Fashionable cities in Africa including Lagos, Johannesburg, Dakar, Dar es Salaam are poised to introduce a global shift in fashion. Further, their array of culture inspires mainstream trends through romanticized fantasies. As a result, designers are taking African fashion to the next level. Below, we have listed four fashionable cities that have managed to raise the fashion standards in Africa.
Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, hosts the National Museum, which holds diverse cultural artifacts. Additionally, it hosts the Lagos Fashion Week, which is Africa’s largest fashion event. It happens yearly and offers a platform that brings together different designers, buyers and consumers. Moreover, it hosts the Fashion Focus Africa which is a program dedicated to promoting young talents. Lastly, it has the best legendary after-parties.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, also the City of Gold, is situated on the broad and grassy plateau of the South African interior. The city hosts the South African Fashion Week (SAFW). This event inspired the South African Style revolution and promoted the creation of traditional fabrics. Moreover, it is the perfect city for the young, pioneering and leading fashion designers who want to catapult their labels and brands.
Clothes, drums, carvings, and tools are some of the common features of the Dakar culture. It is the capital of Senegal and one of the chief seaports on the western African coast. Additionally, the local mbalax music inspires the city’s vibrant nightlife. In 2001, a Senegalese designer, Adama Paris, founded the Dakar Fashion Week. The enormous success of the event prompted her to receive invitations to attend grand fashion shows in New York and London. Afterwards, she noticed the inadequacy of black models and designers and founded the Black Fashion week. The aim was to reinvent African modeling and encourage the careers of black models and designers.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam is the economic capital of Tanzania. It is located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast. The city hosts the Swahili Fashion Week. It is the biggest and largest annual fashion event in the whole of East and Central Africa. Moreover, the event provides a platform for fashion and accessory designers for Swahili speaking countries to showcase their talent.