Africa Fashion Week is Europe’s largest catwalk event of African and African – inspired design. This past Saturday I attended my first ever season and I can say that I wholeheartedly enjoyed it. African fashion is forever evolving and as with all types of fashion; its limitless. There is so much untold when it comes to Africa & Fashion and I’m so pleased AFWL gives insight into that world which is sometimes overlooked. Platforms such as AFW give designers the opportunity to showcase their masterpieces to the world and that’s something I fully appreciate and support.
As well as checking out the exhibition on the day, I also attended the 2nd show. As soon as the show started the catwalk was set ablaze with vibrant, bold and creative designs. With each designer putting their mark on the world of african fashion, I was truly in awe at how much hard work and talent went into each piece. My favourite designers would have to be Caroline Beyll and Sifaye Haidar. When looking at pieces on the runway I usually look out for things that are wearable, can be incorporated into everyday fashion and would work perfectly for a special occasion.
Caroline Beyll’s collection was classic and extremely flattering on the female body. Its the kind of collection that will leave you spoilt for choice. Each dress had its own unique flare and take on the classic 50’s dress which I loved. For me the pieces seemed to have drawn inspiration from the 1950s with a slightly Moroccan twist. The choice in iridescent fabrics mixed with the deep and rich tones was fabulous. The touches of gold and the sharp tailoring is what made it for me.
Sifaye Haidar’s collection was breathtakingly chic and elegant. Think Grecian Goddess meets Old Hollywood. Harmonious is one word I would use to describe this collection, Two words; 007 Chic. I loved the effortless silhouettes that the delicate fabrics created. From the tailoring to the intricate details such as straps and belts it was truly stunning. The use of gold fabrics and embellishments really popped against the black and white fabrics. This collection just screamed luxe and I loved it! Now I’m dying to get my hands on a Sifaye dress. & At the risk of sounding like a granny trying to be keep up with the young ones; the models on that catwalk #squadgoals
You know a designer is good when you want to buy the whole collection!
As it was my first time at AFWL I was really looking forward to the fashion show and it did not disappoint. One thing I really wanted to see and didn’t was Menswear. I think my personal style can be described as Androgynous mixed with a little bit of disheveled tom boy. I’m a fan of a good tailored shirt and a blazer so I’m not going to lie, I am a little gutted I didn’t see any on the catwalk. That being said I’m already looking forward to next season and hopefully there will be tons there for AFWL ’16!