For those who follow me on Instagram, I announced I was invited to assist at second edition of Africa Fashion Show 2014! It was held in Geneva and organised by Crucible Events and Planners. How excited I was! So impressed to discover how this event organisation proved a huge success bringing together designers and creativity all over the continent to celebrate African arts, fashion and culture over two days. The first day of the event on the lush Château des Penthes grounds started by a fashion show with diverse entertainment from the Africa continent.
The fashion was just as fascinating with vibrant prints I saw in Tanzanias Malleni, Ghanas Manyeyo and Cubas EmmaFor designers collection. Guinea Designer blended the colours and patterns of Cuba and Africa in her Metisse collection, gorgeous kaftans for both men and women from Moroccan label A la Pointe du Caftan, eclectic looks from Burundis CyMun and dapper menswear by Nigerias Baldon Clothiers. Attended by the members of the Swiss diplomatic and business community as well as African ambassadors and country representative and prominent Swiss press and bloggers, the event also provided a beautiful setting for cocktails and networking in the verdant gardens of Domain du Penthes overlooking Lake Geneva.
On Saturday, 31 May 2014, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Geneva played host to a grander affair as VIP guests were treated to pre-show cocktails where we had the chance to view beautiful designs by one of Nigerias leading fashion designers Deola Sagoe. Opening the show was A la Pointe du Caftan with even more opulent kaftans followed by pretty prints from EmmaFor. After buffet dinner offering us a taste of African cuisine and more opportunities for networking, the runway continued with some show-stopping evening looks from Tanzanias Malleni Designs and gorgeous evening wear by Manyeyo.
Last but not least, with a spectacular grand finale was the Brazilian designer Tony Palha from Fashion Inclusive Brazil, an AFSG(Africa Fashion Show Geneva) partner. Just in time for the World Cup taking place in his homeland, Palha celebrated the link between Africa the Amazon and the diversity of Brazil with his glamorous collection Afroamazonica. I think It’s a new era in fashion! Geneva is rebranding itself by embracing appreciating African roots, culture, art and fashion. Working with local models, artists and businesses, AFSG 2014, the largest event in the Geneva region, showed the finest of Africas talents in arts, music and fashion. I hope the future event will promote masterpieces by leading and upcoming fashion designers across Africa. Now you can enjoy the amazing collection from these designers below!
I was wearing : 1. Black asymmetric zip large clutch bag or similar HERE / 2. Omega Chain Necklace / 3. ASOS Apricot trench Coat or HERE / 4. Black Jumpsuit / 5. ASOS Gold Smooth Rings / 6. Chanel Fragrance Perfume / Complete Outfit HERE / Photographers & Image Crédit: Michael Mba / S TWO Media