afrofashion participated at the 5th edition of the Festival International de Slam et de Humour du Mali at the Centre Culturel Francais (CCF) in Bamako, held to raise wareness for the integration of stigmatized people. I couldn't be there in person but was told that it was a great event.
The second "Africa Unite" show took place in Bamako / Mali at our Buttons Café and was a big success. Amongst the numerous guests was the Minister for Religious Affairs and Cult, Mr. Diallo. The crowd was entertained by models, several of which with albinism, Yaritza Font, BBS band, Virginie and other msuicians. A fundraiser was held for the construction of a new building for ASHED, an orpahanage with over 50 girls and boys. Designers that presented their creations at the show were afrofashion (Malawi / Mali) , Les Péchés Mignons (Mali), Tamakali (Mali), Isabelle Creation (DR Congo) and JK Dressing (Mali). A big hand for Binthily Communication, who sponsored the stage, lights and audio equipment, and the other sponsors, i.e. Radio Kledu, Flexart and SNS security company.
What an amazng experince: Our first "Africa Unite" event was held in Lilongwe / Malawi to create awareness for equal rights for people with albinism and their acceptance in society. A fashion show was held were some models and musicians with albinism showed off their talent. afrofashion organized the show in collaboration with the "Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi"(APAM) and that was sponsored by Standard Bank, the Bingu Wa Mutharika International Conference Centre.
afrofashion had an interesting experience in Accra / Ghana at the Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival 01-03 July 2016. Thanks to our inheritance of old buttons and Malian cotton, the history collection was well appreciated. Thanks to Coralie for the photographs. follow us and see, how our story continues.........after inheriting even more precious buttons from the 19th century. ....
afrofashion has been invited to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show in Ghana on the 27-29th Mai 2016. We are very excited to participate and will present our new "history" collection. Whach out for news and updates!
Finally, we got a shop, whoop, whoop! Found a place, pimped it and opened it in Mai 2015!
For directions, see google maps
Just pop in whenever you feel like it. Always something new to discover, always possible to get something tailor made, always friendly, chatty and helpul "afrofashionistas" around, always free and secured parking available and there should always be a free drink for you at our bar.
We took part at the first ever Bamako Fashion Week, which was attended by many West-African designers and generated a good deal of curiosity. Our creation was a mix of evening wear and sports outfits à l'afrofashion, including a variety of balls and a racket.
Earlier, we presented at the second edition of Pagne Folie, an event that promotes African print textiles. Although we usually prefer the natural Malien cotton, we sparked off a fire work of creativity, resulting in some rather crazy designs...well, "folie", i.e. crazy, was the motto! Check out the pics!
We are slowly but surely stirring up some global interest: Check out the following sites:
africsalon blog (in German)
Well, 2014 was incredibly busy...no time for blogging.
We took the next step and presented at London Fashion Week 2014, including a surprise invitation to show our collection at the closing party. Earlier in the year, we were at the Sélingué Cultural Festival in Mali, which was by far the biggest crowd that ever attended one of our shows.The versatile Vide Collection was presented at a rather clandestine event on a roof top in Bamako.
Munnie only arrived in London for AFWL 2013 the day of her fashion show...3rd August. Despite lack of preparation, all went well and. We don't like to blow our own horn, but we are happy to inform you, that afrofashion received a fair amount of positive feedback and praise. Check ot the pictures on our page AFWL 2013. There is also some amateure "undercover-brother-style" video of our show floating around on youtube. Big attraction was the LED-lit show stopper...afrofashion is never short of surprises. Three thumbs up for the lovely models. Go, go, girlpower!
Final preparations for the AFWL 2013 ran smoothly, so Munnie took a deserved holiday break with her daughter and hubby in Senegal as she had to get her Visa for the UK in Dakar, anyway. It was great to do some shopping, enjoy tons of seafood, relax at the beach and to engage in some outdoor activities. However, the chilled life soon turned stressful, as Visa procedures took way longer than anticipated. Finally, Shammy had to take the collection to London, alone, and Munnie followed later...argh, no peace for the wicked!
