Africa's young trendsetters – What makes African street style? These designers and stylists are pushing boundaries with their colorful street wear.
Pictured: Casablanca, Morocco - Sofia El Arabi, designer for label Bakchic.
Casablanca, Morocco – "The fashion and street style culture in cities like Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Casablanca are incredible at the moment", says Fashion Cities Africa author Hannah Azieb Pool. 40 designers, trendsetters and stylists in four major African cities were interviewed on their style - numbering over 160 people.
Pictured: Zhor, Chadia and Aida Rais. Caftan designer Zhor Rais' daughters are developing a ready-to-wear line.
Casablanca, Morocco – Yves Saint Laurent's 12-acre botanical garden remains one of Morocco's most visited sites. Born in Algeria, the designer found inspiration in Marrakesh. Fashion there "is like a sponge" absorbing western, African and Islamic influences.
Pictured: Louis Phillipe de Gagoue is a stylist and fashion blogger originally from the Ivory Coast. He regularly posts images of the country's fashion scene on Instagram.
Casablanca, Morocco – Pictured: Safae Bennouna is a fashion designer for He.Do. "I make simple pieces with powerful embroideries from Rabat and Fes" she told Fashion Cities Africa.
Casablanca, Morocco – Amine Bendriouich is designer for fashion label Couture & Bullshit better known as 'AB-CB'. "I love the tailoring and playfulness of Amine Bendrouich" says author Hannah Azieb Pool. His unisex collections are iconic to Morocco's younger generation
Casablanca, Morocco – Inass Saghdaoui, Fashion Graduate. Saghdaoui is interested in the use of industrial fabrics to make feminine clothing, she says.
Lagos, Nigeria – Africa's most populous city is known for its flamboyancy. "Wallflowers need not apply", writes Helen Jennings, journalist and former editor of African fashion magazine Arise. Women mix African and European styles by wearing tailored dresses with the gele, a traditional African head wrap.
Pictured: Lagos, Nigeria - Nike Davis Okundaye, Nike Art Centres
Lagos, Nigeria – Amaka Osakwe, designer, Maki Oh. Osakwe's designs have a celebrity following including Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Kerry Washington and Rihanna. "Lagos inspires my work because I live within a culture that I love" she told Fashion Cities Africa.
Lagos, Nigeria – Eku Edewor is a TV presenter and actress. She hosts Nigeria's 53 Extra, a celebrity entertainment program.
Lagos, Nigeria – Zara Okpara, PR Consultant. Okpara represents Nigerian designers, most notable being Jewel by Lisa whose pieces are stocked internationally.
Lagos, Nigeria – Androgynous brand Orange Culture. The brand is to take part in London Fashion Week this season.
Lagos, Nigeria – Androgynous brand Orange Culture. "In a few years [Africa] is going to be a completely different landscape" says Adebayo Oke-lawal, the designer behind Orange Culture. People have the skills and textile factories are popping up he explains.
Lagos, Nigeria – Reni Folawiyo, owner of Lagos' first luxury concept store Alára. She is also a furniture designer. "We love color, print and beading" she told Fashion Cities Africa.
Kenya, Nairobi – Mitumba is a Swahili word for secondhand clothing. Secondhand clothes shopping is a key part of Nairobi's fashion scene. Flea markets are popular. "there's a renaissance happening in Nairobi. the creative industry is doing extremely well and that's affective the fashion scene", says stylist Sunny Dolat in Fashion Cities Africa.
Pictured: Jacky James, performing artist
Nairobi, Kenya – Brother and sister Velma Rossa and Papa Petit are founders of fashion blog site 2ManySiblings. "Our mother instilled the culture of thrifing in us when we were small" they told Fashion Cities Africa.
Nairobi, Kenya – Kiongera Ndugire is a stylist and freelance model working in Nairobi. He often tweets on the latest fashion shows.
Nairobi, Kenya – Lyra Aoko, photographer and blogger, wearing Kenyan designer Kepha Maina. Traditional fabrics such as Kanga are often used to produce bespoke pieces in Nairobi.
Johannesburg, South Africa – The city's street style has a relationship with its history on race and politics. It's Citizens are "full of attitude, and much dressier than its laid-back cousins Cape Town and Durban" according to Fashion Cities Africa.
Pictured: Lerato Tshabalala Writer and Editor
Johannesburg, South Africa – Laduma Ngxokolo, founder of knitwear label MaXhosa by Laduma. The brand is 'a celebration of dark skin tones contrasted with bright hues to elevate the appreciation of color diversity' says its creator.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Clothing brand Loin Cloth & Ashes. Anisa Mpungwe's brand has been involved in fashion weeks in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Italy, Sweden and New York.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Anisa Mpungwe's Loin Cloth & Ashes. There is so much awareness of African brands through new online publications and blogs explains Mpungwe.