Okayafrica recaps Africa Fashion Week New York (AFWNY) 2014 during New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.
The fifth annual Africa Fashion Week New York 2014 joined the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 calendar this year with a 3 day event showcasing rising African designers. Hosted at the United Nations Foundation building, the first day kickstarted AFWNY with a "Master Class: Off The Runway" conference. Guest speakers consisted of prominent, established designers and leaders who shared their journeys of triumphs and hardships in the global fashion industry. South African fashion designer David Tlale was among the list of speakers. He advised young designers to be proud of their African heritage. "Don't be afraid to trade with your name. Having a self-titled brand will push you harder, and make your brand more important to you," he expressed before showcasing his own SS15 collection Sunday at Lincoln Center's Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.