Review by: Anya Wassenberg

Photos by: Che Rosales

African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) showcased a sophisticated collection of designs from the continent, including casual and business apparel as well as formal wear. While some of the designers play with traditional African cuts and garments, others emphasize incorporating those elements into classic Western pieces. Look for: a bold sense of colour, often focusing on jewel tones of sapphire, ruby and canary yellow with black as the favoured neutral. Solids and prints are mixed in unexpected and eye popping ensembles, often playing with classic wardrobe staples in new ways – like reinventing the men’s casual suit with trousers in charcoal grey, a crisp white tuxedo shirt and black, grey and white patterned collarless coat with an asymmetrical closure. Prints range from lavish botanically inspired designs to mesmerizing small motif abstract and geometrical designs. There’s an emphasis on construction and tailoring details with fluid lines and artful draping, much of it asymmetrical and flattering to the body. Above all, there’s a vibrant sense of a distinctly African identity that flows through the designs.

 

Bello Olamipeju

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Black Trash

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ZNA. K

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Shakad

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Pereira

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Z by Ozi

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Ofuure

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Juzhme

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Vicky

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Eldior Sodeck

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Beni Boo Styles

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Cocody Collections

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