African Fashion and Design Week 2016: The Continent’s Runway Showcase Returns


Following the success story of last year’s fashion show in Port Harcourt, Bluepearl Services International brings the 5th edition of African Fashion and Design Week 2016 (AFDW 2016) to Lagos with the theme ‘Be Inspired’.

Hosted by Sika Osei and Uti Nwachukwu, AFDW 2016 will take place from Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 at the prestigious Oriental Hotel featuring eclectic collections from top and emerging African designers such as ZiziCardow (Nigeria), Sunny Rose (Nigeria/Thailand), Modela (Nigeria), Chocolate (Ghana), Grace Wallace (Togo), WeizDhurm Franklyn (Nigeria), Afriken (Ghana), Raaah (Zimbabwe/UK), Phuzion (Gambia), Gavin Rajah (South Africa) and many more.

Every year, African Fashion and Design Week attracts fashion enthusiasts, buyers, stylists, editors and everyone in the fashion industry to experience the looks that will define the continent’s next fashion trends.

As part of Bluepearl Services International’s vision to nurture creative independence amongst new talents in the industry, AFDW 2016 will also organise the Bluepearl Raising Stars competition. The aim of the competition is to recognise innovative and talented young designers on the continent by providing a platform to showcase their collections. Each selected participant will exhibit a much anticipated capsule collection and the winner will be awarded the ‘Bluepearl Raising Star for the year 2016’. In addition, top designers will be recognised at the prestigious annual African Icon of Hope Awards.

New and emerging fashion designers will also get the opportunity to learn and review the important elements of supply chain management and production at The Business for Fashion Seminar. “Promoting talents in fashion will not only empower designers to earn a sustainable living but will also create job opportunities through the establishment of fashion businesses resulting in the growth of the fashion industry and eventually the economy”, said, Queengold Daniella Sekibo, Managing Director Bluepearl Services International.