This year’s highly anticipated Culture Shock show was hosted at Atlanta’s Rialto Center for the Arts. Guests and patrons of the annual event all gathered at the Rialto the evening of July 30, 2016 for this huge fashion & arts festival. And yes, so much more than just fashion, this is a real “culture shock” experience wrapped in one splendid night!
Just imagine a whole community of Africans and lovers of “all things African” all decked out in their best, meeting up at the ideal venue for fashion, great food, culture, music and more! The place is an intimate setting with a very comfortable layout, packed out with not only fashion-forward public, but camera-ready media, photographers and bloggers. Got the visual? Well good, then let’s begin…
This year was my second year being a part of Culture Shock. Last year’s show only heightened my expectation for this year’s show. There were so many great designers and such a great spirit about last year that you couldn’t help but expect greater this time around! So prior to the event, speaking with Anita Safo (CEO and Curator of The Culture Shock Show), she shared with me that this year’s theme is “EVOLUTION”. The inspiration behind this theme is to display variations of the culture from past to present. This includes both urban and modern Ankara looks like that of Threaded Culture and Studio One Afrique (both showcased on the runway this year).
In addition to those, we also got a chance to see several other awesome looks grace the runway followed by each designer elaborating about their brands. Designers for this year’s Culture Shock included:
KEZIAH AFRICAN ART AND DESIGN GALLERY
I STYLE YOU SLAY
DESIGN AT 24
Hosted by the comedic “Queen Teddy” herself, she managed to gracefully keep the show all the way LIVE from start to finish. And in between the fashion sets, we witnessed some great performances by Mic O, Bisa Kdei, lbert Dadzie, Lighter Tod, OKO D Great, Efya, and Jrmando. Honestly, there is just so much that happens at this event, that words alone do it no real justice. So please enjoy these photo captures of the event courtesy of A. Koala Production & K911 Studios. And kudos to all the key players, the entire executive staff, and Anita Safo for executing yet another amazing event. We’re excited to see the expansion; soon to come!
For more information about The Culture Shock Show, please visit thecultureshockshow.com.
Photos Courtesy of A. Kola Production and K911 Studios