On Thursday the 28th April 2011 we had an awesome time at the ‘Stomp Out Fashion Show’ a new platform used to showcase up and coming talent with the specific focus on afro-centric, urban designers in London. Guests were super stylish as you can see from our style spotting, we grooved to DJ Stretchinald (Pik N MiX) and laughed to A Dot the comedian and host of the night. Here are the highlights…

Tribal Wear
The first designer set the African ‘Tribal wear’ trend, as models walked down the runway in earthy print in green, beige and brown tones and head turbans  were worn to create a modern African finish. I had a chance to speak to the designer Alice briefly who explained that she wanted her clothes to have traditional African elements but still conventional and fit in with the high street  Her collection though traditional still wearable for the modern girl.

Nyanga Designs
Nyanga designs by designer Julia Olayemie-Coker aims to use African prints completely inspired by African culture to connect people back to the mother land. Designed for the confident woman the collection presented bold prints in a edgy selection of corset tops and long length skirts. Sticking to a bright colour palette of orange, greens and yellows to symbolize the happy nature of African people.

Rochelle: black and blank
This designer definitely stood out to me as the only collection strictly maintains a black and white palette throughout the entire collection. The looks were defiantly inspired by masculine dressing, with tuxedo inspired with a feminine touch pieces. Very minimalist, simple but elegant.

Back to Eden
Bola Folami the designer behind the Back to Eden label described her collection simply put as an expression of herself. Presenting a variety of long and mid length dresses made from African prints in tropical mix of colours.

Left Hand Right Foot
The show ended with Left Hand Right Foot label and designer Lola sure ended it with a bang. A personal favorite, the collection presented funky, retro style pieces in bright and bold colours which strongly communicated the flamboyant nature of the designer. I feel the collection represented a younger generation and catered for the feminine females, the tomboy girls and the boys all at once. The first part of the collection displayed tight to loose fit jumpsuits then ended with trousers and dresses to compliment the female figure. So funky!

Deborah Ababio





Words: Olivia Tongo
Photography: Mercedes Benson

3 Responses

  1. Miss O

    Great post girls.. u both look FAB!.. love the street style spotter.. think their outfits look better than some of those displayed on the catwalk! but i did like some pieces from Back to Eden and Left hand right foot :)

  2. Nogo

    I think Nyanga Designs are my faves 😉 You guys look great! Welcome to the FAB team! Can’t wait to meet you guys on Thursday :)

    Nwadi xx


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