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Africa Fashion Week London takes a bow at Grace Jones Meltdown Fest.

Africa Fashion Week London pays tribute to icon, Grace Jones
 On a less than beautiful summer’s day, Africa Fashion Week London took over the Riverside Terrace at Southbank Centre for Meltdown Festival and a fashion extravaganza inspired by Grace Jone’s iconic fashions.Continuing AFWL’s dedication to promoting and uplifting design graduates of colour, the show started with three mini-collections apiece from the Universities of Northampton and West London.  Themes of protest were evident in both universities’ collections.  Black Lives Matter and awareness of misogynoir- the unique discrimination faced by black women, featured in powerful graphic print.The main show brought drama,rain,  African haute couture and elaborate accessories. Prestige designers: Adebayo Jones, Elfreda Dali, Sista by Eyoro, Soboye, Mary Martin London and Kalikas Armour, showcased glamour, command of design and tailoring and meant that Southbank had never been well-dressed. 
University of West London 2022 Graduates
  Chevon La Blanc  Donatella Onori  Angela Onorato  
University of Northampton 2022 Graduates
  Julia Agba  Hafsa Khanum  Maya Burrows  
Adebayo Jones
 The main show continued with an african haute couture masterclass with Adebayo Jones 
     
Elfreda Dali
 Followed by unusual Nigerian designer, Elfreda Dali, with her drop crystal-encrusted mesh and denim silhouettes. 
     
Sista by Eyoro x Adire Oodua Textile Hub
 Sista by Eyoro showcased her love of the Adire fabric with her signature layers – this time with shorts and duster jackets in indigo wax resist print. 
     
Soboye
 Premier designer and AFWL Head Stylist, Soboye,  gave us his evolving Lagos 54 collection, this time including a fabulous neoprene wedding dress and an experiment with Adire from the Adire Oodua Textile Hub. 
     
Mary Martin London
 Mary Martin London always brings drama to the catwalk.  Showcasing four new designs from her next inspiration, designs included a dress made entirely of wire, exaggerated neckpieces and headpieces.  The fan favourite Gold Coast Dress made another showing
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