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Gallery: Africa Fashion Week London [Day 1]

This is the Africa Fashion Week London's day 1 recap and pictures through a gallery.

This month, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) kicked off in the historical Brick Lane promoting both emerging and established designers. AFWL continues to pick the right designers and trendsetters amidst a constantly evolving fashion world. The runway was a fantastic place where classiness interacted with extravagance, featuring designers from all over the continent— Morocco, Botswana, Congo, Zambia, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Kenya — as well as the Caribbean and the African diaspora in the UK.


On Day 1, 17 designers were represented in three separate shows on the runway: Adopted Culture, Afrolicious, Barnet's Creative Enterprise Social Club, Bello Design, Clisha, CN-Designs, El Monet by Chanel Monet, Esii+Mode, Ferona, Huda Dagnew, Lady Curvez, LNK Designs, Lollyade, Mtofo Designs, Tumisola Ladega, Zandy B. Designs and Sa4a Designs. Like them or not, they all brought something special to the fashion plate. We discovered both fantastic pieces and plain classics. But we'll let you be your own judge! Enjoy the gallery above.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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