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African Fashion Designers: The Ultimate Style Guide – Part 4


by Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi | Lagos, NG 172-Lanre-DaSilva-Ajayi

Clothing is not just about aesthetics, this label takes it a lot further by infusing it with art and history (they really will take you back in time, not matter your age). Pieces ranging from jackets, to cocktail dresses, evening gowns and red carpet wears.



by Liya Kebede  | New York, US & Addis Ababa, ET


When you want to bloom, literally, this label comes to  your service. Yes,  ‘LemLem’ translates to ‘to bloom’ in Amharic.

Using very traditional weaving techniques, they put a modern touch to the aged styles of  Ethiopian hand-weaving and embroidery ‘” this label will surely light up your closet.


by Lola Faturoti | New York, US 182-Lalo-Faturoti-Collection

In the styles of Nina Simone, Betty Davis, and Cate Blanchett, this Lola has  crafted her voice though African history and its roots. You can’t miss the silks, the glowing combinations and the allure this collection will bring you.



by Anisa Mpungwe | Johannesburg, SA


When you’re serious about on making a fashion statement, this label’s elegant prints, and design sophistication will steal your heart.



by Funmilayo Déri | London, UK 197-Funlayo-Deri

This luxury womenswear would definitely enhance your curves. This label, influenced by the Funlayo’s African cultural experiences and exposure even pushes the uniqueness of the pieces further.

Every piece is hand crafted with care and darling attention to every detail. You will be sure that the piece you are getting is truly one of a kind.



by Maame Baryeh | London, UK 202-Maame-Baryeh

Blending your fashion in with everyone is death ‘” you should be bold and unapologetic! That’s this label’s dogma. It’s use of texture and color will definitely make sure you’re never hiding.


by Naana Brocks | New York, US

With strong use of African textile and creative patterns, this label will safely carry you through the story of the continent’s culture.



by Nike Akinola | London, UK 211-Nike-Akinola-London

You won’t do wrong dying for this label’s beautiful prints and intricate laces, they are modern as much as being traditional.



by Odio Oseni | Lagos, NG216-Odiot-Mimonet

As a professional, you want clothing that is elegant, graceful and will last you through your hectic day, this is where this label comes in.

Designed with the modern busy women on mind, they ensure you don’t sacrifice work for you unique style.



by Molly Keogh and Maryanne Mathias | Califonia, US & Accra, GH 221-Osei-Duro

In the traditional style of hand-batick, hand weaving and complex texture, this label remains simple and elegant even for the most discerning  woman. This simplicity is truly beautiful.

African Fashion Designers: The Ultimate Style Guide – Part 1

African fashion is shockingly beautiful. If you adore styles that makes you stand out, you can’t do better than African fashion. But, how much do you know about these beautiful styles?

Not much? This guide will completely change that.

In this guide, I will be taking you behind some of the most vibrant African inspired fashion designers from around the world. For each of our featured designer, we will explore briefly what defines their style and more importantly, what makes them stand from any other designers (and why you must wear their styles).

After going through this guide, you will completely understand what defines African fashion, more so, I want to draw you into each designers world.

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African Fashion Designers: The Ultimate Style Guide – Part 5


by Isoken Ogiemwonyi | London, UK 226-Obsidian

Drawing inspiration from tribal influences, this label crafts into their designs modern and edgy details that will highlight your figure.



by Omer Asim | London, UK 231-Omer-Asim

You cannot deny the Ethiopian origin of the laddered cotton that this label has brought to the 21st century. Blending it with knitted linen and silk, all hand crafted, you are sure to stand out in this label’s fine creation.



by Michele Pouani | Montreal, CA 236-Pyromaniac-by-MP

Mixing good ‘˜ol vintage styles with colorful African print textile, this label draws out your individuality. In their outfits, you will be left with the continually touch of timeless African glamor.


by Funke Ogunde | Lagos, NG 241-Phunk-Afrique

What you will get with this label is simple: A perfect combination of color, texture and creativity; they have care to make sure that all your most important features gets accentuated.


by Orire Omatsola | Lagos, NG


For the sassy woman, you are not afraid to draw attention to yourself, this label lovely helps you carry out that task.



