As an African living in New York City who loves to wear all sorts of ‘ethnic shit,’ as my Texan friend likes to say, I couldn’t be more excited about a week full of glamorous afro-centeric fashion (long live the Brooklyn fashionista!). Last week, July 14 -17, at the Broad Street Ballroom marked the second annual African Fashion Week in New York with 3 days of cutting edge showcases featuring 30 designers - check out photos from the events above. From music to fashion Africa has always been a great source of inspiration for many artists worldwide, but it is only recently that the world is beginning accept that African art and culture are not just a trend but a mainstay that is radically changing the global pop sensibility.
Directed by Adiat Disu, AFWNY brings to the forefront established and emerging African fashion designers from around the world in this one of a kind event. While each designer’s collection was very different and brought their unique touch to the runway, the one thing they all had in common was their forward thinking approach to traditional fabrics and designs. Starting with the bridal ceremony during Korto Momolu’s playful collection, moving to the beautiful accessories from Design By U, and to the ready-to-wear urban chic modern lines of Madam Wokie’s Couture, African designers today are redefining how the world sees fashion. Watch the short video from AFWNY below.