In September 2013, Madam Wokie participated in the Fashion for Development, First Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The event which was held at Pierre Hotel in New York, on the occasion of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly brought together numerous important politicians, leaders of the world of fashion and influences from all over the world. The luncheon was hosted by Evie Evangelou and celebrated some important people such as the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, who has been honored with the Premiere F4D Medal of Honor for the three-years time she dedicated to F4D; . Folorunsho Alakija (founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation), who has been assigned the F4D’s Angel Award; Tina Brown (Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast), who received the F4D’s Women’s Champion Award, Livia Firth (founder of Green Carpet Challenge) , whose work has been celebrated with the Fashion 4 Development Award; and Michel Sidibé (Executive Director of UNAIDS), who has been assigned the F4D’s League of Gentlemen Award. Other designers showcasing at the event included Angel Chang (China), Alfonso Guinoo (Philippines), Zang Toi (Malaysia), Tanzila Rab (Bangladesh), Montaha (Kuwait), Giovanni Lopresti (Cyprus) and Alexandra Taylor (USA).
Attendees at the event included HRH, Princess Ameerah Al Taweel, of Saudi Arabia; Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia; Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway; and Mr Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, was a huge success .
The collection for the showcase was designed in less than a month and was well received by delegates, First Ladies and royalty in attendance .
Below are a few pictures from the night taken by my favorite photographer Mambu Bayoh... enjoy
The Madam Wokie showcase at t Fashion 4 Development was also featured on the Vogue Italia website.
The Red Carpet
Walking the red carpet with Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and the fabulous models
Mrs Folorunsho Alakija on the red carpet
First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago Reema Carmona
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Designer Alexandra Taylor
HRH Princess Bassma al Saud, of Saudi Arabia
Donna Karan and Evie Evangelou
Franca Sozzani, left, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Italia, Folorunshu Alakija, Founder of Rose of Sharon Foundation, and Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa
Livia Firth, Tina Brown, Evie Evangelou and Franca Sozzani
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus
With Nigerian business tycoon and philanthropist Mrs Folorunsho Alakija
With Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
With Mr Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS
Toyin Ojora Saraki, Folorunsho Alakija and Madame Ban Soon-Taek
HRH Princess Ameerah Al Taweel and HRH Princess Bassma al Saud
HRH, Princess Ameerah Al Taweel, of Saudi Arabia posing next to the Madam Wokie showcase
The kind folks at Christian Louboutin were generous enough to supply us with a few Pigalles for the showcase. The management of Brussels Airlines were also generous in providing our tickets for the journey, I cannot thank you enough your generosity
Pics coutrsey of Vogue Italia