Africa Fashion Week London Brings Africa to London for the Third Year
With over 10,000 guests visiting the venue over three days, Africa Fashion Week London offered an exciting shopping hub for fans of African fashion while attracting international media attention with crews from CNN, BBC, Arise TV, Bloomberg Africa, TVC and Spice TV attending the event.
The event kicked off on Thursday, 1 August with exhibitions at 12noon and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists CEO Dancers opening the first runway of the day. While the first two shows were dedicated to student and young designers such as the 14-year-old Tumisola Ladega and the winners of the Elevated Network competition, the evening show at 8.30pm hosted some stellar emerging talent such as model Nana Afua Antwi with her label Adopted Culture, Ghanaian accessories label SA4A and South African design talents Zandy B, Mtofo Designs, Bello Designs, Afrolucious Designs and LNK Designs.
The third and final day saw Kenya’s Kaveke, Ghanaian label Otudeon and Nigerian Rouge Vallari wow with gorgeous prints while emerging Ghanaian designer Jessica Baah and Zimbabwean designer Portia Mwanaka with her label Killian de Burgh offered edgy designs for women and men respectively. Nigeria’s fast rising fashion star Ella and Gabby dazzled the audience with their vibrant prints, rich colours and gorgeous embellishments showcased in a solo show.
While London based Simeogieme and Abuja-based DZYN offered some amazing designs, the grand finale came in the shape of masterful feminine designs by one of Nigeria’s leading names of fashion Zizi Cardow.
On the front row were distinguished VIP guests alongside the glamorous AFWL Life Patron Princess Fifi Ejindu and ambassadors model and philantrophist Menaye Donkor-Muntari, The Noisettes lead singer Shingai Shoniwa and model and philantrophist Noella Coursaris Musunka were MP Dianne Abbott, fashion writer and editor of Arise Magazine Helen Jennings, New African Woman editor Regina Jane Jere, Vanguard Allure editor Remi Diagbare amongst others.
The exhibition also proved successful with over 60 vendors bringing the colours, textures and tastes of Africa to a global audience where visitors could purchase African-inspired accessories, clothes, homeware, jewellery while sampling a variety of African cuisine.
The event was covered by international press including CNN, BBC, Arise TV, Bloomberg Africa, Nigeria’s TVC as well as event partners OH TV, Spice TV, Black Hair, Black Beauty and Hair amogst others.