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05 September 2009 @ 05:55 am
Don't Sleep On Africa  
Stockholm. Paris. London. New York. Helsinki. Milan. Tokyo.

These seem to be to go-to places when it comes to "street-style" and what's hot in general on most fashion blogs, but I just wanted to share some of the street-style you'll find on the African continent. Most of these were taken by Chris Saunders, a South African based photographer whose made it a point to capture the emerging style of South African youth. South African street style is rarely sleek and chic - it's irreverent, vibrant and daring. It mixes patterns and textures, with echoes of mid 70s style (and just a splash of "geek chic").

The following black and white photos are by Malik Sidibe. I love them because they so remind me of old photos of my mother and her friends when she was her twenties (in the 70s).

And of course we're not just dressing stylishly. We're also creating. Here are some African designs that don't involve tribal print leggings.

Shoes from Kenyan (if I remember correctly :\) designer Estelle Yomeda:

Suno - another Kenyan company:

Sika, a Ghanaian company, makes cute 50s inspired dresses:

And Vlisco, a company actually based in Holland but synonymous with traditional West African (especially in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Senegal and Cote d' Voire) wax print fabric is all about tha drama~:

I myself have a couple pieces using Vlisco fabric (and Woodin, which is another popular manufacturer in my country, Ghana):

yes i look preggers shut up

Sorry this was so long, I just really wanted to share all of this with other people! Thanks.
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telegramtelegram_ on September 5th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
gracias :]
future media darling: valse à mille tempssobota on September 5th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
wow!! you look spectacular, and so do these pictures. i would so dig a street fashion blog from south africa or from algeria or morocco (which is my home country).
Some green-eyed look alike.laudanumb on September 5th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Best post in ages.
sandpaperyoubeforei on September 5th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
i completely agree.
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Алиссаparistomoscou on September 5th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic post, I love it. I'd really love to see any kind of African street blog.

ps: you are gorgeous!
telegramtelegram_ on September 5th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
thank you!
basta_tragedy on September 5th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
great post!
this girl is imply precious^^
and I looove your hair in your 2nd pic!
Ivana Stab: Models - Ash & Elizabitch_please on September 5th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
This post is incredible!!
Juniperaquarienfisch on September 5th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting these pictures! I love them :) The colours are wonderful and so are the people :) It doesn't feel like it these were taken so far away, you know?

& http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3579/3562100940_442c3e83b1.jpg - AWESOME! you're extremely pretty!
Nikki Loovintageturtle on September 5th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ia :D
oldtactics on September 5th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I am in love with everything in this post. I'm posting the link to this post everywhere I can! Thanks so much, these looks are incredible.
om_shaktiom_shakti on September 5th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
These are awesome! Lovelovelove seeing Africa represented! These clothes are great!
I love a good pen: minimal_thank you9t9 on September 5th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Love this post! Great photos, and epic style.
kalliepinkykinz on September 5th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
this is so refreshing to see fashion that isnt from a "fashion capital." gorgeous post!
Hello.toiletdog on September 5th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I agree! This was an incredibly lovely post. ♥ ♥ ♥
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Make Trouble.ogr7 on September 5th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)

Excellent post, I've always wondered what street-style was like in african countries.
dance dance dance: nuitabauche on September 5th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Great post!
deereyed on September 5th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
the colors here are amazing. & I adore that second piece you made!
b.pocketsjemstarr on September 5th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Very nice (and necessary) post. I was getting so tired of seeing the same crap I stopped looking at all the posts in this community. Thank you for posting these photos. I'm definitely going to look more in the first photographer and check out the work he's done.