Ten striking looks from Africa Fashion Week London 2014
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August saw Africa Fashion Week return to London in a celebration of African design, talent and diverse ethnic influences that contribute to fashion in the UK. 47 new and emerging designers showcased contemporary collections inspired by Africa’s rich culture – while it was hard to narrow it down from so many stunning shows, we’ve rounded up some of the most striking looks from Africa Fashion Week London 2014… Alabi Couture 2014 This Lagos-based luxury brand served up beautiful modern, androgynous pieces with plenty of big cat inspiration. Tiger prints and colours were a clear influence, as can be seen with this floaty, psychedelic ‘70s-esque jumpsuit. Alisha There were endless clashing colours and loud botanical prints in Alisha’s collection, including this beautiful layered dress that combines bright and pastel shades to create a bold, graphic look. Andaora’s Kaleidoscopic prints were the order of the day at Andaora’s, which featured across a variety of both form-fitting and voluminous shapes accentuated by layered underskirts. The bold, draped tulle scarf-like accessories were a particularly striking accessory, as seen here paired with a ladylike co-ordinated skirt and jacket set in beautifully sunny shades of orange and yellow. Design by Prelim Design by Prelim’s collection of African cotton prints showcased an array of bold, rich patterns in a palette of red, yellow, black and white. Fun, feminine shapes featured across this brand’s AFWL range, including this sleek but daring jumpsuit in a striking signature print. Glamelle Boutik Glamelle Boutik’s collection of loud, colourful prints and playful shapes demonstrated a stunning fusion of ethnic and Western styles. The unusual combination of purple and yellow particularly stood out at, as seen on this smart, layered ensemble, as well as almost retro-looking catsuits and high-necked, puff-sleeved peplum blouses.
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