June was great. Despite some last minute changes and security concerns, afrofashion managed to stage its best fashion show to date at the riverside Hotel Mande in Bamako on the 7th June. It was indeed a night to remember. Check out the photos! The show was broadcasted on ORTM and AFRICA24. afrofashion always manages to deal with all the bumps and obstacles in its way...as they say: "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger".
Our current collection is called SomeThing Old/SomeThing New. The stage which extended into the swimming pool, the illuminated showstopper dress, the contemporary dance performances and the music were amongst the highlights of the evening. We would like to thank everyone who helped making it a big success, especially MaliMode, Nestlé, Daffe Decor, Fanta Spa and Lolita's Coiffure.
As you all know we attended AFWL (Africa Fashion Week London) last year and it was an amazing experience. So this year, we shall participate once more. We are delighted to let you know that afrofashion will be show-casing its current line at the AFWL 2013 on Saturday 03 August 2013 at 7:00pm at Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London. VIP and standard tickets are now on sale.
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As you all know we attended AFWL (Africa Fashion Week London) last year and it was an amazing experience. So this year here we go again. afrofashion will be show-casing its current line at the AFWL 2013. Please pop in regularly for updateson the date and place of our London show.
Some information for all our valued clients and fans outside africa interested in an afrofashion design: From about mid-june onwards, you should be able to find us on the anglo nubian online store based in the UK and africsalon online store based in germany. if you would like something specially designed just for you, then feel free to contact us directly.
As you all must have heard, we have been planning our very own afrofashion show since march 2103 .Due to a few unforeseen events in Mali, we have had to change the show from the 27.04.2013 to the 07.06.2013. For those of you fortunate enough to attend the show with limited entry of only 250 spectators: Its just a few more days to the big show. For our FFF (friends,family & fans) that won't be able to watch the show at the Hotel Mande, we will post the live show on the website, so keep popping in for all updates.Everything else is as it should be. We will keep you updated on all the new designs, which will be up for grabs after the show. Thank you all for your help and support.
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January is coming to an end and so far so good.We had the great opportunity of designing and producing a number of shirts for a very special friend and famous Malian musican Toumani Diabate, he truely put big smiles on us when he was wearing an afrofashion production at the concert he held at DIPLOMAT.I am sure you are all anxiously waiting to see what we have been working on in our NEW/OLD Collection.Check in on us and you will get a glimpse into the future very soon.
afrofashion is wishing you all a Happy New Year. We starting this year off with a great new collection ''SomeThing New/SomeThing Old''.
Ending 2012 this year’s collection was called the ‘’Stringy Efekt’’ collection inspired by West Africa (Mali) with the Dogon tribe in mind. Hand woven, hand dyed and of course tailored by our talented staff. afrofashion remains true to its label. It is not just for fashion but it’s to lend a helping hand to all those that play a part in the final product.
December 2012: It’s that time again; we participated at 2 fashion shows which were for the Santa Market and the Cotton Festival which were both held at the Park National .Thank you to all the Children and our own model’s for the corporation and for a job well done we must say it’s always good to know everyone appreciates our fun and exciting way of doing things. We are proud of our team in always creatively showing off afrofashion.
November 2012: Leaving Mali going to Malawi to attend the traditional FAME Fashion Show. So exciting to be back home for this show and to see friends and family. Short visit but it is well worth it.
October 2012: afrofashion is back in London participating at the Anglo Nubia show at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel. Website: http://www.anglonubia.com/
August 2012: What a fantastic show it has been for afrofashion participating at the AFW-London-2012 event. Thank you, everybody for supporting us and helping make this a huge success!! Pictures of our show are slowly coming in and online coverage is popping up everywhere. Please keep following our website as we post more details. Once we have enough information for you, we will set up a new sub-page with the best links we could find. First pictures can be seen on fashions finest, demotix and citizenside (picture 23/46) and please visit my friend's blog about afrofashion on africa moto and don't forget to download our brochure!
