Africa remains an exciting source of inspiration
for designers as there is such a wealth of print and ornamentation.
Since tribal communities have always placed great value on the decoration of architecture, artifacts, textiles and utility items this means that there is a vast source of starting points to work from.
Mood boards are a starting point for designers to create their ranges from.
In the range below, African motifs and ornamentation are combined with strong graphics, photo prints and vibrant colour combinations to create a dynamic and original fashion statement.
Below are some of the best contemporary designers working on the African continent who are creating their own unique styles and fashion lines.
This Company custom makes Coats and Jackets from the traditional BASOTHO blanket. This iconic blanket is re-envisioned as contemporary stylish coats and jackets for both men and women.
Sindiso Khumalo is currently at the top of her game, creating a unique range of Womens Wear which reflects both her architectural background and her Zulu and Ndebele heritage.
She uses bold, bright colours and geometrically styled prints in her fabrics while incorporating simple but dramatic outlines in her garments.
Selly Raby Kane’s collections are primarily focused on using bright colours with solid darks to create high contrasts. Quilted wax prints, patched, sewn and embroidered embellishment in the Sengalese bayefall style of her homeland makes her garments very individualised, allowing the wearer to express self expression and flair.
Ikire Jones is a collaboration label between designer Wale Oyejide and tailor Sam Hubbler. It strives to successfully combine Western African heritage with Italian tailoring to produce a unique identity in all its menswear products.
The brand seeks to tell stories whenever it releases a new collection, hoping to have some sort of social impact as well as an aesthetic one.
After Migration tells
the story of African asylum-seekers living in Italy.
TAIBO BACAR is both a high fashion and ready-to-wear womenswear brand that is now fully established after being created in 2008 by the Mozambican male designer Taibo Bacar.
The line is known for sensuous, cut away shapes that celebrate womens’ curves and luxury or dramatic fabrics that are often embellished with lace or beading. Small clutch bags accessorize the outfits.
Rwanda based fashion label, Mille Collines is a sophisticated brand of clothing, accessories and jewelry for the modern woman who appreciates where she comes from but wants something... out-there.
Fluid lines, turbans, strings of loose beads, embroidered glass beads on panels of dresses, layers of cloth, tonal prints, this all adds up to a luscious striking effect....truly eye catching.