African prints, braided styles and textured hair ruled the runway during Miami’s Swim Week.
For the second year, Ankara SWIM – Miami Swim Week’s first & only African production offered a grand display.
“We are extremely proud to have provided a platform for such beautiful & culturally-inspired designs, models, and natural hair art by Natural Trendsetters Salon” said Evelyn Onyejuruwa, founder/CEO of Ankara Miami, Inc and executive producer of the show.
The eight featured designers, who represented Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and the U.S., showcased their latest collections of swimwear, resort-wear and accessories.
They hit the runway last Saturday night alongside host Marcellus “Chello” Davis and hostess, Ugandan model, Adoch.
The latest in Afrobeat and other Afro-Caribbean hits filled the room courtesy of Guest DJ, DJ Baboo until the night closed with an exciting performance by R&B/soul artist and South Florida’s own, April RaQuel.
“We look forward to continuing to raise the bar for authentic and progressive African events in South Florida. This is just a sneak peek of what’s to come next February during Ankara Miami 2018 – Florida’s Premier African Fashion Week,” said Onyejuruwa.
The following day, Ankara Delights pop-up shop featured 18 local and visiting vendors, including Saturday’s featured runway designers, with an array of bold and colorful summer styles alongside live hair demos by natural haircare expert, Simone Hylton of Natural Trendsetters Salon.
Ankara introduced swim event in 2016 as its annual summer showcase – an extension of its internationally recognized African Fashion Week held each February featuring emerging and established designers from Africa and throughout the African Diaspora.