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It’s no secret, Marianne Fassler is a dreadlocked genius who knows how to put on a show. After presenting us with an eye-gasmic cyber-punk prints-collection in her signature style, the queen of chaotic colour surprised everyone by finishing off with ten all-black looks that were anything but minimahl. In fact there was an audible gasp. Afterwards a ululating #TeamFassler boogied on the ramp during the final walk though. It was magic.
The evolution of African design means that relying on print is becoming a catwalk cliche. Designers have to be increasingly thoughtful of how they reference traditional African fabrics and prints. Instead of exploiting ethnic patterns, many designers opted for cut outs, bleach patterns and batik techniques to convey their cultural heritage. The use of Mbatata as flatforms and necklaces blew us away.
Now here’s a great concept. Aside from disappointing fabric choices, Nigerian label Josh & Nicol's use of profile silhouettes for everything from jacket lapels, repeat-ruffles and contrasting panels was fun, light hearted and irreverent. Kisses darlings.
Alert! Here’s a mini-trend that will keep on giving. A very high cross-over is a flattering update on the now-tired cross-over “skort”. We would have loved to see underwear that co-ordinated with the skirts for fun panty-flashes.
We mentioned her ponytail in our Day 1 recap – now we have the 411; she’s originally Chinese but lives in Spain. Carmen might be a tad shorter than most models, but at MBFWAfrica she worked her looks hard. A little birdie told us she likes to twerk on set. #letsbefriends
Small single-serving portions and a variety of wheat and carb free options are always welcomed by media. Vicky Crease catering did a bang up job of keeping the hunger pangs at bay, although we may have over-done it on the macaroons and champagne shots. So yum.