Lifestyle Magazine

Fresh Inspiration from Africa

By Linsibrownson @CleverSpark

It’s not often that truly original ideas come to the mainstream. Although I feel slightly geeky about this, I have to tell you that I’m super-duper excited about what’s coming up for spring style. Mostly I’m excited because we’re seeing some influence in mainstream fashion that I don’t believe we’ve seen … at least since the mid-80s?

That influence is direct from Africa.

Last week I told you about a new capsule collection at JC Penney. That was Marchesa, but this week the retailer announced that they were also revealing another capsule collection from Nigerian-born Duro Olowu. JC Penney’s strategy for unveiling capsules may seem as if it lacks planning, but the collection by Olowu is much more comprehensive than the Marchesa collection.

But it’s not just Duro Olowu at JC Penney, the African influence is also seen in higher end brands. Below, I put together a few inspirational images based on a story I saw on Slate this week about the “show-stopping” fashion of the Herero tribe of Namibia.

The best part about these garments is that they take full advantage of Pantone’s spring color forecast. Enjoy!

african style 1

from right to left: blue and white dress – Oscar de la Renta, zebra print maxi – Issa, blue knit dress – Duro Olowu for JC Penney

african style 2

from left to right: rose print dress – Dolce & Gabbana, floral print dress – Dolce & Gabbana, ruffle dress – Duro Olowu for JC Penney

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Shilo Sanders- Son Of Deion Sanders Thanks Courts For Allowing Him To Live With...

    Shilo Sanders- Deion Sanders Thanks Courts Allowing Live With Pilar

    ChristianNews Shilo Sanders, the son of NFL Hall of Famer,  Deion Sanders took to twitter to “thank” the courts for allowing him to live with his mother, Pilar... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Firstladyb
  • “I Feel Great”

    Feel Great”

    Jakub went to his doctor's office believing that he had a back injury, but returned with a chocking diagnosis instead. He had type 2 diabetes - in spite of... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Dietdoctor
  • July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    Sunday afternoon saw us return bravely to 24a even though there were more thundery showers foretold by the weatherman. I will admit that I guffawed at the... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Chrryblossomtat2
  • Culinary Delicacies in Croatia- What to Eat and Drink in Croatia

    Culinary Delicacies Croatia- What Drink Croatia

    In my earlier post, we spoke about how Croatia is a stunning European destination, let us now see what are the culinary delicacies in Croatia or what you can... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Kash Pals
  • #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: The Delta Putt

    #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: Delta Putt

    Do you consider yourself to be a strong putter or do you feel you could improve your make percentage on the green? Most amateurs could use help with the flat... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Golfforbeginners
  • Three Incredible Hikes in Southern Iceland3 Min Read

    Three Incredible Hikes Southern Iceland3 Read

    Nature takes center stage in Iceland, where there's a stunning view around every bend: massive glaciers, expansive lava fields, powerful waterfalls, black sand... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Healthytravelblog
  • What I Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    What Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    Pajama top: ELOQUII (14) | Pajama pants: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: ASOS (similar) | Earrings: J. Crew ( same in different colors, similar concept in same color) |... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Wardrobeoxygen