Continuing our coverage of Afrochic 2014, contributor C. Nicole shares some insight on highlights from the exhibit.
AfroChic Cultural Arts Exhibit
After years of excitement and hype, I finally had an opportunity to attend AfroChic’s fifth Cultural Arts Exhibit. As an avid fashion and art enthusiast, I was excited to see what the fifth annual showcase would have in store for me. With the sun shining bright, upon entering Skybar's picturesque rooftop venue one could not help but take in the Afrochic's vibrant atmosphere and beautiful crowd.
Noting artists armed with brushes as their tools and using models as their canvas,
I witnessed real-time creation of visual art in Afrochic's body painting showcase. Guests were also treated to amazing performances from many emerging artists around the community.
Apart from the sights and sounds of performers and vendors, Afrochic's host, Amanda Parris, dazzled throughout the exhibit showcase. Displaying poise, enthusiasm and humor, Amanda interacted and engaged with the audience, as the dynamic Dj Afroditee curated the music playing a range of classic hits and summer favorites.
Keeping with the 80’s and 90’s theme for the night I liked a lot of the looks I saw from the designers and many of the guests. I especially loved all the neon and bright coloured outfits and accent pieces I saw. I feel like it’s a fun modern take on the neon craze of the 80’s.
I also LOVED the real African prints and fabrics that were spotted around. They were in headwraps, co-ordinate sets, skirts (as seen on the Miss Black Beauty contestants). It was everything!
Kuwala Inc , one of the many young entrepreneurial showcasing their products use authentic fabrics from Ghana for their unique pieces. And designer Jasmine Swimmer also showed off her colourful and quirky line of bow ties, saying her fabrics came from Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Both lines showing new twists on traditional styles.
Many of the gentleman in the crowd also came dressed to impress. The dapper group of gentlemen representing The Daring Collective showcased their fly line of gentlemen’s attire, including lapel flowers, pocket squares, bow ties, and neck ties.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at AfroChic after so many years of missing out….
Here are some more of our shots from the night.