2009 June 23
(NEW YORK) R. Kelly may have been the star performer at the Arise Africa Fashion Awards and Gala in Johannesburg on Saturday night, but he certainly wasn’t the evening’s only honored guest. The event presented dozens of collections from African designers along with a keynote speech from humanitarian, philanthropist and former First Lady of France Cécilia Attias. “Our goal is to promote and recognize the best of African fashion talent on a global scale,” said Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, founder of Africa Fashion Week and the Africa Fashion Awards. "And the Arise Africa Fashion Awards is a further step towards fulfillment of this goal.”
The big winners? David Tlale and Tiffany Amber by Folake Folarin-Coker, who tied for the honor of Designer of the Year Award, earning the chance to show at the Arise Africa Rising show in New York in September. The other award recipients:
Award for Innovation: Ituen Basi
Emerging Designer Award: Christie Brown of Ghana:
Fashion Business Award: Maponya Mall of Soweto in South Africa
Fashion Creative Award: Anglo Gold and Susan Hayes of South Africa
Africa Red Carpet Award: Kluk CDGT of South Africa
Africa Fashion Week Model: Ajuma
Most Promising Designer Awards: Eyola and Heni
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