Stylish in H&M with a touch de l’Afrique at AFWA 2014

AFWA outfit

The first edition of Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam is a fact. Like you can read in my previous post “Africa Fashion Week is taking Amsterdam“, I attended the fashion shows, held in World Fashion Centre (WFC), to volunteer on day 1 and visited as press on day 2. From both days there are cover stories available in the posts about Preparation and Backstage, AFWA day 1 and AFWA day 2. While on day 1 I had my work outfit on, which was a simple black suit and a white blouse, on day 2 it was time to shine again. 

As a guest on day 2 of this event I wanted to visit as my stylish self and didn’t felt the need to put on an African ensemble perse. Well, mainly because I don’t have one and I wasn’t planning on going on a search specifically for this event. Of course it was very nice to see most ladies and some gentleman in their African wear when I worked on the first day. Still I wanted my look to suit me and my style, yet with a wink to African fashion. That’s why I choose one of my favorite fashion items, a black dress, and added an African touch to it. Tied a headscarf with some bold print, added a few beaded necklaces to match the headscarf, and a pair of earrings that is part of the set of one of the necklaces. Combined that with my favorite bracelet I got in Suriname last year, and put on my Jane Norman printed pumps. To give the look also a sexy touch, I went for my black corset bag. Stylish avec un touch de l’Afrique. Voila!

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A closer look at the details:

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My outfit

Dress: H&M

Printed Pumps: Jane Norman

Headscarf (no label)

Corset Bag (no label)

Sunglasses (no label)

Necklaces (no label)

Necklace and earrings set: handmade gift

Bracelet (from an unknown Surinamese accessories designer)

Lipstick: Guerlain Rouge


Curious about what visitors wore to Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam? Stay tuned for the next post about these fashionista outfits.


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