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.

December 5, 2016

An African bridal event

Houston's African wedding show & Exhibition

Date: November 4 2016
Venue: Ayva Center Houston Texas
Special performance by Cameroonian artist Chilli, Burundi Cultural dance troupe, TSU students and more. Showcase included traditional as well as formal bridal dressings by local African designers. Comedian MCPC was emcee for the event.

For event photos and video now on Facebook and YouTube.

August 26, 2016



Mazi Chukz is an Afrobeats artist who resides in the UK, he introduced himself to the industry with his introductory song - Ebeano which was premiered by Link Up TV. Since then he has released singles, One In A Million, Hustle, Dem Hail and Down which have attributed greatly to his current success.

He has also collaborated with an array of international and national talent such as: L.A.X and Maleek Berry, Moelogo, Sona, Mista Silva and more.

He has a great interest in fashion and has previously collaborated with fashion brands, he mixes tailored sportswear with his Igbo, Nigerian heritage.

Mazi Chukz has also been previously featured on MTV IGGY, Link Up TV, Not Just Ok, MOBO Awards and Complex UK​. His most recent single 'Down' was also premiered by Red Bull Music. As well as his previous releases 'One In A Million' and 'Ifunanya' being play-listed on 1xtra an Capital Xtra​.

We chose Mazi to be AFWL Menswear Brand Ambassador because of his interest in fashion and his enthusiasm for African culture in all its forms.

"I'm excited to see some of the fresh talent showcasing their work on the catwalk, I have an interest in Nigerian fashion designers, there's a lot of talent coming out of Nigeria. I like that they infuse tradition with Western influence, I think it's dope how they mix bold colours with contrasting patterns. African Fashion Week London is a great way to highlight African Fashion. Everyone should come and see what's happening out of Africa."


Venue - West Hall Olympia London Earls Court W14 8UX

AFWL 2016 Will Include 5 Catwalk Shows | 60 Designers | AFWL Expo & Entertainment.

FRIDAY THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition

SATURDAY THE 10TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition


August 13, 2016

Dallas Fashion Week 2016

4th Annual Dallas International Fashion Showcase

On September 4th 2016, the 4th Annual Dallas International Fashion Showcase Presented by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine will hold at the magnificent and historic Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas.

Dallas International Fashion Week is set to be the most DIVERSE yet with lot's of culturally exciting inputs. The historically glamorous Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas will host up to 12 talented designers, more than 30 hot models and a host of presidential and diplomatic guests. It's time to make your reservation to attend and if you are a vendor; there is no better opportunity with the 3000 seat venue. Expect World Class Fashion, Music and Entertainment.

Click to learn more about Dallas Fashion Week

Courtesy of Trendy Africa
More, including ticketing information can be found here.

July 30, 2016

Wazal Couture 2016/2017 collection


2016/2017 Wazal Collection "Ova Tété"

This collection is inspired by a Cameroonian slang 'ova' which means bigger and noble person and "tété" which refers to chic and bourgeois. In addition, the word chic here is used to describe the amazing and modern appearance of the clothing. Therefore those who have good taste and know how to well dress are characterized as chic.

"Noble and quality materials were used in this collection, including first choice wax (African print) from Senegal or Mali. I will say this collection is indecent, 10 years in advance or shameless 5 years in advance. I prefer being ahead because the fashion world is in constant évolution" noted the designer Ayissi.

Check out the collection below.

More on this collection can be found at www.wazalshop.com

June 30, 2015

Tale of Africa's fashion week

AFWN wrapped up May 23-24 2015 at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

I arrived at the tents at Eko Marquee to fashion enthusiasts, photographers, exhibitors and the media. The rain didn't slow anything down on the green carpet set outside. I grab my press pass and head inside the tent to the show in progress. It was the first day, the show’s opening, and it delivered some heavy hitters. Designs mainly by the up and coming and students. I tell you, we have some talented folks in Nigeria.

This year’s installment delivered as promised, there were a lot more designers rolled out in two days. As usual, I enjoyed it all—the pageantry, the models, the designers, the intricate fabrics of different colors, textures, styles, the ethnic inspired accessories with a with a modern twist, mingling with fellow industry professionals, meeting new faces, celebrities, fashionistas, collaborators. I got many compliments on my hair. Nigeria have really come a long way in fashion, the designers were really on point this year, had me wondering who to patronize at the end of the show. I’m just glad that as time goes, African inspired fashion have gained a mainstay and international recognition.

