It is without a doubt that Africans are proudly living up to their creativity through all forms of art, with fashion recently taking the center stage.
Africa Fashion Week (AFW), an annual event owned by African Fashion International, was held recently at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
It gave platform to over 30 African designers (both based in their respective countries and abroad) to showcase some interestingly eye-popping designs, alongside the not so impressive collections by a few other designers.
Established designers as well as the upcoming designers got the opportunity to share with the fashion hungry market, both on the catwalk and at the trade expo- where designs could be bought straight from the ramp. Designers were from Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and these included Bunmi Koko, Kluk CGDT, Taibo Bacar, Mataano and many more.
Other than the chiffon fabric having found its way onto most collections, with its eye-fooling silhouettes that showed a bit of skin without being too vulgar; the trend this year seemed to be more on the classic, playful, feminine, timeless and body-friendly shapes with a touch of colour or on all black. Though not as great as the first two years of this show- models from all over Africa, including our own Julia Tsile (who wore Tanzania’s Mustafa Hassanali), took to the ramp and proved they too are on an international scale.
Thanks to South African Tourism, that put up journalists from all over Africa at the luxurious Da Vinci hotel, a walk away from the Convention Centre, I was for the third time able to attend one of Africa’s Internationally recognized events and thus rub shoulders with the mastermind behind it all, Dr. Precious Motsepe, her billionaire husband Patrice Motsepe, celebrities, models and a lot of boys who tend to let their feminine side in them come out more at such shows.