TeKay Designs & Queen Of The Brides showcased their new collection in fashion show at Dress Houston.
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All photos courtesy of Next Level Photography.
TeKay Designs & Queen Of The Brides showcased their new collection in fashion show at Dress Houston.
View video HERE.
All photos courtesy of Next Level Photography.
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.
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 personably. 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.”
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 also offered gift certificates worth a total value of $5000 USD amongst three winners. “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.
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.”
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.
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Includes couture bridal and formal gowns accessorized 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.
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TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the first annual African Fashion Week Houston, an event that united Houstonians and international guests in celebration of African fashion, dance and music.
View video of TeKay Designs fashion show at African Fashion Week Houston. Video by Next Level Multimedia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AnfbbJ6jJM8
This was a grand affair designed to bridge the gap in cultural diversity by bringing together and presenting fashion designers, musicians, performers of different arts and comedians from different parts of the world.
International fashion brand, TeKay Designs, showcased their African-inspired formal and bridal attire with vibrant colored geles, a headpiece worn by Africans on a global scale.
TeKay’s presentation was comprised of brightly colored garments made of Ankara print, jacquard, cotton brocade, satin, george, kente, and embroidered laces. During the event, we released a preview of our Spring 2015 formal collection comprising of sexy and fitted evening gowns, semi-formal attire and casual wear.
The detachable train on several short sets made with Ankara print mixed with solid fabrics allow easy transition from day to evening look which makes the outfit versatile. Gold, yellow, green and purple are the dominant colors in this collection.
Guests were wowed by models wearing stunning African fashions in the elaborate ballroom decorated with chandeliers, covered chairs, ceiling drapes, floral arrangements, DJ, live band, catered food and drinks.
The shimmering gold embroidered lace and beaded satin bodice on our new couture gown represents wealth and prosperity globally which is fitting for a Nubian Queen. The purple color on the gele (headpiece) personifies royalty in most parts of Africa and the world.
Headpieces are symbolic in many parts of Western and Southern Africa, and for some Africans, an outfit is not complete without the headpiece.
The show opened with an electrifying performance by Dundunba cultural dancers and special appearance by Nnenna Agba, America’s Next Top Model contestant.
The three day event included a meet and greet fashion mixer, a fashion and arts workshop, and the Fall of Signature Essence (F.O.S.E.) runway show and concert.
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|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.|
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
There were numerous vendors representing local businesses and start-up ventures.
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.
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 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.
We also created new bridal headpieces including our pearl and crystal headpiece with dangling pearls to match the Queen Cleopatra Selene gown.
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.
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.
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.