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She added, 'AFWL had highlighted Africa's emerging designers and apparel industry and had been at the forefront of bringing awareness of Africa's burgeoning fashion industry to the international market.
'Since 2011, AFWL has hosted eight catwalk events and contributed expertise to at least 10 more events produced by third parties such as:The Mayor of London's Black History Month celebrations.'
The initiative took to the AFWL runway with Step Up African print bags produced in conjunction with designer Lady Biba.
We had Soboye as our head stylist and our production team this year came in all the way from South Africa, which makes AFWL a true Africa Fashion Week."
As NAW went to press, the 2014 AFWL extravaganza was scheduled at the prestigious and world-renowned events venue - London Olympia, which was expected to be transformed into an fashion-festival of African and Africaninspired delights.
To headline the runway shows, the AFWL organisers had bagged some of Africa's top fashion designer talent, such as Senegal's Adama Paris, Nigeria's Ade Bakare and bridal wear expert Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah.
What did you think of some of the designs that showcased at AFWL - there is always a backlash about the quality of designs among African talent.
The problem with events like AFWL is you get a senses overload.
With a decade of experience in fashion retail under her belt, it was in 2011 thatRonke came up with the AFWL concept: an affordable yet international platform for emerging designers in Africa and across the diaspora to help them showcase their work in front of a global audience and international media in one of the world's most highly regarded fashion capitals - London.
She adds: "What AFWL wants do achieve is to find ways of how we can support the next generation of African designers and help them face and overcome the challenges of the fashion industry."
It will also see Kemuto Couture, House of Farrah, Yutees and Afrofashion all returning to the AFWL runway alongside debuts by the likes of Nigeria's Zizi Cardow.
AFWL 2013 also has on board some leading names from the worlds of art, business, fashion and music as patrons and ambassadors.
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