Lights, Camera, Fashion: A Recap of AFWNY 2011

A sea of fashion lovers, and supporters came out last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to attend Africa Fashion Week New York. The scene was set at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York’s Financial District and energy was high as these highly anticipated designs were finally revealed in dramatic fashion. Day one started out with Korto Momolu to open the show. Many were surprised to see that the last person to walk in Korto’s scene was a bride who was married right on the runway for everyone to witness. KikoRomeo was up next followed by Gloria Wavamunno, Rouch, Blackbird Designs, Syl Anim, BebeGrafiti, and finally Jo Black Craze. Seated front row to view all the new fashion was former member of B2K, Omarion and fashion guru, Ugo Mozie.


Korto Momolu




Gloria Wavamunno


Blackbird Designs

Syl Anim


Kachi Designs

Jo Black Craze

Day two began with Bill Witherspoon and a parade of male models. AsakeOge Couture, Washington Roberts, Danielle Martin, Fikirte Addis, Mirembe Collections, Josefa Dasilva, Kozby World, Endexus Creations, and Suakoko Betty all followed in suit with absolute grace and style sashaying down the runway. This time we saw twin accessory designers Coco & Breezy front row taking it all in.

Bill Witherspoon

AsakeOge Couture

Washington Roberts

Danielle Martin

Fikite Addis

Mirembe Collections

Josefa Dasilva

Kozby World

Endexus Creations

Suakoko Betty


The third and final day of AFWNY began with Nadir Tati and followed with Editalo Designs, Tori Famuyiwa, Sarfo of Styles, Design by U, Funlayo Deri, Yashika, AAMAA a la Mode, Madam Wokie’s Couture, Adama Paris, and Saint Wobil. The crowd was delighted to have seen all these amazing international designers and were very reluctant to leave, wanting a taste of more of their amazing creations.


Nadir Tati

Editalo Designs

Tori Famuyiwa

Sarfo of Styles

Design by U

Funlayo Deri


AAMAA a la Mode

Madam Wokie’s Couture

Adama Paris

Saint Wobil

The Africa Fashion Week New York Team would like to thank everyone that came out to support AFWNY, the designers, the models, the sponsors, the team at the Broad Street Ballroom, the vendors, the volunteers, the stylists, the hair and make-up artists, and everyone that made any contribution to AFWNY however big or small. Stay tuned for updates on African Fashion and we’ll be looking forward to next year’s Africa Fashion Week New York.

Images: Avaloni Studios

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