3rd Annual Ankara Festival & African Fashion Show LA 2012 Highlights Diversity of African Artists & Designers

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The Ankara Festival was designed to showcase upcoming and established designers who specialize in using traditional African fabrics and prints to create contemporary clothing in a fashion show.

Actress Shondrella Avery  (End of Watch, Napolean Dynamite, The Secret  Life of Bees, Déjà Vu) hosted this year’s event.

The event which held at Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA featured designers such as Ekwueme(Nigeria); Sumahrie Collections (Sierra Leone); Oyato Designs (New York/Nigeria); Tribal Mask (Los Angeles); Glamm Fashions (New York/Nigeria); Oyato Designs; Revere Couture; Nsaa House Of Designs(Ghana), Glamm Fashion, Dai Z Couture(Cameroon), Sumahrie collections(Sierra Leone); and Menogu Designs.

The professional make-up was handled by Napoleon Perdis Beauty Academy (Hollywood), Professional Hair Styling by Tea Carter and Demetria Hampton of Hot Off the Press Salon (West Covina)

The artists who performed were Naira, Big Klef, Bro Phalu Falu and Celestina.

This event was executively produced by Mr. Peter Lentini (Founder & Creative Director) Mrs. Bimpe Lentini (Founder& Executive Director) Ms. Dunnie Onasanya (Special Events Producer & Public Relations) Ms. Chioma Nwosu (Associate Fashion Show Producer) Mr. Demola Ogunnaike (Co- Director)

The Ankara Festival is unique way to bridge the gap between generations of Africans and African – Americans living in the United States through fashion and music. NOTABLES IN ATTENDANCE: Monalisa Okojie (CEO & Founder of Nehita Jewelry), Sandra Izsadore (Artist, Composer, FELA), Russell Andrews (Actor), Tokunbo Kujore (2012 Miss Nigeria In America)

The event was sponsored by AfriPOP Magazine, Aida Cosmetics, ARISE Magazine, Custom Cakes By Ti, FACE2FACE Africa, Facet Studios, GBAAM TV, Hot Off The Press Salon, MissDunnieO.com, Napoleon Perdis Make-Up Academy, Peoples Nigeria, Pan African Film Festival, Pepp Digital Media, TheOja.com, Yummy Hair

MEDIA IN ATTENDANCE: 360Nobs.com, AfriPOP Magazine, Ankara Miami, CMA TV Group, Deep BLU Media, Ethno Nightlife, FACE2FACE Africa, TheFashionBrewery.com, GBAAM TV,LA Examiner, NORRISXTHRASH.com, Tips&Tea, TheCurvyFashionista.com, URBN VNTG, Voice of Hope.

Enjoy pictures from the event.

For more information regarding how to become a sponsor the 4th Annual Ankara Festival Fashion Show on September 28, 2013 please visit www.ankarafestla.com, On Twitter: @AnkaraFestival, or contact Mr. Peter Lentini via e-mail ankarafestival@gmail.com or Ms. Dunnie Onasanya via e-mail dunnieo@gmail.com.



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