Africa Fashion Week London 2017 kicked off to an electric start, showcasing some emerging design talent, at the iconic Freemasons’ Hall in the centre of London, yesterday.
Since its inception 7 years ago, the AFWL – now a staple in the global fashion calendar – has showcased over 800 designer, more so emerging ones from both Africa and its Diaspora, and those from other countries across the globe, who are inspired by the African fashion aesthetic .
After 3 years hosting at London’s Olympia, the new venue brings a different feel to the event founded by Nigerian lawyer Ronke Ademiluyi and her brother Kamari, 7 years ago. Those familiar with the vastness of Olympia noted that the Covent Garden venue brings with it a more cosy and intimate atmosphere to the fashion event that attracts a diverse range of thousands of revellers every year. On this first day, as anticipated, African fashion lovers filled the Freemasons to its brim – perhaps a first at this prestigious venue. The market place was also, not just a hub of activity, but a crowd pleaser to fashion lovers wanting to purchase a piece of Africa.
Here are some of our favourite looks from Day 1
All photos by Simon Deiner. SDRPhotos
Make Up by Abbie May