Day one delivered designers by the up and coming and students, namely Yaba Tech, FADAN, a Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week winner. If the showcase was any indicator, I’d say the future is bright for these designers. Day two delivered more seasoned and well-known designers that have been making names for themselves and are recognized internationally, to include my good friend Adebayo Jones (more on him later).

Designers include:



























































More photos on Facebook
Designs ranged from haute couture to ready-to-wear, mens styles and children’s wear. There’s a little something for everyone and taste. There were artfully crafted evening dresses, cocktail dresses with cut-outs, thigh-high slits, long, short, asymmetrical hemlines, oversized, tailored suits, jackets, tops, pants and ethnic accessories, extensive bead work, sequins, patches, embroidery in delicate and durable fabrics and vibrant colors. It’s traditional-meets-modern, it’s afrocentric, it’s European, it’s regal, it’s edgy, it’s sophisticated, it’s classy, it’s a combination of things. Each piece is made to flatter and accentuate any curve and physique, the laces, silks and sequins just cascaded each model's body and bounced effortlessly, the fitted pieces were as if molded in place. The handbags and accessories are crafted using African textiles. Each is designed for today's man or woman, there’s hardly any design that’s not wearable.

Event highlights include performance by child models for Tinnah Stylings by designer Toyin Lawani. They sashayed down the stage with swagger, to a rousing cheer by the audience, it’s like they were born for it! Amarachi—Nigeria’s got Talent winner and former alum led the procession, performing on stage. Although children’s clothes are hardly ever boring, this designer’s is especially fun. One would be excited to dress a kid up in the morning. JPKoutrue by Hadassah presented designs for full figured women with sass. Entertainment and flamboyant personality Denrele Edun didn’t fail to do what he does best—give the audience a dose of his big personality! I give it up to a guy who can rock high platformed heels like sneakers and big hair like mine. I loved his crochet braids. Notable actors Uti Nwachukwu and Ikechuchu Ogbonna walked for Big Ben Kilani collection.
There was ample opportunity to catch the show as it was divided in three time slots, a 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. Day 1was a sensory overload as models kept sashaying down the runway in the packed tent until late in the evening. A day like this one is not without a few run-ins—with other photographers vying for prime real estate. A photographer has to double up as a hunter for great content, one has to be ruthless in the field, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Any hesitation and you miss all the good shots, any misstep or shift and another has already taken your place. There are not many second chances for the money shot, no grace. My hair drew attention for right and wrong reasons. For the general audience mostly positive, for other photographers it’s was mostly in the way or a distraction. It all played out to my advantage really, I generated fans. Photographers (and the rest of the audience) all wanted pictures—of me!

I was throughly spent by the end of the first day. I was reeling and expectant of what the finale show would bring—more heavy hitters. Attendees had the opportunity to catch the Pre Gala and the Gala Show. With my gear in tow, I stepped out in the late afternoon to the red carpet to members of the media and guests, the show's already started. They pull me aside for interviews on my personal style. I spend approx. 30 mins with a young protégé. My goal was to find the models backstage. I love to catch them out of their element, their different personalities during downtime. Backstage was organized chaos, everyone was everywhere. As a photographer, I'm always a little hesitant to get in a person's personal space. I thread softly, gaging body language, not everyone likes having their picture taken. As soon as they see me though they open up almost instantly. This was my chance to acquaint myself with all these human mannequins. "Oh yeah! I remember you from last year" some say to me. They're all smiles, posing as my lens flicker away. I catch the models, , makeup artists, other photographers, the designers. Everyone ever so curious about my hair. I laugh now as I recall these lines: "Is this all your hair?" “Can I touch it?” Apparently, Nigerians are not well acquainted with crochet braids—a hair trend that pretty much rescued women with natural hair.

