Wednesday, 02 June 2010

Afro Hair & Beauty Live

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Eva Hunt
The longest running event within the African Caribbean event calendar.
Afro Hair & Beauty Live the longest running event within the African Caribbean event calendar took place on the 30th & 31st May at a brand new venue, the Business Design Centre in Islington. It was a wise decision to move away from Alexander Palace as with the economic downturn they were no longer able to fill the space. The event at the Business Design Centre looked compact and seemed very busy, it would be very interesting to know if the numbers were up or down on all accounts from exhibitors to visitors.

It was definitely two days packed full of a variety of events from fashion shows to Face of Afro 2011, to the very exciting Battle of the Barbers and Stop Watch styling. The very exciting Stop Watch Styling was won by no other than Marcia Johnson of Rouge Hair Salon and the Avant Garde Sensationnel Icon winner was top hair stylist Angela Plummer. It had a number of the usual suspects exhibiting with lots of free giveaways that visitors to the show were eagerly seeking out.

The Emerging Fashion Designer Show was produced by Maxine Griffiths of the Platform and a fashion show featuring more established designers such as Iteun Bassey, Nkwo & Lanyero was produced by Zed-Eye.

One of the great things of Afro Hair & Beauty Live is that it continues to attract the elite of the fashion and entertainment world as the various shows were hosted by the likes of Kat & Robbie Gee & Mahogany Model Annaliese Dayes and featured top models like Jasmia Robinson, Dorothy Tenkorang, Vicky Tjirimuje (TMC 08), either walking the catwalk or modelling for various hair designers and new stars were found like Yolanda Jico and Shanelle Banton. Top comedienne Kojo dropped by to say hi and the photographers and film crews were out in full force including Fashions Finest very own official photographer Selessia (fifthteen51 photography).

Deborah St Louis, Editor of Fashions Finest attended on the Monday and Fashions Finest Fashion Editor Tope Owolabi was reviewing the fashion trends being shown at Afro Hair & Beauty Live, look her for her piece on Fashions Finest.

There were fantastic seminars hosted by Mary Kay and supermodel Rachael Williams and the We Girls Rock team who took time out to teach young aspiring models about what the modelling industry is really like.

Fashions Finest believes that Afro Hair & Beauty Live have found a new home and we look forward to their 30th event taking place next year.
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