Written By: Katrina Clarke 17/8/15
This year marked the third annual African Fashion Week Toronto, which showcases fashions inspired by African designs.
Bold patterns, bright colours and eye-popping headpieces dominated the runway at this year’s African Fashion Week Toronto.
The four-day event featured fashions from Canadian and international designers, who incorporate African-inspired designs in their work, as well as aspiring design students.
“Fashion is a universal language, everybody can enjoy that,” said Isaac Ansah, co-founder and head of operations with Fashion Ready Foundation, the not for profit organization supporting underprivileged fashion students that’s behind the event. “We present a fashion platform that’s for everybody.”
Ansah said the 3rd annual event held at Daniels Spectrum Cultural Centre, 585 Dundas St. E., over the weekend, plays an important role in rounding out Toronto’s fashion scene.
“I find in Toronto, when it comes to the mainstream fashion weeks or fashion events, it’s very limited in terms of diversity. You always see the same type of designers, the same type of models,” he said. “We decided to create this platform to create that diversity that’s missing in the industry.”
Weekend events included a student designer competition, runway shows and the African Fashion Industry Awards.
Nigerian designer Adebayo Jones — known as the King of Couture — was one of the most notable designers in attendance. Olympian Ben Johnson, who has dabbled in fashion design, and John Bosco, the Consul General of Ghana for Canada, were among high profile attendees.