The sixth edition of the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) is set to hold at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, 2019.
According to AFWN founder, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, the annual event which showcases the cultural diversity of the African continent to an international audience follows the success of the 9th edition of Africa Fashion Week London.
The Africa Fashion Week London held in the English capital in August 2019, with the European leg of the trade show showcasing a vast range of fashion collections from designers across Africa and Europe.
This year’s event will feature a catwalk show curated by the First Ladies of Nigerian states. Her Excellency, the First Lady of Ekiti State and AFWN global ambassador, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, is dedicated to encouraging creative talent and is working on a project with young designers and dressmakers in her state. Her Excellency, the First Lady of Kwara State and Matron of AFWN, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazak, will let us in on the progressive work being carried out in her state.
The first ladies are passionate about using the AFWN platform as an instrument for sustainable growth and job creation.
The 6th edition introduces exciting elements, designed to enhance the experience for guests and participants. Panel sessions and forums, created to offer guidance and advice to aspiring designers and creatives, will hold at the event.
Former Director-General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Mrs Omotayo Omotosho, aka Madam Tourism, will moderate a panel session that will discuss ‘The Benefits of Fashion Tourism.’
Talks will be given by leading manufacturers, retailers and government officials from areas related to fashion. Partners at the prestigious Parsons Design School NYC, will be present to talk about ‘Sustainable Fashion & Technology.’ Henley Business School of the University of Reading will give valuable insight on ‘The Business of Fashion.’
An exciting selection of established as well as up and coming fashion designers will debut new collections on the catwalk on both days. Ready-to-wear fashion accessories and clothing will be available for purchase, from a range of brands in the exhibition area of the event.
AFWN continues to be an empowering enterprise that promotes African brands through worldwide visibility and distribution. The countdown to the much anticipated 6th edition begins.