4 Major Fashion Weeks to Get You Familiar with African Designers

We love fashion weeks as it is the most ideal season when you get introduced to the latest collections by top and emerging designers. This is peculiar not only to the Western or European world but also in Africa. Here are 4 fashion weeks to get you acquainted with major African designers;

South African Fashion Week

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SAFW is about the oldest fashion event of the 3. It is a fashion yet business platform, connecting designers to intending buyers. It features flagship seasonal SAFW Collections designer runway shows and installations, competitions, preview events and sponsorship management to ongoing on and off-line communication including developing robust social media communities. Unlike the other 2, the runway shows are said to be bi-annual and will take place, September 2016.

Lagos Fashion and Design Week

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This is the biggest fashion show in Nigeria. If you are looking for any top designer in Nigeria, this is the place. Not only do you get to view new and exciting collections, you get to see the celebrities come out, fashion editors and bloggers mingling as everyone looks forward to that week. It is a perfect opportunity for anyone to understand the African fashion industry through the eyes of Nigerians.

Ghana Fashion and Design Week

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Proudly sponsored by Mercedes Benz, the Ghana Fashion and Design Week is an international event to showcase emerging and established designers. It features an outstanding display of catwalk presentations which creates a new market for designers to exhibit their collections and contemporary lifestyle products for trade. This year, the show will take place from the 21st to the 23rd of October, 2016.

African Fashion Week Nigeria

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The Fashion week which is barely 3 years in Nigeria started off in London by Ronke Ademiluyi about 5 years ago. The show which starts off with a fashion conference this year, will take place from the 1st of July to the 3rd of July, 2016. Emerging designers are placed to showcase on the 2nd of July while the more established designers get their designs on the runway by the Gala night which is on the 3rd.

This has been the tradition for the past 3 years and unlike some other fashion shows that happen in Nigeria, this cuts across different countries from Ghana to Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and much more. There is also the opportunity to shop some of the items from the designers and many other African brands during the exhibitions.

These are the 4 major fashion shows that showcases African designers on a large scale. Did we leave any out?

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Author: Oma Ehiri

Oma Ehiri is a writer, a blogger and a media consultant. She is the online manager for a couple of brands, the media brand ambassador for VEBA, an European Textile Company and a Junior Manager with a Talent management company. Oma is inspired by life, thrilled with planning activities and loves to travel. Follow her on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter @oma263 and you can visit her blog, www.sotectonic.com