Lights, cameras ... prints! That's what stole my attention at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa, the much-anticipated fashion extravaganza that took place from 24 to 28 October at the ever-glamorous Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.
African prints took the spotlight within fashion-forward circles. Finally, Africa is setting trends in the fashion world simply by being, well, African. It is not only growing as a holiday destination, but as a respectable and unique fashion capital too.
From well-structured blouses with a touch of flamboyance to evening gowns, dresses, and men's and women’s formal shirts; from bowties, ties, shoes and pants to skirts, belts, necklaces and fabulous handbags, adding a touch of Africa to your daily fashion is a must. And why shouldn’t it be? No longer do you need to wear African-inspired garments only for special or traditional occasions.
High-profile South African designers such as Thula Sindi and David Tlale are staying true to their roots by sourcing local materials, manufacturing their garments locally, and celebrating our various and vibrant cultures through their work. Not only are they creating jobs and growing the local textile industry, but they also have us, literally, wearing our pride on our sleeves.
If you have a closet full of African-print garments, dust them off and flaunt them.
If you have a closet full of African-print garments, dust them off and flaunt them; they are currently a hot commodity that has the international fashion world playing catch-up.
Here is a taste of some of the eye-catching and proudly African fashion at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa: