More than 100 African fashion designers and exhibitors will feature at the 7th edition of Africa Fashion Week scheduled to hold at the Grand hall of the Freemasons in London between Aug.11, 2017 and Aug.12, 2017. This was disclosed this to the Newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday by Ronke Ademiluyi, founder, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London (AFWNL).
According to her, the event would be an exhibition of the African fashion whose creations had become unique designs and brands. She added that the designers and exhibitors would be coming from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Congo, Senegal, Cameroon and Uganda.
“Some Nigerian designers that will, also, be participating include: Signature Secret, Neopele, Lady Biba, Step Up, Sheila Black Style, House of Bo and Joela Bags. “The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), will lead a delegation of Nigeria’s best emerging designers that will also be accompanied by the Council’s catwalk show,’’ she further added.
More so, Ademiluyi stated that the African show would be part of activities to promote African fashion before the international community.
“Africa Fashion Week London, a sister event to the just concluded Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, is a celebration of African designs, talents and diverse ethnic fashions in the United Kingdom (UK). It is going to be a celebration of African designs, talents and the diverse ethnic influences that contribute to the development of fashion industry in the UK.
“Samson Soboye, an established London-based fashion stylist and a creative director behind the brand `Afro chic’ who has worked as a freelance stylist for publications will be our head stylist for AFWL 2017,” she said.
It can be recalled that since the programme was debuted in 2011, it had been recognizing and promoting new and emerging designers inspired by contemporary designs and the rich culture of Africa. Ronke said that AFWL had become Europe’s largest event for African and African inspired fashion.