Monday, July 6, 2009
Ghana Fashion Weekend ends, Ricci Osei remembered,Boris speaks Twi.
The 4day Ghana Fashion Weekend came to an end on Saturday at the Accra International Conference Centre. The event featured various designers from Africa and across the world, as well as the German-Ghanaian star of the popular drama, "Soul Food", Boris Kodjoe with his wife Nicole Ari Parker,also a co-star of the popular TV series.
Saturday's final event showcased professional catwalk models from Exopa Modeling Agency in exquisite designs and apparels of Kofi Ansah,Ricci Osei, Aphadi, Jandel, Allan David, Bazem'Se,and Amadou Diop. Other international designers also include Eloi Sessou, Patrick Asso, Dady de maximo,Parfait Behen,Ousmane Doumbia and many more.
Hiplife music genre originator Reggie Rockstone, out-doored the last designer collection of his late father Ricci Osei.
"These were the last collection of my dad that were never released before he passed away,I feel so proud for this honour",
says Rockstone, receiving a resounding applause and a standing ovation in tribute to the man who was well-known for "patch jeans" across Europe.
In a rare showing, Ricci Osei's collection hit the run way by famous hiplife musicians and rappers to a rapturous applause and excitement seeing Tinny, Samini, peer pressure duo Kwaku T and D-Black and Kwaw Kese.
Interestingly, soccer stars were not left out of the show, Black Stars and Chelsea FC midfielder Michael Essien, Togolese international and Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, and Tony Baffour ,former Black stars defender, took turns to grace the catwalk amidst cheers from fans for the final lapse of the show which was well patronized.
In his closing remarks, Boris Kodjoe, was full of praise for the designers and Ghana,
"i want to thank all the designers for such a great job, the talent here is incredible and we want to share it with the world, we've being talking to the vice president and they will continue to support us ".
Unexpectedly Boris Kodjoe delivered an innocuous line in the widely spoken Twi language to the surprise of everybody, sending the ladies to scream.
"On behalf of my wife and myself, i want to thank Ghana, medo mu paa" (i love you so much).
Described as the revolutionary behind Ghana's Fashion Industry, Director of Ghana Fashion Weekend, Ibrahim Sima also expressed his satisfaction and pride over the success of the event which could be compared to international standards in Rome and Italy.
He said," look at it now, we've done it, people never thought this could be so successful, but here we are, it's just like what we have being seeing on t.v from Europe and elsewhere".
Ghana Fashion Weekend is a French Embassy initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.