Up Close & Personal: Hameed Akinwande's AFW Highlights

Gadigal Land

— May 21, 2024 —

For most of our readers, Hameed Akinwande doesn’t require an introduction. In the past year alone, he’s documented some of the best new faces Sydney has to offer, released a spectacular photo book, and, last year, took us backstage at Youkhana’s debut show.

This year, he's back with a lineup of images that will inspire. From patchworked tracksuit jackets at Romance Was Born, a dress made entirely out of Oyster shells at Nicol & Ford, to the best-self-knitted street style look we've ever seen, you'll want to flick through these highlights to the very end. Once you've done that, hear about Hameed's week below.


Hameed Akinwande
Star Sign: Sagittarius

For those who don’t already know you, can you give us your elevator pitch:
My name is Hameed. I’m a photographer and Creative director based in Sydney. I recently published my first photobook titled Let the Boys Playit’s inspired by my childhood and highlights the importance of creating safe spaces for men to be themselves.

Best song/soundtrack you heard backstage/at a show:
The best song I heard was from Liandra's show ‘Breakout' by Mr P Russel. It was catchy. I had to shazam it.

Best new person you had the pleasure to meet backstage/during the week:
I briefly met Rob Tennent backstage at the Blanca show. He’s an amazing photographer. I love his work.

Top five essentials in your fashion week purse/backpack:
Camera, Flash, Hand cream, water bottle, lip balm and extra batteries for my camera

Coolest (street style) look you saw outside the shows?
I love the way Dalia used the shoes to make her outfit; very creative.

Describe what’s going through your head getting dressed to head to a show:
I was really excited to see what designers have been working on. Sometimes, I prepare myself mentally to meet new people because I’m usually an introvert.

Best TikTok/YouTube/reel/meme to sum up your week:
This was my reaction every time I saw an amazing piece from a designer, especially at RWB.

What are you doing to recoup after fashion week?
Taking some time off to rest and catch up with work. I actually just booked a massage and spa session. Haha

What are you looking forward to the most for Australian Fashion Week next year?
I look forward to seeing more diversity backstage and more interesting offsite shows.


Photos: Hameed Akinwande
Features Editor: Chloe Hill 

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which Fashion Week took Place.


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