African Fashion Week DC (AFWDC) took place over the weekend. This was the inaugural event and it was a total and complete success. The fashion show took place in the Washington Post building downtown. On Thursday was a Networking cocktail hour at a different location.
The event started with a Master Ancestral Drummer. He blew on this instrument and then beat on the drums.
He had my best friend hold his first instrument so he could drum. haha
Followed by a Performance by ASA! Kelenya. These girls GOT DOWN! They did African dance and they were freaking amazing. I’m still trying to get my body to move like theirs.
The show kicked off with accessories gracing the runway. The show featured dresses, skirts, shorts, swimwear, coats, belts, capes, trains, formal dresses and more.
The designers range in age, gender and race. It was really dope to see such diversity across the board.
I loved this look head to toe, I would so rock this. I have a thing for printed pants.
They didn’t forget about the fellas.
This would be so hot for the office. Put a cami under it and take it off for Happy Hour.
Crop top and skirt, print and black combo with pockets.
I’m a sucker for a bold print and color. You and your Boo can coordinate when yall step out in your resort wear.
They were so cute together; this was them after they got off the runway. Her umbrella matched her dress. Her bold purple bantu-knots were so funky.
This is my new Boo, she already knows it too. She was one of the models and she serving it. By new Boo I mean I was stalking her on Instagram during the intermission and now follow her on there. Oh and she liked and commented on my pics and followed me back. In Social Media terms that means we totally go together.
It was an African Fashion show so we rocked our African skirts. Mine has pockets and I totally love it. I felt so confident in this gorgeous Ankara print and I cannot wait to invest in more African designs like some of the amazing garments I saw at the show. Ever since, I have even been browsing the AnkaraFashion website for some African fashion inspiration.
Joyce Donkor is the founder of AFWDC and my childhood friend. My initial interest in going was to support her but I got so much more out of this event. I love all the little details and cultural experience. I love to see people embrace their cultures and she did just that and shared it with all in attendance.
Elementary School friends supporting one another.
With so many designers and looks it was impossible to capture and share them all. You just need to have your face in the place next year. Click HERE for a link to all the designers and their websites.
Big Thanks to Chrissy for helping out with the pics. You da best!