As the glitz and glamour of international fashion weeks unfold, a longstanding beacon of authentic design and representation, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL2023), announces its electrifying return. With a stellar track record spanning over a decade, it’s no surprise that the energy radiating from AFWL is palpable, especially after their splendid performance at the recent Africa Fashion Week Brasil.
However, change is on the horizon for the esteemed event. The iconic Freemasons’ Hall, which has been home to AFWL for six memorable years, will no longer serve as the venue due to ongoing construction. But every cloud has a silver lining! The event will nostalgically move back to London Olympia, reminiscent of the 2014-2016 seasons.
AFWL2023 promises a richer experience than ever before. The inaugural UK Africa Trade Expo will kick off the event on Friday 27th October, offering attendees a blend of engaging panel discussions, interactive workshops, and an array of exhibitor stands to explore. The ensuing days promise a burst of African creativity with exhibitor presentations, the renowned catwalk showcases, and the culminating Black History & Lifestyle Awards x AFWL VIP Gala event.
For those interested, there are still a few slots available for designers and exhibitors. Now, let’s dive into the profiles of some of the incredible talents gracing AFWL2023.
Hailing from Lagos’ Lekki neighbourhood, OJ Clothings, a menswear label, is an amalgamation of tradition and contemporary style. OJ Samuel, the visionary behind the brand, infuses art and innovation into every piece.
Check out their collection: Instagram
This luxury women’s brand from Abuja, Nigeria was founded in 2006 by the talented Ikpen Yvonne Akwitti. ÌK-PEN showcases the beautiful confluence of modern fashion with African influences, offering bespoke services and ready-to-wear collections.
Discover their designs: Instagram
Elpis Megalio stands as a testament to unique, art-inspired fashion. Curated by Olufunke Afolabi, their collection ranges from vibrant colours to intricate designs, encouraging women to embrace their individuality.
Experience their world: Instagram
Positioned as an avant-garde menswear designer, Patrick Slim, based in Lagos, Nigeria, is shaping the fashion landscape with his modern, African-inspired designs.
Explore the collection: Instagram
Piilz and Poizn:
Ifeoma Kate Umenyiora’s brainchild, Piillz and Poizn, is a daring women’s fashion label known for its audacious style. Founded in 2018, the brand’s focus on form and structure, combined with luxurious fabrics and designs, ensures they stand out in the fashion scene.
Experience their edgy universe: Instagram
- Dates: Friday 27, Saturday 28, and Sunday 29 October 2023
- Location: West Hall, Olympia, 12 Blythe Rd, London W14 8UX, United Kingdom
- Tickets: Available here
27 October – UK AFRICA TRADE EXPO: Beyond Fashion
28 October – AFWL Fashion Showcase and Exhibitions
29 October – BHLA x AFWL Awards Gala
For more details, visit Africa Fashion Week London.