In commemoration of Africa Day on the 25th of May, which recognises the founding of the African Union, African Fashion International (AFI) is hosting an intimate fine-dining, fashion and music experience for guests and creatives who are steering the African renaissance.
AFI has curated a line-up of runway collections from each region of the continent: David Tlale representing the South, Said Mahrouf representing the North, Ituen Basi from the West and Masa Mara from East Africa.
This pan-African experience will fuse fine-dining with fashion, and will incorporate music and dance elements led by renowned producers and artists such as Ayo Solanke, a Saxophonist, Vuyani Dance Co and Ndlovu Youth Choir. The experience is hosted in collaboration with Aurum restaurant and pan-African Chef Coco Reinarhz.
“The African Union’s Agenda 2063 aspires for, amongst others, cultural identity and heritage that contributes to Africa’s transformation. The notion of a renaissance, which refers to the European period of transformation that was driven by philosophy, literature and art, calls on us to rediscover and elevate the arts in order to transform Africa into a hub of creativity and innovation,” says Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, AFI’s founder and CEO.
Since its founding, AFI pioneered pan-African co-operation within the fashion industry. In 2019, AFI launched the campaign African Fashion Unites to bring continental creatives together in response to xenophobic attacks. In a similar response, to the pandemic that has harshly impacted small and emerging creative entrepreneurs, this showcase is a pathway to ensure their sustainability whilst celebrating the aspirations of African people and the African Union.
For audiences at home, the collections that will be shown on the runway will be available to shop online at www.houseofnala.africa and at AFI’s concept store House of Nala at the Leonardo in Sandton.
African Fashion International embodies the promise of Africa, hosting talented African designers who work with exceptionally skilled artisans to produce high-quality luxury garments. Each AFI offering tells Africa’s story by showcasing the latest trends, spreading knowledge around Africa’s diverse heritage and history, and sharing Africa’s imagination with the world.