Activities are well underway for the 6th edition of AFWN, model casting took place on the 14th of November at the LASWA Yard in Ikoyi, Lagos. Over 500 aspiring models from across the nation and neighbouring countries, filled the Lagos Water Way Terminal to secure their spot in the upcoming event. Applicants from Cameroon, Ghana and Benin Republic also made their way to the audition day determined to make their mark in front of the judges.
The Africa Fashion Week organisation continues to use its platform to enable creatives to showcase their talent and provide an audience for up and coming designers from various locations. This year’s event is taking place at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos from the 20th to 21st December, boasting a diverse range of designers and exhibitors hailing from countries across the African continent and beyond.
The glamorous shoe brand from Botswana Bee Fab Treader will be at this years’ 2 day event. The bold and beautiful stiletto designs that have gained popularity in Southern African are making their way across the rest of the continent and into the international market. Mary Angel, the fashion brand from The Republic of Burundi works with local Burundian producers to create collections that have been showcased in Ghana, Rwanda and Tanzania. The young creative director (Mary Angel) who began in 2017 makes handmade haute couture, made to measure items and ready to wear collections for men and women. South African brand Agape Designs by Ntokozo, founded in 2016, produces collections which are a fusion of androgyny, urban street style and glamour. Created as a love letter to women, the brand’s clothes are designed to empower the female gender.
A selection of well known and up and coming Nigerian brands will be showcasing this December. Actor, producer and filmmaker Kunle Afolayan is making his mark in the fashion world with the launch of his clothing line ‘Ire Clothing’. The brand which consists of unisex ensembles made from locally sourced fabrics such as Ankara and Adire that are steadily gaining popularity, with items being worn by celebrities such as Richard Mofe-Damijo, Tobi Baker from Big Brother Naija, musician and actor Falz the bad guy.
Quality fabric brand Da Viva, which has steadily gained popularity in Nigeria for over a decade will be exhibiting an exciting range of fabrics available to purchase. Ten aspiring designers from the Ekiti Entrepreneurship Week were also selected to showcase their work at the event. The Adire industry of Ogun State will be represented with an Adire collection illustrating the creative versatility of the textile form the South West region of Nigeria.
With so many more designers and brands taking part the 6th edition of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, there is lots to look forward to this December.
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