July 30, 2018

Africa Fashion Week Houston is set to bring back the sizzle this Fall.

Magic takes over African Fashion Week Houston’s Fifth Season this Fall


HOUSTON— If the third time's a charm, just call the fifth time magic! The world of fashion and culture will soon collide on the runway in Houston as African Fashion Week Houston, one of the world’s most exclusive cultural fashion week series, celebrates five years of showcasing the very best of African inspired works from around the world. The stunning fashion affair will take place October 22nd through October 27th, 2018 at various locations throughout the greater Houston area.

Many of AFW Houston’s signature events, runway shows, beauty demos and marketplaces will make a grand return this year, including the socially savvy ​Art, Wine & Culture ​series​, the colorful and electric Ankara-4-Seasons ​runway showcase​, ​social media favorite Bosses-in-Heels ​Marketplace​, ​and the high-anticipated Kitoko Fashion Show​. A pairing of exciting performances, VIP events and after parties will also add to the flare of this very exhilarating week! A full list of events and locations will be announced beginning in mid April.

Furthermore, AFW Houston will continue to support the advancement of aspiring fashion designers, stylist and runway production professionals through notable partnership programs, including ​Project AI(in partnership with the Art Institute of Houston). The fashion week series will utilize its platform to support the opportunity for future fashion industry protégés to gain direct experience into the world of the fashion.

Tickets for African Fashion Week Houston 2018 will go on sale beginning April 1st online at www.AFWHouston.com and at selected locations across the state of Texas. AFW Houston is now accepting inquiries for event sponsors, fashion designers, vendors, volunteers and community partnerships. For information on this year’s fashion week series, please visit our website online, or contact us directly at ​1(800) 920-4655 and ​info@afwhouston.com​.

About African Fashion Week Houston


African Fashion Week Houston (AFWH) is the city's premier international fashion experience, highlighting the essence of African culture and aesthetics through a series of fashion shows, networking and social events, seminars, and industry-focused workshops. Our annual week-long experience aims to promote world-class designers & labels that push the envelope, while staying true to the traditions and inspiration of the African continent and diaspora.


October 10, 2017

Houston's top designers grace the runways of Africa Fashion Week Houston.

Houston designers showed out early this Fall in an unprecedented fashion show, creating one of a kind designs that pays ode to the African continent. The showcase at Africa Fashion Week Houston this year demonstrate what these designers can whip up and then some. More designers are experimenting with the juxtaposition of the ethnic and contemporary. Some of the pieces I wanted for my closet. I'm reminded of the fact that fashion is an extension of personality, not just a piece of cloth on your body. A well put together outfit for me has always made a signature statement. A well curated set can define my mood. Only if I can take the designers home to make me an outfit everyday of the week. I'm also reminded that days are becoming long gone when you simply fit into defined standards set by big fashion industries, and not fitting meant changing who you are and how you viewed your self worth. Anyone can wear beautiful clothes. The runway showcase presented wearable pieces for many shapes and sizes as represented by the models.

You'd be hard pressed to observe a runway dedicated to African fashion without its main show piece—the Ankara. Ankara is an inclusive print, the beautiful thing about it now is it has become universal, appearing on countless runways and this show is no exception. There's the element of exoticness in them that appeals to many and happily, anyone can pull off an outfit made in this African inspired print. The material presents with endless possibilities and has become a fashion designer's colorful canvas of creativity.  Designs in Ankara made repetitive appearances, infused in collections as part of a piece or a stand alone piece making for designs that are either exotic chic or refined glamour.
The folks at Fall Of Signature Essence have steadfastly presented Africa Fashion Week Houston since its inception four years ago with special guest, top model Nneka. Since then, they have helped launch the careers of some Houston designers and models. Houston has taken notice, giving the platform a proclamation, attracting major sponsors and patrons of fashion. This alludes to the platform's goal of making this a widely accepted fashion event on par with other mainstream platforms. This year, they ambitiously took out a whole week in display of art, culture and fashion. They created opportunities for both upcoming designers to well known ones. Although the upcoming designers still have a long way to go in honing their craft, they do show some promise. I especially enjoyed the designers that showcased at the grand finale, namely House of Takura, Nma Couture and Rocky Boston. These designers are clearly talented, being able to pull off a coveted collection in less than a week. 

AFWH 2017 Designers

  • The Cultured Market
  • African Queen Fashion
  • Effects Couture
  • Kachi Designs
  • Classic Beginnings
  • House of Detola
  • Masterpiece Boutique
  • Adeara
  • PR Customs
  • The Art Institute of Houston
  • House of Takura
  • Adot Designs
  • Nma Courture
  • Rocky Boston

Check out event photos on Facebook.

August 25, 2014

The Latest: Africa Fashion Week Houston

Fashion is not just in New York, Paris and Milan anymore.

It's right here in Houston. Africa Fashion Week Houston just wrapped up at Ayva Center, August 14-16 2014. As usual, it's the pageantry of beautiful fabrics, models and the people that make them. African inspired fashion has rapidly gained momentum on a global scale. Once it started making it's way into the collections of acclaimed designers, there isn't a doubt African designs and print had gained a mainstay.
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