September 9 was the first day of Africa Fashion Week London that was held at Olympia West Hall that was held in Kensington, London. The show was opened by Didi Creations, a fashion brand owned by Nigerian born and London based designer. During a chat with her, the designer told us she was initially billed to exhibit at the show and did not put up a collection for the runway. She said only got to know she was going to showcase on the runway when it was just five days to the event and it took her three days to put her entire collection for the show.
Over 50 designers participated at the two-day event. Some only exhibited at their stands, some showcased and exhibited as well, well others only showcased on the runway. On day one, several brands presented their collections under their names while brands like Trish O Couture, Tote Collections and Femi Bags showcased their collections under the umbrella of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). The NEPC is an organisation that is trying to promote Nigerian fashion to the international public by working with Nigerian fashion designers.
The runway shows on Day one of Africa Fashion Week London started at 4pm. Two shows were scheduled for the day. The second and last show took place at 6pm.
Below are some of the fashion brands that showcased their collections on the runway at the 2016 edition of Africa Fashion Week London.
Didi Creations opened the Africa Fashion Week London 2016 event. She showcased her collections which feature modern Kaftan in light fabrics with bright and bold colours like red, blue, and yellow.
Anyo is a brand owned by a very young fashion designer. Her collection is more for casual and sportswear. She combines African fabric to make her collection more unique and colourful.
McStell Fashion is all about colourful prints.
La Belle Noire showcased its latest collections of women lingerie and beach wears made of lace, sheer and lycra fabrics.
Print And I is all about African prints.
Nipo Skin for Daviva
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council. Three brands collaborated to showcase their creations together under NEPC. The brands are Trish O Couture, Tote Collections and Femi Bags. The clothes are designed by Trish O Couture while the bags and accessories are by Tote Collections and Femi Bags.