June 1, 2011

I AM FASHION, Rip The Fab Lane! Part One

Hello Fashionistas, the 3rd annual I AM FASHION show was a hit! I sent my 3 fashionistas: Kari, Kathleen & Lexie to the "I AM FASHION" show on a fashion mission and let me tell you, these ladies knocked it out of the park! They covered every aspect of the show so perfectly, that there will be a part 2 to this post tomorrow. A big Thanks to the ladies for doing such a great job! Kari & Lexie took amazing photographs alongside writer, Kathleen Black. Kathleen was out & about getting the scoop on the "I AM FASHION" show happenings, here is her fashion commentary. Feast your eyes on all these pictures as there are many more to come!

Writer, Kathleen Black interviewing designer,Thierry Kasende
 Fashionistas were out in style Saturday night for the much anticipated I AM FASHION: Rip The Fab Lane! The 3rd annual event at the NAC showcased new lines from talented Canadian designers, Geneviève Couture, Frash by Isobel Walker, ImFresh, INMYSKYVVYS by Lynn M. Sainté, only to name a few!

We caught up with the ladies behind it all, Gwen Madiba and Grace Mayele, who were looking stunning and confident. “It’s a stress-free, fun night,” Gwen told us, saying the show is about self-love and love for others. “Everybody can feel confident, whether you’re thicker, thinner, or whatever your origin or background may be. If you got it then flaunt it.” 

Grace Mayele of Within Essence Productions
Valerie Makanda’s fearless creations were jaw dropping! The designer says I B I S M (I believe in something more) is more than a brand - it’s an attitude and lifestyle!


 Miikali by Juliana Giraldo was breathtaking! The Columbian-born designer’s ready-to-wear line is feminine, fresh and fun!

 Forget about having a typical wedding - Genevieve Couture’s dresses are perfect for the funky bride. The Greek goddess dress was one of my favorite pieces of the night, a very powerful and majestic statement!

 Lilac Lingerie Boutique showcased cute flirty pieces that are fresh & fun for the summer! Loved the burst of color on the runway!

 Frash jewelry is so orginal! "A fresh take on trash", the Frash jewelry fall 2011 collection consisted of tribal influences mixed with rock n' roll, translated into chunky pieces and sharp edges! I love Frash!

 The fellas looking handsome and tailored in Mexx Clothing!


Thierry Kasende offered a sneak preview of his new label Pride and Ego. The collection’s smart outfits are accessorized perfectly for the confident working man.

Squares, triangles, patterns! African inspired INMYSKYVVYS by Lynn M. Sainté is so dynamic, the fantastic pairing with Gazamba jewelry by Laudia Yambala was a match made in heaven. The HUGE earrings pair perfectly with the festive outfits! This collection was full of spice, I had so much fun watching these girls dancing and enjoying their finale!

ImFresh! I don’t know what had more personality - the models or the clothes… both were fresh!


Every outfit in the TFR collection by Gwen Madiba & Co. has its own expression and individual identity. “It’s about being all over,” explains Gwen, “and being fabulous and loving yourself.”

 Gwen Madiba is an inspiration to young women! The talented model/entrepreneur/activist was featured in the Women’s Executive Network’s list of 2010’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. “It’s important for me to give back”, she tells us, referring to the two charities receiving proceeds from “I AM FASHION” this year. “I want to bring a certain consciousness to issues around the world surrounding women and children.” 


Designer Thierry Kasende’s son Noah was a total hit - dancing and catching ladies’ attention all night! “He’s really into fashion”, explains Thierry, “I think it’s pretty cool that he’s involved. He’ll be part of this legacy in the future.” 

I AM FASHION’s Best Dressed Male, Spencer Edwards of Proprpostur.com, looking dapper as usual!

I AM FASHION’s Best Dressed Female, Twenty York Street, wearing a cute Miikali dress!


Superstar model, Willy Monfret was the celebrity guest of the night and had the ladies swooning all evening!

 It’s always great to see fashion created and celebrated in Ottawa, and everyone had such a good time. I think my favorite part was hearing all the women cheering when the male models finally came out! Everyone looked beautiful and had so much fun. As Marcia B. states, “The I AM FASHION show is a definite reaffirmation of Ottawa talent.” I definitely agree, and already can’t wait for next year’s!

 Candids at "I AM FASHION" 2011...

My fabulous team extraordinaire: Kathleen, Lexie & Kari!

Laudia Yambala, designer of Gazamba jewelry!

 Kathleen & Lexie with the Lilac Lingerie ladies!


The ladies and Willy Monfret!

Behind-The-Scenes at "I AM FASHION" 2011!


I have a TRUCKLOAD of beautiful photos that will be up on the blog tommorow! Lookout for them! xox

Photo Credits: Kari Thamer


Blue Fruit said...

SO many beautiful outfits! And fabulous action photos too. But that scalloped Miikali dress?....ooh, I love it very much.

A Fine Balance said...

Looks like it was such a great time! Sorry I couldn't be there...other commitments but next year for sure!

Pop Champagne said...

looks like a fun show! and haha I wasn't at Angie's, I just got back from Asia yesterday, but yes next time we will catch up!

LoveK said...

Great photos looks like a lot of fun...I must say I would give Erika Wark a nod for best dressed-look at those shoes! Totally bananas!
Love K

Julia Vorob'eva said...

wow, your review is amazing!!!! such incredible people and pictures! wow,....it feels like I was there looking through the pics! great job!

Andrés Corella said...

Wow..amazing pictures the outfits were crazy cool!!! The men clothes I want everything please!..and Marilou as fierce as ever

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Mizdragonfly said...

Looks like such a fun night! There's some seriously amazing outfit in those pics - boo hoo for me missing it :/


Oh to Be a Muse said...

everyone looks so fashionable. that first photo is probably my fave, but i am diggin' the menswear!

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Vale ♥ said...

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kokonnebe said...

this looks like it must have been so much fun! gorgeous outfits and gorgeous women.. it always makes me happy to see beautiful black models!