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African-Inspired Collections Unveiled During Milan Fashion Week S/S 2012

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Are we alright to coin the phrase ”Africa Keeps Inspiring...” ? We’ll tell you why this is; beyond the drums, the tribal marks, the hot temperature and all things synonymous to Africa, the Fashion world have indeed found a place in its heart for Africa. More designers, stylists, art directors, photographers these days appear to feel much more satisfied or shall we say content knowing that somehow a piece of their work pays  tribute to‘tribal”. Ankara isn’t just ankara anymore .. It is referred to as modern prints, Masaai Inspired neck pieces aren’t just those anymore… They are referred to a Statement Jewellery, the list is endless. All the way in the second largest city in Italy, Africa found her way there and Inspired two designers: Simonetta Ravizza and Jil Sander for the Spring/Summer 2012 collections. [See Below]

Simonetta Ravizza S/S 2012:

This collection was more Tribo-Eclectic in terms of how it appears to have drawn inspiration from different sources with the tribal backdrop being the main focus. Ankara prints impassably evident, tailored into maxi & midi straight skirts, casual dresses, 70s inspired flared pants, skirts and infused into some of the accessories [i.e bangles and bags].

Jil Sander S/S 2012:

This clothes at Jil Sander weren’t our main focus, we were particularly drawn to what was referred to as ‘beanie hats‘ at the show, it appeared more to us as hats synonymous to Nigerian Men of the Yoruba Tribe [Pictured below].  Fancying it up a little, little mesh things were attached to the hats, giving them a much more fashion-forward modern outlook.

 

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-Romola Sadiq

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