Fast rising Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso made her country proud at the just ended Africa Fashion Week London which took place over the weekend and she attracted attention of the international market.
Alfonso showcased her different designs of women wear and also men’s clothes to an enthusiastic audience at the world acclaimed show held at Spitalfields Market in east London on Saturday.
She was backed by Malawi’s R&B award winner Theo Thomson who attended the show and his song track ‘Kadona‘ was being played as models paraded Alfonso materials.
“It’s been great to be here and support Lilly. Her materials are breathtakingly beautiful ,” Thomson told Nyasa Timesin an interview.
Alfonso said she was “greatly delighted” with the interest many people have shown on her creations.
“A lot of people across the world asking where they can find my clothes and the support that I got from the audience was amazing,” Alfonso told Nyasa Times.
She said she was also impressed to see that her new collection of tie and dye, is the fashion taking root.
“ My story with the tie and dye is what makes me proud to be Malawian since it’s the fabric designed by my fellow mothers in Malawi, Chrissy Migiga being the lady behind the fabric.
“I am looking forward to show Chrissy Migiga amount of orders that am coming with in hand with the beautiful fabrics she designed ,” she said.
Alfonso paid “special gratitude” to World Cargo International [WCI] for taking responsibility to host her in London and support her throughout her stay.
“A huge thank you to Munya Sajanga, Desray Thompson Mambo Nyangoni, Chris Magalasi and Henderson Mmangisa for their support,” said Alfonso of the WCI team.
The award-winning designer also said she was organising an event to exclusively showcase her creations to Malawians in the UK who missed the show.
AFWL aims to celebrates London’s unique and diverse cultural heritage, topped with the flamboyant mixing of Western and African culture through fashion at the same time promoting Africa’s rich ethnic culture and interpreting it into contemporary designs.