Designs of the week: Glorious prints and silly shorts

2014-09-21 15:00

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African designers made us proud again this year with their 2015 Spring/Summer looks at the terribly important Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Grethe Koen and Gugulethu Mhlungu trade views

David Tlale (South Africa). Picture:

GK: David Tlale has become synonymous with African fashion. Although the use of strong tailoring with bold prints is not exactly ground-breaking, Tlale gets it gloriously right.

GM: Gorgeous fabric, love the embellishments on the garments. The women’s clothes were a real win for me. Not as convinced by the men’s line, despite seeing it on the gorgeous Tyson Beckford.

Mimi Plange (Ghana)

GK: Mimi Plange seems to intrinsically know what is going to appeal to hip kids. Even if it’s shorts like these. Expect to see them on actress Lena Dunham soon.

GM: Looks like a take on the sports luxe and fashion pyjama trend of the past year. But in a rush. A huuuge rush.

Deola (Nigeria)

GK: This cute dress’s cut mirrors the geometric embroidery on the hem. It’s just the right amount of eclectic mixed with chic. Nice one.

GM: Not sure if silk is making a comeback, but what a bizarre ensemble. It looks like fancy dress for a fairy tale-themed party.

Clan (Nigeria). Picture:

GK: Clan is all about the fun. Love this street look and the use of silk.

GM: Simple but fresh take on this year’s hot sports luxe look. Nothing new, but it works.

Telfar (Liberia)

GK: If I wanted to see half-naked men with beards, I’d go to an overpriced Arts on Main studio apartment after a shitty drum and bass party in Maboneng.

GM: Why?

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