African Fashion Week 2011 – 5th and 6th August 2011


I had the pleasure of attending the first African Fashion Week that took place on Friday 5th August to Saturday 6th August 2011 in Central London.

Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) is an annual event involving two days of free fashion festivity, an extravagant fusion of African culture, fashion, style and music.  Celebrating London’s unique and diverse culture heritage, topped with flamboyant mixing of Western and African culture through fashion.

African Fashion Week consisted of hourly cat walks shows involving designers using African prints, textiles and fabrics from  most African countries. They also had exhibitors from UK and Africa, top  international African fashion designers, emerging African designers and  non African designers who use a lot of African prints/patterns in their work. Furthermore, they showcased some beautiful African models.

This was my first time at a large fashion show and I was truly impressed by the designs I saw. I was lucky enough to attend all the fashion shows on both days as I demand was high and the space was limited. This show was so popular that they had to turn people away! African Fashion is in demand. I commend the organisers of this event and the sponsors for supporting the vision. I took so many pictures which I will show my family and friends to support the designers. I look forward to the day I can fill my wardrobe with African Inspired Fashion from evening wear to sportswear. I would love to visit the African Fashion Weeks on the continent. If you have not done so already, check out the New African Woman magazine.

I look forward to the next event and securing my tickets. The event has inspired me to get creative and I have dusted off the sewing machine which has been hiding in my cupboard, found the material my husband purchased over 2 years ago in Ghana and get to work.

One of my favourite designers from Friday’s show was Fee Uhssi of Nigerian/French origin.



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