Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) 2019 returns from 9 August for two days. This event returns to Freemasons’ Hall London. AFWL 2019 has been running since 2011 and has showcased the work of around 900 designers/exhibitors and represented over 50 countries – 30 of them from the African continent.
This year, there will be representation from the Benin Republic, Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, UK, USA, Zimbabwe.
This year’s event will include catwalk shows and presentations, an African souk, a business consumer forum, a luxury and premium boutique area, and guest musical performances.
THE BUSINESS FASHION TALK
AFWL has created a Bluxe business ‘forum’, offering guidance and advice to aspiring designers, as we curate talks and panels from leading manufacturers, retailers and government officials and in all areas of fashion.
THE FASHION SHOWS
There will be a selection of five different shows taking place on both days with a focus on sustainability, eco fashion fashion and diversity, showcasing designers from Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Benin Republic, Rwanda, Belgium, Seychelles, Botswana and many more.
AFWL decided to include the Bluxe luxury market space, designed to showcase some of the leading and established brands within African fashion.
AFRICAN FOOD VILLAGE
This year will see the inclusion of our food village, showcasing more than four African catering companies and brands with food from all over North, South, East and West Africa.
AFRICAN MARKET SOUK
Visitors will be transported into Africa with our African souk; the space promises to showcase new and aspiring African fashion designers and accessory companies housed in an authentic display of some Africa’s most innovative designs.
CELEBRITY FASHION SHOW
AFWL will be hosting the first Bluxe celebrity fashion show in association with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK. Several celebrity attendance includes Richard Blackwood, Moelogo, Shingai Noisettes, Atumpan and also Aaron Hall from the United States.
AFWL VIP AFTER PARTY
AFWL will also be hosting an exclusive after-party and live performances, with special guests and star studded line-up.
AFWL BEST DRESSED AWARDS
After each catwalk show, AFWL will be awarding a member of the audience a cash award for an Afrocentric look to the show.
Find out more about the event here and check out some my thoughts of previous events. To keep tabs on other community events, follow What’s on in Your Community.
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Afro-dancehall entertainer Atumpan was at AFWL 2015
Check out some of the threads from the 2016 event