African Fashion Week London (AFWL) is an annual event celebrating African Fashion in the UK.
This summer, London Olympia will be transformed into a stunning showcase of African-inspired design.
Highlighting a unique and fashion-forward catwalk collective; daily eye-catching runway shows and vibrant exhibitions, this 2-day event brings together fashionistas and industry professionals from around the world to Europe’s largest and most important African-inspired fashion event.
Since debuting in 2011, AFWL has gone from strength to strength; championing new and emerging designers who are inspired by the rich culture of Africa and incorporate this heritage into their contemporary design.
The 3000m² exhibition and market place draws the crowd to peruse and purchase statement pieces from handpicked designers and brands.
WHO/WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS YEAR:
Mary Martin, winner of the Mercedes Benz Best Designer in Africa also makes her bow on the AFWL catwalk for the first time. Innocente Messy a young Congolese designer shows us there is more to Congo fashion than the fabulous Sapeurs. Collections from Taiwan by AimeeKu and Thai designer Porjai Thai Printer prove that African fashion is already inspiring Asia in a big way.
The South African KZN Fashion Council are leading a 20-strong delegation of South Africa’s best designers into their new home – a themed pavilion and an accompanying catwalk show signs off their debuting appearance at AFWL.
This year, The ÒRÉ Brand will be represented during the two day event, selecting a few favourite brands to feature on the blog.
See what fashion student and volunteer ÒRÉ blogger, Ofure, had to say about AFWL this summer!