Wednesday, 28 August 2013


From August 15th to 18th, 2013, the City of Toronto witnessed the first edition of the African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) which brought together designers, vendors and fashionistas -mostly from African or/and Caribbean origin- to celebrate Africa's diversity and creativity.
Despite a few hiccups, the event was overall positive. Legendary Gold Ltd was there to capture those unforgettable moments of fashion for you. 
Below is a little summary in pictures of this beautiful festival of African and black diversity in Canada. Enjoy...

The opening cocktail

Nice venue where guests were entertained with a live band from Botswana and nice cakes by "Chez Fran Desserts"!

The exhibition area and participating vendors: Bags, Jewelries, drinks, cookware, hair and skin products, etc... (stay tuned for more detailed posts on some of the vendors/designers)


Eli's body shop


Feri Designer lines

Cuisine Santé - Bao Smoothies

Eloli designs
The runway shows and designers (pictures of this section are courtesy AFWT unless mention otherwise): 

Zeena K (winner of the student designer competition) & model. Pix crtsy of Ebony Bell


Thelma Limba - Student designer. Pix crtsy Thelma Limba

Mema's Xclusive design - Liberia

Chinedesigns - Toronto

Nana Bediako - Toronto

Beni Boo - Toronto

Blacktrash Clothing - Botswana

Blacktrash Clothing - Botswana
Kayla Kay - Toronto
Metys - Côte d'Ivoire

AJ couture by Adebayo Jones - Pix crtsy AJ

British designer Adebayo Jones (London) taking a bow with model

Congratulations to the organizers (Anita Agoye and Isaac Ansah) for this great initiative.
Adebayo Jones (AJ couture from London), Anita (co-founder of AFWT), Ablan Joyce (MD Legendary Gold), Isaac (co-founder of AFWT)
RDV at the next AFWT in 2014!  Till then, remain Fashionable...
by Queenabla

Tuesday, 13 August 2013



TORONTO, ON (August 9, 2013) - Get ready to indulge in African inspired fashion at its highest level. For the first time ever, the beautiful city of Toronto will be stormed by a 4 day mainstream event that defies local and international fashion from an African perspective. African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) will be taking place at the Spoke Club and Japanese Canadian Cultural Center on August 15, 2013 to August 18, 2013.

With a purpose to celebrate African culture and heritage, AFWT has designed a series of events to provide a platform for African inspired fashion innovators from all nationalities. The African population is one of the largest and fastest growing demographics in Canada especially within Ontario.
The influence of African culture (fashion, art, music and food) can be seen in many mainstream brands.  Toronto is the natural next step in this progression, given the growing popularity of African focused festivals in the heart of this city.
The confirmed schedule for this event will include but not limited to:
• Fabulous runway shows
• Student designer competitions
• Hands-on workshops
• Informative fashion seminars
• Fanciful exhibits
• Festive meet-n-greet (networking) soirees
African Fashion Week Toronto will commence with a private welcome cocktail soiree on Thursday, August 15th inside the Spoke Club (600 King Street West, Toronto) followed by a student fashion designer competition inside the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court, Toronto) on Friday, August 16th starting at 3pm.  The competition will feature student designers from Canada and other parts of the world including:

Friday, August 16th
 AFRICOUTURE ------------------------------------------------ (ZAMBIA)
 A.M.A DESIGNS --------------------------------------------- (TORONTO)
 DIANA STEPHANIE GADIE ----------------------------- (MONTREAL)
 KIESHA BANKS -------------------------------------------(KITCHENER)
 LAMIDE TOGUN -------------------------------------------(MANITOBA)
 LATINA RICHARDSON ----------------------------------(CLEVELAND)
 LORRAINE FUSIRE ----------------------------------------(ZIMBABWE)
 NANA BEDIAKI ---------------------------------------------- (TORONTO)
 TRISHA OLUTOSION ----------------------------------------(TORONTO)
 VAHIRANA MARCEHAL ------------------------------------ (TORONTO)
 ZEENA KAY ----------------------------------------------------(TORONTO)
 NIONEKELY -----------------------------------------------------(CHICAGO)
 THELMA LIMBA -----------------------------------------------(TORONTO)
 PAMELA MSSHGAN -----------------------------------------(ZIMBABWE)
 ANNA WHITE --------------------------------(TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
 FANNY NGANTCHEU ----------------------------------------- (TORONTO)

After the students have displayed their amazing talents, the Traditional & Tribal fashion showcase will commence at 7pm. At this event the audience will be entertained with authentic African fashion and culture.

Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th inside the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will feature a series of high fashion runway showcases by 20 African inspired designers from around the world. The weekend will also include a buyers and vendors market filled with arts, crafts, fashion and many more for the whole family to enjoy.
One of the highlights of Saturday, August 17th will be the “Fashion Africa Seminar” which will feature 6 amazing panelists discussing the business and future of the African fashion industry.
The lineup of emerging and established African influenced designers will include:
Saturday, August 17th
CATHY KAY ------------------------------------- (MALAWI/FINLAND)
VICKY MUZADI ------------------------------------- (ANGOLA/PARIS)
ANJOREEN COUTURE ---------------------------------------(NIGERIA)
STEPHANIE OWUSU ANSAH ---------------------------- (TORONTO)
MEMA XCLUSIVE --------------------------------------------- (LIBERIA)
DEYZION -------------------------------------------------------(UGANDA)
EVA GABARRA ---------------------------------------------------- (PARIS)
ADEBAYO JONES ---------------------------------------------- (LONDON)
KAELA KAY --------------------------------------------------- (TORONTO)

Sunday, August 18th
MODAHNIK ----------------------------------------------------- (USA)
CHINEDESIGN ------------------------------------------ (TORONTO)
ELDIMAA -------------------------------------------------- (LONDON)
BOHO DESIGN -------------------------------------------------- (USA)
MS RAY COUTURE --------------------------------- (AMSTERDAM)
BENI BOO ------------------------------------------------ (TORONTO)
BELYA ----------------------------------------------------- (SENEGAL)
SHAKAD ------------------------------------------------- (BARBADOS)
BLACK TRASH -----------------------------------------(BOTSWANA)

The fashion week will conclude with a closing celebration at the Spoke Club. This event and all other events for Fashion Week will be open to the public, so we extend our invitation to the entire fashion and media communities of Toronto and its surrounding cities.
For more information on African Fashion Week Toronto 2013, please visit:

Twitter: (#AFWT2013)

Contact Information:
AFWT Organizers
647.622.8973 / 647.608.2523

Sunday, 11 August 2013


It was a weekend of razzmatazz and glamour as Legendary Gold Ltd in collaboration with the World Fashion Organization, Paris Luxury Events and the Embassy of Nigeria in France presented the Africa Fashion Reception of the World Fashion Week at the prestigious Salle Wagram which is located in the exclusive and very Porsche 17th district of Paris.

The prestigious Salle Wagram, 17th district, Paris - France
 The Africa Fashion Reception featured the collection of 14 leading African designers from 14 African countries. These designers were carefully selected to represent their countries from a pool of applicants from the various countries based on their lookbooks (portfolio) submitted months earlier.
Participating designers by country includes Anggy Haif-Cameroun, Francois 1er-Burkina Faso, Fay designz- Zambia, B’Exotiq by Bee Arthur-Ghana, Kipusa-Kenya, Moie-Liberia, Maria Bocoum-Mali, Siham El Habti-Morocco, Frank Osodi- Nigeria, Lilly Alfonso-Malawi, Dady de Maximo- Rwanda, Nafytoo-Senegal, Diana Fashion-Tanzania, JSE Couture-South Africa. See pictures of designs/country below:
Anggy Haif - Cameroun

B’Exotiq by Bee Arthur-Ghana

François 1er - Burkina Faso

Kipusa - Kenya

MOIE - Liberia

Lilly Alfonso - Malawi

Maria Bocoum - Mali

Siham El Habti - Morocco

Debby Stitches - Nigeria

Frank Osodi - Nigeria

Dady de Maximo - Rwanda

JSE Couture - South Africa

Nafytoo - Senegal

Diana Fashion - Tanzania

Fay Designz - Zambia

images by Legendary studio, a subsiduary of Legendary Gold Ltd 

 The event gathered the very exclusive French and African audience led by the Nigerian Ambassador to France who was represented by Kenneth Nwanchukwu, Minister in charge of economic, investment and trade in the Nigerian Embassy , Chairman/CEO, World Fashion Week and members of the Board of Governors of the World Fashion Organization. Others that made the guest list included Ambassadors from over 12 countries, Dame Abimbola Fashola, First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Merit Gordon Obua, Wife of the CSO to the Nigerian President, Aisha Babangida-Shinkafi, Alex Oriaku, Consul General, Nigerian Embassy, Dele Momodu, famous designer Alphadi and son,  etc.

Lexy Mojo Eyes (CEO of Legendary Gold Ltd) with Her Excellency, Dame Emanuella Abimbola Fashola - Fisrt Lady of Lagos State and guests

Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Ltd and Aisha Babangida-Shinkafi  daughter of former Nigeria President and chairperson of Better Life Programme for African Rural Woman

Lexy Mojo Eyes (CEO of Legendary Gold Ltd), Dele Momodu (CEO-Ovation Magazine), Nigerian designer Frank Osodi and guests
Kenneth Nwanchukwu, Minister in charge of Trade & Investment representing the Nigerian Ambassador to France

Paco de Jaimes, President of the World Fashion Organization (WFO) investing Mrs Obua as Patron of the WFO

French journalist Teddy Grego with Rachel Edjeren and  Ghanaian designer Bee Arthur
The global fashion press and buyers were not left out as they all had fulfilled day with the quality of what the designers presented. 
Stay tuned for the next edition of the Africa Fashion Reception in Paris, 2014.
Till then, remain FASHIONABLE!!!