Contemporary African designers to watch

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If you cross daring style with wearable art, you’ll get WeDú, an exciting new fashion line from Angolan designer Coréon Dú.

Dú is an enigmatic multimedia artist and fashion designer known as a groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon in his home country. He created WeDú as a response to his fans’ requests for audacious street looks. His casual unisex wear focuses on fun and comfort, allowing people to express their creativity through their wardrobe. It appeals to those who aren’t afraid to be creative, unique and cosmopolitan. “As an artist, I like my work to be open to interpretation, regardless of gender and I thought it should be the same with the clothes I design,” he says.

Already doing well in Angola, Namibia and selected African territories, and with a growing demand internationally, Coréon plans to bring the label to SA. He’ll also be opening his online shop this year.

Togolese-based fashion house Grace Wallace pays tribute to the “black continent” in Accra, where ancient traditions meet modern world culture.

Wallace unveiled her luxury Spring/Summer collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Accra. The collection’s also seen great success through the Afrik Fashion Reception in Nigeria, France and Canada. Three collections were previewed: Continental Flavours, Roots, and Classic Looks, all using ancient African embroideries which have been reinterpreted into beautiful evening gowns and cocktail dresses, as well as tailored suits for men, using a palette of ivory, red, black and white. Wallace says she’d like to acknowledge the rising generation of powerful Africans and those who helped embroider her unique pieces.

Grace Wallace

Introducing African luxury menswear label Mo’Ko Elosa by Belgian-born Congolese designer Julia M’Poko.

Those in Cape Town for SA Menswear Week would have been privy to the Spring/Summer 2015 collection of Elosa, who was voted Elle magazine’s Rising Star two years ago. She says her debut, Japanese-inspired menswear collection, titled Shibui Konzo (meaning “subtle simplicity with no elements of clutter”), denotes silence within the noise of fashion trends. The range focuses on “impactful minimalism”, with details and cuts paired with complementary prints, colours and fabrics. “Its simplicity allows one to go straight to the core of design,” says M’Poko. “Whether it be to reinstate an elegant aesthetic or support practicality, it all ends with a clean, neoteric and refined look.

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Julia Mpoko

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