All eyes were on the incredible exhibitors at Africa Fashion Week London on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August, but while we were checking out some of the clothing and accessories stalls in the venue, we spotted a few beautiful pieces off the runway.
The crowd were definitely dressed to impress, and whether they were swanning around the V.I.P area sipping champagne or taking in the sights and sounds of the diverse surroundings of Spitalfields market. We’ve picked out some of the hottest looks, worn by the attendees, not the models.
I love the way the simple maxi dress has been updated in this outfit. A base of summery blue gets a flash of african-inspired print across the chest with a tied cloth. Jean jackets are back, whether you like them or not and they are the perfect cover up for those unpredictable British days. Jeweled sandals are a great addition and I’m also loving the afro-puff hair and decorative jewellery.
Even against a background of the diverse and colourful stalls on show at Africa Fashion Week London, this outfit still stands out. incase you hadn’t heard, braids are back, Beyonce said so, and these long luscious ones are a great addition to a dressed up look. I love the juxtaposition of african-inspired prints and modern tailoring in this look, the nude shoes, high waistline and satchel style maxi clutch all scream high fashion, while the bright prints and textured cardigan whisper of much more natural roots.
So many elements of this outfit on bang on trend so of course it had to be a top three. The turban; a super chic head wrap which not only covers up bad hair days but also adds a pop of colour and tradition to any look. The double hem skirt; a great way to show off your legs in style, while keeping some ladylike modesty, this brightly printed skirt works so well with this plain white top and classic leather jacket. The flatforms; it’s very difficult to pull these geek-inspired shoes off but it’s done well in this look with a plain black pair as a base to the pops of colour.
This modern top and super bright trousers works really well together because at least one piece is plain. Matching the turban and trousers ties the look together nicely and I love the modern take on the age-old jean shirt trend. Then adding a pop of red in the shoes adds an extra spicy edge.
The maxi-dress will always be one of my favourite looks and this one gets a modern update with cut out detailing on the shoulders. This look is completely covered up but is oh so sexy at the same time as it hugs the body and exposed the top of the arms and shoulders. The addition of the african-inspired print turban, elegant earrings and stunning eye make up, this outfit deserves Olympic Gold.
Check out these other gorgeous attendees…