Four of Africa’s hottest designers recently jetted off to New York Fashion Week to showcase their latest and most haute, among them, as you all know, South Africa’s future-forward designer, David Tlale. This made for one very exciting runway which paired the African designers with the world’s most wanted models – of colour – Tyson Beckford and Chanel Iman to name but a couple*****
Inspired by the Ndebele tribe as well as the San aboriginal people of Southern Africa, his Spring 2010 collection was a fusion of these two very different cultures proving his designs to be, as anticipated – spectacular and fierce – but somehow veering away from the use of accessories per what one would associate with the heritage of both these cultures. He did, calmly though, make use of the dark continent’s delectable mesh of colours.
How terribly hottttt is Tyson Beckford in this David Tlale creation!
This Spring 2010 collection, was inspired by Nigerian artist, Kolade Oshinowo’s vibrant kaleidoscopes and resulted in designs so freshly-festive, breezy yet elegant, and also celebrating of Africa’s love of colour. The brand/label, created by Folake Folarin-Coker, made its mark on the Nigerian fashion scene in 1998 after her studies in Europe.
Jewel by Lisa
Lisa Folawiyo founded her line in 2005 and it has been a roaring success into the Nigerian fashion scene since! Models strutted down the runway, in bright Ankara prints sequenced with hand beaded details, crystals, glass and fringe.
Eric Raisina Haute Textures
Having settled in Cambodia since the 90’s, Eric mastered the Cambodian technique of silk weaving and dyeing. The raffia from Madagascar, has become one of his signature products and is regarded as ‘African Lace’ along with his famous ‘silk fur’ now in demand among Parisian fashion houses . The universal look found throughout his designs seamlessly blend different aspects of Asian, European and African culture.