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Fashion Designers To Watch: Africa Addition!

Fashion Designers To Watch: Africa Addition!

Fashion month is around the corner. Africa Fashion Week London is approaching its 7th year with tones of events this weekend. But, did you know there has been a fashion week in New York, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Paris Miami and Los Angeles as well since 2009? According to Africa Fashion Week website. AFW premier first in New York and has been featured on CNN.

Shoutout to the motherland for providing culture, fashion and style! Who is responsible for providing these qualities, you ask? Check out StyleKontrol’s top African designers watch.


Image of models in photo and runway for ysl and tongoro
Photo courtesy of Tongoro ad campaign May 2016 and right YSL Fall 2017 collection Feb. 2017
Image of model in tongor black and white sheer dress
Photo courtesy of Tongoro

Made in Africa! 28 year old designer Sarah Diouf’s Tongoro line is far from average. This Senegalese designers emerged in 2016 and took the fashion world by storm. Tongoro can be described as classy, interesting yet chic. Outside of her unique designs, Tongoro has had quite the controversy in 2017. Many believe YSL mimicked the young designers handbag that was featured in her 2016 campaign. And later, YSL showcased a very similar hand bag down the runway February 2017. Your thoughts?!

Maki Oh

Image of model in front of motorcycle in Maki Oh design
Photo courtesy of Vogue Ready to wear Maki Oh 2017

Next, we can’t have a list of African designers and not mention Maki Oh. Designer Amaka Osakwe Lagos based designs have been worn by A-list celebs Beyoncé, Solange Knowles and Lupia N’yongo. The Nigerian designers brand has been feature in New York magazine, Vogue and previewed during New York Fashion February 2017.

Image of Solange Knowles in Maki Oh
Photo courtesy Maki Oh 2015 and BET of Solange in Maki Oh

Gavin Rajah

Image of model walking down in Gavin Rajah
Photo courtesy of African Fashion Week Gavin Rajah

And, we can’t forget our favorite Gavin Rajah! This South African designer is ahead of his time. He provides a look that is couture and street style in one. This veteran’s designs have been worn by celebs as well. Take a look below a Reese Witherspoon below.

Image of Reese Witherspoon right and model left in Gavin Rajah
Reese Witherspoon in Gavin Rajah: courtesy of All4Women website

Taibo Bacar

Image of model in Taibo Bacar black and white dress cape town theme
Photo courtesy of AFW, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 17, Taibo Bacar

So, within the past year there has been a trend of African print clothing from dashikis, skirts, pant suits to accessories. But, why not provide African print tradition with a modern day style? Thanks to Taibo Bacar we are able to receive that and so much more!  the Mozambi native quotes his designs to be Determined, Delicate and Classic.

Suave Kenya

Image of men modeling backpack
Photo courtesy of Purpose Photography, Suave Kenya backpacks

Lastly, accessory line Suave Kenya by Kenyan designer Mohamed Awale. This is a meaning brand that has recently launched this year. Even though the current focus of this brand isn’t clothing, fashion these uniquely made backpacks and messenger bags are in high demand and creating a buzz. Each backpack and messenger bag is hand made using old fabric and clothing. Suave Kenya’s mission is to

Sustain Fashion through revitalization and repurposing.

To shop these brands and to find out more, click brand names above.

With fashion month approaching we hope to see the creative designs for these African designers and more. The motherland is taking over once again!


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