2016 AFWT designers

ADEBAYO JONES

The KING OF COUTURE as he is widely known and referred to in the fashion world and Media, Adebayo Jones believes details will set your work apart. The highly regarded celebrity designer creates magic that makes their clients feel Luxury, Posh, Sophisticated and elegant. This London-based Nigerian designer has been featured in premium runways all over the world.

@adebayojones

JOHN ABLAZA

John Ablaza is a New York-based Philippine fashion designer whose awe-inspiring collections hit the runways of Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Bahrain, Sydney and Toronto. A known fashion Icon in the Philippine fashion industry who have also created workshops in Bulawayo and Harare on design techniques, use of natural materials and avant-garde designs. His amazing work has become prominent and traveled all over the Philippines and other parts of the world in countries and cities across North America and Europe./span>

@Johnablaza<

Smail Akdim Couture

A native of Rabat, Smail Akdim, refinement of etiquette icon and an Ambassador of the Moroccan fashion industry. Interned from Lebanon to France to learn the techniques of international high fashion and creation of textile and embroidery. His work reflects the ready to wear and Haute Couture industries. This brand is easily noticed on major red carpets won by celebrities around the word.

@Akdim_Smail

Nique X Boutique

The name “Nique” was inspired by the designers middle name Monique the French version of her mother’s name Monica (who is a seamstress), and symbolizes the garments uniqueness. Nique is a one of a kind fashion brand challenging traditional fashion styles by incorporating eccentric prints with a mosaic of materials integrated together in creative figure flattering women garments.

@niquexboutique

Divines Design

Divines design is a sophisticated haute couture fashion brand based in Mississauga Canada

@Divinesdesign

Kahonde Design

Kahonde Designs is a contemporary ready-to-wear brand for the modern finesse woman. It appeals to people who are passionate about comfortable looks that is made to fit everyday women. The brand creates clothing that is luxurious from the finishing inside to the detailing on the outside. Merging the classic feminine fashion silhouettes with vivid prints and creative fabric manipulations to create exciting unique fashion pieces. Creative Director, Nyasha Dzawanda transmits in the collection an appreciation of the fashion cultures of her homes Zimbabwe and Canada. Kahonde Designs will launch it first collection August 2017, at African Fashion Week Toronto.

@Kahonde.Design

Precious Threads by Abiola

Precious Threads by Abiola is an exclusive, couture, modern, bold and fashion forward brand for the sophisticated, confident, classy, stylish and unafraid. Precious Threads offers unique designs and prints that are beautifully constructed to the specific measurements of each client. Few of each design are made, allowing each client to solely own the spotlight upon stepping out. Each piece is designed to reflect the beauty and significance of Abiola's Nigerian culture and heritage.

@Preciousthreadsbyabiola

Akonua Kouture

AKONUA KOUTURE, established in the year 2016, is a women’s wear brand creating functional pieces with a focus on versatility and functionality, while adding an innovative flare to today’s fashion. They strive on taking conventional pieces and putting an unconventional twist to it, therefore empowering women to embrace their personal style, while providing the opportunity to share their take on styling these pieces. The brand specializes in both made-to-measure couture pieces as well as Ready to Wear functional pieces using both African print and Generic fabrics.

@Akonua.Kouture

ZNA. K

ZNA.K Designs is a modern fashion label with a diverse Afro-Western flare. Colourful custom designs (and manufacturing) of clothing for all shapes and sizes. This is an award winning and nominated brand located in Toronto.

@Znakdesigns

Ofuure

Launched in 2015, ÖFUURË is an award-winning African fashion label featuring beautiful and versatile pieces with vibrant prints and bold patterns for the everyday Queen.
Be bold be beautiful be fabulous !

@Ofuure

Gervacy

Stemming from the breath taking island of St. Lucia, head designer Kadeem Faustin brings a fresh take to an old industry, by method of Defiance, Androgyny and African print; Each stitch, is carefully and strategically made.

@Gervacy

House of Ruth

House of Ruth Atelier is an innovative and conceptual design Label. As a Bridal design company, it aims to creatively fuse the African and Western cultures together by bringing together great historical traditions in style, silhouette, fabric and construction techniques.

@Houseofruthatelier