The largest annual African fashion event in Europe, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL), is back for Season 9.
At the prestigious Freemasons’ Hall for two full days of catwalk shows, exhibition and shopping in the beautiful Grand Temple venue space, AFWL hosts over 100 designers, flying in from different parts of the globe to showcase the best of African fashion in London.
For lovers of high end fashion, the introduction of the Luxury Boutique will showcase top quality designs and accessories from the culturally diverse Continent in the European market. Don’t miss the chance to also browse the African Market Souk for exclusive afro-centric designs; or sample cuisines in the African Food Village. With a number of brands arriving from overseas to debut their collections, fashion lovers are sure to purchase a number of unique one-off pieces ready to adorn any summer wardrobe.
AFWL is fully committed to bringing African fashion to the forefront of the industry. The vibrant exhibitions are carefully curated to include sustainable and eco fashions. With this in mind, reserve a seat to watch catwalk showcases featuring collections from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Trade & Industry (TIKZN) Designers who are returning to AFWL for an exclusive catwalk show and luxury exhibition. TIKZN only produce designs with fabrics and embellishments produced in the Natal region of South Africa. For the first time, Seychelles Trade & Industry sponsored designers also join AFWL catwalk.
For the past 9 years AFWL has consistently employed over 50 BAME catwalk models every year and employed over 100 young people every year who work as volunteers, dressers, hair & makeup teams, front of house, and administration.
AFWL has now showcased over 900 designers and exhibitors from Africa and the diaspora to over 70,000 visitors. It has represented designers from 27 African countries and a further 20 African-inspired designers from outside the Continent, including France, Holland, USA, Brazil, China, the Caribbean, and, of course, the United Kingdom.
This year the AFWL Business Fashion Forum, powered by our Commercial Partner EPG Media, is a new development for 2019. Talk and panel sessions from leading manufacturers, retailers and government officials from all areas of fashion are participating. The Panel discussions offer guidance, advice and valuable industry insight to aspiring designers and creatives. Special guest speakers will include representatives from The Mayor of London’s Office, Department of Trade UK and the V&A Museum.
Prizes for the best African-inspired outfit will be awarded – so expect to be snapped and papped by the international media. Whatever you decide to do, Africa Fashion Week London 2019 will be the highlight of the London summer events calendar. African-inspired designs are dominating the international fashion scene like never before and now is the time to appreciate the design and vibrancy of Africa.
Africa Fashion Week London 2019 is on 9th & 10th August – 1pm – 9pm
at Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
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