Our Saturday line up has been finalised!
Expect to see on the first catwalk show of the day at 3pm:
VALERIE AZINGE ATELIER
Fresh from Graduate Fashion Week 2017, the direction of Akanni’s latest Spring Summer RTW 2018 Menswear collection is ‘Back to School’ focusing on merging Western and African school uniforms.
She believes that Africa emulates the western way of dressing to demonstrate a sign of social and economic progression but in turn has lost the cultural background. Furthermore, her focus for this collection and her brand is to celebrate a modern interpretation and combination that still offers desirability for the contemporary fashion consumer.
VALERIE AZINGE ATELIER LTD (VAA) is a renowned African design house based in Nigeria. The brand, only 3 years old, are known to create styles for every story using luxurious fabrics that caress bespoke accessories.
Miami styled fashion meets Africa. Let’s see her sunshine on the AFWL catwalk.
On our second catwalk show of the day at 5pm are:
AMINA PLUMMER (BIBINI)
Based in New York, Dario Mohr is Daft Minerva’s driving force. Hand painted, hand illustrated and hand embellished Fine Art Fashion series pulls inspiration from numerous sources, including Aboriginal and Tribal art, sacred geometry and fractals and African Masks.
Dario’s fashion alias has showcased in numerous runway shows, most notably during Paris Fashion Week, several New York Fashion Week shows, Fashion Week Brooklyn, Philadelphia Mens Style Week, and many more. Additionally, Daft Minerva has been featured in various publications including Lucky Magazine, AfroPunk, I-Fashon Magazine, Sain-City Magazine, Style Equation Magazine, Black WNY Magazine 2014, Thus In! Newspaper, Gorgeous Freaks, Solis Magazine, and The Beacon NY Newspaper.
Dario hails from New York and Grenada and has roots in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Oreva Okowa is the founder/Creative Director Signature Secret. She is the Founder/National President (FADEA) Fashion Designers and Exhibitors Association International.
Established 2007 with the total back up of the Federal Government Registration body of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). It has over 40,000 creative designs, also has raised over 500 fashion designers around the globe.
On our third and final catwalk show of the day at 7pm are:
PALEDI SEGAPO – PALSE
MARY MARTIN LONDON
2016 catwalk favourite Caesar Couture is back with a new collection. Sleek, suave and dapper are a few words to describe the brand.
Known for exquisite tailoring services and refined design silhouettes of tuxedos, patterned suits, single button suits, double breasted as well as traditional clothing.
Established in the year 2000 by owner and designer, Esosa Ogedegbe because of his love for fashion and bespoke clothing. The label currently make wedding suits, office suits, jackets, tuxedos for men and plan to branch into women in the near future.
Award winning fashion designer Mary Martin began a career in the music industry and enjoyed years of success as a vocalist and an artist manager, but her passion for fashion continued to grow.
Today, Mary Martin’s collections have been gaining recognition as a go-to for looks on the red carpet and featured on shows This year’s collection is focusing on the art and antique artifacts of Nigeria.
You’ve already seen a glimpse of where Mary’s collection is going this year on our promo video.
South African powerhouse Menswear designer Paledi Segapo will be bringing his new collection under the brand name PALSEto the AFWL catwalk for the first time.
Segapo is an award winning fashion designer\creative entrepreneur. Being from a corporate background and having worked as a business consultant. Segapo swapped careers for fashion in 2007 when. PALSE brand was launched in 2010 and debuted it’s Autumn Winter collection in 2011 at South Africa Fashion Week.
British-Nigerian fashion designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade founded Yemzi in 2013 with a limited edition range of environmentally friendly printed t-shirts. The fashion brand’s first ready-to-wear collection (SS16) was released in 2015, setting the premise for Yemzi’s aesthetic. Tired of seeing African designers limited by the same Dutch wax designs, Elizabeth-Yemi creates the artwork for her collections, which are inspired by West African culture. She combines her unique fabrics with Western and traditional silhouettes.
Save the Date
11-12 August 2017
60 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ
Doors open from 1pm for Exhibition browsing and entertainment
The classic Freemasons’ Hall will be the backdrop of Africa Fashion Week London 2017. Built between 1927 and 1933, it is an homage to the Art Deco era.
Freemason’s Hall is already venue to LFW’s off schedule shows, Fashion Scout; but set against the ornate interior, AFWL will be at home inside the the stunning style of the Grand Temple space, the Vestibules and Foyers.
Expect to see Designer Exhibitions offering ‘straight off the catwalk’ bargains, jewellery, accessories and footwear.
Watch Africa Fashion Week London take over Freemasons’ Hall