Ozwald Boateng who’s credited for infusing a trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style will receive the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards on December, 13th. The event will be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala Uganda. The British designer of Ghanaian descent will be honored for paying black designers such as Olivia Rousteing who took charge of Balmain in 2011 and Virgil Abloh who was named Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director in 2018.
During his career which spans over a period of three decades, the bespoke couturier’s immaculate tailoring has won the hearts of everyone including Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, Richard Branson, David Bowie and more. After presenting his collection at Paris Fashion Week in 1994, he received so much buzz that it led him to open a shop on Saville Row in London the following year. His talent would later be noticed by LVHM. The French Conglomerate made Boateng the first black designer to helm a major French luxury lable, when he was named the creative director of Givenchy Homme in 2003.
In 2006 he was awarded OBE (Order of the British Empire) by the Queen for his contribution to British fashion. This year in May, he staged an explosive show at the Apollo Theatre in New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. With lots of color and African prints, he also presented his first womenswear collection and Ugandan stars, Paul Mwesigwa, and Patricia Akello were some of the models that took to the runway to model the designs.
This year’s Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards is themed “The Starz”, which is a celebration of icons and stars who have used fashion to attain excellence and Achievement. Boateng will fly to Kampala to recieve the award, this will be his second appearance at the event after he quietly attended the 2013 edition of the ASFAs, which was held at the MTV arena.