africa fashion week london 2017 designers

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Abisola Akanni

Fresh from Graduate Fashion Week 2017, the direction of Akanni’s latest Spring Summer RTW 2018 Menswear collection is Back to School’ focusing on merging Western and African school uniforms.
She believes that Africa emulates the western way of dressing to demonstrate progression but in turn has lost its cultural background. Her focus for this collection is to celebrate a modern interpretation that still offers desirability for the contemporary fashion consumer.     



Becca Apparel London is a London based fashion label, established in 2015.

The brand focuses on combining African prints with contemporary trends, to create a unique style for women for/on every occasion

- African country : Nigeria 

- Based in London, business is based in Nigeria/London


Unconventional Fashion that's Hippie & futuristic yet inspired from African heritage...our own pop culture - MADE IN NIGERIA. Fashion of cultural African heritage translated in Elegance & sophistication with a vision to rewrite history by introducing African fashion in contemporary print forms particularly, Blingbling crystals.



Sleek, suave and dapper are a few words to describe the brand Caesar Couture. It  is known for exquisite tailoring services and refined design silhouettes of tuxedos, patterned suits, single button suits, double breasted as well as traditional clothing. It was established in the year 2000 by owner and designer, Esosa Ogedegbe.



Celia Fernandes is a eponymous  fashion label based in London.  The brand  tends to focus on combining African tribal elements such as the wrapping of the cloth contrasting it with Baroque/renaissance clothing, creating unique ready to wear, lingerie, accessories  and swimwear designs for women.

- African country : Angola


Cici Fashions was started in November 2014 by Clara Maybe Tima who felt African print clothing was not appreciated and taken into consideration as office or casual wear . Her idea of mixing prints with other fabrics broke up the rigidity of defined corporate wear in the office.  Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tima will bring a freshness to the AFWL catwalk.



Based in New York, Dario Mohr is Daft Minerva’s driving force.  Hand painted, hand illustrated and hand embellished Fine Art Fashion series, pulls inspiration from numerous sources, including Aboriginal and Tribal art, sacred geometry, fractals and African Masks. Dario hails from New York and Grenada and has roots in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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Straddling Togo, Nigeria and Austria, Hub Couture is an emblem of African design making headway in the European markets. HubCouture offers a wide range of products from shoes, bags, fashion items to interior accessories, showcased to meet the needs of socially aware and fashion-conscious customers through its online shopping app.


Ihuaku Nweke has always been a creative. Right from when she was a little girl, she had customised her own clothes and Jewellery. Her dream had been to own a fashion brand and ever since she could draw, she used to sketch wedding dresses, living out every girls' fairytale fantasy on paper. She set about putting her dreams into action with a jewellery range in 2009 followed by fabrics and then the ready to wear range launched at London Fashion week in 2014. She has recently gained a qualification in the manufacturing of sewn products from the Caramel Rock Academy in London.
Ihuaku represents Nigeria and is based in Essex in the U.K. 



illicia believes in the power of personal choice, the power that beauty holds and the power of integrity. In a very dynamic world, we tend to forget the power we possess as an individual, a woman. Illicia hopes to build a brand that embraces the marriage between choice and community, where you are encouraged to be whoever you want to be.

 illicia is representing Somalia



Joela is a Nigerian accessory brand that grew from making children's shoes to producing bags similar to mothers as well.

Though predominantly made of leather, the unique aspect of our bags is the mix of fabric (mainly African origin but not Ankara wax print) and leather. This is a luxury brand designed and made to very high standards.


JUTU is a Ready-To-Wear clothing brand, symbolizing M.U.L.T.I.C.U.L.T.U.R.A.L.I.S.M by mixing Styles, Fabrics and Models.

JUTU means Just Universal Bantu as a tribute to my homeland Gabon and Cameroon.

Our clothes are « Made In Africa » for passionate, adventurous and worldwide people.

Launched in 2013 by Justine ADANDE, a Self-Taught designer born in France, JUTU combines a contemporary spirit and African roots. Jutu is representing Gabon/Cameroon. The designer is based Gabon.





Award winning fashion designer Mary Martin began a career in the music industry but her passion for fashion has continued to grow.

Today, Mary Martin's collections have been gaining recognition as a go-to for shows. This year’s collection is focusing on the art and antique artifacts of Nigeria.


