Event Recap : African Fashion Week MN 2019 Season 2

Written by HJ

New Brighton, MN: African Fashion Week MN season 2, the runway was saturated in statements- of color, diverse models, one of a kind designs, individuality- and  showing what it means to be authentic.

The designers were not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves and own their narratives. Check out all the major highlights—in no particular order—from the #AFWN Season 2 show at the Mirage in Minnesota.

Interview Section with the Producers
How did AFWMN come about ?
Fatou: Larry B. who is a promoter started this fashion show last year Fall 2018. He brought me in to be the main producer moving forward. I also brought in Richard Moody to help with this year fashion show. 

What is AFWMN mission ?
Fatou : To create and promote diversity in African cultures, give African designers the opportunity to showcase their God giving skills.

What makes AFWMN stand out from the rest of the other Fashion Week shows in MN? Fatou: What makes us stand out is the fact that we give creative designers from the immigrant community a space to showcase their talents in Minneapolis. Also, allow models to showcase their talents and make them realize their full potential in the fashion industry. We give them the confidence to follow their dreams in the fashion world. We promote diversity among models and designers. We are the only Fashion show in the African community in the diaspora in Minneapolis that Africans can be part of and be proud of. 
Do you have anything else to say?
Fatou : Yes, I would like to thank all our sponsors - Amanzi Designs,Tina Sonnie (Hair and Makeup), The Real Housewives Closet (online Brand Banquet) and Value Foods African Market. I want to thank all my co-producers-Larry B, Amara S Kamara and Lady T LIB. I want to thank BMBBMC for coming out to support AFWMN.

We are working on a spring show but is still on the air but the next Africa Fashion Week will be on November,7, 2020.

Richard Moody, AFWMN Host & Jamel Harris, Model
Co-producer of AFWMN : Amara S Kamara 
The Runway

Monikon Designs by Monica Kondovoh

African N American Fits by Yankuba Janneh

BitterSweet by Nancy Kuledge

Hillary Ayeadio, Designer
Ayeadio Fashion by Hillary Ayeadio

The Final Runway Walk

Photos : BMBBMC, Mayega Tendo Photography
Video : Shoot and edited by HJ
Post created by HJ

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