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African fashion Thrives to London

London is hosting its own Africa fashion week, showcasing the latest designs influenced by the continent:

Models
Designers and models came into the BBC’s offices in central London to talk about their style.
Model Franceska in black dress
Mary Martin’s design was inspired by Cecil, the Zimbabwean lion famous for his black mane that was shot in July by a US dentist…
BBC presenter Veronique Edwards talks to designer Mary Martin while a model poses in her design behind her
Ms Martin (C) said that when she saw Cecil’s mane on a video she was filled with inspiration.
Model Tasha in print
Model Tasha wears an outfit from Kenyan fashion house Njema Helena that uses traditional fabric to make culottes.
Model Danubia in blue white and black pattern
Here a model shows off a jacket very much like a kaftan with delicate detailing in the collar made by Nigerian designers Needlepoint Women.
Models getting ready backstage
Model Nathalie gets into a dress from Nigerian bridal wear designers Athena Bride.
Organiser Odette Steele, left, and two models, middle, Maggie Smith and, right, Nathalie in Athena Bride
Organisers, including Odette Steele (L), have been running the London Africa fashion event in London since 2011.
Model in a dress of red feathers
Model Maggie Smith reveals she cannot sit down in her “very delicate” red feather dress by South Africa designers Beach Cult.
Three models pose
The organisers of Africa Fashion Week London say the event, which runs for two days, is Europe’s largest catwalk event of African designs.
Group of models backstage
It has showcased more 300 designers since 2011, not just from Africa but aslo from those living in the diaspora.
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