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Weekends with TRACE: Africa Fashion Week London & African Pride Awards 2017

Valerie Azinge Atelier © SDR at Africa Fashion Week London 2017

A great weekend would be an understatement for the past 3 days that we’ve just had!  TRACE got invited to Africa Fashion Week London over the weekend. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, TRACE was nominated as ‘African TV Station of The Year’ at the African Pride Awards on Sunday 13th August.

Friday 11TH AUGUST – Africa Fashion Week London Day 1

The annual Africa Fashion Week London is Europe’s largest catwalk event of African and African-inspired design which celebrates designers from the UK and around the World. Not only does it showcase the talented designers, it also promotes and provides recognition by bringing African Fashion to the forefront and introducing it to new audiences who may otherwise have no awareness of African Fashion.

The well-established organisation is currently in its 7th season, and after putting on yet another successful 2 day extravaganza this weekend, all we can say is we can’t wait for them to return to London in 2018!

In a nutshell, this is how Day 1 went: 2 Catwalk Shows, 15 Designers, 100 Looks with a mixture of both menswear and womenswear couture. The flawless makeup design was created by the infamous makeup artist Abbie May.

The first catwalk started around 5pm and showcased designers such as Adesegun George, Ibrahim Musa, De – Beauharnaisma Bhunu, Catherine Monique, Illicia, Leona Green, Naa Doley and Purpose.

 

AWFL 17 Adesegun George

AWFL 17 Adesegun George © SDR Photos

Ibrahim Musa © SDR Photos

Ibrahim Musa © SDR Photos

De-Beauharnais Mabhunu © SDR Photos

De-Beauharnais Mabhunu © SDR Photos

Second catwalk started around 7M and consisted of : Araewa, Bijelly, Maufechi, Godwin Green, Monami 4 Moremi, Regallia and Kola Kuddus.

Bijelly © SDR Photos

Bijelly © SDR Photos

Monami 4 Moremi © SDR Photos

Monami 4 Moremi Araewa © SDR Photos

Regallia © SDR Photos

Regallia © SDR Photos

The night concluded with performances by rising rapper Kobe and Flame Lily Arts who got the crowd moving to their South African inspired cultural dance.

 

Koby © SDR Photos

Koby © SDR Photos

Flame Lily Arts © SDR Photos

Flame Lily Arts © SDR Photos

SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST- Africa Fashion Week London Day 2

Fashionistas, proud family/friends and visitors gathered at one of the most renowned fashion venues in the capital, The Freemason’s Hall for another day filled with colour, high fashion and great food.

Just like Day 1, apart from the catwalk shows visitors could explore the different exhibitors who were selling everything from clothes, to skincare products and jewellery. Check out our favourite designers below:

 

Mary Martin © SDR Photos

Mary Martin © SDR Photos

Talansi © SDR Photos

Talansi © SDR Photos

Tsitsi Fred © SDR Photos

Tsitsi Fred © SDR Photos

SUNDAY 13TH AUGUST- African Pride Awards

TRACE had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Edition of the African Pride Awards which celebrates Africans who have impacted positively in the African Diaspora community.

As soon as we stepped into the beautiful West London Hotel, The Montcalm, we knew it was going to be a fantastic evening. Everyone came dressed to impress in their suit and ties, with ladies dressed to kill in their diamonds and long evening dresses. Notable figures in the audience included the creme de la creme in the UK Entertainment scene including, The Compozers, Mikes Comedy, Famous YouTube Blogger Estare Live, Promoter SMADE and many more. We were greeted with a champagne reception upon arrival as well as a 2 course meal once seated.

The ‘Artist Of The Year’ Award went to Ghanaian musician Shatta Wale, whilst Maleek Berry won ‘Artist Of The Year UK’ on his birthday weekend. Other categories included ‘Outstanding Achievement in Film UK’ which was won by Idris Elba (no surprise there). Youtube personality and Blogger Jennie Jenkins won ‘MUA Of The Year’  while ESTARE Live won ‘Social Media Personality Of The Year’.

The night was hosted by the one and only Eddie Kadi, as he kept the crowd entertained with his dance moves and punchy lines. He also managed to receive an Outstanding Recognition Award for his hard work and persistance.

 

Eddie Kadi © Kymages

Eddie Kadi © Kymages

Highlights of the evening also included performances by Nigerian superstar LAX and Rotimo.

LAX © Kymages

LAX © Kymages

The legend Awilo Longomba gave an impromptu performance as he stepped on stage to receive his Lifetime Recognition Award. 

 

Awilo Longomba © Kymages

Awilo Longomba © Kymages   


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