For the first year ever, New York experienced Africa Fashion Week (AFWNY). The event took place during the week of July 12-18 at The Broad Street Ballroom in lower Manhattan. The event was produced by the young and very talented Adiat Disu, daughter of a former World Cup, player Tajudeen Disu (Did I mention she is only 23 and is already the founder of Adiree Fashion Agency, an agency focused on helping clients with their advertising, planning, business consulting, PR needs?!). The entire event included 2 days of Runway shows, a vendor show as well as a glitzy soiree to crown the whole week.
AFWNY’s main purpose was to showcase wonderful African designers’ works ranging from clothes to fantastic jewelry and accessories! And the best part is that the proceeds from the event went towards funding for nonprofit organizations currently supporting Africa.
I was so glad to have been “an insider” at this event! I had the privilege to walk the runway for many designers ranging from BebeGrafiti, whose designs were elegant yet funky (yes, my outfit included a gold cane!) to Kosibah whose beautiful wedding gowns made every woman want to say “I do”.
I loved all of the outfits and thought this was a great way to show the world what Africans are made of. The textiles, the beautiful bright colors, the precision of each piece left me in awe. To be able to walk the runway and help showcase outfits created by such a talented group of people was an unbelievable experience. By mixing traditional fabrics with modern looks and designs, these designers really brought out the notion of blending the best of both worlds.
You can find out more about the designers at http://www.afwny.com/. To view pictures of the event you can visit both: Afrikanspot and George Christopher Photographers on Facebook. They captured the event in better ways than I could ever explain ;).
I can’t wait until next year’s event! Can you?