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Ankara Miami Presented Fifth Installment of Florida's Premier African Fashion Week

Traci Young-Byron, star of Lifetime’s Docu-Series “Step It Up” among honorees
 
Day 1 sm - VIP Meet & Greet - Evelyn O with Honorees - Desmond Alufohai & Traci Young-Byron
Ankara Miami VIP Meet & Greet - Evelyn O with Honorees - Desmond Alufohai and Traci Young-Byron.
 
MIAMI, FL - Fashion designers from around the world converged on South Florida to celebrate Africa’s regal silhouette and distinctive palate of playful colors and prints during Ankara Miami Week 2016, Florida’s Premier African Fashion Week. The fifth annual production of Ankara Miami Week was the best place to see the most innovative fashion brands from emerging and established designers from the African Diaspora.
 
In honor of Black History and Ankara Miami’s commitment to recognizing community leaders displaying their long-standing commitment to assisting emerging artists, Ankara Miami Week 2016 kicked off with a VIP Meet & Greet held at Macy’s AventuraMall where founder Evelyn O honored:
 
Mrs. Traci Young-Byron, Founder/Artistic Director of Young Contemporary Dance Theatre & star of Lifetime's Docu-Series "Step It Up" with the Service to the Arts & Education Award; and
 
Mr. Desmond Alufohai, International Trade Coordinator and Head of International Trade Promotion Unit for Miami-Dade County with the Cultural Arts Advocacy Award
 
In addition to the VIP Meet & Greet, an Emerging Designers Runway Showcase was held at Toyota of North Miami. Ankara Miami’s signature event, the established Designers Runway Showcase, which has outgrown its original host venue, was held at the lavish Gallery of Amazing Things where guests were treated to a special performance by Lisa Simone, daughter of the legendary Nina Simone. The highly anticipated Pop Up Shop, Ankara Delights by Evelyn O closed out the 5th installment of Ankara Miami Week.
 
Day 2 sm - Emerging Designers Showcase - Bijou Lakay (accessories from Haiti)
Emerging Designers Showcase - Bijou Lakay
 
Day 3 sm - Art of Hair Designer Natural Trendsetters (2)
Art of Hair Design - Natural Trendsetters
Day 3 sm - Feature Designer Wamuiru Couture with models
Featured Designer Wamuiru Couture with models
Day 3 sm - Lisa Simone (Nina Simone's daughter)
Special performance by Lisa Simone, daughter of Nina Simone

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