The New York Fashion Week is fashion’s biggest week in North America, and one of the most glamorous and exclusive fashion-related events in the world.
The ceremony, which kicked off Thursday evening, will be showcasing 2014 spring/summer collections. Among the many fabulous designers who were invited to illustrate their collections, there are 3 Africans.
Kahindo Mateene, who’s based in Chicago, but originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the creator behind MODHANIK, a clothing line well-known for its mix of vibrant colors and bold prints. Mateene, who’s well-traveled, gets her inspiration from the European culture and “Avant Garde” spirit of the Congolese culture.
The Congolese designer, who appeared on Season 12 of the Project Runway, has been featured on runways in Los Angeles, Chicago, Johannesburg and New York.
Award-winning designer, David Tlale is the first South African to ever appear at New York Fashion Week.
He began his career in fashion in 2003, after winning the “Elle New Talent in South Africa” competition. In 2008, he was voted “Most Stylish Designer” at the South African Style Awards. This will be Tlale second appearance at the NY Fashion Week.
Nigerian sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo are the faces behind the William Okpo collection. The brand, which is named after their father, was designed for women who are not afraid to explore their sense of style. The girls are inspired by the interplay of their parent’s personal style with American culture.