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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


Whether apples, pineapples or squares – fruity and geometric prints were a force to be reckoned with at Shana Morland and Marianne Fassler catwalks.

Colour Burst

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

Sporty Luxe

Mimi Plange, BCBG Max Azria and Edun all went for sporty luxe as their models were dressed in Sport inspired outfits.

Tassels were a big deal this season at NYFW, as designers such as Suno,  Herve Leger and Edun all favoured the trend.

3. London Fashion Week SS 16

Pant Suit

PPQ and Duro Olowu  both put their own unique spin on this classic trend that we predict will define work wear next season.

Cobalt Blue 

 Want to pop next season? Look no further as designers; Duro Olowu and PPQ are just a few out of the many catwalks in London that popped with electrifying cobalt blue.

4. Paris Fashion Week SS 16 

Shimmer down

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

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.


From Bridget Awosika’s big petals to Akpos okudu’s delicate appliqué work on mesh was clearly reinforced the place of mesh come next season.

There’s no denying this season has up’d the stylish trends, and we are looking forward to seeing them all interpreted.

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