AFIRA is a design-led British contemporary womenswear brand, exuding luxury, creating distinctive clothes for strong, independent and stylish women. Quality and high design with an edgy aesthetic are at the heart of the label. The clothes appeal to powerful women in the modern world.
Inspired by the strong, dark, archetypal woman, glamorous, passionate and heroic, from both past and present. Vamps, femme fatales and dominant women tell the stories. These clothes are designed to harness the power and sexuality within for the woman of today. The modern Amazon is our icon: clothes for the futuristic feminist.
Afira says “Strong, powerful and sexy women are my inspiration, and my customer.
They want to feel and look sexy and powerful, embracing their femininity and not imitating what it means to be powerful from a man’s perspective. They want to feel strong and powerful in what they wear, and this further enhances their confidence and interaction with others. In life, they know what they want and know how to get it, and they want to look the part when they do. They don’t dress for men, or other women, they dress for themselves.
My clothes are about her strength, a feminine strength that penetrates beyond the wearer. They are for the woman who lives the power of her word, tapping into the primal urges and the raw instinct of her nature, the passions which sustain her lust for life, embracing the full breadth of her feminine powers without society’s pressures to fit in. Balance is restored, the truth is revealed in the makeup of her being. She is committed to be all she can be. She is a woman of substance, who combines physical potency with seriousness of purpose. In her sexual identity, and in the way she constructs her domestic life, she strives to be true to herself. If she is confrontational, it is not for its own sake, but to say: “This is what I am”.
My designs are about how clothes translate and manifest onto both the wearer and the watcher, the power, control and suggestion we have on our audience. A powerful woman wants to look and feel sexy, confident and strong; I aim to enhance her position, give her a tool for self expression… a suit of armour, a flag to rally to and pursue her dreams on the battlefield.”
Afira was born and brought up in London and, after graduating in Fashion, gained experience working for a number of key British fashion designers, including Boudicca. She also works as a fashion consultant showing aspiring designers and journalists from all over the world around cutting-edge London, and a fashion writer. She has designed and consulted for private clients, and this has led her to start her own label based on her inspiration and research into what strong women want. Afira captures the essence of timeless beauty for the woman who is passionate, feminine, and provocative, releasing the femme fatale in all of us.
AFIRA’s designs from The Magic Wardrobe collection are featured in SKIN TWO Magazine 64.
AFIRA in Dark Beauty magazine again,The Frozen issue. Out Dec 2012.
AFIRA’s cape features in “BitchCraft” pilot TV show.
AFIRA’s Love to Death collection features in Dark Beauty magazine, Issue 12 Fall 2012.
AFIRA showcases The Magic Wardrobe collection and Redux collaboration with Natasha Chambers, at East London gallery Arbeit.
AFIRA collaborates with photographer Elne, for her “Triangle Walks” editorial project.
AFIRA’s designs are featured in The Ones 2 Watch online magazine.
AFIRA and Sardax collaboration for Dark Daze collection is featured in the latest SKIN TWO Magazine.
AFIRA’s collaboration with Sardax is featured in this article and interview in Don’t Panic magazine.
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