I Am Fashion – Rip the Fablane

Join Ottawa’s most fashionable and innovative for the fourth annual I Am Fashion: RIP the Fablane, presented by local model, designer and activist Gwen Madiba and entrepreneur and emerging community leader Grace Mayele.

Local and national designers and clothing stores will be presenting exclusive runway shows at the event, while contributing to various charities in support of international human rights.  

This fabulous fashion event will take place at Tabaret Hall on September 14th, 2012. Cocktail hour will be at 6:30 and the runway show will start at 7:30pm.

I Am Fashion: RIP the Fablane is founded by industry insiders who have discovered incredible, cutting-edge fashion in a city known for conservative style. This year, I Am Fashion will present collections from top local designers including DARE by Gwen Madiba, Metamorphosis Beauty by Afia Agyeman, SKYVVYS by Lynn M. Sainte, Me.Tu by Me.Tu Styles, EFANI Eyewear by Lilo Empire, Ennemi Couture by Meaghan Simard, Rinude Resale Boutique, Eliza Diosa Clothing by Valerie Capiral.

According to the event’s organizers, I Am Fashion is designed to build communities and get people passionate about fashion for a cause and does not “indulge in snobbery”. The event promises to be a unique experience for those interested in the often neglected local fashion scene. All those involved in the event, from the Founders, to the Designers, Suppliers, and Models, are all encouraged to use their own special gifts and skills to cultivate ongoing success.




Elegance, Audacity and Fashion Forward are just a few words that can describe Ms.Madiba. Over the years, Gwen Madiba has become a brand in her own right. She launched her own clothing line “Gwen Madiba” in 2009, a prestigious line of gorgeous bespoke gowns and evening wear.

Gwen Madiba is a Gabonese/Canadian Model, entrepreneur, activist, humanitarian, and advocate for women, children, and human rights. In 2010, she became the face of SynSue Make Up, and was included in the Women’s Executive Network’s list of 2010Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

Ms. Madiba was also featured in the 2010 edition of the Next Big Thing Magazine in their editorial of Young Black People who inspire, and was included in the list of Extraordinary Women at the University of Ottawa. While studying at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Madiba founded the first Black History Month Gala in Ottawa. In 2009 she co-founded I ACT, a Youth Empowerment Network, and started hosting her own show, “5 minutes with Gwen Madiba” (directed by Virgile Koffi, co-founder of I ACT) in 2011. Under the I ACT umbrella, Ms. Madiba created the People’s Republic of Hope (PRH) to promote community service and involvement. In 2011, Canada’s Revenue Agency named Ms. Madiba as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders”.



Grace Mayele commands attention with her words, actions and as business owner. You can find her on twitter empowering women through affirmations, thought provoking statements, life lessons and tips on how to own your place in the business world. She is the CEO and Founder of Within Essence Productions, an innovative multidimensional lifestyle production firm that specializes in brand management, event coordination, lifestyle, marketing and fashion. As she develops her brand she still has a heart for philanthropy specifically related to the Kimbondo Pediatric Foundation.

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