Celebrities That Love African Designs
As we already know, African prints have reached their peak. Yes, it turns out that we’re not the only ones obsessed with our beautiful prints. Vibrant celebrities both International and local have also been intoxicated. Here we’re tracking down singers, actresses, and reality stars who love African prints just the way we do. Keep reading as we get to meet them.
The first celebrity on our list is none other than the world-wide talented singer Beyoncé.
In the above picture, Beyoncé is seen wearing a structured Ankara suit set with a matching statement hat made with a fabric that almost all Nigerians would immediately identify. She paired it with a tiny, boxy purse and a pair of sandals. The outfit was designed by Enna Attah Udemba, the Nigerian designer behind the EnaGancio label.
She took to her Instagram page to express her love for the designers with the caption reading, ” Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y’all go so hard”.
Indeed the talented designers hailing from South Africa, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire definitely did their thing. Beyoncé looks both on and off stage were put together by New York and LA-based stylist Zerina Akers.
Beyoncé also wore one of Loza Male’ombho’s ( an Ivorian fashion designer) creations in the clip for her title Formation, on the album Lemonade and she looked absolutely stunning.
Another celebrity that has a great love for African fashion, is African talented singer Yemi Alade.
Over the years, she has been able to successfully infuse trendy Ankara fashion into her branding and image. As an artist, having a peculiar visual identity through which the audience can connect with you is very important. Yemi Alade is someone who appreciates African fashion a lot. She is famous, not just for her very beautiful voice, but also for her ostentatious display and expression of love for African fashion.
All these displays of African culture shows that she’s relentlessly African, as she fuses these into her dance routines. She’s received several accolades for this as she has been at the top of her game for rocking the best and trendy African Ankara designs. In 2016, she was named Brand Ambassador for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria and Africa Fashion Week London respectively. Fashion is a very integral part of her life as an artist.
The next celebrity on our list is Pharrell Williams.
Pharell Williams is one celebrity that has proven his love for African designs. He is said to have collaborated with Adidas on a collection. This is another testament to Africa’s influence on mainstream fashion. Adidas has collaborated with the musician and fashion designer to create a collection of colourful athletic footwear called Solar Hu. The colours of the running shoes come in a single style along with eight pieces of active wear that all draw their inspiration from East African flags. When asked about this decision Williams says, “Africa is a beautiful confine and the origin of civilization.”
Williams’ previous collection for the brand under the Hu label celebrated tennis, but Solar Hu focuses on running, which the musician describes as “a state of meditation.”
The collection also aims to honour the culture of long-distance running in the region, given that many of the best long-distance runners come from East Africa.
The next celebrity on our list is none other than the the Reality Star and TV host Ebuka Obi- Uchendu.
Ebuka Obi- Uchendu is not just the good looking host of Big Brother Reality Show. He is also the face of the Big Brother Brand. Many house mates have come and gone, some forgotten but Ebuka remains the personality that is constant. His personal style is one of the qualities many have warmed up to the charming host. Over the years, Ebuka’s fashion and style has evolved on the big screen. The man who pioneered the Agbada style frenzy is one of the deities to consult when it comes to fashion. What to wear and how to wear it.
To launch the opening show of Big Brother Naija season 6, Ebuka sparkled from the fusion of African and western outfit. He wore a Calabar traditional attire, a custom-made double- breasted jacket paired with a designer coat, and a beaded two-piece outfit with a matching cap.
There is no denying that Ebuka is constantly raising the bar in the men’s fashion game especially in Africa.
The last but not the least celebrity we would be discussing in this article is the talented singer Rihanna.
In true Rihanna fashion, the style icon of course had to rock a legendary South African designer to celebrate the arrival of her brands on the continent.
In the above picture, Rihanna is seen wearing Thebe Magugu’s ( South African designer) White Wool Fringe Hem Knitted Dress with Detachable Bralette from their AW21 Alchemy collection.
The collection explores the changing face of African spirituality -a fitting outfit choice for the star’s first business venture in Africa.
Rihanna paired the garment with a matching white headwrap reminiscent of the traditional headwrap, often called a dhuku, worn by African women
She accessorized with hoop earrings and gold rings, a deep burgundy lip and white smoky eyeshadow to accentuate her smoldering eyes and she looked absolutely stunning.
African fashion is not just for those who live on the continent. From small boutiques to high-end designer stores, you can find a wide range of clothing and accessories that feature African prints or styles. You don’t have to go far to add some African fashion to your wardrobe.
Additionally, African fashion is globally recognized for its bright colors, intricate designs, and eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles. While the fashion industry in Africa is still in its infancy, several talented designers are blazing a trail and bringing African fashion to the forefront. From stunning sprinted Melaninful hoodies, t-shirts, sweatshirts, cropped hoodies, and leggings matching set to stylish accessories, African fashion offers something unique and exciting for everyone. So if you’re looking to add a touch of Africa to your wardrobe, African fashion is the way to go.