by  Joan Ibuzo | Lagos, NG 262-House-of-Marie

You will never go wrong with this label’s use of asymmetrical cuts, simple design that beautifully fuses african and modern prints. These are timeless pieces that are sure to delight.



by Tsemaye Binitie | London, UK 267-Tsemaye-Binitie-London

Effortless style is what this label brings you. Themed in western elegance, the everyday wearability of this design is definitely satisfying.



by Wambui Mukenyi | Nairobi, KY 272-Wambui-Mukenyi

There is no point to great fashion if you don’t feel comfortable in it. This label bridges that gap ‘” comfort and fashionable style, neither compromised.


by Deola Sagoe | Lagos, NG 277-Deola

There is a sense of mystery in every piece from this designer; one thing is certain, this label will bring out your best side.

For the women who wants to stand out, wanting to have her clothing mirror her versatility, every piece from this label will delight you!

Now it’s over to you, what are you thought on our selection of designers, additional thoughts?

Let us know in the comments.

African Fashion Designers: The Ultimate Style Guide – Part 3


by Liz Ogumbo-Regisford | Johannesburg, SA 105-Imani-House-Of-Fashion

You won’t have to worry about chasing fashion seasons with this label, every piece is continually trend and leading. As the label continues to bang into every design-conscious woman, it’s about your elegance and image.

Often basing their creations on Saris, Lesos (Khanga) and Kitenge African print.



by Ituen Basi | Lagos, NG


Sometimes, you might feel that Ankara is used to death in African fashion designs, not with this label. They give Ankara a distinct interpretation.

In every of their piece, you will find a stylist combination of elegance and leading aesthetic.


by Ines Ngono Kede | Lyon, FR115-Ineska-Creations

A label based in France that fuses Western and African cultures, brilliant. You will notice their use of highlighted wax that makes their dresses have originality and that ‘wow’ factor!



by Lisa Folawiyo | Lagos, NG 120-Jewel-by-Lisa

From inception to construction, every garment of this label is thoughtfully crafted. They have transformed the ‘Ankara’ into a luxury brand (they even do their own custom prints) ‘” that is truly something to covet!


124-Jessique-Designsby Janet Opoku | UK125-Jessique-Designs

Drawing inspiration from the 50s and 60s, this label creates African-Inspired retro designs for the modern woman. This is for the women who is fashion conscious, and values individuality and elegance.


by Karim Tassi | Casablanca, MC


Bring in North African exotic designs, mix a bit of world culture and you have this label. You will particularly love their attention to detail and subtle design touches.


134-Kiki-Clothingby Titi Ademola | Accra, GH


Purely ethnic clothing, merging vibrant color, with easy wearability that are not just fun, but also playful.



by Ann Mcreath | Nairobi, KY 140-Kiko-Romeo

Creative Kenyans can rejoice as founder Ann Mcreath sets out to promote the economy through her locally made fashion line with inputs from different community women’s group.



by Yemi Kosibah | London, UK

As a wedding designer, this designer takes the high-skilled task of integrating couture bridal with traditional African design. Kosibah’s use of corsets and bonded bodices recreates the beautiful and elegant hourglass figure that flatter every woman.



by Hebret Lakew & Enid Lanez | Nairobi, KY 149-Kooroo

Inspiration for this designer’s collections draws from the continent’s rich cultural lifestyles. They integrate African prints, silks, jerseys, cotton, and linens to create collections with global appeal.



by Korto Momolu | Arkansas, USA


This designer shot to popularity while placing as runner-up on season 5 of Project Runway. High color and diversity in style/presentation were fan favorites.



by Chigozie ‘Chi Chi’ Anaele | Houston, USA 159-Kachi-Designs

Definition, style, and couture are the key ingredients to this designer’s creations. It shows happiness and versatility through various vibrant colors.



by Kemmy Solomon | Lagos, NG

This label features a dynamic infusion of lace and the traditional aso oke fabric. Now you should be part of Kemmy’s story.



by Alice Heusser & Olivia Kennawa   | South Africa

This designer’s clothing is for by a charity they created named SOKO, which is a globally recognized eco and ethical clothing production facility that supports local talent.


