This year I finally got to experience Africa Fashion Week London from the front row. Every year I am late to the party and find out about it either the day before it starts or during the weekend. This year I was invited to attend Africa Fashion Week London as a VIP and it was so much fun. The fashion shows and exhibitions took place in September at Olympia London.
Africa Fashion Week London is a collaborative catwalk and exhibition, highlighting the industry’s established and emerging African designers. AFWL is at the forefront of capturing African inspired trends in the fashion industry. This annual event has been running since 2011 and aims to celebrate the work of African and African inspired designers in the UK and worldwide.
I only managed to attend the last set of shows on the Saturday due to work and other commitments but I really enjoyed it. Next year I will try and go to more shows so I get the full experience.
The finale of Africa Fashion Week London 2016 showcased collections from:
- Caesar Couture
- Van Else
- Tina Lobondi
- Mary Martin London
- Bestow Elan
- Mustafa Hassanali
- Signature Secret Africa
My ultimate favourite has to be the amazing Soboye, his designs are simply stunning and I love how his collection was styled. Soboye’s use of colour, texture, tailoring and clashing prints are so creative and beautiful. If you know me, you know I love prints so this collection had everything I loved and included menswear too. I adore the Soboye oversized printed clutch bags and the kimono from the mens collection.
Signature Secret Africa was another favourite of mine for womenswear because the collection included long sexy fitted skirts with a split teamed dramatic frill layered tops. The prints were clashing and looked great as it was brights teamed with contrasting brights styled with huge metallic accessories. This collection is brilliant because it is so wearable and there were so many pieces I wanted.
You should know I have a thing for menswear so Caesar Couture was also in my top 3. I applaud menswear designers who experiment with colours, textures and don’t just use black and brown. Caesar Couture definitely put on a great show and delivered the unexpected with the streetwear influences, flashes of colour and I have to say, I just love a man in a suit, thank you Caesar Couture! I need the the yellow coat in my life too!
I enjoyed the evening and I felt right at home in my custom made dress. Thank you Fanta’s Creations for hooking me up at the last minute.
Thanks to Africa Fashion Week London for having me and I look forward to seeing you next year.
Dom Dominique xx