7 August 2012

africa calling

This weekend, Diane and I wandered down to Africa Fashion Week London 2012 (AFWL) to check out fresh talent and design from the continent; this year held in and around London's Spitalfields market.

We had no idea what to expect and had prepared by pre-purchasing x2 Standard tickets (£7 each). On arrival, we couldn't help but notice an array of fabulously dressed people in african print dresses, skirts, suits, headscarfs, bags, shoes... Africa and its bustling market vibes had landed in central London and we were surrounded by colourf, the smell of delicious food, excited chattering voices and cameras flashing left right centre.

Luckily, we are both quite relaxed so squeezing through the crowds wasn't daunting. After picking up our free goodie bags (included fashion magazines and 10% off stall prices), we wandered through the stalls to see what was on offer and looked out for our next purchases!

I managed to bag myself some lovely necklaces (photo below) designed by Annesi. We met some very talented designers and they left us feeling very inspired - both to learn more about African fashion and on how to incorporate it into Western fashion.

designed by Annesi
Next stop, purchase some print and get designing. An outfit to go with my new necklaces is tempting... watch this space!


Designers of the Day (DOTD): Annesi (website), Milly Dee (website), Alabi Couture (website), Aphropolitan (website), Bubushiiky (website) & Finetex Creative (shop located: SW2 4RD)

"my snaps from AFWL 2012"

JOTD: Parrot earrings (Aldo), Gold chain (Regal Rose),
right hand: white bead ring & plastic ring (Topshop, assortment)
left hand: Gold hamsa hand evil eye ring (Regal Rose)
Diane with the Milly Dee dresses collection 
We met this lovely lady promoting her friend aphropolitan's gorgeous bag! 
Esi of Annesi with another happy customer!
The fabulous Meg Alabi of Alabi Couture wearing one of her designs
The team at Finetex Creative - check out their beautiful cloths in Streatham