AFRICAN FASHION WEEK: LONDON 2013
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending African Fashion Week: London, which this year was held in the Truman Brewery. Stood there surrounded by so much talent and creativity made me even prouder to be of African descent. The way this generation of designers are fusing together the traditional prints and styling of African heritage and adding a contemporary spin on them is so exciting and inspiring to be a around.
Before I get to the jewels, I just have to show you the amazing clothing designers who were showcased on Day 3 of events.
In my early 20s there was a time when I was more of a Shoe Fiend than a Jewel Fiend. So it was the Imelda in me which drew me to accessories label MNBO Intulo Yane and their hot range of heels and wedges. Intulo Yane which means ‘My Roots ‘(how apt given the days events) in Mambwe one of the languages spoken in Zambia, also takes care of my jewel roots with these patterned Chevron Necklaces which look amaze when thrown on top of a plain tee as modelled below.
Great affordable costume jewellery, which carries pieces such as body chains, statement Necklaces and Earrings. Kenza Accessories is for the fashion forward woman who doesn’t shy away from making a statement with her jewels.
The Quincy’s collection threads and strings together African Culture ,Heritage and Style. Taking the vibrant warm colours of rich African life the collective of designers behind Quincy’s Collection have created a bold eye catching range of jewellery, in which a percentage of the sales is feed right back to the woman of the villages who create the pieces.
Clothing label Rose Di Omini has started dipping in to the jewel pool by launching a range of fabric bracelets and statement bibs which can effortlessly be co-ordinated with clothes from the label. When I asked designer Rose what inspired her to make the statement bib range she responded (completely straight faced) my breast! Fricking LOVES IT ! A woman after my own heart. The Rose di Omimi necklaces are designed to be a fashionable cover up for when you want to keep “the ladies” at bay.
If I had to pick my Crown Jewels of the AFWL2013 then Shana Edwards of Lewa Jewels would be my star gem. She hands creates each bead she uses by encasing African Fabrics in crystal resin. Lewa Jewels provide a gateway between traditional Africa and the contemporary fashion world. The pieces in Edwards’ collection are a great way to teases P.O.C. and Print into your wardrobe.