African fashion design has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Now in the mainstream, looks created by several African designers have become staples at Fashion Weeks around the world. Here is a list of African designers to get excited about wearing this season.
For the Social Butterfly
Dpipertwins – New York & Ghana
Previously known as Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest, Dpipertwins, created by Ghanaian twins Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper, is growing into a force to be reckoned with. They mix and match prints that can be translated from day to night, perfect for a woman on the go. Their designs feature lively patterns and have been featured by several celebrities including Chrisette Michelle.
For the Romantic
Gavin Rajah – South Africa
Gavin Rajah’s Collections provide glamour and classic opulence and have been featured at Paris Fashion Week. The use of lace and elaborate beadwork give a sense of romance, ideal for an evening look. His fashion events are also used as platforms to create opportunities for disadvantaged children.
For the Print-aholic
Duro Olowu – Nigeria
Duro Olowu has been on the international fashion map since 2004, offering ready-to-wear collections. His latest collection drew inspiration from Fauvist artist, Kees van Dongen. His bright prints and classic tailoring has captured the attention of fashionistas worldwide.
For the Sophisticate
Ejiro Amos Tafiri – Nigeria
This luxurious brand is ideal for a night out or a gala event. Each piece is extravagantly elegant and sophisticated. The brand offers both ready-to-wear and haute couture for both men and women. Ejiro Amos Tafiri has held several fashion shows around Africa, offering modern stylish simplicity.
For the Daredevil
David Tlale – South Africa
After eleven years in the fashion industry, it is no wonder that David Tlale is one of the most celebrated designers in South Africa. His use of theatrical necklines and unconventional materials have made him a household name. He has showcased his daring designs all over the world, including at New York Fashion Week.
For the Cool Kid
Chichia London – London & Tanzania
Chichia London‘s vibrant colors and unique designs are perfect for any fashionista hoping to stand out of the crowd. . Chichia uses Khanga fabric for quirky and fun looks which are ideal for festivals and have been described as East Africa meets London Cool. A great perk? All their designs are produced ethically in Tanzania.
For the Free Spirit
Sun Goddess – South Africa
Sun Goddess was created by Thando and Vanyo, a married couple who design looks described as retro, with their billowy sleeves and loud chiffon prints. Their latest collection, the Gold Endurance Collection, draws inspiration from Africa’s equestrian history and culture, through maxi skirts and fringe accents.