Fashion Week off to a ‘shiny, tight’ start

2010-07-01 11:01

Black, shiny and ... tight.

If words could describe fashion designer Lamine Badian Kouyate’s collection this season, it would be these three.

Kouyate presented his collection at the ongoing 2010 Africa Fashion Week in Sandton, Johannesburg, yesterday.

The Malian, who has been making a name for himself in the French fashion capital of Paris since 1989, is the creative mind behind Xuly Bet Funkin’ Fashion Factory.

Xuly Bet was the debut collection at the annual gathering for big-name African designers that started yesterday.

Black was the signature colour, and model after model sauntered onto the black ramp in alternative, futuristic designs.

The collection was made up of tight black dresses, some with hoods, à la Lady Gaga, and black spandex that almost transformed impossibly-heeled stilettos into boots.

Kouyate lists Modern Africa, punk rock and funk as his inspirations, as well as the late international fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Former generations actress and businesswoman Palesa Mocuminyane, who watched the show from the front row, said she had expected something different from Xuly Bet.

“I heard that this guy designs for Michelle Obama, so I expected elegance. But I like the material he used, I just wish he could design for curvier, African women like me,” she said.

Along with Xuly Bet and David Tlale, other famous brands that will be showcasing their designs are Marianne Fassler, Thula Sindi and Fabiani.

»2010 Africa Fashion Week runs until Saturday 

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