From Black Gyaru Harajuku Princess to Kente Dolly .... Monzie @ African Fashion Week London

From Black Gyaru Harajuku Princess to Kente Dolly


With less than two hours sleep I managed to have an absolutely awesome day at the African fashion week exhibition, in Kensington Olympia London, on Saturday.

It was my first time attending African fashion week in London, so I truly didn't know what to expect and boy was I in such an amazing place.
I did not regret staying up all night putting the time and effort into making myself an African printed outfit, inspired by the kente fabric.
I loved every minute of free styling the outfit I wore and designed from scratch I literally had no pen, paper, draft paper, pattern paper, nothing just my mind, my hands, ohh and i have to give credit to my sewing machine and the thread LOL and what amazes me most about this outfit, is that it had such a girly feel and look to it which is very different for me but I guess when you go with the flow creatively anything is possible .. I turned from punk tomboy to African prom princess in just one night!

The day was sunny hot and beautiful, as I stepped off the bus I felt like Kensington Olympia had transformed into an African island for the day (excuse me as I visaulise my need to travel)

Walking into AFWL...... It was extremely empowering to see so many of my people in the same place altogether celebrating culture, creativity, food, art, fashion, style and love, but most importantly celebrating the love we all have for each other and art. I couldn't believe that amount of creative people that was there sharing work, everywhere I looked everyone was smiling laughing and happy, I couldn't control myself I literally got talking to over 30 people hold on, hold on actually, I think maybe close to 50 people no joke even if it was brief encounters with lots of people it was all very relevant and fun.

There was so much to see so many beautiful looking women and men, Good Lord melanin is just extremely beautiful along with other races and cultures. Everybody was just having a good time with the sounds of classic African music to afro beats, R&B and Hip Hop blasting from the performance area where performers, danced, singed and entertained everyone.

The vibe of an absolutely good time was just flowing through the whole entire exhibition and even though I went to this exhibition alone I never felt alone people was just so friendly, from designers to photographers there was this genuine humbleness expressed in all of my verbal encounters, this was so different to most fashion focused environments not comparing just extremely humbled by and proud of African fashion week, cannot believe I haven't been before.

I loved so many outfits I saw, half the time I couldn't even grab my camera quick enough to take pictures of all the outfits that people had on, because I just wanted to converse with the wearer the designer and anybody, I love to talk by the way can you tell LOL!

My heart obviously skipped a beats a few times in that place, not only at the outfits I saw but when I came across the African accessories, Lord give me strength, they where so beautifully made & although some where expensive they was worth every penny as most items were hand-made and no detail was left untouched straight from the AFWL runway to. 
All round me was classic African headwear to amazingly draped and layered Kente printed fabric on so many beautiful women, so many different shapes and structures went into the design of the wearers outfit it was truly extraordinary.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see any runway/catwalk shows next time I definitely will, but although this was the case, just seeing the exhibition alone was more than enough.

P.S this event is open to everyone of any culture just celebrating the African heritage and the many talented designers artists models etc from different parts of the African continent also Jamaican, British and everyone who truly wanted to embrace a different/ their own culture was there together celebrating colorful bold bright creative outfits, loud music tongue teasing cuisines from around Africa, I mean what more could you ask for .. lol I would say a ticket to the fashion show but there's always a next time and I will have something new to look forward to at my next visit to The African fashion week London 2016!

I just want to give a BIG shout out to Angela Plummer designer of the amazing BrAiD CoUtUrE clothing line made from HAIR

You are such a wonderful humbled human being with an extremely creative talent you truly inspirer me to go forth in the future and be the person I truly want to be at every moment especially when it comes to art-exploration innovation and creativity, and I've only met you once, I wish you all the best for your future.

(Peeks from youtube moan-network)



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Multi Coloured Fur Kawaii SweatBox Princess | @HyperJapan

It's been a little over a month.. an I still can't forget how much fun I had at hyper Japan.. (Take me back) 

So as I rushed out my front door at approximately 3 PM in my multicolored euqinom7-designs endorphins fur coat, on a extremely hot sunny day .. Me (sweaty) no way hahhaaha .. Ok the sweat wasn't that bad?
I jumped on the tube I was extremely anxious thinking I hope I'm not late don't want to be at the back of the queue, because believe me the queue for Hyper-Japan is becoming bigger and bigger at every single new event, an there you have it yes, I ended up being in a queue for one hour and 30 minutes long eeekkk at least not at the back though.
As I started having slight thoughts of ‘Monzie maybe you should of brought a VIP ticket’, I quickly realised that the view, whilst I was in the queue was quite awesome way more better than fast track get me in now tickets, because so many people was dressed up in all different types of eye popping amazing outfits/costumes.
I even got to stand next to a guy with a horse mask on and we took a picture right by a father and daughter with custom made swords as tall as me Lol.
So I guess one hour and 30 minutes in the queue for hyper Japan isn't so bad after all even with a few drips down my arm pits LOL.
The event was in O2 exhibition in Greenwich, so much different from the original events in London. It felt quite weird walking through the O2 to visit the hyper Japan event rather than a concert nevertheless finally I entered the hyper Japan event.
I had so much fun as always and that's the best thing about hyper Japan it truly brings out the best in me creatively, for the whole day I'm around like-minded people sharing so many positive stories of travelling to other countries and there love for alternative fashion. 
I came across so many kawaii&docra stalls where I ended up talking for over two hours about everything and anything kawaii, I even met a Prince fan who was as crazy as I am about him and his music, if not more of a fanatic of him, she even had an amazing tattoo on her thigh of his face… I die, I swear I was in my element.
I also got to meet the extremely creative and lovely Natasha from @killastrations seriously everybody needs to check out her artistry.
I cannot believe the excellent attention to detail and craftsmanship in her accessory and Jewelry creations like everything was so beautifully perfect and made with great care, her stall / items for sale, was cute and sweet and full of so much character all in one I had my eye on so many pieces, but unfortunately Monzie smashed her phone... like literally before I got to her stall, so I had to refrain from buying which was completely devastating LOL (to save money to fix  my iPhone) playing the role of budget Brenda for the day sucks  :( "How not to spend to much" because you smashed ur phone.. tears.
Anyway most importantly I'm glad I finally met Natasha from @killastrations it's so amazing when you get to meet creative people through social media /networking. yes to making connections with people who have very similar interests as yourself.
My past visits to hyper Japan has always been a great fashion expiration experience, but this time I took much more of a shine to the cultural food and of course information on learning the Japanese language and travelling, although at times it was a little difficult for me to focus new things that the event had to offer.
As you probably could imagine my head/neck on occasion getting whiplash from the constant excitement of looking at so many different peoples outfits/styles lol.
I spent the rest of the day walking around the venue trying to take  in every aspect, so i decided to take less pictures even though it was quite hard  for me i did it yay lol, i wanted to enjoy the experience fully an not so much through the lens of the camera.
Hyper japan of course never gets boring for me there is always something new to talk about from networking with new/people I already knew from the past events to the food.
Being a seafood lover at this event is just perfect, did I see Combo ShuShi tasting for life, I mean the day lol my camera had to be put in my bag nom nom nom, i need both hands to eat of course...

... No lol
So now you have finished reading this blog post I hope to see you at the next hyper Japan exhibition in Christmas fun times ahead! 
Much love 
Monzie x

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