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This year, the annual “African Fashion Reception” was held in Addis Abeba, the regal home to the African Union. This is the first time that the event, organized by Lexy Mojo Eyes, has been held in Africa. The final runway show featured designers hailing from various African countries, and the clothing revealed how African fashion can meld colourful traditional fabrics with European styles. Tribal accents were prevalent, often in the form of ornamental beading. The collections had the mark of a young, creative generation, mostly female, with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. The bold, contemporary African styles captured the genius loci while remaining global.

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Black Coal Clothing, South Africa
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Botocy Creations, Botswana
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Chizo, Zambia
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Classic Fashion, Nambia
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Kaz ‘O’ Zah Art, Burundi
Bulongo, Nigeria
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Keto Couture, Nigeria
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Kokonut Stylist, Swaziland
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Lady Bird, South Africa
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Paradise Fashion, Ethiopia
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Yefiker, Ethiopia

WHERE: Roosevelt St, Etiopia

This year, the annual “African Fashion Reception” was held in Addis Abeba, the regal home to the African Union. This is the first time that the event, organized by Lexy Mojo Eyes, has been held in Africa. The final runway show featured designers hailing from various African countries, and the clothing revealed how African fashion can meld colourful traditional fabrics with European styles. Tribal accents were prevalent, often in the form of ornamental beading. The collections had the mark of a young, creative generation, mostly female, with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. The bold, contemporary African styles captured the genius loci while remaining global.

 

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.