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.
African prints , with its mix of Zebra prints, bold batiks or tribal, there is the African inspiration that Gucci, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Lowe, Bottega Veneta and others mesmerized us with.
African designers love of vibrant colors, beautiful beads and how it's reflected in all their fashion statements. So it is no surprise if European trend setters use African textiles and patterns for their collection. Tribal ethnical patterns, aso-oke pieces and hand crafted beads and conch shells are a much wanted highlight in most of the fashion shows. There is an awakening in the industry to the African designers and sense of fashion that is catching Europes rage. Here are some styles that have caught our attention, and we think they are well worth looking into.