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Designers Shine at Africa Fashion Week in London

Championed by Senegalese singer and human rights activist Baaba Maal, the annual event features a range of talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion, and food.

Eight Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) Designers (past and present) showcased nine capsule collections on a specially made catwalk on Southbank’s outside terrace for this year’s Africa Utopia.

Slow-Case by Odette Steele

Her remit was to highlight the throwaway culture of the Western world and how many of these unwanted fashions end up in Africa Markets. Odette showed her textile training to up cycle and redecorate the plain western textiles into something desirable and luxurious. Kola Kudus, Bola Obileye and other AFWL 2017 designers shine at Africa Utopia

A past AFWL designer, Bola Obileye of Tote Collections showed us her love of vintage 1950s glamour with petticoat-ed rockabilly dresses in African print (of course!), mixed with Roy Lichtenstein pop art inspired pencil skirts and clutch bags. Totally inspiring!Kola Kudus, Bola Obileye and other Africa Fashion Week London 2017 designers shine at Africa Utopia

New-comer and freshly graduated Abisola Akanni showed us a collection of menswear that was full of fun, colour, drama.  Our male models absolutely loved this collection and didn’t want to take it off!  Abisola is so unassuming, it makes us marvel at her imagination and we can’t wait to see what she shows on the AFWL catwalk and in the future.

AFWL Head Stylist couldn’t help but bring two collections to the catwalk.  Womenswear full of slinky glamour and shine and menswear showing tailored dinner jackets paired with Japanese Obi belts and Africanised kimonos.

Two Nigerian menswear designers took the stage, Kola Kuddus and Del Africa, showing a modern twist on traditional Nigerian menswear. Ombré print and out of the ordinary embroidery took wax print to the next level and we loved it. We have to get more of these designs in London.

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