The Netherlands’s capital Amsterdam will this weekend August 30-31 2014 host the first ever edition of the global renowned African fashion Week. Popular Nigerian actor Nouh Ramsey will present the event that has already hit other European capitals including Prague, London, Berlin and Paris as more people begin to realize the importance of the style and fashion from Africa. Some 20 African inpired designers from Africa and around the globe will be gracing the catwalk in Amsterdam during the two day event.
Cameroonian born model and designer Diana Tambe 25, decided to bring the African Fashion Week Amsterdam (AFWA) train to Amsterdam so that people there also benefit and buy new renaissance fashion from and inspired by Africa. A statement from the organizers reads, “expect an AFWA 2014 programme full of fashion by well known fashion brands such as Blackpearl Secret, Thoa, Arrez Golden, Farida’s Atelier and Patou Manga”.
Music, exhibitions, networking and dance will also be a big part of the two day fashion jamboree. Highlights of AFWA will include the launching of the 2015 spring/summer award-winning Celebrity brand Blackpearl’s Secret collection called “Cosmo Fleur” by its creator Ms Tambe, the presentation of the inspiring and intriguing men collection by Paris based Cameroonian designer Paou Manga while designer THAO is expected to path the runway blue with a new collection.
Ms Tambe who is often seen wearing high heels says “if fashion is a crime, I plead guilty” as she explains her undying love for African fashion which she developed early on in life when she became one of the few black models in Amsterdam at a very tender age. On why African fashion was now getting an international stage and recognition, Ms Tambe is adamant; “African Fashion is a unique industry which is completely based on cultural fashion with a constant innovative conceptual market”. On why she decided to organize a fashion parade in Amsterdam at her relatively young age Ms Tambe told Iroko Magazine, “It’s simple. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end”.
Tickets for the two day event are still available here
You can read an earlier Interview with Ms Tambe here