Calling all lovers of Afro-centric fashion and style! The annual African Fashion Week London showcase is almost here, and this year’s event, again taking place at the prestigious Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, London on 10-11 August 2018, promises to serve up ‘first-look’ opportunities from the best emerging designers specializing in African-inspired apparel.
Every year, the event, the largest African fashion show in Europe, brings together thousands of Afro-fashion enthusiasts together with designers and exhibitors. Founder and CEO of the African Fashion Week brand, Ronke Ademiluyi, launched the first event in 2011 to promote up and coming African designers on a global stage, and seven years on, they have showcased more than 900 emerging designers and exhibitors to almost 80,000 visitors, buyers and retailers.
However, the team is not resting on their laurels, this year, over two days, visitors can sit through five catwalk shows, two on Friday and three on Saturday (view the show schedule). Outside of these times, a bustling free-to-enter exhibitors market place will be available for shopping and browsing of the latest African styles and accessories.
We are proud to be media partners at African Fashion Week again. Last year’s event was full of colour and flair, with an estimated 5,000 in attendance over the two days. Some of the standout designers for us were Abisola Akanni, Becca Apparel and Soboye, to name a few.
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This year’s lineup looks equally promising with the announcement of a stellar rollcall of emerging talent, as well as seasoned designers on the bill, including fashion houses like Pearl of Africa (Angola), Mavaro Bags (Italy) and Michi Knitwear (USA) for the Friday. Saturday’s shows will feature appearances from Nedim Designs (South Africa) and Mary Martin (the Caribbean).
Speaking about the wonderful event that she has created, Ademiluyi, said: “Our objective has remained to create an enabling platform for creative African designers and fashion entrepreneurs and to showcase the beauty and creativity of Africa through their designs. Africa Fashion Week London, in its consistency, has been the biggest Africa Fashion Festival in the UK and Europe, broadcasted globally with the support of over 200 media partners, providing designers with exposure to a global audience.”
We look forward to seeing you there!
To find out more information and to buy your ticket to the Catwalk Shows, visit: www.africafashionweeklondon.com
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