The 5th and 6th of August 2011 went down in history of African fashion as the days we saw African inspired fashion have it own fashion week in London at the Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL). The venue was The Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate London and saw over 50 Designers from all over Africa under one roof to display their collections of Africa inspired designs. The event organiser Ronke Ademiluyi of Rukkies Concepts teamed with Mahogany Productions to produce the maiden edition of AFWL. According to the organisers, AFWL has been designed to create awareness and exposure of talent, beauty and fashion inspired by African culture and heritage.
The collections showcased were rich and vibrant in colour, prints and designs. Most of the designers were emerging talents and included Rayo Collection (Nigeria), JB Afique(Ghana), Adopted Culture(Ghana), Back to Eden (Nigeria), Fee Uhssi (Nigeria), Fantazia Clothing (Nigeria), Prima Rouge (Nigeria), House of Adjeiwaah(Ghana), Niniola Fashion House (Nigeria), Ouch (Nigeria) Yaa Ataa Couture Bags(Ghana), House of Nwocha (Nigeria), Eva Grygo (Nigeria), House of Jola (Nigeria), Glamelle Boutik (Congo), Ahdookeh (Nigeria), Halero (Nigeria), Osora (Nigeria), Adaora’s Jezreel Designs (Nigeria), Maze Couture (Nigeria), J by Jak (Nigeria), 1979 (Nigeria), Turita Fogg (Nigeria), A.N.Y.A Couture (Nigeria), AAMAA Couture (Nigeria), Diva Delicious(Ghana), BebeGrafiti (Nigeria), St Genevieve (Nigeria), House of Bunor (Nigeria), Chancie Style (Congo), Anita Quansah (Ghana), Nkiru (Gambia), Kanema & Co (Sierra Leone), Racheal Kisti Designs (Uganda), Kamondi (Uganda), Zekarya Solomon (Eritrea), Afrikanus (Angola), Lilia Milpetrova (Bulgaria), Sophia Brown London (Cape Verde Island), N Duval Exclusive (Mauritius), Catalyst by Tamara Joseph (Dominica/Trinidad), Chiro(Germany/Kenya), Ann Rose(Kenya), Vaishali Morjaria Creations (Kenya), Embellished Truth (India), Sve (UK), Chipo Bespoke(Zimbabwe), MIA by Mia Nisbet (Malawi/Scotland), and Maureen Amooti (Uganda).
AFWL is going to be an annual event involving two days of free fashion festivity, an extravagant fusion of African culture, fashion, style and music. Celebrating London's unique and diverse culture heritage, topped with flamboyant mixing of Western and African culture through fashion.
Highlights from the shows