African Fashion Week
On a day that threatened rain, it would seem that the African sun shone over the Southbank for this exclusive presentation during African Fashion Week...
This exclusive event showcased 8 Designers (past and present), showcasing 9 capsule collections on a specially designed catwalk, on Southbank's outside terrace for Africa Utopia.
After weeks of hot sunshine, it was a little perturbing to see rain clouds gathering, but we put our trust into the African Gods and pulled off a show that was full of fun, colour and drama.
The designers were:
Slow-Case by Odette Steele. Her remit was to highlight the throwaway culture of the Western world, and how many of these unwanted fashions end up in African Markets. Odette exhibited her textiles training to upcycle and redecorate plain western textiles into something desirable and luxurious.
A past AFWL designer, Bola Obileye of Tote Collections, showed us her love of vintage 1950's glamour, with petticoat-ed rockabilly dresses in African print (of course!), mixed with Roy Lichtenstein pop art inspired pencil skirts and clutch bags. It was totally inspiring.
New-comer and freshly graduated Abisola Akanni, showed off a collection of menswear that was full of fun, colour, and drama. Our male models absolutely loved this collection, and didn't want to take it off! Abisola is so unassuming, it makes us marvel at her imagination and we can't wait to see what she shows on the AFWL catwalk, and in the future.
2 Nigerian menswear designers took the stage, Kola Kuddus and Del Africa, showing a modern twist on traditional Nigerian menswear. Ombré print and out-of-the-ordinary embroidery, took wax print to the next level and we adored it. We must have more of these designs in London.
London based designer, Yemzi, wowed with a print-free collection: dark and moody, but beautifully tailored, bang up to date playsuits, shorts, jackets that made our models bounce the runway. Yemzi promises a new collection for Africa Fashion Week in August.
AFWL veteran designer Tina Ugo of Didi Creations showed us the next level of caftan. Beautiful sexy caftans - netted, bold print, lace. All paired with head wraps and slink. Beautiful.
Photo Credits All Catwalk Photography by Rod Leon