The Meltdown Festival and Fashion Extravaganza inspired by Grace Jone’s fashion was held recently on the Riverside Terrace at Southbank Centre in London as a prelude to this year’s edition of Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL).
The exhibition began with three mini-collections from Northampton and West London universities. Protest themes were prevalent in both universities’ collections, including ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Awareness of Misogynoir.’ Discrimination against black women is also depicted in powerful graphic print.
The main show featured drama, African haute couture, and elaborate accessories. Soboye, premier designer and AFWL Head Stylist, presented 54 collections, including a fabulous neoprene wedding gown and an experiment with Adire from the Adire Oodua Textile Hub.
Sista by Eyoro also represented Nigeria by showcasing Adire Oodua Textile Hub’s various fabrics. Adire Organza, Adire Alabere, Adire Batik, and Adire Aso Oke were among the fabrics used.
Mary Martin London, who is known for bringing drama to the catwalk, delighted the audience with four new designs inspired by her latest inspiration. They include a wire dress and exaggerated neckpieces and headpieces. Adebayo Jones, Elfreda Dali, Sista by Eyoro, and Kalikas Armour, among others, showcased glamour and classic tailoring.
Princess Ronke Ademiluyi founded the 2022 AFWL, which will be held in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, respectively, to promote African fabrics, among other things, on a global scale. According to Ademiluyi, the event is the longest-running African fashion festival in the United Kingdom.
“This year’s Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria is in partnership with Lagos Fashion Fair and will take place on September 7-9 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, while the AFWL edition will take place on September 14-16 at the Eko Hotel and Suites while AFWL edition would hold on October 7-8, at the Freemasons’ London. Both fashion weeks will be showing the best African-inspired designs.”