Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa S/S 2013

I unfortunately missed MBFW Africa last week as I was traveling for work –  with all the focus on Africa fashion in the last few months was really upset not to be there. Every time I open a Vogue there are a few pages focusing just on what is happening in the “Motherland” and the fact that Scott Schuman has come to our shores to see MBFW Africa is absolutely wonderful.

I also read a great article on Huffington Post written by fashion writer Julee Wilson about what she expects when visiting her first fashion week here and how excited she is. I will be writing about a few key designers, which I think really stood out from the rest this week. As Julee put it so right in her article, we are not wanting to just see over-the-top tribal references, safari themes and excessive use of beading. We want to see beautiful original looks!

Tina Lobondi was born in Kinshasa (Congo) and grew up in Lorraine (France) where she studied Fashion Design Realisation. Her collection at MBFW Africa has definitely brought her to the forefront in the world of fashion! Her creation was gorgeous.

UK-based Democratic Republic of Congo-born Tina Lobondi also uses African prints, but infuses them with top end leather and other fabrics, thinks there is no such thing as African fashion.

“We never use the term European fashion, so why do we use African fashion. I am a designer from an African origin trying to bring some of my culture into my designs, but I don’t want my clothes to be labelled African fashion, because to me that word doesn’t mean anything.”