My top three most fashionable cities in Africa
Apart from Nairobi being considered the ‘New York of Africa’ in the fashion style industry, There are some other major Fashion capitals of Africa we should know about and follow up closely.
Here are my top three most fashionable African cities of the week:
1. Lagos Nigeria
Lagos, known as the ‘Nollywood’ of Africa, is one of the largest cities on the continent, It stretches out in front of the Gulf of Guinea in its burgeoning beauty. Not only is it Nigeria’s booming capital, but also has a bright and promising style industry to offer, that is getting more and more international recognition.
LFW (Lagos Fashion Week) is a yearly event taking place in the fashion capital that provides a platform that drives the Nigerian fashion industry and brings together designers, buyers, consumers and the media.
Lagos Fashion Week has multiple activities to offer like runway shows presenting the newest collections of the season, Fashion Focus Africa- a program dedicated to supporting and promoting young and emerging fashion talents.
Fashion Business Series, Green Access, visual makers fellowship, showrooms and not to forget the legendary after parties that are an essential part of ever Fashion Week, anywhere in the world.
3. Johannesburg, South Africa
In 1997 Lucilla Booyzen established the fist SAFW (South African Fashion Week). After working with international fashion weeks from all over the world, the former teacher, model, and mode producer created a platform for local designers to expose their collections to the public and media. This first event; held in a tent in one of Joburg’s most beautiful malls, was the seeding for South Africa to develop a fashion industry.
In 1999 black designers were in included in SAFW for the first time. However in 2000, a small design house led a South African Style revolution, with the message of freeing South Africans of all races from the fashion oblivion, the terrific political history had forced them in. In 2001, the black-owned fashion house, ‘Stoned Cherrie’ showcased for the first time a collection, at SAFW, that represented the real soul of South Africa.
Stoned Cherrie fearlessly integrated the political and cultural heritage of SA into their creations of flattering silhouettes and traditional fabrics, that have never been associated with fashion before. Then, the early 21st century signaled the end of an era, of overly literal patriotic expression that the initial freedom years had given birth to. Yet that didn’t stop the South African style Industry to keep on thriving continuously.