I spend a lovely day at the Southbank Centre for the Africa Utopia event. I firstly attended the catwalk show which was great. To think that a few years ago what passed as African fashion was to be kind just above average. Fast forward and we have amazing designers with avant-guarde approaches to fashion. The designers who most impressed me on the day were Eki Orleans (the lovely Hazel is so sweet) and a designer who I just recently discovered, Bestow Elan.
It was a packed house
Eki Orleans. I love her and she is currently on sale at the moment. Look here for some bargains. I have my eye on the dress Hazel is wearing above.
My favourite pieces from Bestow Elan. It was my first time coming accross her designs and I am in love. Check her out here. Check out her Facebook page too. She's also a natural (peep above).
The shoes for the models were provided by the lovely Afua of Mo-Saique here. I just missed their sales (I could not make up my mind on which shoe to get. Big mistake!!)
I spend the rest of the day attending the panel talks, one titled “Quick Hide, Madonna's coming!” lol. Here are some other pictures of the day.
With the lovely Enyinne of Heritage 1960. An amazing fashion boutique in NYC here which ships here. I missed her at the Columbia Business School African conference in April so was very exited to meet her finally. She co-hosted a fashion panel with the lovely Helen Jennings, editor of ARISE Magazine.
Lady in red.
ARISE magazine gave us the freebies below. I am a big fan of Arise. It's more than the typical magazine. Real coffee table collection pieces.
Great way to spend the weekend.
Mo and I. She always has her fingers on the pulse. If its worth attending, she will know.