African Fashion Designers: The Ultimate Style Guide – Part 2

054-Beampehby Adebimpe Adebambo | Lagos, NG


When you are ready to have some fun, and stand out beautifully, this is your label. This is Simply stylish and fun, with heavy African infused textiles.



by Naana Tennachie Yankey | Montreal, CA

060-CoccolilyInfluenced by European flare, this label is luxury that brings out the best in your body. They want you to fill very special with finely crafted haute-couture.

This label is daring and playful clothing infused with European flare.



by Doreen Mashika | Zanzibar, TZ


Every piece of this label is inspiration straight from the beauty and culture of Tanzania. You can’t miss the traditional patterns hand-crafted embellishments given a nice modern twist.



by Duro Oluwu | London, UK


One of the household names in African-inspired fashion, a label synonymous with vibrant mix of African, seventies tailoring and unconventional color combination. You simply cannot go wrong with some of Duro’s creation.

You will want to share one of America’s first Lady (Michelle Obama) favorite African designer.


074-Dzyn-Coutureby Ogwa and Ofure | Abuja, NG


This label effectively fuses African ethnicity with contemporary styles taking cues from their Nigerian origins.

We sum this up as wearable Nigerian-influenced styles



by Erijo Amos Tariff | Lagos, NG


For all the  chic in you, this label will force it out.

Bright colored designs that will make any woman feel at home ‘” I think you will find a bit of yourself in the pieces from this label.


by Farai Simoyi | New York, US


Lending from her background in denim design, Farai designs connect with you individually. It’s a label that wants to bring the African sense of relationship to you with it’s use of solid colors and bold geometry.

This will sure please even your most discriminating self.



by Gloria Wavamunno | Kampala, UG


Culture, sensuality and sophisticated edginess is what this label is about. The label believes strongly that their clothing should bring out more of you (and browsing through their collection below that is hard to argue) ‘” whatever you are, they don’t want to dictate you.

Now, that’s taking uniqueness and individuality seriously!



by Frank Osodi | Lagos, NG 095-House-of-Bunor-Creazioni

If there is anything unique about an African and/or Black women, it’s our curves. This label is unashamed to design and promote this feature. They mostly specialize is bridals and red carpet dresses. This is the collection you want for those special occasions.



by Bukola Are | Lagos, NG100-House-Of-Versatile-Styles

You want your styles to seem effortless, feminine and versatile, this is all this label is about .

You can’t miss the fine craftsmanship from the fabric choice to every fully constructed piece or their accessories.

With styling, this label leaves nothing to chance.


The Untold Story of African American Cultural Appropriation: African Fashion and Black Heritage

Is African fashion only appropriate for Africans to wear and not African Americans or people of any other culture? If you answer yes, as many are today. I completely disagree.

In Black America, please stop appropriating African clothing and tribal marks, the author argues on our quick we are to embrace other culture without truly understanding the cultural significance while in the process using “fakes” that further demoralizes the original.

The article made a few fair points. I agree with her on the valid point that prominent designers should not use and bring out the African designs when they think they will be trendy but I have to strongly disagree with all the other argument that follow.

Let take it one at a time.

Understanding Culture and Fashion
Culture and fashion unity are just one of many tools to mend the gap between cultures and be united as people of one nation rather than attempting to intentionally segregate. Willful sharing has never hurt anyone, regardless of what a small fraction people opinionate on social media. Although fashion means making a statement about you, it should not be associated with words like ‘Shock Value’ and ‘Media hype’. Fashion does make a statement but wearing what makes one feel confident should never be a topic of criticism for anyone, regardless of the fact that whether or not they know every little thing about the apparel’s origin or significance.

Attempting to further segregate fashion trends amongst the population of a geographic area can only lead to a wider communication gap. Also, I am not really impressed by the fact that the author uses generalization of opinion as a means of supporting her argument. People have different mindsets, I for one, might not be offended by someone of a different race and culture wearing something from mine. And even when someone from a different race is wearing a symbol of a religion, as I do not know their intent or purpose to do so, I won’t accuse them of mockery or insensitivity because that just seems absurd to me. One can never be sure of other peoples’ points of view and their motives behind making fashion statements. A thought that clearly needs to be more out there and be thought upon: It’s not just about the optics.

