Black girls fest: My first Girl’s festival
I attended my first black girl fest recently.
Black Girl First, which is UK’s first ever festival celebrating black women and girls. Created by Paula Akpan, co-founder of the ‘I’m Tired Project’ and social media co-ordinator for gal-dem and Nicole Crentsil founder of ‘Unmasked Women’.
I actually never heard of it, until a friend mentioned it to me and told me I should attend.
But by the time I surfed the net to find out more about it, all the tickets were sold out. So, of course it made me curious.
Eventually I was able to pull few strings here and attended as an assistant.(In Cece’s fashion…)
I usually go to these events with an open mind. I mean what’s the worst that can happened?
1- I can go, network and have the most fun, or
2- I attend, don’t like the atmosphere and vow to never return.
But in this instance, I arrive earlier as I had other events to attend. First;A launch party by Monroe&Turtle, then Amazon Fashion weekend in Central.
As soon as I arrived in Shoredish Town Hall where the festival was taking you place, I recognised so many familiar faces and the rest is (fun) history…
For the day, I wore this vintage skirt and shirt recently bought in a boutique in Notting Hill Gate. A Loewe belt and my all time favourite colour blocked wedges. And people really liked it.
What do you think? And will you be attending any major festival soon?
Neon Trend – The highlight- Esimbi magazine.
I am a colorful character you already know. From my room to my workspace, reflects everywhere .
Fluorescent and neon are this year’s big trends and It just continuously reinventing itself.
I am nowhere near a trend follower, but for this shoot, I teamed up with Ezinne who is currently one of the best choreographers in London.
Working with the likes of Tiwa Savage
who recently won Best African Act
at the MTV
Awards singer of the year.
She has also worked with Davido, Drake and is former members of the CEO dancers. (if you remember them from Britain Got Talent) .
I remember watching them dance for the first time at the BEEFTA Awards which was also the first ceremony of that kind I was attending. Way before my fashion days
( Ahhh… How time flies and changes!!)
And who knew that years later, our creative paths will cross.
So, both of us being East London girls. It only came naturally for us to shoot in East.
Our makeup was done by Alicia, a makeup artist who was so attentive throughout the shoot. And shot by OJOMO Photography
We were also published in ESIMBI MAGAZINE for the Summer issue.
So, if you are feeling the trend, this is not the time to be shy. Go ahead and jump on the neon and let me know how that works for you.
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.
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. View Post
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.