Trend Report: Global African Fashion Spring/Summer 2016 Trends.
Fashion month started in a full swing in September from far away southern hemisphere of Cape Town and ended on a very high note for us down here at the edge of the Atlantic in Lagos, between which were London, Paris and New York. With every new season are new trends that are birthed, others are re-visited, while the most notorious stick around for as long as we keep wanting them – one of the most notable trend in Lagos for instance was the major influence of Aso-Oke the traditionally sourced and produced Nigerian fabric that without a doubt is here to stay.
Below are two of our most noticeable trends from each of the fashion weeks across the fashion weeks named above.
1. Cape Town Fashion Week SS 16
Next season is definitely a colourful one as demonstrated on the Adriaan Kuiters, Craig Native and Ruff Tung catwalks. Models walked out with an air of dominance in designs made out of a hundred colours.
2. New York Fashion Week ss 16
Mimi Plange, BCBG Max Azria and Edun all went for sporty luxe as their models were dressed in Sport inspired outfits.
3. London Fashion Week SS 16
4. Paris Fashion Week SS 16
Metallic effects, shimmer, glitter, brocade and glossy patent leather were highlights for spring/summer 2016, with many designers opting for magpie-worthy fabrics and decorations. Lanvin presented a collection rich in surreal, shiny 70’s disco era inspired fabrics.
70’s Rock and Roll edge
For many designers in Paris, the 70’s edge was a major point of reference in their collections especially for Saint Laurent who had his men in the coolest boy band biker and bomber jackets with knit scarves draped around their necks with hairstyles that looked like something out of a rock concert.
5. Lagos Fashion & Design Week SS’16
Aso-Oke dominated the catwalk – There was a tsunami – like renaissance of Nigeria’s foremost traditionally sourced and produced aso-oke fabric in Lagos as designers such as Ré, Nkwo, IAmIsigo, Kenneth Ike’s collections were all greatly influenced by this trend.
There’s no denying this season has up’d the stylish trends, and we are looking forward to seeing them all interpreted.
Designers: Adriaan Kuiters Akpos Alber Elbaz BCBG Max Azria Bridget Awosika Craig Native Duro Olowu Edun Herve Leger IAmIsigo Lanvin Marianne Fassler Mimi Plange Nkwo PPQ London Re Ruff Tung Saint Laurent Shana Morland Suno