THIS IS TH FUTURE OF FASHION

‘The Future of Fashion’ was the theme of the Smithsonian Arts and Industry sponsored fashion show in partnership with HBO on the 12th of May 2022, produced by Roquois from Studio Couture.

 The show celebrated the allure and energy of what the future holds in what was advertised as ‘an evening trip into a sustainable, equitable and inclusive future of fashion.’

 Futuristic, playful designers

 Designers @Phenotypsetter, Vincent Li, YASUYUKI ISHII, Grace Yeboah Ofori @trufacebygrace, Natalie Abrams @awmw_studio, Frank Huynh @fashionsbyletam, and @Joey_Jett were all selected to take part for their cheeky, playful views that are helping to shape how fashion will fall into the future.

With sustainability, the circular economy, and collections being created with precisely defined target groups in mind, it is no wonder that there was a need to showcase what fashion's most innovative designers, thought leaders, and brands can do today.  

 The audience enjoyed runway, performances, and interactive talks, all shaped to stimulate conversation about what excitement the future holds for fashion.

An African Queen

The days of 'one size fit all' is long over – in fact, the fit of clothing in the future will be much more orientated to ‘real’ bodies by body scanning technology and personal avatars.   The collections shown on this magical evening were developed with the creative, avant-garde, and ballroom culture couture in mind.

 

It is no wonder that the designs by TruFacebyGrace played a central role in making the evening such a great success.   For Grace, the cultural heritage of Africa is paramount, and her passion shines through in her traditional African jewelry designs.  

 

An African Queen

 

The days of 'one size fit all' is long over – in fact, the fit of clothing in the future will be much more orientated to ‘real’ bodies by body scanning technology and personal avatars.   The collections shown on this magical evening were developed with the creative, avant-garde, and ballroom culture couture in mind.

 It is no wonder that the designs by TruFacebyGrace played a central role in making the evening such a great success.   For Grace, the cultural heritage of Africa is paramount, and her passion shines through in her traditional African jewelry designs.

 

 A small brand with a big heart for Africa

 TruFacebyGrace may be a smaller brand with African heritage as a specialist product category, but it is in fashion shows such as these where the high level of relevance and credibility of her products are showcased at its best.

Less is more

Consider this stunning model wearing a futuristic golden halo crown with golden, black, and brown feather details.  Her jewelry has simple curves in multi-strands, starting with a golden choker and delicate earrings.  The rest of the shawl-like piece’s brute simplicity demands you to look again.  The piece’s mandala effect in delicate beads is bohemian and hip.  

 

The rich heritage of Africa

 

The traditional wear of this African warrior impressed spectators to no end.   This is what TrufacebyGrace is all about:   the rich tapestry of African heritage.   The African male model wore a stunning chest piece with a triangular shoulder pad with traditional Ndebele beadwork and shells.

 

 

Individuality

 

Right out of the annuals of Star Trek, this futuristic look by TrufacebyGrace shouts individuality with hints of traditional African craftsmanship.   The silver-linked chains with silver coins in this piece cover most of the model's face, showing only part of her cheeks and lips.  Delight in the high level of detail of this meticulously gorgeous piece.

 

 

 

Shells for sustainability

 

Sustainability is a mega-trend in fashion and for the future.    It is no longer possible to position yourself as a ‘sustainable’ brand by just using organic cotton – consumers expect so much more.   It is all about the carbon footprint of products.  Instead of manufacturing new products, more brands focus on re-use and recycling.   This sash-shell extravaganza by Trufacebyhgrace is both stunning and sustainable – made of a natural byproduct that otherwise would have gone to waste.

 

 

Oh, Africa

 

Grace Yeboah Ofori moved from Ghana in West Africa – and landed in the United States in 2014.   The Trufacebygrace brand is inspired by the integral social structure of African culture, and it shows in every fashion statement piece.   

 

Consider the dress of this model and the elaborate, flashy jewelry.   In traditional African wear, jewelry tells a story, and every piece says something about status or identity.   Africa is larger than life but also soft and curvy.  Bold, but also fragile.   

 Clothes are for stepping out and stepping up!  This powerful and brilliant waterfall jewelry piece from TrufacebyGrace left the audience stunned.

 

 

 

Reveal some and conceal some

 

In this piece, Grace Yeboah Ofori played with the art of the model, both being covered up and being provocative in traditional African beads.

 

A unique fashion show among the stars

 

Grace Ofori was the queen of the runway in this Smithsonian Arts fashion show with short hemlines, dramatic hoods, and skin-baring cut-outs – all in African-style. 

 Shades of caramel, chocolate, feathers, brass, and pops of electric red, yellow and blue African beads dominated the scene.   The show brought together famous top models, such as Twiggy (https://www.instagram.com/simplytwiggy/) and Project Runway’s Mimi Tao (https://www.instagram.com/mimi_tao/)  in this futuristic extravaganza of moving African heirloom items.  

 

It was a fashion show – like one never experienced before!  TrufacebyGrace dramatic jewelry designs are precisely what you need to give any outfit a boost.   If the African culture inspires you, TrufacebyGrace is for you.