African-inspired designs are set to dominate the international fashion scene next month with the return of the largest annual African fashion event in Europe.
Africa Fashion Week London is in its ninth season and will be staged at Freemasons’ Hall for two days of catwalk shows and exhibition shopping floors in the Grand Temple venue space. The event will hosts over 100 designers who fly in from different parts of the globe every August to showcase the best of African fashion in London.
For the lovers of high-end fashion, AFWL introduces the Luxury Boutique, which showcases luxury clothing and accessories from the culturally diverse continent to the European market. There is the African Market Souk for exclusive afrocentric designs, and the Africa Food Village for those keen to sample cuisine from across the continent.
Catwalks will feature designs catering to those looking for sustainable and eco-friendly fashion. There will be collections from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Trade & Industry (TIKZN). TIKZN are unique in the fact that they only produce apparel designs with fabrics and embellishments produced in the Natal region of South Africa. For the first time, Seychelles Trade & Industry sponsored designers also join AFWL catwalk.
The AFWL Business Fashion Forum, powered by our Commercial Partner EPG Media, is a new development for 2019. Talk and panel sessions from leading manufacturers, retailers and government officials from all areas relating to fashion. This element offers guidance, advice and valuable industry insight to aspiring designers and creatives. Special guest speakers will include The Mayor of London’s Office, Department of Trade UK and the V&A Museum.
Prizes for the best African-inspired outfit will be given so expect to be snapped and papped by the international media.
The event will be staged on 9&10 August 2019, 1pm – 9pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
About Africa Fashion Week London
Founded in 2011 by Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, AFWL is a social enterprise that has led the way in transforming the perception of Africa’s emerging design talent and apparel industry in the international scene.
With a core team of experienced fashion industry experts and business professionals, AFWL is committed to creating a platform to support African designers while building a sustainable business that is globally recognised and promotes social, environmental and economic change in Africa.
For the past nine years AFWL has consistently employed over 50 BAME catwalk models every year. The company employs over 100 young people every year who volunteer as backstage runners, dressers, work as hair & makeup teams, front of house, and administration – giving them vital skills in event management and catwalk and exhibition production.
The company has showcased over 900 designers and exhibitors from Africa and the global diaspora to over 70,000 visitors. AFWL has represented designers from 27 African countries and a further 20 African-inspired designers from countries outside the Continent, including France, the Netherlands, the USA, Brazil, China, the Caribbean, and, of course, the United Kingdom.
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