17 Fashion Curators from Africa to Watch in 2017

A new breed of young talent is determined to push the boundaries of fashion curation even further. Here are just 17 of the many African fashion designers to watch in 2017.

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Ayanna James

HBO’s hit comedy Insecure costume designer, Ayanna James is making waves with her designs that feature heavily on the show and has so far featured a n***as sweatshirt from New York-based label Omondi with Issa Rae rocking it.

Amaka Osakwe

CHANGE YOUR STYLE, ANOTHER ONE Spring 2018 sees Maki Oh return to childhood in 1995 Lagos, where the privilege of youth washed out the sound of harder times. In recognition of ones impotence in the difficult times in which we find ourselves today, exuberance is favoured over apathy as a form of rebellion. The collection reflects the colour, pragmatism and the effervescence of a Lagosian childhood…games like Ayo, Change Your Style, and those improvised in the classroom: notes passed under desks and cheeky words spelt on calculator screens by inverting them – 58008. The uniform of birthday parties, festive occasions and Sunday dress which were referred to as ‘Aunty Give Me Cake Dresses’ are marked in the collection with bulky, layered tulle in blush pinks and nudes. Whilst the unbridled sense of freedom in playing dress up in parents' closets are present in oversized silhouettes and light wool blend suiting. Traditional Nigerian dying technique adiré features lines from ‘suwe’- a hopscotch type game often marked out with a stick and played in sand. As well as stars and crescent shapes inspired by Tales By Moonlight – a show aired on national television in the 90's that featured didactic fables told to groups of children by an elder under a mango tree. #SS18 #NYFW #MakiOh Photography: @amandlabaraka

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When the eulogy of Instagram is written, one Osakwe will remain grateful since through the platform her designs have gotten international recognition. Osakwe’s deeply feminine and experimental African-inspired line, Maki Oh, is now a brand name in New York showrooms.

Akin Adebowale and Kolade Adeyemo

This Nigerian duo co-founded Oxosi, a retail space that is the first of its kind, and aims to provide international e-commerce, content, and community for contemporary brands from Africa and around the world.

2ManySiblings

#2manysiblings #places #beauty #africa

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The Kenyan duo is made up of Velma Rossa and Oliver Asike, a brother and sister collective who are curating transitional contemporary African narratives. Their new venture, an event dubbed Thrift Social, offers cutting-edge street fashion where attendees can shop and the proceeds go towards giving back to the local community.

Sunny Dolat

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Hailing from Nairobi, Sunny Dolat is a Kenyan fashion stylist, creative director and production designer. His online fashion intervention, Chico Leco, has made waves beyong Ankara and kitenge to identity of the black skin.

Lamic Kirabo

Lamic Kirabo is a model, blogger and photographer and artist, who aims to create exemplary information in fashion, lifestyle, and beauty for the savvy modern African woman.Her platform has grown to be one of the most influential blogs in the region serving as a platform that creates content for the world over.

Modupe Omonze

Inspired by her wide travel, Omonze from Nigeria is a culture fusion genius. Her widely travelled lifestyle has led her in creating one of the world’s finest fusions in fashion.

Ellisha Boie

#chalewote2017 Getting Spiritual in the Accra Academy school uniform Bomber Jacket ???

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Having spent most of her life in Ghana, Ellisha has found a way to fuse the country’s unifying love of football, love of western street fashion, youthfulness and traditional fabric into a unique collection.

Hana Himmi

The Holland born Moroccan designer draws her inspiration from the culture of her native country, Morocco; and mixes it with her wealth of experience in design.

Ondivow

Kenyan fashionista and photographer Stephen Okoth has made it his mission to stand out in Kibera, fusing fashion and photography.

Kellin Mwangeka

Looking at you,mmm but what's in my mind you never know. STANDTAL shot it. @ethane_kiernan Flyones.

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The Kenyan designer uses recycled materials he collects from different places to create handmade jewelry.

Dennis Muriungi

Mood : @lukasabbat

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Documenter. Fashion Blogger and Writer. Contributor at Moonlook Magazine, this Kenyan fashionista strips it like a N***a.

Solome Katongole

Exploring the connection between traditional Ugandan attires and western styles, this biologist turned fashionista specializes in customised women’s clothing.

Chakirra Claasen

Drawing inspiration from her native Namibia, her collection is elegant, sexy and sophisticated.

Shunnoz Fiel And Tekasala Ma’at Nzinga

This Angola duo believe that fashion is a veritable means of making far-reaching statements.

Nelly And Nelsa Guambe

Shot by Ricardo Franco #mimatemaputo #vintage #retro #eco #fashion #slowfashion #maputo

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The Mozambican duo are self-taught design sisters who champion sustainable fashion, using recycled materials.

Thika Dapper Twins

#ThikaDapperTwins Your Mission Is A Difficult One! Thika Dapper Twins: IT ALWAYS IS! NEW EPISODE ALERT!! It's the MUTINDWA THRIFT yoh!! Mission: This week the Thika Dapper Twins you have to come to Charlie's rescue and help him thrift up some outfits at the little known but super trendy Mutindwa Market! WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF HIS ONE PAIR OF TSHIRT AND SNEAKERS!!! ?? The Thika Dapper Twins Vincent and Bill help this poor soul thrift up some new outfits in Mutindwa!!! Watch it on #Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chromey254/videos/715984905265082/ Full Video Link on #YouTube NOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXvj91byUyo @charliekarumi got swagged out! @thikadappertwins swagged him out! #MosesNganga edited this Don't forget to share! Sharing is sexy /// #ThikaDapperTwins #menswearfashion #india #mensstyle #uber #menswear #dope #dapper #urban #kenyandappermen #sexiestkenyans #guyswithstyle #guysofinstagram #instagramkenya #styleguy #details #gqinsider #throwbackthursday #guyswithstyle #losangeles #esquire #fashionblogger #instafashion #celebrity #detailedgent #modamasculina #tbt #featuremenow

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And finally, I had to represent my family! Rising style collective, Thika Dapper Twins (Bill and Vincent Libosso) raw inspiration from the street wear and fusing that with their love for African prints.

Ones to Watch – Kiumbe Kulture 

Nairobi’s Dija White, Marushka Tihane ( Cosmic Homies) and Kelvin Hansen( Nu Fvnk of EA Wave) are on our radar. The are set to showcase at the Vibe Tribe event later this month and at Kampala.

Who are some of the names from Africa fashion curation on your radar?