Bluepearl Services International, organizers of African Fashion and Design Week have announced that the annual event will hold in Nigeria from October 13 - 15, 2017.
The fashion event which also hold in New York and Los Angeles, will happen at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos and is being planned to be "the grandest fashion week Africa has ever seen!" according to a press statement released by the organisers.
AFDW 2017 is themed: “Honour the Masters and Celebrate the New’’ and the aim, quite apparently, is to celebrate and pay due respect to veteran, renowned designers as well as new designers who show promising potential.
Although the main event takes place in October, there will be a series of events taking place between July and early October – all leading up to that grand closing three days.
The primary focus is to provide designers with more retail access to their customers globally, to create a platform for networking and of course, to celebrate the African fashion industry in general.
Events to hold during this year's AFDW include:
1. Business of Fashion Seminar
Offers the opportunity to young talents to learn the basic foundation of building a fashion brand and earn a sustainable living; and the careers that are available in the fashion industry.
These seminars will take place in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Togo
2. African Icon of Hope Awards
Acknowledges designers’ outstanding works that have put the African continent on the global fashion map.
3. Bluepearl Rising Star
As part of BSI’s commitment to fostering creative independence amongst new talent in the African fashion and design industry, Bluepearl Rising Star is a competition in which the most creative and innovative designers selected will each present a much-anticipated capsule collection
Thereafter one of the young designers will be awarded the title of Bluepearl Rising Star and also given the opportunity to showcase during the New York Fashion Week.
The prize also includes a scholarship to study Fashion and Design Technology.
4. Runway Showcase
Will feature collections from over 30 leading established and emerging African designers from 11 countries._______________
Photo: (for Flyer)
Model: Grace Modi (Sudan/USA)
Designer: Londa Msanii (USA)
Makeup Artist: Anyang Bak (USA)
Photographer: Kajuan Lyons (USA)