Fashion week has taken the global fashion industry by storm. New York Fashion Week ended with a bang while London fashion week is bringing back the classics. While we are yet to see what Milan and Paris have to offer, we are here to remind you that Africa has a ton of fashion weeks that are kicking off this month too. From Ghana to Nigeria, Uganda and more here are the fashion weeks you need to know about!
Kampala Fashion Week – Uganda
With the 5th Edition taking place from the 27th to 29th September, Ugandan’s most influential fashion platform, Kampala Fashion Week (KFW) promotes Ugandan designers and Fashion designers around the continent to a large global market. The organization was created to support and strengthen the design industry in Uganda as well as enhancing the cultural and creative talent that our country and continent has to offer. KFW is powered by the Ugandan Fashion Council (UFC).
Accra Fashion Week – Ghana
Accra Fashion Week was launched in 2017 and made history in Africa by compiling the largest amount of foreign designers to showcase in a country for a single event. This October, over 30 designers are set to hit the runway from over 15 countries.
In the wake of local renown and the international appeal of Ghana’s fashion scene, Accra Fashion Week is stepping up its game to meet demand and impress the world of style and contemporary taste. As it goes, the two Accra Fashion Weeks will be distinguished by the seasons. The upcoming Accra Fashion Week set to occur on 3-8th October 2018 will be dubbed Spring/Harmattan 2017 where collections presented will be open for the season ahead. The follow-up event will be executed in Late March and dubbed the Chilly/Rainy 2019 which will see our fashion designers create clothes for the rainy season following.
African fashion International Joburg Fashion Week- South Africa
The 2018 African Fashion International (AFI) Joburg Fashion Week will be held in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg from 4-7 October 2018. In the theme #AfroAsia, AFI Joburg Fashion Week 2018 is set to showcase the best of African fashion with a sprinkle of Asian flavour.
The lineup includes fashion design stars from across the continent: Nigeria’s Deola Sagoe and Clan, Haute Baso from Rwanda, and Kahindo from the DRC. South African designers in the lineup include Maxhosa by Laduma, Presidential and rising stars Imprint, Matte Nolim, Tuelo Nguyuza, and Orapeleng Modutle who was recently listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 African Creatives. The Asian designers included in the lineup are 5-Knot from Japan, AntiArch from China, and Eric Raisina from Cambodia.
To see the full designer schedule and to catch all the developments and the build-up towards AFI Joburg Fashion Week, follow AFI’s social media platforms and website.
Lagos Fashion Week- Nigeria
Heineken Lagos Fashion Week (LFW) will return for its 8th season from the 24th to the 27th of October, 2018. The bi-annual showcase held in Africa’s largest city has become a permanent fixture in the global fashion calendar. Every year, the Lagos Fashion Week tents welcome buyers, media and fashion enthusiasts to view the collections of young, emerging and leading designers across Africa.
Lagos Fashion Week leads the way with initiatives that support, strengthen and develop the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a platform that’s gradually re-positioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.
Plus Size fashion week Africa – Nigeria
PlusSize Fashion Week Africa is back, this time it promises to be bigger, better and more exciting. Following the success of the maiden edition of the fashion show dedicated to celebrating the plus sized African woman, the planning towards the second edition is in full gear!
This year’s edition is set to hold on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Main Banquet Hall, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The activities this year has already begun with the search for Africa’s Next Plus-size Model (ANPM), where the participants will grace the stage at the PFWAFRICA and the winner will get international modelling exposure.
This year’s modelling competition will only be open to the models under the Golden Curvy modelling agency as it is the number 1 plus size modelling agency in Nigeria, and this guarantees that the models will be well trained by the best and of a high standard. We will also ensure that this year’s participants have parental consent to travel and model if they do win.