Beauty, Colour and All things African- African Fashion Week, 2012

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             To call myself a Fashionista on any ‘normal’ day in Elsie’s world would be huge overstatement. After all, my personal style is predominantly androgynous with staples such as white tees, skinny jeans, blazers and brogues. So you can imagine how anxious I felt about going to the Africa Fashion Week, 2012 right?

Last weekend at the African Fashion Week 2012 was an absolute blast! It was held in Spitafields Market in East London. The event showcased the magnificent creative talents of African Fashion Designers such as the renowned Anita Quansah, Adebayo Jones, Eldimaa Fashion and House of Jola to name but a few. Apart from the actual catwalk itself, attendees were also treated to different stalls that also displayed some of the products of other designers present. Now, whilst I’d like to say every designer’s creations were ‘off the chain’, I can’t. To be very honest, I was slightly unnerved by the similarity in some designers’ creations. I found a number of Ankara clutches, kente shoes, bangles etc too much alike. One of the designers whose creations stood out for me was perhaps Bayo of Ty-Tys. The Ty-Tys label produces a luxury line of classy, casual as well as corporate ties made of Ankara, kente and other rich African fabrics. Several others caught my eye too, but trust me; it will be an arduous task for me to remember every single one.

          On a personal level, the AFWL 2012 was a great event not only for fashionistas, bloggers or vloggers but also for those of us who viewed it as a prime opportunity to gain inspiration as well as network with some of the movers and shakers in Black Britain.

Lastly, I would like to applaud the visionary behind the AFWL. Wherever you are Miss Ademiluyi, I salute you! Till we meet at AFWL 2013, it’s love, peace and alewa…..xoxoxo


 Elsie Acheampong is a British-Ghanaian writer, poet and blogger. Her interests are in Africa, christianity, fashion, art and african culture. She also has a personal blog on facebook called StrictlyFosuism. She can be contacted via facebook or email at

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