Fashion appropriation does not have to be always credited and guised as a negative thing in this day and age when the whole world is becoming a global village where people of all colors and races mix up. There should not be a cleft between people on ‘what is mine and what is yours’ mindset because it sounds a bit selfish. Wearing something and discouraging others to wear the same thing just because they belong to a different race seems unreasonable.

American Africans and young people specifically are looking to be in touch with their roots and have a perception of their origin; it is not at all wrong for them to wear traditional African dresses, it is perfectly okay for them at the least of all the people out there. So I strongly stand against the author’s opinion that African tribal clothing and fashion, or something even slightly variant, should not be worn by people if they do not understand each and everything about African tribes.

What is African Fashion anyways?
I would also like the author to educate people that even African fashion is not entirely African, and has mixed origins. Let’s take a stroll back to history to understand the origination of the African designs better. When the Europeans started infiltrating Africa, they started venturing out for opportunities to settle themselves in Africa. One such area which caught their attention was the fashion and designs inspired in Africa. In the meantime, batik- a print technique had already made way to Indonesia, which was a Dutch colony. In Indonesia, the batik technique was improvised upon by the locals and it evolved using wax resisting dying where wax was applied to a cloth, and then dyed to create a rhythm. The elaborated pattern of this clothing went on to become the face of the African print. These patterns are bold and elaborated; and with the intricate designing and handcrafting, it has become the mainstream of the African print.
The African men in Indonesia, who were a part of the Dutch colonial Dutch army, then brought these fabrics and brought them home and that opened the floodgates of the trend to step in to Africa. It ignited the taste of West Africa for handcrafted designs from Indonesia.

When the Dutch tried getting this business opportunity to the mainstream, they were countered with the problem of machines not being able to produce the quality of fabric people wanted! The fabric that these machines produced had cracks in the prints and the dye often seeped into the fabric. As a result, the market in Indonesia fell because the Indonesians declined to but the faulty fabric. With that, the Dutch was hunting for a new market; which they eventually found in West Africa. The imperfection in the fabric became the heart-throb of millions and that’s how African print was born!
So as you can see, claiming that African fashion should only be limited to Africa is not only illogical, it is preposterous, and not just because of the origin.

Saying that African fashion should just be for the Africans is like saying that only the Indians should eat Indian food or only the Brazilians should get to keep their production of the Brazil nut; it’s a very preposterous innuendo of subjugation and perpetuates not only societal stereotypes but even racism, if you think about it. The question here is about fashion in its entirety and not just African fashion. What is fashion? Fashion is a feat of personal expression through iconography and creativity. Well, should one limit themselves in this creativity and stick to one type of fashion? Most definitely not! Fashion is an all embracing phenomenon that comes to us humans somewhat naturally. African or African American or British, we are all humans and fashion touches the lives of us all because as mentioned before, it is all embracing. Thus, fashion can’t be confined to one area or region no matter how hard one tries.

It is in our nature that the culture of others always intrigues us because we want to do something new. Fashion works the same way, once people go to another land and see another culture they want to bring a part of it to their own land too. And that’s how fashion spreads from one country to another. While some might feel that people need to stick to their own culture, there is nothing wrong with appreciating the diversity this world has to offer and the beautiful cultures of the people around the globe. The statement about African fashion only staying in Africa is absurd because no can stop African fashion to be worn by people in other parts of the world. It is inevitable.

African fashion is a beautiful tapestry of colors, draped fabrics, enigmatic jewelry and much more and that doesn’t sound like something that shouldn’t be appreciated by the rest of the world; it should be! One argument remains and that is whether people will use African fashion in an authentic way or rip it off. If one decides to dress themselves in clothes from another country, it is essential that they keep it authentic and know what they’re wearing. It might offend people of African origin when they see someone ripping off their culture as it would to people of any culture. So, while it is vital that everyone should practice African fashion due its amazing creativity and uniqueness, people should also do their research and keep the fashion as authentic as possible. Nothing is more important than authenticity when it comes to fashion. Without its authenticity, fashion from all parts of the world would be somewhat the same.

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