8 AFWL Designers (past and present) showcased 9 capsule collections on a specially made catwalk on Southbank’s outside terrace for Africa Utopia. After weeks of hot sunshine, it was a little perturbing to see rain clouds gathering, but we put our trust in the African Gods and pulled off a show that was full of fun, color and drama.
The designers were:

Slow-Case by Odette Steele. Her remit was to highlight the throwaway culture of the Western world and how many of these unwanted fashions end up in Africa Markets. Odette showed her textile training to upcycle and redecorate the plain western textiles into something desirable and luxurious.

Odette Steele Photo by Ron Leon

A past AFWL designer, Bola Obileye of Tote Collections showed us her love of vintage 1950s glamour with petticoat-ed rockabilly dresses in African print (of course!), mixed with as Roy Lichtenstein pop art inspired pencil skirts and clutch bags. Totally inspiring!

See also  Zozibini Tunzi set to walk the runway at AFW - London 2022
Bola Obileye Photo by Ron Leon

New-comer and freshly graduated Abisola Akanni, showed us a collection of menswear that was full of fun, colour, drama. Our male models absolutely loved this collection and didn’t want to take it off! Abisola is so unassuming, it makes us marvel at her imagination and we can’t wait to see what she shows on the AFWL catwalk and in the future.

Abisola Akanni Photo by Ron Leon

AFWL Head Stylist, Samson Soboye couldn’t help but bring two collections to the catwalk. Womenswear full of slinky glamour and shine; and menswear showing tailored dinner jackets paired with Japanese Obi belts and Africanized kimonos.

Samson Soboye Photo by Ron Leon

2 Nigerian menswear designers took the stage, Kola Kuddus and Del Africa, showing a modern twist on traditional Nigerian menswear. Ombré print and out of the ordinary embroidery took wax print to the next level and we loved it. We have to get more of these designs in London.

See also  Zozibini Tunzi posts pictures from Africa Fashion Week London wearing African printed drip
Kola Kuddus and Del Africa designs

London based designer Yemzi wowed us with a completely print free collection, dark and moody, but beautifully tailored bang up to date playsuits, shorts, jackets that made out models bounce the runway. She promises a new collection for Africa Fashion Week in August. We can’t wait to see it!

Yemzi Photo by Ron Leon

AFWL veteran designer Tina Ugo of Didi Creations showed us the next level of caftan. Beautiful sexy caftans – netted, bold print, lace. All paired with head wraps and slink.

Didi Creations Photo by Ron Leon

Click for more glimpse of AFWL outshining designs at Africa Utopia….

Odette Steele Photo by Ron Leon
Odette Steele Photo by Ron Leon
Odette Steele Photo by Ron Leon
Bola Obileye Photo by Ron Leon
Bola Obileye Photo by Ron Leon
Bola Obileye Photo by Ron Leon
Abisola Akanni Photo by Ron Leon
Abisola Akanni Photo by Ron Leon
Abisola Akanni Photo by Ron Leon
Samson Soboye Photo by Ron Leon
Samson Soboye Photo by Ron Leon
Samson Soboye and model Photo by Ron Leon
Kola Kuddus and Del Africa designs
Kola Kuddus and Del Africa designs
Kola Kuddus and Del Africa designs
Yemzi Photo by Ron Leon
Yemzi Photo by Ron Leon
Yemzi Photo by Ron Leon
Didi Creations Photo by Ron Leon
Didi Creations Photo by Ron Leon
Tina Ugo of Didi Creations Photo by Ron Leon