About 2 weeks ago, my sister and I travelled to Southbank Centre to head to the Vogue festival, a weekend full of talks and showcases dedicated to fashion.
The particular talk we attended was held by fashion legends, Franca Sozzani and Naomi Campbell. The two fabulous women were headlining their talk on the growing fashion industry in Africa and the diversity (or lack of) in the fashion industry.
(Picture from vogue.co.uk)
Franca discussed at length her belief that Africa is the next up and coming fashion source, highlighting the many brands which use african prints as inspiration in their clothing line. Naomi then expressed her views of diversity in the fashion industry, which not only covers black models, but Asian and South American models too. Both women spoke brilliantly and I did enjoy the talk. However, I did wish there was more thought put into the idea of howthings could improve. Franca spoke about how Africa had “a long way to go” while Naomi noted the lack of models still in the industry. Nevertheless, I still have hope. While Naomi ecstatically carried out the March 2014 Vogue issue, showing off the numerous spreads which had black models, Franca ended the talk with her iconic ‘black issue’, stating that “everyone is talking about Africa - so maybe now something will happen”. Finally, touching on her projects in opening up the continent to the fashion world, she was assertive as she concluded “I don’t think I’m wasting my time”.