Africa Fashion Week London, held at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden on the 11th and 12th August 2017 is now in its 7th year, if you ever get the chance to visit, do so as the experience can be memorable.
However, I was personally unimpressed with the overall fashion show. I was disappointment because I hoped to see authentic traditional African wear, but it seemed most of the designs were of European standards.
The fashion show and exhibition featured designers from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Mozambique and Cameroon to name just a few.
The designer we liked best was Grey on Grey her knitwear designs were for everyday wear and were truly fabulous. We also liked De-Beauharnais Mabunu, Purpose, Adesegun George, Ibrahim Musa, and Nandoley.
Some of the exhibitors on 11th August include:
- Kitenge is a social enterprise and ethical clothing brand from Tanzania, the colourful products are handmade, stylish, fun and comfortable to wear.
- Gjembelish handmade jewellery and accessories – Excellent silver jewellery in beautiful African designs
- The Potter’s signature African printed accessories stunning accessories, beautiful umbrellas in African prints
- Izella one stop contemporary Afrikan ladies, men children fashion and accessories
- Aso African inspired T-shirts and more – Love is design unfortunately he did not have my size. He found it difficult to print large tops for women as I had to remind him that African women are not shaped the same as European women.
- Ethnicity Clothing an interesting variety of clothing
- Xi’an Hair International – Family owned business selling hair at a reasonable price
- Veronique Designs crystal jewellery – Beautiful and unusual statement crystal jewellery
- Denmar Distributing organic hair and skin products – excellent natural products at reasonable