September swept in a new year for fashion, and as NYFW kicked off in New York with lots of exciting shows, we at Miss CM couldn’t help but get excited over the upcoming fashion events in Africa. The last few years have seen a significant growth in African fashion on a mainstream level; more and more designers, stylists, and other industry players continue to make their marks on the international platform. Africans are also becoming more aware and appreciative of the various designers and talents emerging from the Motherland.
Why is our homeland getting all this new, yet well-deserved, attention? Although there is room to expose even more of the incredible talent in African vogue, fashion events have contributed largely to the development and exposure of the African fashion industry. And that is why Miss CM will be bringing you a roundup of all the amazing fashion shows taking place in Africa to kick-off this fashion year! So pull out your pencil and pens, here are some of the top upcoming events you should have marked on your calendar.
Lagos Fashion Week
Scheduled for October 20-22, 2015 at Eko Meridien Hotel Expo Center in Lagos, Nigeria, this event showcases all types of products; from apparel, accessories, cosmetics and beauty items, to gems, jewelry, fabrics and yarns. This year, the focus will be on womenswear, menswear, kidswear, lingerie and hosiery, and everything in-between. Traditionally, the event also provides the exhibitors with a chance to explore avenues of exporting products.
Swahili Fashion Week
Swahili Fashion Week was founded by Tanzanian designer Mustafa Hassanali in 2008. It is the biggest annual fashion event in East and Central Africa and provides fashion and accessory designers from Swahili-speaking countries and beyond to showcase their work. 2015 will mark the Seventh edition of the annual event to be held from December 4-6, 2015 in Dar Es Salaam.
Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe (FWZ) was created to support and increase the economic development of small businesses in the fashion and design sector. Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe launched today, October 10, and will continue to Sunday, October 11. FWZ will continue to inspire new directions by supporting the business of fashion and design; developing businesses through skills training, cultivating livelihoods through market access locally and internationally.
The fashion events are divided into three categories:
One: The fashion central which will showcase day time fashion shows.
Two: The fashion market which is an extension of fashion central housing local brands, designers, retailers, accessory and jewellery designers selling their products under one roof.
Three: The beauty hub, which will offer a one-stop shop for all things beauty, makeup, skin care and hair, as well as offering free consultation, product testing and makeover workshops.
Kenya’s Diana Opoti executive producer of Designing Africa and creator of her hit campaign #100daysofAfricanfashion is also scheduled to give her first TedX talk during the fashion packed weekend.
South Africa is one of the African countries leading the pack in the African fashion industry. With the recently concluded coveted Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, South Africa continues to set the pace for the rest of Africa in culture and fashion. October 21-24 , 2015 will see SA Fashion Week come to life once again. It will showcase womenswear, menswear and accessory designers.