These stunning gowns prove it's time for African prints to dominate red carpets
As much as our Nigerian sisters brought their fashion A game, I was a little disappointed to see that not even a single celebrity decided to wear an African print outfit. I feel like fashion-wise, we are becoming very influenced by the western culture and forgetting our own roots. While I must give credit where its due and that’s the celebrities who choose to be dressed by African fashion designers, I do wish more and more celebrities showcased the work of African designers on grand red carpet events like the Ocean's 8 Premier. The truth of the matter is that there are very many talented African designers who unfortunately do not get enough recognition.
Indeed, a stunning luxe elegant gown with crystals encrusted in it and carrying with it all the pizzazz and flair in this world sure enough is fine. But can we get more African prints on the red carpets please? It’s definitely possible to make an exquisite red carpet gown from African prints such as Kitenge, Ankara and Kente fabrics. You just need the right tailor or fashion designer with the prowess and one that knows a thing or two about fashion cause? Stylish details such as exaggerated sleeves, plunging necklines, or even a fishtail bottom play a part in make the dress head turning. Plus the beauty of African prints is they come in a plethora of colors, pattern and designs, enabling you to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
One Claude Kamene, a Cameroonian-American celebrity fashion designer has found her niche in making superlative gowns through her company Lavie By CK. Her stunning gowns prove there's room for African prints and African designers at large to shine on international red carpets:
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