Weeks after the first annual Afternoon Tea In Ankara session, we are still discussing it’s success. So much inspiration was accumulated within one venue for an event of elegance, sophistication and class. Tables were beautifully arranged in a way which allowed for discussions to flourish amongst bloggers, writers and designers (just to mention a few) and a delightful assortment of macaroons, tea cakes, petitè sandwiches, and of course English tea, were tasty accompaniments to the atmosphere in the room.image

The aim of ATIA 2016 was to shed light on the realities of entering into an industry as competitive as fashion from a minority background. ATIA sought to provide a space where aspiring fashionistas could voice their concern and have an opportunity to network amongst some of the industry’s finest female examples. On these aims, it did not fail.image


In a workshop session, designer and winner of Rihanna’s ‘Styled To Rock, Zainab Vandu, walked us through the creative process, demonstrating for us the way in which an idea transcends from the mind, onto a mood board, embodied in fabric and conclude with the creation of a clothing line. She taught us to work within our limits and refrain from exhausting our financial resources by using materials outside of our budget.

Build your label as a luxury brand and work your way up to premium.

After an introduction from our panel of influential women, the opportunity to ask questions was extended to our guests. Amongst our speakers were: Omoyemi Akerele (creator of Style House Files and Lagos Fashion Week pioneer), Reni Folawiyo (founder of contemporary design store Alara), Vanessa Kingori (publisher of British GQ) and Caroline Rush (CE of the British Fashion Council).


imageInsightful comments were generated from questions which covered everything from cultural appropriation within the world of designers to the disenfranchisement of creatives in certain parts of the diaspora.

“Luxury cannot be coveted unless it is helping someone [other than the consumer].”- Reni on the need to support all creatives involved in the process of production within the fashion industry overseas.

An engaging networking session was followed by the beautiful rendition of familiar songs such as The Weeknd’s Worthy and Alicia Keys’ Unthinkable by violinist Daj Jordan.

imageAll these programme parts were intricately weaved together by the afternoon’s host, Temi Otedola. It really was not an event to be missed and we cannot wait for what next year’s Afternoon Tea In Ankara will bring!


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AUTHOR: Ama Badu (Senior Online Editor)

For reviews, premiers and red carpet events on the Afro-British scene, Ama is your go-to blogger. With an analytical mind and articulate tongue, she hopes to write articles that will get Africa (and indeed the world) discussing “real” issues and tangible solutions.

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