The venue at Eko hotels had been transformed into fashion wonderland, models sashayed late into the evening, coming to a head at the grand finale—the Gala Show. Cool FM’s Mercy Ajisafe and Mr. Nigeria 2014—Emmanuel Ikubese kept the audience entertained, dishing out awards and transitioning the audience through the program. Socialite, business mogul and fashionista—Ms. Abiola Okoya (more on her later) introduces a cause close to her heart. As the Global Ambassador for AFWN 2015 she’s on a fight for the eradication of Sickle Cell Anemia with Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria. SCFN is making access to treatment more attainable, continues on research studies that would make SCA more or less a chronic illness than a death sentence. The disease she knows all too well as it hits close to home with two of her children. A global awareness for a disease that affect quite a population in Nigeria cannot be understated—150,000 reported cases annually, with countless healthy carriers of the gene [more info here]. I’m especially proud a platform such as this one is creating awareness for serious issues in Nigeria, to include the fuel scarcity currently suffered by it’s citizens, it was especially hard for some attendees who navigated the jungles of Lagos to obtain fuel to be able to attend this event.
Fuel Scarcity by Apple art creations
The Gala show produced exquisite designs by those that have perfected their craft overtime, notable is the King of Couture— Mr. Adebayo Jones, a London based designer, whose collection—Adebayo Jones Luxury, closed the show. He just commanded attention, his attention to detail is impeccable. His designs spell opulence, it’s luxury and regal with the use of chiffon, organzas, velvets, brocades, silks, damasks. I was blown away. It’s no surprise for a designer with more than 30 years in this business.

AFWN 2015 Style and Fashion Awardees include: Emerging Fashion designer McStell, Emerging Stylist Damilola Oke for Fierce & Modish, Emerging Fashion Journalist Antonia Soares for Complete Fashion, Most Stylish Female Celebrity Yemi Alade, Most Stylish Male Celebrity Kunle Afolayan, Young Fashion Entrepreneur Olakunbi Oyelese for April By Kunbi, Fashion Icon Opral Benson and Contribution to African Fashion Lexzy Mojo-Eyes. One lucky audience member with a business card won a round trip ticket to Africa Fashion Week London 2015, courtesy of Travelfix.
With Adebayo Jones (second left), Yetty Ogunnubi (center) and friends
Special thanks reserved to AFWN team Ronke Ademuliyi, Abiola Okoya, Abiola Olatunde Aloba, Yetty Ogunnubi, thank you for sharing your platform with me. I loved Yetty’s artsy-inspired collection, Revolution by Yetty D, filled with geometrics and color. All the wonderful people in the media and press or otherwise that I got to meet, Rich Tankley, Sonya Banjo, Shade Oladipo, the one and only African doll designer to compete with Barbie, Taofick Okoya (more on him later), the models (inbox me!). The master designer himself Adebayo Jones, next stop—definitely another one of your shows.

It’s been a whirlwind and this article is long overdue. More pictures from AFWN 2015 on my Facebook page.


June 26, 2015

Meet the Brand Ambassador for Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Noella Coursaris Musunka

Noella Coursaris Musunka is an international model and the founder of Malaika. Noella was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The loss of her father at age 5, along with her mother’s lack of resources, led to her being sent to Switzerland to live with relatives. After achieving a degree in business management, she moved to London and began a career in modeling, where her first campaign was for Agent Provocateur.

Her success brought her to New York where she has been featured in a myriad of publications, including Vanity Fair, Essence and GQ. Alongside her active modeling career, Noella founded Malaika, a nonprofit that believes in empowering Congolese communities. Malaika’s work in the village of Kalebuka impacts thousands of people through their multiple programmes - a free school for girls, a community centre built in partnership with FIFA, and five fresh-water wells.

Fiercely proud of her heritage, Noella’s determination to help improve the lives of Africa’s youth has made her an international advocate for them. The success of Malaika has enabled Noella’s work to be known to a wider audience. She has been featured on Bloomberg TV, three different CNN programmes and the BBC’s Focus Africa.

She has addressed UNICEF and the Kinshasa Parliament and gave a TEDx talk in Paris. Noella has participated in many international panels and was invited to speak about the future of Africa alongside President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Opening and Closing Plenaries in Morocco. In 2014, Noella was named one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine

"We are so happy Noella is Brand Ambassador for AFWL 2015.  She has been a great friend and supporter of our event and ethos over the years and a compassionate, hardworking, beautiful individual who understands our drive to showcase the best of Africa."
Ronke Ademuliyi
Founder AFWL 

    "I am delighted to be serving as this year’s Brand Ambassador to Africa Fashion Week London and to help showcase the brilliant work of African designers. It has always been my belief that fashion can be a tool for breaking down barriers and transcending cultures. This industry has the ability to put Africa on the world stage and can provide for countless job opportunities on the ground and abroad, from local factories to international shops. It is time for the world to see the amazing talent that lies within Africa."
Noella Coursaris Musunka

AFWL 2015 will be held at London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX on  August 7-8 2015.  Ticket information can be found here.

Brought by AFWL.

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