You know that recurring scene in Sex and The City where Carrie rushes across the city in heels looking glamorous, fresh faced and whimsical...that is not my life. I huffed and puffed my way from the #BloggersFestival to Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre. As rain soaked up my wide leg trousers and I buckled under the weight from totes laden with samples, I cursed Carrie. I cursed her for making it look so damn easy.
All the cursing, sweating and lack of arch support (mules you gorgeous but ultimately useless devils) was totally worth it as I managed to catch the tail end of the Peoples Catwalk at Africa Utopia and The African Squad show.
The People's Catwalk is an opportunity for us non-model types to showcase our African heritage through clothing. The amount of swag that was brought to the floor was undeniable. I mean check out this tweet from Afro Blush...
Next up was The African Squad show which was produced by the Haiti73 Agency and styled by Carolina Chinakwe. This was not your traditional catwalk show. We were blessed with voguers and dancers that killed it on the catwalk. The designers that showed included Laduma, MaxHosa by Laduma, De La Sebure, Tidjane Kennedy, Samson Soboye, Kanaiza and many more.
All my pictures from the event turned out extremely shoddy so I will direct you to Nothing But The Wax who have got some really great pictures and videos on their Instagram page. Check out the video below from Josh Daniels Pictures which captures the start of the show.
I was completely enamoured by the knitwear from MaxHosa by Laduma (worn by the female voguer). The prints and colours are gorgeous. By hell or high water, one of those beauties is making it into my winter capsule wardrobe.
Aside from the shows, there was also the African market where you could shop your fave UK based brands like Jekkah, Sapelle and Maw Maw London. The crowd were also looking hot as hell and I'll admit the thirst was real. There was plenty of #blackgirlmagic going on and I took plenty of style notes.
Look out for my next post in the Africa Utopia series where I talk about the drama that went down at dinner time.