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Watch Africa Fashion Week London take over Freemasons’ Hall

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Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Africa Fashion Week London is running fast and you better run along to catch up.

The prestigious fashion show is ready to take over Freemasons Hall, London for the next edition of the show, set to hold on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12.

The event features 3 Catwalk Shows, 24 designers and 226 Looks.

As a matter of fact, the line-up has been finalised!

Expect to see on the first catwalk show of the day at 3pm, the following designers:

Jutu, Becca Apparel, Luvita Creations, Abisola Akanni, Tribal Pieces, Tubo, Valerie Azinge, Atelier and Tobams Colours.

Check out the designers in the slides above and watch the AFWL take over Freemasons’ Hall below:

 

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