Neopele concept specializes in making suit, jackets ,traditional wears that fit all occations, we cut to fit, we ensure that we deliver the best and ensure our clients  remain outstanding at all functions. Neopele concept also has a fashion institute with about 50 young aspiring designers, and have trained about 80 designers that now run their own brands.



NEVICE is an African originated fashion brand by designer Naima Maneno, who was born and raised in Tanzania and later relocated to Germany. Her fashion inspiration came from her local surroundings: The lifestyle of a semi-arid climatic region is represented by beautiful desert patterns, while the cheerful, warm and colourful atmosphere of NEVICE is inspired by the shores of the Indian Ocean. “Fashion for a change” is the message NEVICE would like to carry along.


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Oreva Okowa is the founder/Creative Director Signature Secret. She is the Founder/National President (FADEA) Fashion Designers and Exhibitors Association International.

Signature secret has been awarded over 35 awards and the Creative Director made a personal presentation of the brand to the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta at the CTIF programme.



Graduating from Central St. Martin’s School of Art in the mid-nineties Samson Soboye left with a degree in Fashion, Communication & Promotion, then rapidly embarked on a fashion styling career.

2017 sees the launch of the SOBOYE ‘Afrikimono’ collection that fuses cultural dress influences from Japan, India, West Africa and Great Britain.


We are from Nigeria
Live in Lagos Nigeria....and based in VGC and Lekki phase 1 in Lagos
Brief Description of our brand:
The brand 'STITCHES by Chioma Walter was created to suit the every day gorgeous and classy woman who loves affordable and pure luxury....who desires to be unique with her style....Greatly inspired by the appearance and beauty of a newly married wife who wants to show of to her neighbours, inlaws, friends and everyone around her. 
Stitches will be showcasing her ''Possessive Collection'' proudly Naija  with a touch of life, renewal, growth ,energy, rebirth,freshness, fertility, safety, harmony and nature. Thus illustrated with her choice of of colours.


Richelvie Talansi, is a Congo based designer who launched her first collection in 2014 called ‘Simple & Sublime’, before she launched her brand Talansi.

Since then, she has produced 4 collections, shown in Dubai, Kenya.  Africa Fashion Week London will be her first showing in the UK.



Founded by Jite Newton, Tobams Colors has been created to provide worldwide identity within African Ankara wax material. We created a fusion of high end clothing with traditional African prints utilising rich colours to create every day, stylish yet affordable pieces.


Tsitsi Fred Knitwear is an emerging knitwear brand founded in 2016 by a Zimbabwean born London based textile designer Tsitsi Fred, who is well known for her signature artisanal knits. As a young girl she grew up with her auntie who owned a knitwear studio, this is where she got her inspiration from as she used to knit alongside the workers, learning simple knit techniques.


TUBO is an emerging womenswear label, best known for her creativity in redesigning the traditional African bridal attires, chic prêt-à-porter fashion clothing, and distinctive haute couture pieces. She came into the Nigerian fashion scene in late November 2014 when the Creative Director, Sandrah Tubobereni switched from her career in Finance and Business Development.



VALERIE AZINGE ATELIER LTD (VAA) is a renowned African design house, we have been in  the fashion business for about three years. We are known to create styles for every story using luxurious fabrics that caress bespoke accessories and Ready To Wear offerings. Our style is western, simple and elegant; we have introduced to the Nigerian fashion industry a fusion of the western culture and the Nigerian traditional wears. Nigeria being diverse in culture, gives the country a variety of fashion styles and the designer the opportunity to create delightful clothes from the varied Nigerian styles. Our clients mostly are high net worth individuals and customers who like fashion, comfort and the Miami styled fashion, where the designer lived for several years.
Valerie Azinge Atelier is representing  Nigeria


VATACASE (“VTS”) is a brand linked to fashion area, with the aim of bringing people a new concept to sell and "live" the fashion brand inspired by historical fashion trends from the most classic to the most modern and existing sophisticated in this area, fleeing from the traditional patterns of Fashion


British-Nigerian fashion designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade founded Yemzi in 2013 with a limited edition range of environmentally friendly printed t-shirts.

The fashion brand’s first ready-to-wear collection (SS16) was released in 2015 Tired of seeing African designers limited by the same Dutch wax designs, Elizabeth-Yemi creates the artwork for her collections, which are inspired by West African culture.