On October the 17th at the Georgia World Congress Center, the 4th Annual Culture Shock Show sponsored by Pop Productions returned to the city drawing in supporters both locally and nationally. This year, the general theme for Culture Shock was “Africa Meets Asia.” The intent, to highlight and integrate similarities between the two cultures where it concerns fashion, art, music and their relevance today.
Since 2012 when the event debuted, Anita Sofa the producer and organizer of The Culture Shock Show, has worked tirelessly to bring together individuals who appreciate multicultural arts and aspire to be immersed in circles that are like-minded. “The mission of The Culture Shock Show is to promote cultural appreciation and expose artists to empowering altitudes. Culture Shock provides the perfect networking platform not only to designers and musicians, but for small businesses as well.”
With that being said, I can definitely affirm from my experience at Culture Shock that this was an event that leaves you eager to be a part of in the years to come! From the mélange of design aesthetics to the strategically integrated forms of entertainment provided at Culture Shock, guests were totally engaged from beginning to end. Anita united a team of skilled models (some of whom she has used throughout the years at this event), professional hair and beauty stylists, assistants and media personnel to cover every aspect of the event. This year, Anita incorporated some young kid models into the runway show in trendy African print looks. The kids dazzled the crowd with their youthful ensembles and invoked a very welcoming response from the crowd.
The show was colorfully emceed by Jay’la Milan and the hilarious Chief Obi who kept us rollin’ throughout. Along with selections from local artists including African pop-style singers, dancers, a phenomenal LIVE band and DJ, we also got a chance to experience an authentic Asian lion dance by Chein Hong School of Kung Fu to add another blended cultural flavor to the show. Sponsors this year included:
Ike’s Cafe and Grill
La Baguette Bakery/ Panoo
Oceane Cargo Link
and many more!
In between performances, we were amazed by stunning modern looks and patterns by this year’s featured designers including but not limited to Oluwa Toyin, Threads of Gray, Imago Dei, Me Ye Hip Hop, Studio One Afrique and many more. Each look was fabulous in it’s own respect and the models brought the designs to life. Their attitude, the theatrics incorporated for each individual designer and the way that the garments tailored their person kept us absolutely engaged. When speaking to one of the designers prior to the show by the name of Onisha Goldsmith of her brand Imago Dei, she gives us insight into how the brand is a mix of prints and patterns blended together with metallics to bring the theme of “Africa Meets Asia” to life. Onisha is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and will also be featured in an upcoming upscale fashion show called Doctors on the Catwalk by Cynique Evoulé.
Anita Safo shares with us that her goal for this year was to showcase different elements of the show such as having kid models and blending two different cultures to generate a reaction and critique from the guests to use for future shows. She states that next year her plan is to make the show even more entertaining and to continue to provide a platform for local entertainers, emerging designers and more to grow and to network with other industry professionals.
For more, please visit thecultureshockshow.com