CNN showcases African Fashion

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African fashion is the gift that keeps on giving. There are new designers popping up all over the continent. What’s exciting is  to see that African fashion isn’t limited by designers using African prints. After all, we can see that at Burberry and other European fashion houses now. Instead there is a burgeoning industry pushing at the edges of style – and as long as an African designs it, it joins the diverse body of art that is African fashion. The only thing that I haven’t seen yet is a range of silhouettes, but that’s not a situation limited to African fashion. I know that this is partly about the market place, the international standard of what is desirable and beautiful. And yet – wouldn’t that be a great mould for African designers to break? CNN did a great showcase of some new and established names in African fashion. It’s by no means exhaustive, but certainly introduced me to some gorgeous new designs. In particular, Shakara Couture – a 1950s-influenced brand – combining some of my favourite elements: dramatic elegance, nipped-in waists, full skirts. And my love of Ghanaian fashion continues: Kaela Kay has so many pieces I want, but they’re all sold out, unfortunately. Watch this space.

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