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Fashion designers shine at Africa Fashion Week London 2017

BLACK EXCELLENCE: Africa Fashion Week London 2017

EIGHT AFRICA FASHION Week London (AFWL) designers, past and present, showcased nine capsule collections on a specially made catwalk on Southbank's outside terrace for Africa Utopia.

The designers were:

Slow-Case by Odette Steele. Her remit was to highlight the throwaway culture of the Western world and how many of these unwanted fashions end up in Africa Markets. Steele showed her textile training to upcycle and redecorate the plain western textiles into something desirable and luxurious.

A past AFWL designer, Bola Obileye of Tote Collections showed us her love of vintage 1950s glamour with petticoat-ed rockabilly dresses in African print (of course!), mixed with Roy Lichtenstein pop art inspired pencil skirts and clutch bags.

Newcomer and freshly graduated Abisola Akanni, showed a collection of menswear that was full of fun, colour, drama.

Two Nigerian menswear designers took the stage, Kola Kuddus and Del Africa, showing a modern twist on traditional Nigerian menswear. Ombré print and out of the ordinary embroidery took wax print to the next level and crowds loved it.

London based designer Yemzi wowed with a completely print free collection, dark and moody, but beautifully tailored bang up to date playsuits, shorts, jackets that made out models bounce the runway. She promises a new collection for Africa Fashion Week in August. We can't wait to see it!

AFWL veteran designer Tina Ugo of Didi Creations showed us the next level of caftan. Beautiful sexy caftans - netted, bold print, lace. All paired with head wraps and slink.

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