Friday, November 19, 2010

African Prints Are In!

And I cannot be more excited! Left and right I am seeing more and more designers featuring African or African inspired prints. What is so awesome is that a lot are just African fabric in simply sew in Western silhouettes. This is a great change on what seems to be an obligatory fish-tail/mermaid silhouette for West African women wearing traditional styles.

Zoe Saldana in Louis Vuittion

Gwen Stefani

Rihanna in Suno

What irks me is how people are paying hand over fist for things I have a drawers full of of! Boxing Kitten charges hundreds of dollars for a pieces I swear my aunties bring back from Nigeria for me as gifts. I would kill for those rompers they create out of ankara fabric. Now that I have a sewing machine...I will try and make one.

Fergie, Beyonce and Alicia Keys in Boxing Kitten

ASOS has some amazing pieces. They have a subsection ASOS AFRICA that is essentially, rompers, halters and dresses etc. made from African fabric. I just purchased a blazer from the UK based site that I almost died for. I am seeing a lot of this trend coming out of the UK too. Darn Brits! If they would only let me order from H&M online...

Korto Momolu always stays close to her West African roots with her runway designs. Everything is clean, yet bold sophisticated and African inspired. I would wear anything she put together.

To see more celebrities wearing African styles check out Madame Noire

Or you it! Here's to hoping this trend lasts. There a big Indian inspired trend 5 or 6 years ago and that lasted awhile. Africa can use the boost and I would LOVE to give all the clothes I have in my drawers a run.

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