When thinking of new ways to wear African prints for all seasons,

wearing the usual Ankara dress in Autumn will not just cut it. So wearing a bag made of it seems more like a sensible idea.

How to wear African prints for all seasons       How to wear African prints for all seasons

Living in London and finding New ways to wear African prints for all seasons is not an easy task.

Ankara is still a very seasonal fabric, which is why Africans in Africa can easily wear it all year round thanks to the beautiful tropical weather. Unlike in Europe, and precisely the UK where we somehow end up with 9 months of cold weather. 

As every year, I assisted at the African Fashion Week London to see what the designers created for the season.  T my surprise or not, most styles on the runway were either very seasonal or just too repetitive.
  To see my favorites, refer to my previous post.
How to wear African prints for all seasons

I would really like for Afrochic designers to be more creative with this fabric. Just like  Stella Jean or like when I saw the Soboye’s collection 2 years ago and got obsessed with the Afrochic movement.

How to wear African prints for all seasons

In this look I have on, the bag is a aiinomoh creation. A Nigerian brand I met at the African Center Summer festival(which was amazing by the way). We had a long chat about the future of African fashion.
She has only been trading for few months  and she told me the growth of interest of African made products is there and promising.
So after our chat, she gifted me that handbag that I have been rocking ever since.

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(Glasses by William Morris London)

How to wear African prints for all seasons

(Wearing a CATHERINE LEMARCHE silver necklace)
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In no particular order, here are the designers who made me appreciate African fashion, even more, this year. I was very much looking forward to the best of Africa Fashion Week 2018. With the Africa Fashion Week London platform becoming the biggest in Europe showcasing over 800 emerging designers & exhibitors, from Africa, Europe, and America, to almost 70,000 visitors and is now a highlight on the annual fashion calendar in London.

 What I like about AFWL, it brings value to designers through, contacts, experience, and knowledge within the fashion community. Where for this year, I got to meet so many friends and just catch up and truthfully I had a blast.

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Ganiyat

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Ganiyat

One of the designers whose take on the wax fabric I thought was very refreshing, is Ganiyat. I liked her contemporary approach and the minimal mix of Ankara and linen; very Summer appropriate indeed.

Here is how I would love to keep seeing Ankara being worn. Especially if one is shy to go wax altogether.

Afrodite

Afrodite

With the designer Afrodite; for the first time, I saw Dashiki designed on silk. I posted it on my story on Instagram and many of you liked it.

So do you think this, right here is the future of Dashiki?

Afrodite

THE BEST OF AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2018

Baoba Brasil

I am not a big Kimono wearer but the take of Baoba brazil on the Kimono was rather impressive and actually smart. Now, you won’t have to worried about the sleeves being extra long, since they are both linked to the waist. And on the right, my friend Howey killed it on the catwalk. Remember him from our video HERE?

Preline

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Let’s talk about Preline, a Zimbabwean fashion designer. This collection was definitely one of THE BEST OF AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2018 for me. I found it fresh, cool and just right up to the younger crowd street.

I will absolutely buy those boots once they are ready. And plus, the models did not disappoint: They were just so fierce. Do you ladies and gentlemen share my enthusiasm on this collection?

Becca Apparel

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I loved how Becca Apparel matched her prints, it very much reminds me of Stella Jean .

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Evelyne Babin

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Remember Evelyne Bambi from the graduate Fashion post? She was at the AFW and killed it like last time. I really can’t wait to work with her. ( Watch this space)!

Evelyne Babin

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ABBY LEWIS

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Designer from Tanzania, I was very impressed by the quality of her fabric. Because this is what I am talking about when I say: Afrochic. I would like to see more diversity in African Fashion whether it is in the style or in the genre of indigenous fabrics we make. We have these abilities. Let’s showcase them to the world.

On that note, please share your favorites designers or looks above with me and for more designers who showcased among the best at African Fashion Week 2018, click Here 

All pictures, courtesy of SDR PHOTO

 

 

 

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Fashion for Africa competition and pop up;

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

The pop up was last Friday in the popular China Town. It was all about Discovering African designers and creatives at the one-day event in the heart of the West End. With the entry being free, it meant: shopping to the max, networking with fellow artists, and entertainment at the African themed reception.

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Above, I had the pleasure to meet Shelly, the  Editor in Chief of Black Beauty & Hair magazine.  

Now my plan and ambition are to have my work on the cover of the magazine. (A girl can dream, right?) Considering my work will have to be the best, stand out and just be what they are looking for. So please have me in your prayers (Pretty please!)

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

During the Fashion for Africa competition and pop up, I styled one the contestant in Massabi designs. A brand  I actually discovered when styled the  SCREENS NATION AWARDS . Remember the motivational speech of Idris Elba during the event? Watch HERE if you haven’t.Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

With the main event coming up on the 14th of September, the contestants have started practicing their poses and expressions. So having them on the pop up and make them try the designers clothings was vital.

On that note, I hope to see you there in September for a night of fun and culture…And guess what? I will be styling the Fashion4Africa competition. Pressure!Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

With my creative friend Howey. Remember the video we filmed together HERE?

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Fashion For Africa competition and Pop up

Anna(Creator of Fashion4Africa) and Shelly (Editor in Chief of Black Beauty Magazine)
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Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

The documentary I filmed with Aiwan Obinyan  Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African? Is currently touring at movies festivals around Uk and soon internationally. And last Sunday it first aired at Bradford movie festival(Hooray!) View Post

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