May 2012: Currently in Morocco checking out local fabrics, techniques and styles, truly fascinating! Meanwhile, preparations for the African Fashion Week London 2012 are continuing in Mali.
April 2012: Morocco was great! The colors and scents of a 1001 nights have greatly inspired me. Well, off to Germany, now. Still cannot return to Mali, yet but great news finally afrofashion is registered as a trademark.
March 2012: The preparations for the African Fashion Week London are in full swing. Please visit our Designer’s profile on the official web site. Oooh, this is going to be great!
February 2012: We can confirm: afrofashion has been accepted as a participant at the African Fashion Week London 2012....yes, LONDON my friends! First show in Europe and we are so excited about it. Keep following us on our website to get more details about our first appearance on a major stage!
January 2012: Back from Germany and we are starting the New Year with some good news: On the 30th March 2012, afrofashion will start presenting its “stringy-effect” creation at the Centre Culturel de Bamako. We are so happy to have finally secured a slot at this first class cultural location in Mali. Thanks to Marianne and Daniel for their support!
December 2011: The second Fashion Show in one month!! At the Santa Market at the Palais de la Culture in Bamako afrofashion was accompanied by fantastic jewelry crafted by the highly gifted Haneefa de Clercq and which was specifically designed for this show...just awesome! Now, we are concentrating on our new line for 2012, of which this show gave first glimpses. Check out the photos on the Santa Market Show.
November 2011: Wow, those were very busy three months! afrofashion reinforced its staff: Sulaiman joined our Mali team in September as a tailor for our ladies’ collections. In October, we started preparing for the next show: the Chris Seydou Award, a fashion show dedicated to the late great designer of Bogolan fabrics.
August 2011: Munnie is back in action in Bamako after her holiday in Malawi, where she got busy in afrofashion’s Lilongwe branch preparing her FAME Malawi (click) fashion presentation. FAME has an annual fashion show for upcoming designers and afrofashion is a regular participant. Meanwhile, boutiques in Europe have developed a taste for afrofashion. We are currently trying to secure some orders and we are obviously very excited about it. Whether national or international... we are still committed to making individual creations and no mass production!
June 2011: Every Saturday in June, we had a sale of our fashion show designs to minimize our losses. Really exceeded our expectations and there is not much left. Thank you to everyone who showed up and had a look around.
May 2011: The fashion show here in Bamako on the 21st was an absolute winner!!! Though there were - of course - some last minute changes and adjustments, we put on a fantastic 2 hour non-stop performance...the crowd loved it and there was no seat left at Espace Bouna. Thanks to all the friends that helped making this a success! Afrofashion loves you! Enough bragging, let pictures talk:
April 2011: The preparations for our fashion show are in full swing causing the atelier to be buzzing with activity. Designs are coming to life and models are popping in at least once a week for the fitting. Pressure is mounting, yet we are still smiling and calm. Let us keep fingers crossed that it stays this way. To cope with the additional work load brought on by our new clients, we have taken on another full time tailor: Monsieur Touré will be making most of our men’s and ladies suits and the afrofashion-Team is very excited about working with him.
March 2011: The new creation is taking shape and we are taking full advantage of a new delivery of perforated and light cotton fabrics from Senegal. A provisional date for our fashion show has been set for the 21 May and it will take place in Bamako. We have secured musicians from Cuba and possibly a singer from Spain to spice up the action. Our models come from seven different countries and from four different continents! Despite temperatures of 40°C during the day, we are working very hard to make this a memorable occasion. As promised last time here are the pictures of our hair bands...voilà.
February 2011: Since practically our entire “Bamako 2010” collection (with the popular “mat-theme”) got sold out during the festive season, we have started our new collection for the year 2011. I guess we may call it “Bamako 2011”.