Afrochic – a night of Afropolitan fashion, music and arts held on June 9 at The Great Hall on 1087 Queen Street West to celebrate creativity within Canadian arts and business groups from the Caribbean and African diaspora. The event had a very strong fashion focus featuring a runway show and fashion vendors. This was complemented by an arts exhibit, music and performances from various artists.
Women flocked to vendor tables of designers like Ivy Propser to buy clutch purses made of Kente cloth, Eli’s Body Shop for natural hair and beauty products, T. Charles Style for unique jewellery from their tropical escape collections and more priced at reasonable rates. This has something to say for the fact that there is indeed a strong demand for African fashion.
The mix and mingle continued as DJ Flaaco kept music flowing and hosts, Ivy Prosper and Femi Lawson (popularly known for his Nigerian jokes) kept the crowd entertained. Esie Mensah delivered a riveting dance performance, Savannah Re sang a melodious tune and Andrew Forde charmed us with his violin. The art gallery exhibit featured the work of artists such as such as Isaac Weber, Asha Alam, Ashley McKensie Barnes and Dre Roberts. Models walked the runway in designs by Emua Fashions, Asikere Afana, High Standards, Hilary & Denise, Cosmic Kiss, ReThink and Wani.
Operating as a non-profit organization, Afrochic was co-founded by Amoye Henry and Natasha Adiyana Morris. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to Camp Afrochic – a camp for young women that includes trips to Niagara Falls and in the future, possibly to Ghana. To learn more about Afrochic, visit www.afrochic.ca or read about Amoye Henry at Pauleanna Reid’s blog.