist.

TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers custom designs and ready-to-wear ethnic and modern bridal, formal, casual maternity and fashion jewelry. TeKay Designs features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. TeKay Designs is most noted for providing unique ethnic wear and contemporary pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.  Designing high quality products is their pledge to their customers.

Photo Credit: Chibuzor Okonta and Marc Allen PhotographyPhoto Credit: Chibuzor Okonta and Marc Allen Photography