As the sun shone, the street style game was strong and after 2 days of excitement, Africa Fashion Week London 2017 firmly left it’s stamp on London last weekend. Supported by Pak’s Hair & Cosmetics and hosted at the prestigious Freemasons’ Hall; over 5,000 visitors, 42 catwalk designers and 60 exhibitors came to show London what African fashion is really all about. The beautiful marbled hallways and vestibules saw a host of brightly clad visitors browsing for African-made or inspired jewellery, clothing and accessories; escaping the crowds in the VIP Drawing Room; or finding something interesting to eat in the African food court – all while waiting for the main event – The Catwalk Shows.
At least 15 countries were represented on the AFWL catwalk. The first show started off with George Adesegun’s immaculate womenswear collection which included fabrics inscribed with the ancient secret symbols of the Nsibidi Secret Sect of South Eastern Nigeria. Structured day suits, evening gowns, silks and velvets all featured in his collection. Among these designers included Soboye, Becca Apparel, Abisola Akanni, Caesar Couture, Palse Homme, Mary Martins London, Stitches, Illicia among others.
Click on to see some runway display of designs at AFWL 2017….