Africa Fashion Week Grace London For Fifth Edition

Written by Kevin Mwanza

African fabric and fashion, surrounded by music, dance and African cuisine, was in plenty as the fifth edition of the Africa Fashion Week London took place over the weekend.

The event, which has hosted over 300 designers to almost 45,000 visitors including buyers, retailers, and other industry players, has become one the major highlights in Africa’s fashionistas’ annual calendar as the number of fashion weeks in individual African countries continue to grow.

“Africa fashion is different in the sense that the color are bold, vibrant colors, you can’t miss it. We are really bold, we are not conservative with our colors and a lot of the global fashion industry now is incorporating African prints into their designs,” Ronke Ademiluyi, one of the event organizers, told CCTV Africa.

Designers like Yaws Creations, Victoria Grace, Selina Beb, le Ekhaya, Sakara, Asake Oke For Daviva, Tumiila, Rose leather London will be the first ones to graced the catwalk in Olympia, London, to show case their new wears and accessories.

“Demand for African design is growing,” Lisa Jeng, a Gambian fashion designer, told CCTV Africa. “What I know is that people always want to know where I get this clothes, where do I make these clothes. There is really a big market for African designs out there.”