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Timeless and Sophisticated: Luxury Fashion Made in Africa

If the number of fashion weeks, art exhibitions and increasing attention and exposure to African fashion and design is anything to go by, I think its fair to say that it’s a buoyant time for creativity and artistic expression within the continent.

For this reason I find fashion-weeks happening in various cities on the continent to be both inspiring and motivating. The emerging African fashion narrative is varied, diverse and evolving. It’s a melting pot of many stories embracing the past, present and future. The recently held AFI Mercedes Benz fashion week Joburg 2016 was testament to that.

Since the end of year is fast approaching and the social calendar may be filling up, here are highlights of two bespoke African fashion brands that take pride in quality and craftsmanship. Made In Africa.

Orapeleng Modutle recently presented a truly elegant collection at the last Joburg Fashion Week. The collection was red-carpet, bridal and black-tie ready in a monochrome colour palette of black, white and blush pink.

This showcased sophistication and taste in the selected silhouettes, detail and finishes. Beadwork, tassles, sequins added an elegant and luxury feel and a touch of shine. Naturally the craftsmanship in the extended handwork on the garments put a high quality spin for each look. Whilst full skirts, transparent pussy bow tops and beautifully embroidered bustiers made for a stylish and classic statement throughout.

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Instagram : @orapelengmodutle
Photo Credits: AFI Gallery (SDR Pictures)

Sheria Ngowi is an award winning and charismatic fashion designer from Tanzania and his brand is primarily motivated by the dressing style of Ngowi’s late father. He produced a sleek, elegant range that portrayed the image of the African gentleman at Fashion Week and his new look book reflects an inspiration to create a luxurious and sophisticated collection from another era.

“It’s a collection where every detail is accentuated; making men look good as a top priority. Our Suits are classic and well structured. While slim-fit shirts, slim ties and bow ties details make for a trendy chic silhouette, the collar pin and tie bar contribute to the image of a refined, relaxed man and that’s why I called my latest collection  – The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, The LXG.” says Ngowi.

Using Luxury Velvet, Linen, and high quality Wool with a rich caramel brown and black combination to help extraordinary looks for a league of extraordinary gentleman.

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Instagram : @sheriangowi
Photo Credits: @photographybyamyjane

 

Words by: LEANNE TLHAGOANE
Leanne is the founder & chief cultivator of www.refashionafrica.com . She’s a visual curator and commentator showcasing and promoting a fashionable, modern urban narrative that is happening now, in Africa.
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