African designers show S/S15 lines at MBFW Africa

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The just concluded edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa showcased newest arrays of Spring/Summer 2015 creations from several well-known and emerging talents across the African continent.

Designer Marianne Fassler sent a riot of clashing prints and geometric graphics down the runway. Adorned with camouflage patterns and animal prints, the delicate lace and flowing fabrics made collection was enhanced with gorgeous embroidery.

Taking cues from the classic1950’s trends, the Ghanaian designer Aisha Ayensu of the Christie Brown label created her new line. Based on a palette of soft peach, lime green, off white, black and pristine white colours, the collection included full skirts, frilly blouses and apron cut tops accentuated with bejewelled peter pan collars and cutouts.

The South African native David Tlale presented his 49-piece fashion range titled Feminine Allure at the four-day-long event. A harmonious blend of modern as well as retrospective 50s, 60s and 70s styles, the line was replete with fitted lines, structured yet playful patterns, architectural elements, clinched waistlines and pencil cuts. The ensembles were made using silk crepe, wool crepe, brocade, silk raffia, gold lamé, chiffon and PVC materials.

Designer Sheria Mgwoi drew inspiration from the Tanzanian freedom fighter Mwalimu for his menswear catwalk showcase entitled Pride. Enhanced with floral prints and polka dots, the collection included lapelled blazers, Mandarin collared jackets, trousers, ties and bowties.

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