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FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT FIRST LADIES LUNCHEON 2013


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


Cassandra Seidenfeld 

First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago Reema Carmona


Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway


Designer Alexandra Taylor 

Montaha Alajeel


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 


The dinner



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 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 

Madam Wokie 


Pics coutrsey of Vogue Italia

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