Held on St. Patrick’s Day, the prestigious fashion runway event was the 3rd annual fundraiser for the Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC), a non-profit organization that promotes self-esteem, suicide prevention and awareness, anti-bullying, and community service.
Fashion models wearing TeKay Designs bridal couture gowns and formal wear inspired by royalty, culture and history dazzled the runway during Chicago Fashion Week. Video of TeKay Designs at Chicago Fashion Week 2015 https://youtu.be/yxFqxWV1iVU
Award winning international fashion label TeKay Designs brought a historic fashion whirlwind to Chicago “The Windy City” by displaying couture bridal attire and pageant dresses representing queens and kings inspired by civilizations worldwide.
“We sourced intricate embroidered brocade from Ghana, embroidered silk from India, and embroidered lace from Europe and Asia. My passion is taking a fabric that is worn in a traditional way and making it into a garment embraced internationally.
Instead of manifesting the status quo, I study fabrics worn by folks in other countries and design a gown that transcends continents by employing design elements embraced by women especially in developed nations.
I design not only the gown but the complete look including the headpieces and jewelry to be worn with the dress.
My designs are statement pieces, works of art and made to leave a lasting impression with the viewer. This uncanny ability is not found in a text book. It is the result of years of travel to various countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, trips to museums and the library, reading about culture and fashion history, working with people in other countries including my production team in Ghana, studying consumer tastes and trends, and sourcing fabrics globally.” states Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.
“I am pleased to present my royal couture bridal and formal collection to the city of Chicago. With approximately 2.7 million residents, Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. People of diverse cultural backgrounds live in Chicago hence it was important for TeKay Designs to showcase at this event while supporting the Live Out Loud Charity.
My collection is an infusion of Egyptian, African, Spanish, European, American and Indian design concepts inspired by royalty. At this event, we released two new dresses that can be worn to a pageant or red carpet occasion. Our designs uplift women by making them feel like a queen.” states Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.
Each gown in the award-winning Queen Of The Brides collection is named after a historical queen or woman of significant social status from various countries worldwide. The designer label also featured one of a kind evening dresses and pageant gowns accessorized with lace embroidered veils from their award-winning Crown Collection.
The designer label opened the show with a new couture pageant gown masterpiece made of lime green and dark green silk with green and gold embroidery, embroidered flowery and leaf appliques stitched strategically on the dress and train.
Design elements included leaf embroidery on sleeves and cutouts on side and front, above knee length in front with attached train in back lined in green with gold trimming and dark green silk scallops around edges. The dress involved extensive hand stitching in the U.S. with embroidery applied by skilled embroiderers in India.
At this event, the renowned fashion house TeKay Designs featured a sample of their men’s bridal wear by showcasing matching bride and groom’s African inspired attire. The audience was in awe of the model bridal couple that closed the show.
The man’s suit employed a touch of culture that is uniquely TeKay via stitching of gold embroidery on jacket and usage of super brocade fabric onto a European silhouette. The model bride wore a couture Egyptian bridal gown with extensive gold embroidery, crystals, veil and headpiece fitting for a Queen bride.
The fashion show was produced by Sherrie Gearheart (Founder of the Live Out Loud Charity) and co-hosted by John Hill (Grammy nominated artist). Media included Tiara Magazine, The Model Idea TV show, Star Planet TV, Fashion Empire on Demand, Doughboy Television, M&M Modeling Magazine, among others. TeKay’s fashion show, makeup and avant-garde hair was provided by Steven Papageorge Hair Academy.
The mission of Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC) is to serve those at risk of committing suicide and to help stop this preventable cause of death from continually happening. The mission reflects the life-changing impact that the charity has on children, families, referral sources, sponsors, and entire communities. LOLC is a non-profit organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention through core character development. Since 2010, LOLC has reached over 80 million individuals worldwide through various partnerships and outreach programs within the organization. For more information about Live Out Loud Charity, visit: http://liveoutloudcharity.org.
TeKay Designs is an award-winning international fashion label, based in Houston Texas, that offers custom designs and couture bridal gowns, formal attire and statement fashion jewelry. Designer Kimma Wreh is the creative mind behind TeKay Designs. Founded in 1998, the designer label is most noted for providing hand crafted non traditional, multicultural and contemporary pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international. The company facilitates design and production in Houston, Texas and Ghana, Africa.
With over 16 years of history, the company’s statement necklaces have graced celebrities like Tennis superstar Serena Williams, R&B Singers Chante Moore and Angie Stone, Houston TV News anchor Deborah Duncan, Actress Ashley Rickards, Busy Phillips and Samantha Barks. TeKay Designs has been the subject of many notable interviews and features in print magazines like The Knot, Bridal Guide, Get Married, Self, Genlux, Viva, Annex, Filler, Bisous, Bello, Chumash, Wedding Style Guide, African Vibe, The New York Times, among others.
Wreh’s creations have been featured in major fashion shows including New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week New York, Dallas International Fashion Show, African Fashion Week Houston, Houston Fashion Week, The Ultimate Wedding Showcase New York, etc. In addition TeKay Designs has been showcased on Houston Television, Houston ABC Channel 13, Univision Houston, MegaTV, etc.
Contact Information: TeKay Designs Inc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Launched in 2012, Queen of the Brides is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs Inc. The Queen Of The Brides collection includes couture bridal and formal gowns accessorized with quality pieces of jewelry. The gowns and dresses we offer represent queens from various countries around the world where people held their royalty in high regard. Known for luxury, our high end gowns are complimented with matching accessories and quality pieces of jewelry. Queen Of The Brides provides upscale designs for weddings, prom, pageant, evening, red carpet, galas and special occasions.
Contact Information: Queen Of The Brides