Africa Fashion Week London was a huge success. In our previous post we looked at some of the great fashion businesses who exhibited in the impressive Freemason's Hall near Covent Garden. In this post we wanted to highlight some of the key takeaways from the main catwalk event itself.
A great fashion show lights-up when the lights go down and the music comes on. This is when the most ambitious designers exhibit their latest collections to their peers from the industry. The photographers are in full flow and for many it will be make or break. A bad collection can ruin a reputation, a great one is a statement. To be a designer you have to have courage.
The show kicked off with well-known UK Afro Beats star Valentine. His energy shifted us straight into the designers. SOBOYE lead the way with his cross-african patterns of womens and mens clothing. Vatacase who’s brand is redefining contemporary women’s clothing with African influenced print and fabric. Tobams Colours displayed distinctive check-box patterns, something we haven’t seen before at RONKOS but we loved the African feel it brought. Blingshiki, Made In Africa, Made In Nigeria, was a stand-out designer, offering authentic contemporary African elegance with sophisticated dresses and evening outfits.
If you want to know more about the event and various designers and photos - go to the AFWL website and check it out!