In the 7 years since its founding, Africa Fashion Week London has become one of the premier Africa focused fashion events to be hosted outside of the continent. Each year, top designers from across Africa, but also North America and Europe, descend on the city to celebrate some of the the finest and cutting edge styles to be created in or inspired by Africa.
This year was no exception.
Having been directly involved with Kigali Fashion Week 2017 and attended Collective Fashion Week in Rwanda; RONKOS decided to attend the landmark event in London for the first time. Dressed in the creations of Sarah Mac, a RONKOS designer, the experience was not disappointing!
Hosted in the Freemason's Hall near Covent Garden; the venue was perfectly chosen as a fusion of classical design and modern functionality forming a creative background to bursts of colourful African pattern and print.
In our first blog RONKOS we cover the range of the exhibition and what we found interesting. In the second blog, we are going to cover some of the runway outfits and the main event itself.
A fashion week is made of of a number of events. One of the things we loved most at Africa Fashion Week London 2017 was the exhibition stalls. Featuring a mix of designers, producers and supply chain focused companies who are involved in building the African fashion industry. This has to have been one of the best and broadest exhibitions we have see, showcasing a diverse array of great companies.
For RONKOS this was particularly inspiring as the majority of brands and collections featured were typically West and Central African; including Nigeria and Ghana as well as United Kingdom based businesses. The breadth and influence of different African styles is growing, which is fantastic for the industry and a guiding light for us at RONKOS with our East Africa expertise. Jewellery and accessories designers including Lonam; men’s and women’s clothing brand from Nigeria, Iro Lagos and Ethnicity Clothing were all selling a range of Made In Africa or Inspired by Africa items; all at great quality and amazing value. We met representatives from materials and fabric factories in China. Handmade African fusion homewares and apparel from Anakra. Hair and hair accessories from Hair International. The list is endless. The kitenge, kente and dashiki plentiful. Shirts, dresses, suits, scarfs, t-shirts and footwear never ending!
It was especially interesting to meet industry players such as Proudly Made In Africa who contribute so much to the fashion ecosystem.
One thing is for certain, next year the RONKOS team will dedicate even more time to the exhibition and meeting the wonderful array of different businesses presenting.