Last Friday and Saturday London Spitalfields Market saw a 20,000 crowd visit the venue over two days for what was easily the biggest fashion event London’s seen in summer 2012 as Africa Fashion Week created by Ronke Ademiluyi to create an international platform for African designers took centre stage. With over 60 designers showcasing on the runway and exhibiting in the exhibition hall, 50 models, 50 team members and volunteers and of course thousands upon thousands of guests, AFWL 2012 proved a grand affair. For those of seeking more than just runway images to satisfy your appetite for all things fashion, we bring you snippets of what went down on and off the runway over the two busy days of Africa Fashion Week London. Day 1 Runway is ready, we are almost set to go… First look at the official AFWL 2012 Magazine a quick glimpse inside below. Early start for Team Zim/SA (above) and Black Hair team and Meg Alabi (below) Start as we mean to go – Sibu and Ajok rock the runway. Ajok in Bull Doff Cynthia in April 2nd Guess who? Our official AFWL 2012 Ambassador Menaye Donkor-Muntari in Duaba Serwa Cynthia in House of Jola Lovely prints by House of Nwocha Pit’s getting busier by the minute and it’s only 4.30pm Menaye at the press call Bili looking radiant in Ella and Gabby Green Mamba’s Brigitte with model Sam Green Mamba Design One of our favourite Green Mamba looks OH TV’s Lola setting up for interviews Josette Matomby of AFWL strikes a pose backstage
Early start to the day backstage – thank goodness for Starbucks!
A quick chat with former Olympian Fatima Whitbread
First come first served in the photographers’ pit
Early start for DaViva exhibitors
All set for the day at the Dapri stall
Putting up the curtains!
Josette and Suby sharing a joke
Bubushky customised chair
Models in the capable hands of the Bobbi Brown team
Good to go.
Bobbi Brown Head Make up Artist Georgina Pelosi priming Nkem
Tina of Didi Creations
Khalil of Threads by K
Threads by K
Kiyana Wraps all Set for the Day
Trish O double whammy with exhibition and a catwalk show later on in the day
Dionne Gooding Shoes are made for admiring…
Asake’s stall is a riot of colours and prints.
Guess who’s wearing a Jodi Barima belt in her editor’s picture?
Designer Oye Omiyale makes an early start on Day 2
Ladies? Pringles for breakfast?!
First show of the day kicks off with Uber Africa Collective
Standing room only
With Black Hair Editor Keysha Davis
In the VIP lounge with Mutsa Mandizha and Gina Jane Jere
Mrs Ademiluyi Sr. with First Lady of Ekiti State Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi
With Eva from Iman Entertainment
Blogger Bola Obileye works the print dress and her own creation bag
Fab fashionista Dionne strikes a pose
With the Ekiti First Lady Chief Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi
Tina Ugo of Didi Creations, Linda Ikeji, Joan Okorodudu of House of Jola
Julius Reuben with friends
AFWL2012 Ambassador Menaye Donkor in Romero Bryan
Austria’s Next Top Model Lydia Obute backstage in Remi Lagos
Ajok backstage in Remi Lagos
With Josette, Joanne and Kamari – part of The A Team
With eLDee backstage
Eva brings fresh rhymes
eLDee closes the showby