No fewer than 100 African fashion designers and exhibitors will partake at the 7th edition of Africa Fashion Week in London, UK.
The event which will hold between August 11-12 at the Grand Hall of the Freemasons will have designers and exhibitors coming from Ghana, Togo, Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda and Cameroon.
Founder of the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London (AFWNL), Ronke Ademiluyi, disclosed this to NAN in Lagos on Wednesday.
“Some Nigerian designers that will, also, be participating include: Signature Secret, Neopele, Lady Biba, Step Up, Sheila Black Style, House of Bo and Joela Bags,” she said.
“The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) will lead a delegation of Nigeria’s best emerging designers that will also be accompanied by the Council’s catwalk show.”
Ademiluyi further told NAN that no fewer than 10,000 guests were expected to grace the two-day show and that the event would be part of activities to promote African fashion before the international community
“This year’s show will hold in two days; with five shows, that will have 60 designers on the catwalk, along 40 exhibitors,” she said
“Africa Fashion Week London, a sister event to the just concluded Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, is a celebration of African designs, talents and diverse ethnic fashions in the United Kingdom (UK).
“It is going to be a celebration of African designs, talents and the diverse ethnic influences that contribute to the development of fashion industry in the UK.
“Samson Soboye, an established London-based fashion stylist and a creative director behind the brand `Afro chic’ who has worked as a freelance stylist for publications will be our head stylist for AFWL 2017,” she said.
She further stated that the event since its inception in 2011 had been identifying and promoting new and emerging designers inspired by the rich culture of Africa and contemporary designs.