Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles 2013 - African Designers Shine at LA Fashion Week
African designers shine at Los Angeles Fashion Week

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA, October 22, 2013 — The second season of Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles was a definite crowd pleaser. The 3-day event, which took place October 10-12th, included a Pop-Up shop, opening night mixer, two days of runway shows, and a closing night reception. AFWLA’s runway shows were hosted at the hip and contemporary Downtown Los Angeles art gallery located in the middle of the Fashion District, 525DTLA. Guests enjoyed vibrant graffiti art by R&B sensation Chris Brown and pieces from celebrity illustrator Mike Farhat as they mingled, took pictures, or treated themselves to complimentary drinks by PopWater and Angel City Brewery.
 
This year 10 collections were shown at AFWLA. The impressive line-up of talented emerging and established designers showcased to a packed room filled with local and international press, stylists, bloggers, buyers and other LA based tastemakers. Notable guests included actress KD Aubert, Janet Factor, president of corporate event planning at Royalty Lifestyle Group Soloman Nnanna, Arik Airlines Executive Kobina Brew-Hammond, and gallery owner MB Abram. LA based designers Tina Summers, Della, and David Giampiccolo all wowed guests with their impeccably crafted garments and show stopping pieces.
 
Houston based label 2 African Girls was one of the most anticipated collections at AFWLA, and they did not disappoint. Their Spring/Summer 2014 collection featured edgy cut outs, body hugging silhouettes, and vibrant African print clothing, as well as a variety of accessories; hats, jewelry, and handbags. With their clothing and handbags already being worn by Beyonce and other pop culture icons, 2 African Girls are on a fast track to success. Joining AFWLA from Sierra Leone, Maryzo Designs appropriately closed the show with her exquisite collection titled “Musu Kunti” which means Woman Warrior. The collection featured elegantly tailored pieces in rich African prints adorned with African cowrie shells, a great end to an amazing fashion show.
 
“We’re so happy that we were able to create a platform like this for LA Fashion Week, African designers have a unique and inventive take on fashion that needs to be showcased.” Said founders of AFWLA Nnenna Obioha and Onyinyechi Egeonuigwe. The duo is very pleased with the outcome of the show and intend to expand their brand in the coming year. 

For more information on Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles please visit www.afwla.org

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This outfit is still running all over social media - I run into reposts 24/7 😍
#MenoguDesigns Kente Skirt & Tie Set featured at the @AFWLA fashion show.
(s/o to the photographer)
Model: @ninafirst
Release date pending on the skirts but the neck tie is available on our website via:
WWW.MenoguDesigns.Com
(website link in bio) #AFWLA #AFWLA2013

Watch on thedoshabrand.tumblr.com

This is how u kick off a show.#afwla2013 #getitgirl

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Model Behavior: Diandra Forrest

"When I think of the word “Black” I think of power and strength. My mother is such a strong black woman and not only for herself, but for my whole family. She gives me so much faith and I could only hope to grow into the woman that she is." - Diandra Forrest

The stunning Diandra Forrest demonstrating the importance of understanding what it means to celebrate and appreciate your culture. Forrest challenges conventional ideas of African Beauty. Love your skin and understand that beauty is a reflection of our inner souls NOT the color of your skin.

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They are back!

Headscarves are one the cutest and easiest current trends to wear! Combine with some bold earrings like Kelly, or a fierce necklace like Solange for this time saving 2013 trend.

Youtube is flooded with ‘How To’ videos so if you love this look and want to try it out check here for varying styles.

Words by Hanan Hotse

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