In September, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria will celebrate five outstanding years of a successful platform which has promoted emerging and renowned fashion designers in Africa.
Its “sister” partner, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) which is the biggest platform in the UK that supports African designers held an exquisite and glamorous show for its season eight last weekend in London featuring over 50 designers like Onyx by Valentina, whose embellishment pieces in its rich colours left a lasting impression to Nedim Designs whose South African roots showed in her designs and left the crowd gasping for more looks to more talented African designers.
The event had an attendance of over 1000 people in a period of two days who shopped colourful accessories and trendy summer wears at the exhibition halls, and watched the delightful runway shows. The pieces debuted on the AFWL runway were daring, alluring, graceful and showed the immense growth of the Africa fashion industry.
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is a not for profit organisation that promotes the African and Nigerian fashion industry and its designers. Its’ objective has remained to create an enabling platform across the globe where creative African designers and fashion entrepreneurs can showcase the beauty and creativity of Africa through their designs which it has successfully done. Over the years, renowned designers such as Mai Atafo, Modella, Kola Kuddus, Maufechi, Zizi Cardow, Marobuk, Tash by Tasha, Sally Bawa, and more have showcased their collections on AFWN/AFWL runways.
For its 2018 edition, AFWN will host talented designers from African countries like Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana’s Bushai Weave known for using local handmade weave designs to make tailored menswear, Adriana Talansi from Republic of Congo also the country’s fashion ambassador whose collection never fails to bring out the regal side of every woman, Botswana’s Thabied already rising to the elites of fashion houses in her home country, India, Cameroon, Nigeria and designers from United Kingdom each bringing to life on the runway rich and carefully crafted pieces representing the modernity of their culture and fashion at its best. Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan will also be showcasing his “Kembe” collection at the Gala Showcase.
His Imperial Majesty The Ooni of Ife will launch the Ojaja Fashion Institute, an initiative of Oduduwa Foundation at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria on 16th September. According to the CEO of the House of Oduduwa Foundation, Prince Jide Fadairo, “The establishment of Ife based Ojaja Fashion Institute is a landmark and unprecedented development for young people based in a rural environment”.
Business of Fashion seminar will feature top industry personalities like Uche Nnaji, Abasiama.
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2018 is scheduled to hold at The Lagoon on Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos on 15th – 16th September 2018.
Business of Fashion Forum: 1pm
Catwalk Shows: 3pm & 6pm
Exhibition (Door Opens 11am) – FREE ENTRY
Gala Show: 5pm