Africa Royale at HU

Photos and story by Janel St. John

 International Style highlights Jazz Luncheon at Howard University


It was an afternoon of high style, high notes and high steppin when 7 designers presented runway fashions for "Africa Royale," a fundraiser, sponsored by the Howard University DC Alumni Chapter (HUDCAC).

The jazz luncheon and fashion show, held March 25, 2012 at the Blackburn Center Ballroom, raises scholarship funds for college students. This year, the alumni association also honored the Founders Library and C. Brian Williams, founder of Step Afrika, which concluded the show with a spirited dance finale.

WHUR-96.3 News Anchor, Molette Green, was Mistress of Ceremony while Natalie Rance, HUDCAC President, Jean Humphrey, Luncheon Chair and Evy Edwards, Fashion Show Executive Director, all worked in conjunction for the afternoon celebration that also featured brunch, a silent auction, numerous vendors and music by the Charles Wood Jazz Ensemble. Yet it was host of unamed coordinators, models, stylists, wardrobe assistants and make-up artists, working behind-the-scenes for the grand production of “Africa Royale.”


FASHION DESIGNERS (l-r) Teresa Fleetwood of New York, Anjoreen of Lagos, Nigeria, pictured with model and host of "A Models Life" Marvina TribBey, and Miriam Liggett of Northern Virginia's Soliloquy Bridal.


The showcase of international designers included Studio d'Maxsi (Afua Sam of Ghana), YouniKalsbim Fashions (Hadjia of Nigeria), Kustom Looks Clothier (Kwab Asamoah of Ghana), and Anjoreen Couture (Nigeria). US designers included Soliloquy Bridal Couture (Miriam Liggett of Virginia), Therez Fleetwood of New York, and the Kevan Hall Collection – the designer featured on Housewives of Beverly Hills. The show also featured international runway models, including Miss Africa USA, Miss Ghana USA, Miss Sierra Leone USA, Miss Guinea North America, and USA's Miss District of Columbia. Edwards collaborated with Miss Africa USA Pageant Coordinator, and In His Image modeling agency to cast an impressive array of professional runway models. Scene after scene, it was a showcase of haute couture, ready-to-wear and even bridal wear inspired by the colours and textures of Africa.


Models in designs from Studio d'Maxsi (left), and Kustom Looks (middle and right).


Models on left and right in designs from Studio d'Maxsi, model in the middle is wearing a Kustom Look.




The men ripped the runway in designs by Kustom Looks and Anjoreen Couture.


FASHION DESIGNERS, Hadjia of YouniKalsbim Fashions, an HU Alumni, and Debbie Lisbey (middle) of Kustom Looks in Silver Spring, MD. Fashion Show Director, Evy Edwards of Kustom Events pauses for a picture during the runway show.