All Eyes on Him: Kyle Gervacy

African Fashion Week Toronto 2017- Day 3-The Royal Ontario Museum. The announcement rings through the space where the High Fashion Designer showcase is being staged: “Presenting the Designs of Gervacy!” The audience responds in a spontaneous outpouring of cheers and applause, and there’s an almost tangible shift in the atmosphere; electric anticipation. The music pumps out and the models stride down the runway in the undeniable Gervacy aesthetic: bold African prints, feminine sensual lines, and the innovative interplay of fabrics. The line is a fitting climax to Day 3 of…

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Precious Threads by Abiola: Fashion with Purpose

Abiola Akinsiku has a strange goal for a fashion designer; not fame, fortune or the runways of Paris (although she’ll accept all that gladly)- but instead to help make the industry less superficial. “I want to help give women income earning opportunities through being a part of my brand, ” Abiola explains, “I don’t mean just sewing, but by utilising whatever skills they have, as photographers, make up artists, web designers you name it. I’m driven to help women succeed especially after my own experiences with domestic abuse. Helping people…

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Sudanese born model captures African Fashion Industry Model of the Year Award

28 year-old Jimi Loboi tries to recollect the moment he waited with other nominees at the 2017 African Fashion Industry Awards, listening for the announcement of the winner of the Rising Star-Model of the Year, “I knew I’d been nominated but I didn’t think I’d win. When they read out my name my body began to shake and everything seemed to go black. I was frozen while the people sitting next to me were saying ‘It’s you! Go up!’ Loboi  rose on shaky legs and managed to deliver a short…

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“Ofurre” Designs wins 2016 AFW Student Designer Award

“Ofuure” Designs captures coveted Student Designer Award at 2016 African Fashion Week Photos: Justin Bennett Fashion designer Tehilah Abakasanga could barely contain her excitement on winning the Student Designer Competition held as part of the 2016 African Fashion Week (AFW) in Toronto, Canada recently. The fourth edition of AFW featured several haute couture events, showcasing designers of African descent or with an afro-centric aesthetic, from August 18th-21st. The Student Designer Competition was held on Day 2 and saw several student designers go head to head in a battle of innovative,…

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African Fashion Week Toronto

African Fashion Week Toronto (#AFWT2016) presented by the Fashion Ready Foundation Celebrates its 4th year inside Design Exchange August 18th – August 21st 2016 TORONTO, ON (July 29th, 2016) – Join us as we celebrate fashion, style, and diversity at the fourth edition of one of Toronto’s most anticipated fashion events, African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) presented by the Fashion Ready Foundation (FRF). In the last four years, the AFWT platform has helped to support Toronto’s unique and diverse cultural heritage whilst contributing to the fashion and tourism market in…

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