Native & Vogue Port Harcourt International Fashion Week, is a platform for high-end designers and models across Africa to celebrate the totality of African Fashion. This platform will serve the dual purpose of grooming emerging designers while showcasing established brands, and also provide an opportunity for aspiring models in Rivers State.
Native and Vogue, which is officially sponsored by the Rivers State Government, is organized by Neo-Mantra Ltd - an intellectual property development company, Bunor Creazioni Ltd (House of Bunor) and Vanguard Allure.
The 3-day event, which will take place from the 19th to 21st of September 2014, was formally unveiled in July. Native & Vogue Port Harcourt International Fashion Week, will feature a designers master class, runway fashion shows, cocktails and industry get-together.
On a wider perspective, Native and Vogue equally serves as a medium to further develop and influence tourism as more African designers now infuse African inspired themes and fabrics into their designs. This has expanded the fashion industry tremendously, making it a highly exportable sector.
Last season recorded huge success with top notch designers from African fashion industry cutting across South and West Africa in attendance, and over 2,500 VIP guests amongst whom where international and local merchandisers, corporate bodies, stockists and retailers, burgeoning designers, local and international media, officials of the Rivers State Government, celebrities and showbiz writers.
Some of last year’s showcased designers include; Paul Van Zyl, Frank Osodi, Adebayo Jones, Mai Atafo, Ituen Basi.
Following this year’s theme, Native and Vogue strongly believes that anything is possible, which is why this year’s event is tagged “Possibilities Live Here”.
''We understand the pains, sweat and tears it takes to become a successful model and/or designer. Native and Vogue is dedicated to making the dreams of budding Nigerians a reality, which was why we created a “Face of Native & Vogue” and “Young Designers” competitions as part of the event.
With over 200 total entries received and 22 total contestants shortlisted, Joy Adoki (a youth corps member) and Dennis Atiegoba (a student), were officially unveiled as the faces of Native & Vogue on August 14, in Port Harcourt. In order to help these aspiring models to fulfill their ambitions and in keeping in line with this year’s theme, Native and Vogue will provide both winners the opportunity to walk the runway with superstar models from within and outside the country.
In order to give many others a chance to live their dreams of becoming runway models, auditions were also held for models from all across Rivers State on August 14 ,in Port Harcourt.
Designers selected from the “Young Designers” competition will have the rare opportunity to showcase their designs alongside some of Nigeria’s A-list fashion designers, which include our key resource person, Frank Osodi, UK-based Ade Bakare and Yemi Osunkoya (Kosibah Creation), Yomi Casual, Jemi Delaja, and South Africa’s Kluk CGDT and Shaldon Kopman (Naked Ape), and among others. The event is set to be a never-before-seen international fashion show with some of the world’s biggest international superstar models, as well as celebrity models, showcasing the designs of these emerging designers.
''As the show gradually approaches, we are continuing immense efforts to ensure that Native and Vogue makes headlines for all the right reasons, both here and internationally. No stone is being left unturned to make this the biggest event of the year''.
''We want to appreciate the efforts of our principal sponsors, the Rivers State Government for their efforts and passion towards engaging their youths on this platform. Together, we have recorded monumental results. We have witnessed youth empowerment through this platform''.