Never stop believing in your self
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Launching of ‘The Kartia Velino Ready To Wear And Couture Collection
Featured Models from left : Nicole, Layla, Kartia, Wence, and Nini
Finally, finally An Awareness Fashion Show happened!
There was a roll call and everybody that is anybody stood up and was counted. The excitement in the room was palpable; the air was thick with the sweet smell of success. It was not an event for the faint hearted and yet it was Kartia Velino’s long awaited event and we (my team and I) brought it home with a bang! It was Omg awesome. Were you there? It was fun. It was great. It was so, so crazy and I still can’t believe how well the entire show played out.
It was a great debut for me. To start, the room was ‘packed’ with over three hundred guests and I mean ‘packed full!’. The Special Guest of Honour the Honorable Jim Karygiannis Toronto City Hall, Scarborough city councillor, Ward 39, talked effusively about support for uterine cancer treatment and research. He really caught the attention of the guests by pointing out that everybody in the room one way or the other, had been somehow affected by some form of cancer.
Designers, models, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, family, friends, guests, fans, media etc. were all present. There were lots colorful outfits befitting a fashion extravaganza, mellow atmosphere, lots of finger foods and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The Toronto Fashion Academy TFA was the professional Show Director. Jason Cameron CEO played a key ring side role all evening keeping his eagle eye on ‘things’, while Basil Waris Fashion show Director was directing from behind the scenes and made sure every last detail was in place. Ladies and gentlemen, TFA rocks and their seamless directing together with MC Love Glam brought the entire event home with a bang!
The featured designers were LIDIJA with her fantastic filled with suspense original creations;
Zia Zamora strutted her tastefully designer stuff for his and hers; S.B.L by Stephanie was not to be out done considering the sensationalism and grace of her creations; and finally there was Sensuelle et Chic with her tantalizing line of intimate apparel that blew us all away.
The highlight of the evening was the debut of my ‘Kartia Velino’s first collection ‘The Kartia Velino Ready To Wear And Couture Collection’ which included the outfit I wore for the evening and the long red evening dress wore my the Moderator. This tastefully put together collection is all very original pieces specially made for everywoman. They are mostly full length gowns for the skinny or full figured woman. There was a lot of colour, originality and texture all coming together for that soft, cool, classy and gentle look that is soon to be the hallmark of the Kartia Velino line. I played round with an excess of fabric for these designs creating an overall rich, full and classy effect, while putting the fabric for the individual pieces to good use. Some of the pieces were see through daring and for the very self-confident woman. A lot of the runway pieces were quickly snatched up by guests but in case you are interested, please contact me still. However all the outfits are now available on our online store on this blog.
Other celebrities and guests that graced the occasion included Vin Onyeka and friends, Shelly Jarrett – SMJ Magazine, Robin Wright – Wright Artistry, Attorney Daizy Bethea – dezzes CLOSET and Executive Blog Editor MyStyleByKartia, Celebrated Houston Attorney Joan Nwuli, Worship Media CEO Chidi and Erica Nwanyanwu photography, props and stage design; Canadian – Nigerian GQ number one Austin Oruche with wife Chino was in the house. Vera Veracious was also in the house from Ottawa,Celebrity blogger Glamourous Austa and many more!
It was a night to remember and we had so much fun. Did I forget to mention the music? That is unforgivable because the DJ De Limit music took the event to an entirely new level with the expert coordination of the music with the directing and the runway strut.
My thanks go out all the other unsung heroes particularly KV Nation, KV Fans and my volunteers who by just their mere interest and/or presence, made this show a success. Thank you so much and I am greatly humbled. Where will I be without my fans?
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Special Appreciation To
Adeze Beatha ( Executive Blog Editor)
Ral Onyes (Event Moderator)
SMJ Magazine (Sponsor)
Wright Artistry (Sponsor)
DJ De Limite (Sponsor)
Country Style Chicken (Sponsor)
Digital Symbol (Sponsor)
Tag Tv (Sponsor)
Pop N Shop Media (Sponsor)
Austin Oruche (Sponsor)
Ifeoma Onyeka (Head Volunteer)
Stacia Grimes (Head Volunteer)