The 3 Day “Ankara Generation” event took place in London from the 22nd to the 24th of July 2011. Our beloved ankara is appreciated all around the world and as you probably guessed, the event was well attended by members of the Nigerian community in London alongside people from other African countries and basically everyone who wanted to add some African spice to their wardrobe.
The “Ankara Generation” featured designs and accessories from two Abuja based fashion design labels, Dzyn Couture which is owned by sisters, Ogwa Iweze & Ofure Adive and MissDee by Adaora Nwodo. The Dyzn Couture collection consisted of skirts, dresses and jackets which were characterized by the intricate addition of sequins, stones and crystals for youthful and edgy, yet sophisticated looks. MissDee presented her “Western/African Chic” collection which included comfortable yet sassy daily wear with an ankara twist.
The Carlton Room of the Marriott Hotel in Maida Vale was filled with fashionstas who received a stylish taste of ankara in the most attractive colours and patterns. There was a lot to see and buy – from clothes to purses, slippers, hair and neck pieces all made with traditional ankara. The men were not left out as there were kaftans, trousers and shirts. The event definitely left a mark on all the attendees.
With the success of the inaugural edition, many guests asked “Will the Ankara Generation be back for more in London next year?” – We’ll just have to wait and see!
Ankara Treats at the Event:
Photo Credit: Olubunmi Adetiba Photographs
For more information on Dzyn Couture log on to www.dzyn.com.ng | call +2348038551454
For more information on Miss Dee Collections log on to www.missdeecollections.com | call +2347098210434)
The Organisers of the Ankara Generation would like to thank:
-Jennifer Nwanosike of Transquisite consulting
-Yeti Roberts (Bespoke Make up artist)
-Ohemma Shadders of shadders.net
-Bertha Owusu of Project Runway Ghana
-Ayoade Adegboyega of AY Chicz Hair and Beauty
-Cia of Ciaafrique fashion blog
-Didi Moghalu of Mannequin Magazine
-Olubunmi Adetiba (photographs)